People’s Park Tavern
Formerly known as The Britannia, this huge 19th-century establishment is your quintessential village pub, boasting a ‘hacienda garden’ at the back complete with wooden cabanas. If the garden isn’t big enough for you, the Tavern is right beside the beautiful Victoria Park. This pub hosts many DJs at the weekends and they even brew their own beers.
People’s Park Tavern, 360 Victoria Park Road, E9, London, UK, +44 20 8533 0040
The Canonbury Tavern
While this pub is firmly rooted in London’s history as a favourite haunt of George Orwell (and provided inspiration for his essay ‘Moon Under Water’), it is now the epitome of cool British minimalism, and not your standard period fare. Its walled garden is the perfect place to lounge on gorgeous rattan sofas with a chilled beer in hand (served at an outdoor bar). There is also a substantial menu with a smart twist on traditional pub food.
The Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS, UK, +44 20 7704 2887
Nestled beside Shakespeare’s Globe and the River Thames is the quaint 800-year-old pub, the Anchor Bankside. With an illustrious history, including several refurbishments and rebuilds (one after the Great Fire of London), this tavern has been described as ‘Bankside’s oldest surviving tavern’ in the book Secret Bankside: Walks in the Outlaw Borough, and Tom Cruise had a pint here in Mission Impossible. If this wasn’t reason enough to pay a visit to The Anchor, it also has a spectacular beer garden on the roof overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral.
Anchor Bankside, 34 ParkStreet, Southwark, London, SE1 9EF, UK, +44 20 7407 1577
Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar and Café
Designed by the Eden Project, this roof garden is a real oasis of calm among the hustle and bustle of the Southbank. With sparkling riverside views, a café, and a plethora of trees and flowers, this may be one of London’s best-kept secrets. Open from 10 am to 10 pm serving a range of food and drinks, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar and Café, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 8XX, UK, +44 20 7960 4200
A Georgian gem hidden in Islington, known for its shared menus and summer BBQs. It is oozing with Ole English charm, featuring cascading wisteria, open fires, and a stunning walled garden. The traffic of Upper Street is just out of earshot so it is the perfect place to while away an evening.
The Albion, 10 Thornhill Road, London, N1, UK, +44 20 7607 7450
This East End boozer pulls off the ‘scruffy bohemian trendy bar’ look with aplomb. Snuggled in Spitalfields, this unassuming pub boasts a wonderful beer garden, which is a perfect sun-trap. With its quirky décor, famous Sunday roast and Saturday barbecues, it’s no wonder this place is popular with locals, city workers and market-goers.
Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX, UK, +44 20 7426 0495
Founded in 1786 and supplying fine ales and wines ever since, The Ship is a real gem on the banks of the Thames by Wandsworth Bridge. Unfortunately it isn’t an actual ship, but its extensive outdoor area makes up for that with a bar, pergola, heated booths and BBQ. While the pub has great food and a buzzing atmosphere, the real pleasure is the view of the river as the sun begins to set.
The Ship, 41 Jews Row, London, SW18, UK, +44 20 8870 9667
The Magic Garden
If fairy lights, squishy sofas, giant teepees, live music and amazing twisted apple martinis sound like your kind of thing, then The Magic Garden is the place for you. Voted into Harpers Bazaar’s London’s Best Beer Gardens 2014, this bohemian paradise is a truly magical place to spend an evening. Like a modern-day Narnia hidden away in Battersea, you will fall in love with its charms, 2-4-1 cocktails, and home-cooked food. Live music is performed on weeknights and a live DJ performs on weekends.
The Magic Garden, 231 Battersea Park Road, SW11, +44 20 7622 4844
The Crate Brewery
Formerly a print factory, CRATE is Hackney Wick’s first craft brewery and pizzeria. It has become a firm favourite with locals and it’s not hard to see why, with its extensive canal-side alfresco dining and drinking area. Serving some of their own CRATE beers and award-winning pizza, it is the perfect place for post-work drinks with friends or to spend a weekend afternoon. Also, the interior has been made up with reclaimed materials, sourced by the CRATE’s owners and operators, all of whom are Hackney locals.
The Crate Brewery, The White Building, Unit 7 QueensYard, London, E9 5EN, UK, +44 20 8533 3331
Kensington Roof Gardens
Definitely not your stereotypical beer garden, Kensington Roof Gardens, probably more suited to being called a cocktail garden or champagne garden, is definitely worth a mention. Situated 100 ft above street level and boasting panoramic views over West London, there are three stunning themed gardens covering 6,000 m2. The gardens are spilt into three themed areas; a Moorish-style Spanish garden, a Tudor-style garden and an English woodland garden. The gardens are home to world class DJs at weekends, but are the perfect place for a posh drink on a balmy afternoon.
Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA, UK, +44 20 7368 3993