Beer garden weather is finally upon us – hurray! I’ve gathered four of my favourites here, one in each corner of London, and all of them are absolutely worth a visit for a drink (or three). This is definitely my favourite time of the year!
The People’s Park Tavern is located right next to Victoria Park, which basically makes it the perfect summer destination. The garden itself is massive, they have a BBQ stall whipping up burgers and two bars for all you thirsty Londoners out there.
I’ve only been here during daylight, but all the colourful fairylights hanging above the tables make me think it must look pretty magical after sunset too. The inside bit of the pub is pretty cool too – they’ve even got a photo booth which lets you take 4 pictures for £2, giving you a different theme for each one. Me and my boyfriend tried one of these in Brighton and it was SO much fun – this is how our masterpiece looked like..!
Hope and Anchor (formerly Grand Union) is conveniently nestled between Clapham North and Brixton tube stations, and is also probably one of my favourite pub gardens ever.
They have an abundance of colourful huts you can book for a party (they even have a TV and speakers in all of them!) as well as lots of different sized tables dotted around the big garden. And in the evening, when the fairylights come on, it’s just all sorts of wonderful.
The pub also serves food if you get hungry – I personally LOVE their veggie stack. Also, if you’re a lover of Spanish food, my favourite tapas restaurant, Boqueria, is just on the other side of the road. Their patatas bravas are ridiculously good.
(Another great beer garden in Brixton is the Duke of Edinburgh – there’s lots of trees and a lot of tables. Head here on the best day of the year, as due to it’s size, you’ll still always find a seat!)
The Eagle is in between Shepherds Bush and Ravenscourt Park and it has to be one of my new favourite finds.
It’s also a bit of a walk from the nearest tube station (this seems to be a pattern with nice beer gardens!), but I promise you, it’s absolutely worth it. Like the Hope & Anchor in Brixton, they too have a few colourful huts, plus a lot of tables with cute, multicoloured chairs. And grass – lots of lovely, lovely green grass!
They also have a little burger shack at the side of the garden dishing out burgers for the hungry beer gardeners – they even have a lentil & mozzarella one for us veggies! I honestly can’t think many things better than a greasy burger and cold cider… Take me there now!
The Albion in Islington differs from the rest of my choices in that it’s a bit less quirky and colourful and a bit more “sophisticated” and generally just very pretty.
The reason I chose it as one of my favourites is the greenery – the garden is filled with (wisteria!) trees and other plants and it feels like such a lovely oasis of calm. It’s also a bit further away from any station which gives it a really nice neighbourhood feel too.
You can book a table in the garden (and you should – they get very busy!), but it’s good to note that as this is a very popular place with locals you might be told you can only have your table for a maximum of two hours. That said, I’ve never been asked to leave my table so it might just be a precaution!
Important side note: this place does amazing triple cooked chips. You have to try them!