London's Best Beer Gardens Mapped

By M@
London's Best Beer Gardens Mapped
The Dolphin, Sydenham. By M@.

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.



Swan & Bottle

Traditional British grub is served up in this canal-side boozer. Watch the boats putter by.

Swan & Bottle, Oxford Road, Denham, Uxbridge, UB8 1LZ

The George

Harvester boozer with all the classic pub grub and an outside space.

The George, Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7TJ

The Orchard, Ruislip

The Orchard

A Beefeater pub with a huge sea of green, studded with oversize umbrellas.

The Orchard Ruislip, Ickenham Road, Ruislip, HA4 7DR


London Apprentice

Big old famous neighbourhood pub that offers amazing views of the river from its beer garden.

London Apprentice, 62 Church Street, Isleworth, TW7 6BG

The White Cross

Victorian pub with a great view overlooking the Thames.

The White Cross, Riverside, Richmond, TW9 1TH


Bavarian beerhouse with lovely Thames-side views.

Steins, Towpath (Footpath below at the river), Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UX

The Marlborough, Richmond

The Marlborough

Sizeable beer garden, we reckon one of the best in London.

The Marlborough, 46 Friars Stile Road, Richmond, TW10 6NQ

The Greyhound

This gastropub has a stunning view of Kew Gardens, with a garden out the back with benches and private wooden 'pods'.

The Greyhound, 82 Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 3AP


The White Swan

The front beer terrace is regularly surrounded by water at high tide, so watch out. It's in our list of best pubs on the river Thames.

The White Swan, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DN


Express Tavern

Traditional English pub, with no jukebox, fruit machines or pool table in sight. It has a lovely, well-manicured garden with patio. The lawn is, however, out of bounds, as it was traditionally a bowling green.

Express Tavern, 56 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, TW8 0EW

The Bell and Crown, Richmond

The Bell and Crown

18th-century Fuller's pub located right on a leafy towpath, with a conservatory and restaurant.

The Bell and Crown 11-13 Strand-On-The-Green, Strand on the Green W4 3PL

The Duke of Sussex

Victorian pub with beautiful wide windows. Beautiful garden. Tapas recommended.

The Duke of Sussex, 75 South Parade, W4 5LF


Grand Junction Arms

A huge beer garden with bonus benches right out on the river too.

Grand Junction Arms, Acton Lane, Canal Bridge, NW10 7AD

The Swan

Tucked-away pub with a relaxing, leafy garden.

The Swan, 119 Evershed Walk, Acton Lane, W4 5HH


Drayton Court Hotel

Fuller's pub with huge beer garden.

Drayton Court Hotel, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, W13 8PH

The North Star

Voted the best in Ealing by Londonist readers. This is old boozer meets smart gastro pub with a bamboo-like tunnel that protects you from the elements.

The North Star, 43 The Broadway, W5 5JN

Rose and Crown

Friendly neighbourhood pub with colourful hanging baskets and a large beer garden with benches.

The Rose & Crown, Church Place, St. Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 4HN

The Grange

Voted one of the best pubs in Ealing by Londonist readers, with a large walled garden – heated in winter.

The Grange, Warwick Road, Ealing, W5 3XH

The Ealing Park Tavern

A neighbourhood local with a large, colourful beer garden and fun events over the summer.

The Ealing Park Tavern, 222 South Ealing Road, W5 4RL

Ealing Park Tavern

Kensal Green

The Masons Arms

This local gastro pub has a roof terrace and one of West London’s largest beer gardens.

The Masons Arms, 665 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, NW10 5NU


Windsor Castle

Refurbed old boozer with real ale and a beer garden with an outside bar.

Windsor Castle, 114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, W8 7AR

The Sun In Splendour

With a vibrant yellow exterior and a 'secret' little garden out the back.

The Sun In Splendour, 7 Portobello Road, W11 3DA

Shepherd's Bush


A smart gastropub and relaxing garden, with faux grass, beanbags and deckchairs in the garden. Around the corner from the Sipsmith Distillery, so expect to get stuck into the G&Ts.

Eagle, 215 Askew Road, Shepherd's Bush, W12 9AZ


Thatched House

An airy pub with a log fire, conservatory and a beer garden.

Thatched House, 115 Dalling Road, W6 0ET

The Thatched House

The Old Ship

This renowned Hammersmith pub is located right on the river.

The Old Ship, 25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TD

The Cross Keys

Palm trees and colourful flowers in this tropical-looking beer garden.

The Cross Keys, 57 Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, W6 9BG

The Cross Keys, Hammersmith

The Salutation

Chilled secluded garden and good beer.

The Salutation, 154 King Street, W6 0QU

Queen's Head

A huge, inviting oasis of trees and cold beer on warm evenings.

Queen's Head, 13 Brook Green, Hammersmith, W6 7BLg


The Red Lion

Nestled in one of London’s leafiest areas. There's a big no-frills beer garden with benches and parasols.

The Red Lion, 2 Castelnau, Barnes, SW13 9RU

The Sun Inn

Overlooking the famous Barnes village pond, with a beer garden and bowling green.

The Sun Inn, 7 Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HE

The Coach and Horses

A great little pub with real ales and a green beer garden.

The Coach and Horses, 27 Barnes High Street, SW13 9LW


The Green Man

Smart venue, with a tidy seating area.

The Green Man, Wildcroft Road, Putney, SW15 3NG

The Green Man, Putney


The White Horse

Known for its barbecue and sunny beer garden. Great beer too.

The White Horse, 1-3 Parsons Green, Fulham, SW6 4UL

Aragon House

Ivy-clad pub with a huge beer garden hosting summer barbecues.

Aragon House, 247-249 New King's Road, Fulham, SW6 4XG

The Crabtree

A pretty well-to-do pub in a pretty well-to-do area, with sweeping Thames views.

The Crabtree, Rainville Road, W6 9HA

The Crabtree, Fulham


The Ship

Great Thames views – expect busy times during the summer months.

The Ship, 10 Thames Bank, SW14 7QR

The Magic Garden

Hippy-style pub garden that looks like an eclectic al fresco living room.

The Magic Garden, 231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG

The Prince Albert

What this smart gastropub lacks in character, it makes up for in patio-ed beer garden.

The Prince Albert, 85 Albert Bridge Road, SW11 4PF


The Troubadour

The likes of Jimi Hendrix have played at this renowned Chelsea pub. There's a café downstairs and a little garden at the back, enveloped in trellises and trees.

The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9JA

The Phene

This SW3 pub prides itself on its swanky garden — soft furnishings and all.

The Phene, 9 Phene Street, Chelsea, SW3 5NY

The Phene

Coopers Arms

Located just off the King's Road, this Chelsea pub has Victorian features, craft beers and a beer garden.

Coopers Arms, 87 Flood Street, Chelsea, SW3 5TB


Hand in Hand

19th-century cottage on the edge of Wimbledon Common, with a garden-like back yard with calming green views.

Hand in Hand, 6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon, SW19 4RQ

Rose & Crown

A Wimbledon pub with a cosy patio-ed beer garden.

Rose & Crown, 55 High Street, Wimbledon, SW19 5BA

The Alexandra

Good old-fashioned pub with a spacious terrace and a balcony out the front.

The Alexandra, 33 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NE

The Alexandra, Wimbledon

The Sultan

Red-brick pub with real ales and a walled garden.

The Sultan, 78 Norman Road, SW19 1BT

White City

Garden Bar

True to its name, the garden here really is something, wood decked and extensive, and beautifully fairy-lit at night.

Garden Bar, 41 Bramley Road, Notting Hill, W10 6SZ



Ye Olde Mitre Inne

A tremendous 16th century inn with the feel of a village pub and a garden, complete with a stone kiln.

Ye Olde Mitre Inne, 58 High Street, Barnet EN5 5SJ

The Orange Tree

Beautiful garden and a wonderful, traditional pub.

The Orange Tree, 7 Totteridge Village, N20 8NX

East Finchley

The Ranelagh

Pints and Sunday roasts in a decked pub garden. Lovely

The Ranelagh, 82 Bounds Green Road, N11 2EU

The Ranelagh, East Finchley

John Baird

Nice back garden, along with a decent selection of beverages, and a Thai restaurant in the same building if you're peckish.

John Baird, 122 Fortis Green Road, N10 3HN

The Maid of Muswell

Smart neighbourhood pub with a covered terrace.

The Maid of Muswell, 121 Alexandra Park Road, N10 2DP

Crouch End

Ye Olde Cherry Tree, Southgate

Ye Olde Cherry Tree

This pub garden makes you feel like you've just taken a stroll to a countryside pub — a great city escape.

Ye Olde Cherry Tree, The Green, N14 6EN


The Pineapple, Kentish Town

The Pineapple

A popular Kentish Town pub, with a conservatory and beer garden.

The Pineapple, 51 Leverton Street, NW5 2NX

The Junction Tavern

A large Victorian building with an airy conservatory and a buzzing beer garden.

The Junction Tavern, 101 Fortess Road, NW5 1AG

Abbey Tavern

A great summer spot, with a large roof terrace and beer garden.

Abbey Tavern, Abbey Tavern, 124 Kentish Town Road, NW1 9QB

The Constitution

Not a huge garden, but a decent enough suntrap.

The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, NW1 0QT

The Edinboro Castle, Camden

The Edinboro Castle

Huge beer garden with plenty of benches, but on sunny days can get very busy.

The Edinboro Castle, 57 Mornington Terrace, NW1 7RU

The Hawley Arms

An autographed rock star hall, a small garden and bonus roof terrace.

The Hawley Arms, 2 Castlehaven Road, NW1 8QU

The Engineer

Based in leafy Primrose Hill with a walled garden.

The Engineer, 65 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JH

The Lock Tavern

Buzzing lock side pub with a rooftop drinking area overlooking Camden Market.

The Lock Tavern, 35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AJ

Princess of Wales

This pub has a rare basement garden, which has/had a fake Banksy.

Princess of Wales, 22 Chalcot Road, NW1 8LL

Pembroke Castle

Has a small terrace area — but be warned — it's often full.

Pembroke Castle, 150 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JA

Stoke Newington

The Stoke Newington Tea House

Previously the Daniel Defoe — now specialising in loose tea (!) with a large terrace beer tea garden.

The Stoke Newington Tea House, 102 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 0LA

The Londesborough

Friendly neighbourhood pub with a beer garden and Sunday lunches.

The Londesborough, 36 Barbauld Road, Stoke Newington, N16 0SS

The Auld Shillelagh

Lively Irish boozer with pot plant-studded garden.

The Auld Shillelagh, 105 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 0UD

Holloway Road

North Nineteen

Family run pub specialising in ales and whiskies. Paved, but nice garden.

North Nineteen, 194-196 Sussex Way, N19 4HZ

The Swimmer at Grafton Arms

The roof terrace here is a nice sun trap.

The Swimmer at Grafton Arms, 13 Eburne Road, N7 6AR

The Faltering Fullback

A veritable Ewok's Village of a beer garden.

The Faltering Fullback, 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB


The Crown

A smart local, standing here for over 100 years, with Victorian charm and an outside seating area

The Crown, 116 Cloudesley Road, N1 0EB

The Albion, Islington

The Albion

Georgian pub with an extensive garden.

The Albion, 10 Thornhill Road, Islington, N1 1HW

Earl of Essex

Located just off Regent's Canal, with a menu matched to one of 20 craft beers.

Earl of Essex, 25 Danbury St, Islington, N1 8LE

The Lord Clyde

Gastropub with a nice little courtyard garden.

The Lord Clyde, 340-342 Essex Road, Islington, N1 3PB


The Black Lion

A large split-level garden with a full sunset view

The Black Lion, 295-297 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 1RD

The Windmill

This hotel/pub has a neat little garden out the back, with a mix of chunky picnic benches, elegant garden sets and a leafy green wall.

The Windmill, 57 Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 3JX

The Freemasons Arms, Hampstead

The Freemasons Arms

This smart Hampstead pub looks like a country house, with an airy conservatory and an opulent beer garden.

The Freemasons Arms, 32 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, NW3 1NT

The Garden Gate

This wood-panelled 19th-century pub has a popular, large, heated garden.

The Garden Gate, 14 South End Road, Hampstead, NW3 2QE

The Stag, Hampstead

The Stag

Around since 1874, this Hampstead gastropub has private cabanas in the back garden.

The Stag, 67 Fleet Road, Hampstead, NW3 2QU

The Spaniards Inn

A green garden offering al fresco dining.

The Spaniards Inn, Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ


The Flask

With preserved Victorian features and a partly covered area at the front of the pub.

The Flask, 14 Flask Walk, NW3 1HE

Red Lion & Sun

A shady garden which sometimes does hog roasts in the summer.

Red Lion & Sun, 25 North Road, Highgate, N6 4BE

The Bull

Trendy pub with a small outdoor decking area.

The Bull, 13 North Hill, Highgate, N6 4AB

The Woodman, Highgate

The Woodman

One of the largest gardens in Highgate, with both covered, decked patios and al fresco benches.

The Woodman, 414 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5UA



The County Arms, Wandsworth

The County Arms

Sitting on the edge of Wandsworth Common, a refurbed Victorian building-turned pub with a large sun drenched garden, with small tables, family benches and parasols. Dreamy.

The County Arms, 345 Trinity Road, SW18 3SH

The Avalon

Lurking between Clapham and Balham — this gastro pub sure pulls in a crowd. Boasting three outdoor spaces — a roadside terrace, a secluded courtyard, and a large back garden with its very own bar.

The Avalon, 16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB

The Hope

Beers with a view of Wandworth Common. Dog-friendly.

The Hope, 1 Bellevue Road, SW17 7EG

The Nightingale, Wandsworth

The Nightingale

Built in 1853, this cottage-style pub is steeped in character. The garden features a charcoal barbecue.

The Nightingale, 97 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8NX

The Devonshire

This 'Secret' bar garden is one of the biggest in Balham — head here for al fresco dinners and barbecues.

The Devonshire, 39 Balham High Road, SW12 9AN

Earlsfield/ Tooting

Leather Bottle

300 year-old pub with an immense beer garden, beach huts and outdoor games.

Leather Bottle, 538 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW17 ONY

The Selkirk, Tooting

The Selkirk

Large lawn and decking area.

The Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road, SW17 0ES

The Antelope

Now has a restaurant in the refurbished garage in its spacious and sunny yard. With Sunday roasts, a fireplace and a quiz night.

The Antelope, 76 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NG

Streatham Common

Leigh Arms

Quaint, friendly local with a no frills beer garden.

Leigh Arms, 1-3 Wellfield Road, SW16 2BT


The Hope

A courtyard, large decked garden and mini-orchard, all at the rear of the pub.

The Hope, 48 West Street, Carshalton SM5 2PR


The Builders Arms

Traditional-looking pub, with a beer garden and live sports shown on big screens inside.

The Builders Arms, Leslie Park Road, Croydon CR0 6TP

Ruskin House

Beautiful, spacious garden and patio area.

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD


The Windmill on the Common, Clapham

The Windmill on the Common

This country-style pub is always bustling on the weekend. It's got a spacious conservatory and generous garden located right on Clapham Common.

The Windmill on the Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE

The King & Co

Trendy craft beer pub with food pop ups and a small terrace at the front.

The King & Co, Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ


Grand Union Brixton

Verging more on bar territory, but this is (we reckon) one of the best beer gardens in Brixton. It's huge, with a campfire and a circle of tree houses you can book out individually.

Grand Union Brixton, 123 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5UA

Trinity Arms

Voted by Londonist readers as one of the best pubs in Brixton, with a handsome interior and healthy-sized beer garden — they call it 'hidden', but we say, not very.

Trinity Arms, 45 Trinity Gardens, Brixton, SW9 8DR

Duke of Edinburgh

A popular choice amongst Brixtonites, with a huuuuuge garden with a Glastonbury-esque feel — hay on the ground, fell tree benches and an outside kitchen.

Duke of Edinburgh, 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG

The Falcon, Clapham

The Falcon

Out the back you'll find yourself in a tropical(ish) paradise. Or hang around in the front garden and watch the Clapham wildlife.

The Falcon, 33 Bedford Road, Clapham, SW4 7SQ

The Landor

Clean cut pub with a bushy beer garden hosting al fresco parties in the summer.

The Landor, 70 Landor Road, SW9 9PH



Still and Star

Tiny pub with a small area devoted to outdoor drinking.

Still and Star, 1 Little Somerset Street, E1 8AH

Hackney Wick/ Stratford/ Leytonstone

Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick

Crate Brewery

Set up in an old factory with canal-side drinking and pizza.

Crate Brewery & Pizzeria, 7 The white building, Queen's Yard, E9 5EN

Howling Hops

Huge beer tanks behind the bar and plenty of sun-drenched benches outside. If there's any sun.

Howling Hops, Unit 9A Queen's Yard, White Post Lane, E9 5EN

The Red Lion

Shabby chic London boozer with ales, British food — great beer garden with graffitied walls and table football under a covered area.

The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AA

The Birkbeck Tavern

Local pub with a walled garden.

The Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, E11 4HL

North Star, Leytonstone

North Star

Nice, cosy back garden with live DJs outside in the summer.

North Star, 24 Browning Road, Leytonstone, E11 3AR

The Cuckfield

There's a conservatory and generous beer garden within this former 19th-century coaching inn.

The Buckfield, 31 High Street, E11 2AA

The Nightingale

A cosy pub with benches outside. Plant yourself down.

The Nightingale, 51 Nightingale Lane, E11 2EY


The Princess of Wales, Clapton

Princess of Wales

This rural pub sits on the edge of Hackney and Leyton, with views of the River Lea from one side, and large areas of parkland on the other. A city escape in the city.

Princess of Wales, 146 Lea Bridge Road, E5 9RB

The Crooked Billet

This Clapton gem has a nicely sized beer garden, with sheltered huts and outside screens so you can catch the game and some rays. Winner.

The Crooked Billet, 84 Upper Clapton Road, E5 9JP

London Fields/ Mile End/ Bethnal Green

Royal Inn on the Park

Steeped in history, this magnificent place has a small beer garden.

Royal Inn on the Park, 111 Lauriston Road, E9 7HJ

Pun on the Park, London Fields

Pub on the Park

Like it says on the tin, located right on the edge of London Fields, this is the perfect summer drinking/ partying spot, with a huge park-sided beer garden, with boules — plus dancing and DJs inside on the weekends.

Pub on the Park, 19 Martello Street, E8 3PE

The Misty Moon

Traditional east end boozer with an enclosed beer garden

The Misty Moon, 456 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0EA

The Old George, Bethnal Green

The Old George

If all the studied tattiness isn't your thing, there's a slightly more polished anteroom and a pretty big beer garden out the back.

The Old George, 379 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN

The Carpenter's Arms

Set in the heart of Brick Lane, it’s nice and airy with lots of large windows, world wide beers and a tiny terrace tucked out behind some backrooms.

The Carpenter's Arms, 73 Cheshire Street, E2 6EG


The Red Lion

Cracking rooftop seating area, but you have to carry your pint all the way up. Don't try when you're tipsy.

The Red Lion, 41 Hoxton Square, N1 6NH

The Fox Craft Beer House, Haggerston

The Water Poet

The City's favourite beer garden. Generously sized for this part of town, with a good atmosphere and delicious food — served outside in the summer.

The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX

Old Fountain

With cask ales and a roof terrace.

Old Fountain, 3 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU

The Crown and Shuttle

Has a surprisingly large beer garden.

The Crown and Shuttle, 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ

The Fox Craft Beer House

With a small hidden roof terrace and benches outside the front.

The Fox Craft Beer House, 372 Kingsland Road, E8 4DA

The Talbot

Seating around the front and the back, plus a little balcony upstairs too.

The Talbot, 109 Mortimer Road N1 4JY

The Water Poet, Spitalfields

The Scolt Head

Grab a craft beer and head out to the ivy-clad garden out the back, with its own lamppost.

The Scolt Head, 107A Culford Road, N1 4HT

The Victory

Smart city pub with a front drinking area.

The Victory, 27 Vyner Street, E2 9DQ

Tower Bridge

The Town of Ramsgate

This ship-like riverside pub claims to be the oldest pub on The Thames — where James II's famous Hanging Judge was captured back in the 17th century.

The Town of Ramsgate, 62 Wapping High Street, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 2PN

The Captain Kidd

This old warehouse has large windows overlooking The Thames — plus a large yard downstairs right by the river.

The Captain Kidd, 108 Wapping High Street, E1W 2NE

The Old Salt Quay

The Mayflower

Another riverside pub vying for the ‘Oldest Pub on The Thames’ title. With a tiny Thames-side terrace.

The Mayflower, 117 Rotherhithe Street, SE16 4NF

Old Salt Quay

A modern converted warehouse overlooking the Thames

Old Salt Quay, 163 Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5QU

Prospect of Whitby

One of London's most famous pubs, from the 1520s. With a sought-out drinking terrace out the back.

Prospect of Whitby, 57 Wapping Wall, E1W 3SH

Canary Wharf

The Gun, Coldharbour

Located right on the river. Boom!

The Gun, Coldharbour, 27 Coldharbour, Poplar, E14 9NS

Clerkenwell/Farringdon/The City

The Fence

There are better pubs in the area, but this is one of the few with a beer garden at the back.

The Fence, 67-69 Cowcross Street, Farringdon EC1M 6BP

Crown Tavern

No garden, but lots of outside space on the concrete, with tables

Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0EG

The Argyle

Modern pub with a roof terrace area — rare for this part of town.

The Argyle. 1 Greville Street, EC1N 8PQ

The Old Bank of England

High ceilinged pub in the former Bank of England’s Law Courts

The Old Bank of England, 194 Fleet Street, EC4A 2LT

Ye Olde London, Ludgate Hill

Ye Olde London

Has a pleasant courtyard space.

Ye Olde London, 42 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7DE


Covent Garden

The Punch & Judy, Covent Garden

Punch and Judy

18th century pub with a roof terrace overlooking the piazza.

Punch and Judy Covent Garden, 40 Henrietta St, WC2E 8RF


The Carpenters Arms

Wood-panelled pub with a small roof terrace.

The Carpenters Arms, 68-70 Whitfield Street, Bloomsbury, W1T 4EY

The Grafton Arms

19th-century Bloomsbury pub with real ales and a nice little back terrace.

The Grafton Arms, 72 Grafton Way, Bloomsbury, W1T 5DU



Doggetts Coat & Badge

Named after the 300 year old boat race (oldest in the world) that hits The Thames every July. with summer barbeques in the beer garden out the back.

Doggetts Coat & Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, SE1 9UD

Founders Arms

The riverside views says it all.

Founders Arms, 52 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH

Rose & Crown

A new development means it's sadly in the shade most times.

Rose & Crown, 47 Colombo Street, SE1 8DP


The Fentiman Arms, Oval

The Fentiman Arms

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 Fentiman Arms, 64 Fentiman Road, Oval, SW8 1LA

Prince of Wales

No beer garden as such, but you're allowed to take your drinks onto the grass of the square. Apparently, it's 'amazeballs'.

Prince of Wales, Cleaver Square, SE11 4EA


The Anchor Bankside

Popular tourist pub with riverside beer garden, plus roof terrace.

The Anchor Bankside, 34 Park Street, SE1 9EF

The Old Thameside

Raised seating area overlooking the river.

The Old Thameside, Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, SE1 9DG

The Mudlark

With a concreted drinking area to side of pub.

The Mudlark, Montague Close, SE1 9DA

The George Inn

The yard is given over to seating at this historic pub.

The George Inn, The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH

The Horniman

This former tea warehouse offers riverside drinking with good view of the City.

The Horniman, Hay's Galleria, Hays Galleria, 18-19 Battle Bridge Lane, SE1 2HD


A narrow little pub with a nice little garden out the back.

Woolpack, 98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB

The Roebuck

Victorian pub with a beer garden

The Roebuck, 50 Great Dover Street, SE1 4YG


The Sun

Trendy pub with a garden in the front and back.

The Sun, 61-63 Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell, SE5 9NS

Fox on the Hill

This Wetherspoon hosts a large garden on a slope.

Fox on the Hill, 149 Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8EH


Frank's Bar

Okay… yes bar — but it’s pretty epic. On top of multistorey car park, with vast city views, this makes for a killer sunset spot. Only open through summer.

Frank's Bar, 95A, Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

Bar Story

Arty venue with flowing cocktails and a rustic outdoor space, with fires to keep you going through the evening.

Bar Story, 213 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL

The Rye, Peckham

The Rye

Lovely green garden that's part deck, part grass. Has table tennis.

The Rye, 31 Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX

New Cross

The New Cross House

Spacious local with a decked beer garden.

The New Cross House, 316 New Cross Road, SE14 6AF

Herne Hill/ Dulwich


Upmarket bar with a decked garden.

Florence, 131-133 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0NG

The Plough, Dulwich

The Plough

Large pub with a conservatory, outdoor decked area and barbecues in the summer.

The Plough, 381 Lordship Lane, Dulwich, SE22 8JJ

The Railway Tavern

A no frills pub with tree houses out the back

The Railway Tavern, 7 Station Rise, West Norwood, SE27 9BW

The Rosendale

There's a huge beer garden at this former coaching inn.

The Rosendale, 65 Rosendale Road, SE21 8EZ

Dulwich Woodhouse

A smart pub in leafy Dulwich with a smartly preened beer garden with cute wooden huts.

Dulwich Woodhouse, 39 Sydenham Hill, SE26 6RS

Bridge House

A two-tiered beer garden — heck yes!

Bridge House, 2 High Street, SE20 8RZ

Swan & Mitre

Georgian pub with guest beers and sports

Swan & Mitre, 260-262 High Street, Bromley, BR1 1PG

The Dolphin, Sydenham

The Dolphin

Spacious lawned beer garden with preened hedges, it feels a bit like a scene out of Alice In Wonderland (if you forget about the brick walls behind you).

The Dolphin, 121 Sydenham Road, SE26 5HB

West Norwood

The Paxton

Modern bar with a beer garden and Sky sports.

The Paxton, 255 Gipsy Road, West Norwood, SE27 9QY

Hither Green

Ladywell Tavern

The tavern has had a makeover; now it's all about top quality wine, acoustic live music. It still has that nice little beer garden with wooden benches.

Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, Ladywell, SE13 7HS

Jolly Farmers

A great local pub with real character.

Jolly Farmers, 354 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LE

The Station

Serving up real ales and a sunny courtyard.

The Station, 14 Staplehurst Road, Hither Green, SE13 5NB


The Dacre Arms

A friendly local 'old man's pub'.

The Dacre Arms, 11 Kingswood Place, Blackheath, SE13 5BU

The Railway

A local pub with a roof terrace and board games for the winter months.

The Railway, 16 Blackheath Village, Blackheath, SE3 9LE

The Princess of Wales, Blackheath

The Princess Of Wales

This Victorian pub has a part-covered and heated garden.

The Princess Of Wales, 1a Montpelier Row, Blackheath, SE3 0RL

British Oak

Classic British pub, with craft ales, wood panelled walls and a beer garden with live chickens (yes indeed).

British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath, SE3 8S


The Vanbrugh

This local pub is middle class all the way, with a lunchtime mums and babies club and a lawned garden.

The Vanbrugh, 91 Colomb Street, Greenwich, SE10 9EZ

Cutty Sark

Over 200 years old, and full of (tasteful) nauticalia, this pub comes with a great riverside terrace.

Cutty Sark, 4-6 Ballast Quay, SE10 9PD

Old Brewery, Greenwich

Old Brewery

This Greenwich gastropub serves seasonal British food, Meantime beers and boasts a nice outdoor terrace.

Old Brewery, The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9LW

The Gipsy Moth

This small pub has a very decent patio garden with retractable roof.

The Gipsy Moth, 60 Greenwich Church Street, SE10 9BL

Richard I

With streetside seating and a large beer garden, heated in the winter.

Richard I, 52-54 Royal Hill, SE10 8RT

The Guildford Arms

With a sunken decked beer garden.

The Guildford Arms, 55 Guildford Grove, SE10 8JY


Dial Arch

Lots of tables out front so you can sit in the sun, but often people sit on the grassy square that Dial Arch borders.

Dial Arch, Major Draper Street, Woolwich, SE18 6GH

Danson Stables

Converted 18th-century stables

Danson Stables, Danson Park, Bexley Heath, DA6 8HL

Last Updated 09 October 2018