Best beer gardens in London

When the weather's fine, a London beer garden is the perfect place to relax with a drink and to soak up the sunshine.

Many pubs in London have outdoor spaces, from family-friendly lawns to shady courtyards. To help you choose, here's our roundup of the best London beer gardens.

1. The Albion

With its trailing wisteria and log fires, The Albion resembles a country pub in London. This Islington local is a Georgian gem left over from the time when the area was fields and farmland. There's a pretty courtyard and a barbecue in the summer months.

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2. The Gipsy Moth

Soak up the sun next to one of Greenwich’s landmarks, the Cutty Sark, at character-filled The Gipsy Moth. Its charming beer garden offers fantastic views of the world’s last surviving tea clipper, and has a retractable cover in case of sudden showers.

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3. The Avalon

Head to sunny Clapham where you'll find The Avalon's huge beer garden at the rear of the pub. Open during the summer months, this green oasis has a beautiful terrace and plenty of seating. There's also a barbecue grill to enjoy at the weekend.

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4. The Crabtree

Book an afternoon at one of London's best hidden gem pubs, The Crabtree in Fulham, where you can watch the sun set over the river Thames with a pint of beer in hand. Look out for the Orchard Bar and Grill menu for alfresco dining too.

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5. The Rye

Sip on locally brewed beer or sample the house bitter at south London's popular pub, The Rye. Secure a picnic bench or courtyard table and enjoy the summer sunshine right up until it sets because this beer garden follows the sun's daily path.

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6. The Spaniards Inn

Treat yourself to a stroll across Hampstead Heath then rest a while in the large beer garden at The Spaniards Inn. This north London favourite has a barbecue for alfresco dining and is popular with dog lovers as dog snacks and a dog wash are provided.

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7. The Water Poet

Not every great beer garden in London needs to be in a leafy suburb with lush green lawns. Sprawl out on the benches and outside deck of east London's Water Poet pub and enjoy lazy summer afternoons like a Londoner. Read More
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8. The White Hart

Let your mind drift and warm your face in the sun on a picnic bench in the beer garden of The White Hart. This Barnes pub, next to the finish line of The Boat Races, enjoys sweeping views across the river Thames from either its elevated terrace and balcony or picnic benches on the river bank.

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9. Tulse Hill Hotel

Venture into this south London institution and you'll discover a range of beers, as well as top-notch modern British cuisine. But the Tulse Hill Hotel's jewel is its lively garden, complete with pergolas and bench seating. What's more, you can always stay the night in one of the nine rooms.

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10. The Crown & Shuttle

A group of customers enjoy a chat in the Crown & Shuttle's beer garden. Image courtesy of Crown & Shuttle.
The Crown & Shuttle's beer garden. Image courtesy of The Crown & Shuttle.

Unwind long into the evening among a trendy crowd at Shoreditch’s The Crown & Shuttle. Match one of its many craft beers with a burger from the truck housed in the lively beer garden, which is decked out with colourful benches and sprawling plants. There’s a covered area for those sudden summer downpours and heaters to take the edge off chilly evenings.

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11. Duke of Edinburgh

Relax in one of the biggest beer gardens in south London at the Duke of Edinburgh. Tucked away on a side road between Clapham North and Brixton, this classic pub boasts a giant rear courtyard with plenty of seating and an outdoor bar. Indulge in mouthwatering burgers prepared at the barbecue, and watch sport on the big screens.

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12. The Magic Garden

Experience the unusual at Battersea pub The Magic Garden. This hangout aimed at festival-goers, music-lovers and foodies hosts regular live bands and DJs. Part covered by canvas evoking the festival spirit, its garden is the perfect place to unwind alongside like-minded locals.

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13. The Ship

Spend an afternoon on the large terraces at The Ship in Wandsworth, one of London's most picturesque outdoor drinking spots. Overlooking the river Thames, this beer garden has an outdoor bar, a barbecue, a pergola and private heated booths to book in advance. Read More

14. The White Swan

Beat the scrum as you aim to pinch a spot at this rugby fans’ favourite on the banks of the Thames. The small yet perfectly located beer garden at The White Swan is a great place for the build-up to a big match at nearby Twickenham Stadium; or simply a place to unwind with a quiet pint on non-matchdays.

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