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The Best Beer Gardens in London

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Cheerful pub gardens for al fresco tipples

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With the sun shining across the capital, the race is on to secure spots at the best beer gardens. Read on for London’s finest al fresco pubs, from Brixton to Islington.

Best Beer Gardens in London

The Gatehouse

The gatehouse pub garden

If you find yourself further north, head to The Gatehouse, located in the heart of Highgate Village. Its pub garden is clad in lush greenery – a dream for any lover of biophilia ­– and makes for the perfect spot to enjoy tapas and cocktails while you soak up the best of the English summer. thegatehousen6.com

The Whippet

The Whippet pub garden

The Whippet’s garden has the benefit of having a retractable roof. So, you can enjoy an alfresco vibe without having to rely on the weather. Try and grab one of the tables with comfy sofas and heaters. It’s also available for exclusive hire – perfect for any celebratory drinks you might be planning. thewhippetinn.com

Truman’s Social Club

Truman Social Club pub garden

With a huge sun-soaked beer garden, this is one of your best bets to bag a seat on a particularly sunny day. While away your afternoon and sip pints underneath an array of twinkly fairy lights. The beer hall itself emulates a trendy microbrewery and you can grab some delicious bites from in there. trumanssocialclub.co.uk

The Crown & Shuttle, Shoreditch

Crown & Shuttle, Shoreditch

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This Shoreditch spot used to be a strip club, but it reopened in 2013 as a pub – and has since become a local institution. The garden is huge, with an extensive menu featuring lots of craft beer and great food. You can reserve a spot online beforehand, but there’s also space for walk-ins. crownandshuttle.com

The Crabtree, Hammersmith

The Crabtree

The Crabtree’s giant beer garden meanders down to a quiet stretch of the Thames between Hammersmith and Putney bridges. A BBQ grill operates from spring to autumn, with plenty of big tables for groups. thecrabtreew6.co.uk

Hope and Anchor, Brixton

Hope and Anchor

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This spacious fairy-lit garden on Acre Lane is covered and heated, with 12 bookable huts alongside long wooden tables beneath the pergola. Looking to watch some sports while you’re there? Pick a hut with a private TV screen. Don’t miss the juicy burger menu. hopeandanchorbrixton.co.uk

Princess of Wales, Clapton

The Princess of Wales, Clapton

This pretty East London haunt boasts views across the River Lea, offering a countryside feel in the heart of Hackney. Enjoy craft beers, wine and a menu of homegrown dishes. princessofwalesclapton.co.uk

King’s Arms, Wandsworth

King's Arms Wandsworth

If you’re worried about the temperamental British weather, Wandsworth pub the King’s Arms has a completely covered beer garden with heaters. Craft beers and cocktails are the star of the show, but there’s also plenty of food available including an all-day brunch and patties from the Burger Shack. kingsarmswandsworth.co.uk

The Canonbury Tavern, Canonbury

The Canonbury Tavern

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George Orwell would often frequent this north London haunt – and it helped inspire Moon Under Water, his essay on the criteria for the perfect pub. Its beer garden is large and leafy, with an outdoor bar serving beers, wines and spirits. thecanonbury.co.uk

The Ship, Wandsworth

the ship wandsworth

Much-loved South West haunt The Ship has been around for over 200 years, but still reels in the crowds at weekends. They have a big beer garden that’s practically on the water, with a Burger Shack sizzling up BBQ food and top notch curly fries. Feels a bit like you’re on a boat, in a good way. theship.co.uk

The Magic Garden, Battersea

Magic Garden

This Battersea pub does boho chic at its finest. The Magic Garden boasts live music and DJs from all genres, where creative south-west Londoners flock on weekends. With its laid-back Glasto vibes, the so-called ‘festival in a pub’ is the kind of place you’ll struggle to leave. magicgardenpub.com

The Albion, Islington

The Albion, Islington

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Arguably one of the most beautiful beer gardens in London, The Albion’s garden space is flooded with wisteria and flickering candles which make for endless Instagram opportunities. The French windows in the restaurant open onto over 450 metres of wisteria-filled English country garden – truly breathtaking. the-albion.co.uk

Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton

The Duke of Edinburgh

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s beer garden is legendary – and it’s one of the biggest in south London. With a large bar, BBQ pit and extensive seating, it’s made for a slow (and boozy) Sundays with friends. dukeofedinburghpub.com

The Rose, Fulham

The Rose, Fulham

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Known as Fulham’s ‘Village Pub’, the garden at The Rose is typically quaint. Enjoy a refreshing drink as you listen to the gentle swell of the water features and admire the carpet of flowering shrubs. Just perfect for a lazy afternoon drink or meal with friends. Totally unique, the layout provides private and secluded areas perfect for a quiet (or not-so-quiet) afternoon. therosefulham.co.uk

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