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London's Best Beer Gardens Mapped

By M@ Last edited 19 months ago
London's Best Beer Gardens Mapped
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Sitting outdoors with a good, honest pint is one of the timeless joys of London. Fortunately, our city is blessed with hundreds of al fresco drinking spaces, from tiny roof terraces to sprawling gardens. Land value being what it is, you're most likely to find the bigger, more verdant types the further out you go, although there are plenty of beauties in the inner suburbs. And here's a teaser: can anyone think of a Zone 1 beer garden with grass?

Our map below is a work in progress. It shows recommendations from Londonist readers, as well as the many places we've personally enjoyed. We've included any pub with a sectioned-off open space, including small roof terraces. But it has to be towards the pub end of the drinking spectrum, rather than chain bars and clubs.

Please add further suggestions in the comments below, and we'll add them to the map.

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Last Updated 07 August 2015


The Fentiman Arms, Fentiman Road has a great split level beer garden with covered decking for when it rains, patio heaters for when it's cold, and trees giving natural shade for when its sunny.


The Gun in Docklands has garden space on the river.


This is simply brilliant.


The London Apprentice in Isleworth, not a garden as such, but lovely views over the Thames.


Best. Map. Ever.


The Duke of Hamilton in New End, Hampstead has two good gardens, one semi covered.


The Constitution in Camden. Not massive, but a great suntrap looking down onto the canal and towpath.


The Windmill on Clapham Common has a great beer garden AND the common too!


Union Tavern and The Metropolitan, Westbourne Park

Sarah Longhurst

Prince of Wales on Cleaver Sq. doesn't have a beer garden, but you are allowed to sit outside around the square with your drinks while you watch people play French Boules! It's Amaze-boules :D http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk...


Grand Junction Arms Acton Lane, Park Royal, NW10 7AD London. Not the greatest service, music or food but they have an epic beer garden on the canal and outdoor BBQ


The Grand Union Brixton on Acre Lane has a huge beer garden with huts and loads of seating as well as a BBQ area.


The Queens in Crouch End has a nice, relatively hidden garden out the back.


You forgot Henry J Beans in Chelsea/Kings Road. Awesome Bar/Club with a nice spacious beer garden.

Steve Rochford

The Salutation, King Street Hammersmith has a good garden (and good beer!)


The Fox in Haggerston has an outside terrace (and a more than decent beer selection)


The Rose and Crown on Colombo St in Southwark has a largish garden - with grass, in zone 1 - unfortunately a nearby development means it's now in the shade come evenings.


Doggett's on Blackfriars Road has a dedicated outdoor space (and excellent beer selection, belying its appearance as an ale-neglecting monolith) as do The Founders Arms on Bankside, and Studio Six in Gabriel's Wharf, although that leans towards the bar end of things.


None in crouch end or Muswell hill? The queens, villiers terrace, the Maynard all have excellent beer gardens. The George in Muswell hill.


The Express Tavern, Kew Bridge Road. A traditional English pub, with no electronics like juke box, fruit machines or pool table.
It has a lovely, well-manicured garden with patio. The lawn is, however, out of bounds, as it was traditionally a bowling green.
The Pub is renowned for it's Bass, and holds the record for an independent London pub selling Bass continuously on it's premises.
It rightly proclaims 'Bass - It's what we are famous for'.
It also sells Young's Ordinary, a minimum of two other real ales, a selection of wines, not available in Supermarkets, and 10 single malt whiskeys. Food is served most days. The pub follows traditional licensing laws but is closed on Saturday afternoons, and open all day Sunday.


Thatched House in Ravenscourt Park (West London) is great


The Abbey Tavern in Kentish Town has a whacking great garden. It's lovely.


The Roebuck in Borough has a great outdoor space!

Andrew Burgess

North Nineteen, 196 Sussex Way, N19 4HZ, has a front and back open 'garden' area (paved, but it's still nice to sit in), as well as tasty food to eat while you're there.
The John Baird, 122 Fortis Green Rd, Muswell Hill, N10 3HN has a nice back garden, along with a decent selection of beverages, and a nice thai restaurant in the same building if you're peckish
I'd also warn that the Woodman in Highgate can get very busy, too.

Mark Walley

The Carpenter's Arms on whitfield street in Fitzrovia has a small roof terrace. Very small, but counts. The Victory on Albany Street has a beer garden out front, that may well even have grass on it. Would need to check. It's South of Mornington Crescent so zone 1 too.

Christiane Link

Danson Stables, pub with a nice beergarden next to Danson Park - http://www.dansonstables.co.uk


Rose & Crown, Church Place, Ealing W5, decent beer as it's a Fullers pub. Also the Grange at Ealing Common-real ales, good wine and yummy food.


The Lord Tredegar, Lichfield Rd E3 - Has a lurvely little beer garden, recently refurbished and everything. Annoyingly No website :-(

For canal side drinking -

The Palm Tree, Mile End Park E3
The Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN

Sarah Jones

The Newly re-opened Old George on Bethnal Green road has a real suntrap of a garden.


Woolwich's Dial Arch has lots of tables out front so you can sit in the sun, but often people sit on the grassy square that Dial Arch borders. Does that count as a beer garden?


Old Bank of England on Strand / Fleet Street has the largest beer garden I've encountered in Zone 1. No grass though.

Joe Peach

HILARITY! The Misty Moon is listed - possibly one of the worst pubs in the world. Avoid.

James Atherton

The Sun in Camberwell (Coldharbour Lane). A bit more 'derelicte' and IKEA than it was under its old guise as The Sun And Doves (when it really was worth a trip across town), but merits an addition to the map.


The Harcourt Arms

32 Harcourt Street W1H 4HX London

Great, enclosed beer garden.

Vishal Grover

The Lord Clyde on Essex Road has a garden at the back with plenty of sun and a small enclosed area up front.


Couple I can think of in Rotherhithe are the Old Salt Quay which has a massive outdoor area and the Mayflower has a wee enclosed area literally over the Thames.


The troubadour on Old Brompton Road, SW5 has a beautiful and peaceful hidden garden at the back.


What about the Maid of Muswell or the Cherry Tree at Southgate?


The Red Lion in Barnes has one of the best outside spaces and beer garden in the capital, can't believe it has not been mentioned !


Great idea. The Crown Tavern in Farringdon has a large outdoor area - not a garden as such but tables and chairs on the concrete area outside. The fence also has a good outdoor area - not the best pub but if outdoor space is what you're after it's good.


New Cross House and The Old Haberdasher in New Cross both have outside spaces and beer :)


How can I add it to my places in my google account?


the cuckfields, wanstead http://www.thecuckfieldwanstea...


Platform Bar, Netil House E8


the Hope @ wandsworth common station

Anneli Carter

The Selkirk in Tooting has a large lawn and deckchairs for extra enjoyment. The Antelope in Tooting now have a restaurant in the refurbished garage in their spacious and sunny yard.


The Red Lion on High Road Leytonstone has a large garden at the back and serves some lovely unusual ales too. Another hidden one in the East is the North Star in Browning Road , Leytonstone which a nice back garden as well


The Fox on the Hill, Denmark Hill. Massive Garden, great view and cheap beer. (It's a Weatherspoon's but you wouldn't know it in the garden)


Garlic & Shots - Greek Street, Soho.
It's just a patio but outdoors drinking in Soho is a rarity.

The Nightingale - Nightingale Lane, Wanstead
Voted the best pub garden in the London Borough of Redbridge in 2012. Not bad.


The Hope, Carshalton has a courtyard, large decked garden and newly planted mini-orchard, all at the rear of the pub.


The Masons Arms Harrow Road, Kensal Green..


The Garden Bar W10, an amazing garden bar with a lovely outdoor space.


There are some awesome pubs listed, but Prospect of Whitby has to be one of the best. Great view of Canary Wharf and the view is amazing as the sun goes down. A lot of these pubs, that are closer to central London, are in a great iPhone app called Best London Pubs. I found so many great pubs with that app - in fact, I haven't been to a bad one yet :)


Cock & Dragon, Cockfosters


Lord Northbrook in Lee/Hither Green, and The Crown in Lee.

Ian Brock

The Narrow in Limehouse. Not a garden as such, more a patio, but right by the river with fantastic views.

Stephen Way

The Hoop & Grapes, 80 Farringdon St has a beer garden at the rear (no grass, though). If it's not too far out, the Crown & Horseshoes in Enfield (EN2 6PZ) has a huge garden.


Henry J Beans Kings Road ..... no longer open!!!!


The Cherry Tree in East Dulwich has a beautiful garden at the back and
in the summer you buy from a counter raw meat/chicken/burgers/sausages and you
Barbecue them yourself with your friends! Priceless!


Can anyone think of a Zone 1 beer garden with grass?

Surely Rose & Crown, corner of Columbo St/Paris Gardens, north of zone 1 Southwark station, which has full grass garden?


Katy Stenhouse

The Old Brewery in Greenwich has a wonderful outdoor space and great selection of Greenwich Meantime beers


The Anglesey Arms, Palace Rd, Bromley. Great food and live music Saturday evenings too.


Fox & Goose near Hanger Lane Station

Matt Trew

the Oval Lounge, Clapham Road. Raised covered and heated front patio great for watching the world go by, and a small rear garden also covered and a great sun trap in the warmer months.

PJ Crittenden

The Clapton Hart, Lower Clapton Road E5, right by the Lea Bridge Road roundabout. A good size, pleasant to be in. And of course a fantastic selection of beers, almost all from independent breweries.


The Dickens Inn, St Katarine's docks near Tower Bridge, with a dedicated outdoor area (2 terraces). No cars, plus the sound of the seagulls and of the boats clinking around can make you think you're on holiday ;)

Rod Anderson

Can you add The Beehive N17 to the wasteland that is Tottenham. Lovely big beer garden. Children friendly. And Redemption Beer.


The Alma, Crystal Palace. Large outside area.
The Conquering Hero, Crown Point, also has a pig.

Sonia Johnson

The Herne, 2 Forest Hill Road, London SE22 0RR. http://www.thehernetavern.co.u...
Large and attractive beer garden, good food (recently under new management which has considerably improved it), recently one of the Evening Standard's top 10 London beer gardens.


The Foresters Arms, Loughton. Sunset terrace looking over the forest!


The Wibbly Wobbly floating pub boat on Rainbow Quay in Greenland Dock, Surrey Quays has a lovely floating outside terrace with barbecue


The telegraph in Putney Heath has a great garden looking out to the cricket green and the common


The plough inn. Northfield's ave ealing


The Oval Tavern , Oval Road Croydon for it's great atmosphere, great music and it's Sunday BBQ


The Canonbury (no guesses as to location) had an amazingly large beet garden with BBQ and bookable tables. Also the Drapers Arms in Barnsbury. Both appear missing from the map.

Charlie Falconer

The Guildford Arms, Guildford Grove, Greenwich : Fabulous food, fabulous garden

Richard Harris

Why does Kingston not appear to exist to the Londonist team? Last time I checked it was a borough. Also, the Norbiton Dragon has one of the best pub gardens south of the river.

Simon Ward

East Dulwich: The Bishop, The Actress, The Great Exhibition, The Herne Tavern, The Flying Pig. All great beer gardens!


The Brownswood on the junction of Green Lanes and Brownswood Road has a big beer garden out the back, plus a few benches at the side as well.


Coq D'Argent at Bank has an epic roof terrace/garden AND it has grass...


The Dickens Inn in St. Katherine Dock should be listed. Beautiful outside seating area.


This map doesn't seem to exist anymore (have tried it on a few browsers) - any chance of redoing this?

Richard Harris

The Norbiton Dragon in Kingston.

Carol Anne Wright

The Crown St Margarets Twickenham has a beautiful garden, with flower beds. Well worth a visit.


Fox and Firkin in Lewisham

Emma Ray

The Beehive, Carter St near Walworth road has a load of picnic tables

Catrine Jensen

The Telegraph! Telegraph Rd, London SW15 3TU, UK

Killer BOB

The Bridge in Barnes, corner of Castelnau Road and Arundel Terrace (just after the bridge, hence the name). Huge garden, friendly staff, nice food, nice beer.

Siôn Owen

Has anyone from Time Out actually been to Crystal Palace recently? Twenty Five shut ages ago! My recommendation would be The Alma on Church Road

Shellfire Grayson

I can add to the wastelands around Kings Cross - many pubs here have roof terraces. The nicest is probably Central Station on Wharfdale Road (nicest roof terrace that is, the pub is decidedly average). The Driver (Wharfdale/Caledonian Road), The Scottish Stores (Caledonian) and The Fellow (York Way) all have roof terraces. The Star of Kings has a decent space out front on York Way, as does The Thornhill Arms on Caledonian Road. And the newly opened Lighterman bar on Granary Square has several balconies and drinking areas, one of which is next to the canal towpath, but that place is rather poncy.

Shellfire Grayson

Oh, and I'm surprised that The Queensbury isn't there. Willesden Green's best pub (and recently saved - for now - from developers). Lovely terrace out front, facing the tube station.


The Black Horse, Wood Street, Barnet and the Griffin, Whetstone both have large grassed gardens. The Griffin's is at the back, so traffic noise is lost...

The Joiner's Arms in Finchley has an enclosed, paved area out the back with seating, shades and even a TV!