The Best Beer Gardens in London

Read our guide to the best pub gardens and terraces in London.

The Ship, Wandsworth

Housed on the banks of the Thames by Wandsworth Bridge since 1786, with a quiet and relaxing front bar, a large conservatory and an excellent garden overlooking Wandsworth Bridge, The Ship is a lively and sociable spot for summer drinking, making it one of the best beer gardens in London.

The terrace at The Ship Wandsworth

The Ship Wandsworth also serves excellent food, much better than your average pub food.

The Gun, Docklands

With a beautiful riverside setting and a large decked terrace to embrace the British summer, The Gun is one of the best pub dining experience in the Docklands offering a great British pub menu.

The Albion, Islington

The Albion is a traditional English country pub in the heart of London, with the main attraction being its garden, one of the best beer gardens in London.

The Albion, Islington

The French windows in the restaurant area open onto a terrace of over 450 sq metres, which can seat over 120 people for dining and drinking surrounded by herb beds, fruit trees and an original Georgian walled garden.

In the summer months, the outdoor barbeque is a real draw, as well as the whole roast suckling pig for 10 to share, making this one of the best beer gardens in London.

The Engineer, Primrose Hill

Despite the ample dining space, the bar area is on the small side, but there is respite in the form of a back garden, which is an ideal spot for long summer lunches.

The Engineer Primrose Hill

The Engineer has one of the best beer gardens in London.

The Windsor Castle, Notting Hill

Covered with beautiful wooden floors and panels, with its labyrinth of connected rooms, the Windsor Castle is an authentic, historic British pub. The relaxed and friendly feel extends to the rear garden with its ivy-clad walls, which is always bustling in the summer.

Drapers Arms, Islington

Downstairs at The Drapers Arms is always bustling and welcoming with excellent quality cooking, resulting in The Drapers Arms being awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2010 Michelin Guide.

The terrace at Drapers Arms islington

The terrace at the back of the pub is a much coveted spot when the sun shines making it one of the best beer gardens in London.

The Crabtree, Hammersmith

The Crabtree is a newly refurbished Victorian pub set on the river between Hammersmith and Putney, which has stunning views of the Thames. Although they serve classic gastropub food, the main attraction is the lovely and extensive beer garden, right on the edge of the Thames.

The Avalon, Clapham

The Avalon has 3 impressive outdoor spaces, including a front terrace, a side garden and a beautifully landscaped rear garden, which features an al fresco Mediterranean menu complete with charcoal barbecue and rotisserie.

With plenty of space for diners and drinkers, The Avalon the pub of choice for South Londoners with one of the best beer gardens in London.

The Stag, Hampstead

Situated on the Hampstead / Belsize Park border, a short stroll from Hampstead Heath, The Stag’s main selling point is its spacious garden, which is ideal for the summer and also when it becomes a little cooler, as some of the cabanas come with their own heaters.

The stag is known for its decent ales and classic British menu, which also features a barbeque in the garden in the summer.

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard is an outdoor drinking, eating and shopping space in London Bridge. Open every day, you can find street food traders as well as bars and independent retailers and a weekly Flea market. 

Vinegar Yard is the place to go for sports fans where the biggest sporting events of the year are shown on enormous al fresco screens.

The Best Beer Gardens in London and More!

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