Yes! Summer has arrived. It remains a mystery where everyone’s been hiding for months, but as soon as the sun glistens, Londoners flock outside. And the one place you’ll be sure to find them? London’s many beer gardens. There really is nothing like them on a hot summer’s day, so we’ve picked a few of the best spots to enjoy the great outdoors while wetting your whistle. Cheers to the start of summer!
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1 8XX
If you like your drink with a view (a riverside one to be precise), then head to Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, which is an eden of allotments, fruit trees and wild flowers beside the River Thames. Open daily from 10am to 10pm, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the food and drink trailers surrounding the Southbank. So, for a chilled and relaxed day out, lap up the sun up-top!
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10 Thornhill Road, Islington, N1 1HW
This self-proclaimed ‘Georgian gem’ is certainly true to its name, with not only a wonderful outside area, but a delectable food menu plus good crafts and cocktails to turn your evening around. Wisteria covers the outdoor area of the pub, giving it an authentic English country garden vibe and perfect for an Instagram worthy shot! The Albion’s gastro-pub vibe is relaxed and entertaining – a place for you to forget about your work, enjoy the sun and fuel up for the evening ahead.
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The People’s Park Tavern, Hackney
360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT
Right beside Victoria Park sits one of the most remarkable pubs in Hackney. The People’s Park Tavern is frequently voted as one of the best beer gardens in London – and with good reason! Their outdoor area is kitted out with all the seating a pub goer could wish for. It also comes along with a micro-brewery, art gallery, Plonk crazy golf, Saturday DJ sets, bottomless brunches, comedy nights and weekly quizzes – the list goes on! So, if you’re swinging by Vicky Park this summer, make sure to pay it a visit.
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The Duke of Edinburgh
204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG
It’s a fury sometimes to find that every spot is already taken in the pub garden; but at Brixton’s Duke of Edinburgh, that’s less of a worry! Their outdoor seating area is big…no, massive! It’s almost as if the pub has overtaken the residents’ back garden in order to seat the masses. The pub boasts four screens, two of which are outside and turned on for match days, as well as a crazy golf course in case the conversation dries up!
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Pub on the Park
19 Martello Street, E8 3PE
No matter the weather, this place is always packed. Its perfect location in London Fields means it’s only a moment’s walk from Broadway Market and their screens, inside and out, always draw the punters on match days. The outdoor area is a playground of benches overlooking the park and with heaters surrounding the place, you can be sure to be kept warm throughout your summer evenings.
Do you know of any other good spots for al fresco drinking? Let us know in the comments below!