As the days start to get longer and warmer, thoughts inevitably turn to finding a sunny place to put your feet up and enjoy good food, drink, and company. We’ve pulled together the very best beer gardens in London open from April 12th to make that post-lockdown drink all the more special.
1. People’s Park Tavern, Hackney
With its views of the lush Victoria Park, Hackney’s People’s Park Tavern is a firm favourite among beer garden connoisseurs. Describing itself as a ‘pub for the people, inspired by the people,’ the Tavern reflects the welcoming and generous spirit of the park it borders, which was created for the benefit of East London’s inhabitants back in 1845. One of the largest beer gardens London has to offer, People’s Park Tavern has its own brewery, BBQ kitchen, pop-up cocktail bar and a wide selection of craft beers on tap. The perfect location for seeing in the summer.
2. The Hawk’s Nest, Shepherd’s Bush
A hidden garden in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush market, The Hawk’s Nest offers the perfect combination of handpicked drinks and gourmet food. Set beneath a converted railway arch and filled with murals, art exhibits, leafy plants and flowers, The Hawk’s Nest offers food for the eyes as well as the stomach. Weekly events, including a quiz night, live music, and comedy shows are perfect for those on the lookout for some laid-back, top-quality entertainment.
3. Barrio, Shoreditch
Wishing you could be soaking up some Mexican sun? Look no further than Barrio, which offers a slice of South American atmosphere right in the heart of Shoreditch. Providing street food and a selection of drinks with a global view, Barrio transports you into a world of colour, flavour, and perpetual sunshine. A tropical-themed beer garden, complete with fairy lights, exotic plants, and vibrantly painted furniture is the perfect escape from the city – not to mention the selection of feel-good, sing-along hits drifting over from the speakers.
4. Bar Elba, Waterloo
Did someone ask for a Napoleon-themed rooftop bar? Perched above Waterloo and offering views of The Shard, The London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral, Bar Elba combines a not-to-be-missed location with a party atmosphere. The bar takes its name from the Mediterranean island of Elba, where Napoleon lived out his 300 day exile with 600 of his closest friends and his favourite horse, Marengo. A selection of tempting cocktails and mouth watering food make this the ideal destination to party like it’s 1814.
5. The Aeronaut, Acton
A beer garden with a twist, The Aeronaut combines pub grub and an extensive range of beers and wines with all the fun of the fair. Two gardens offer plenty of room for al fresco dining, while the quirky fairground aesthetic- including coconut shy, hook-a-duck, and strong man booths- provide a fun-filled atmosphere perfect for summer afternoons. It is at night, however, that The Aeronaut comes to life, with live circus shows, drag performances, and acrobatic displays turning this beer garden into the best seat in town.
6. The Windmill, Clapham
Brimming with quintessential English pub charm, The Windmill sits on the iconic Clapham Common, offering beautiful views and the company of the resident Bernese mountain dog, Max. Seasonal ingredients ensure that every dish can be traced directly from field to fork, while a wide range of wines, cocktails, and premium gins provide the perfect accompaniment. If you fancy something a little different, the Burger Shack offers a tempting range of street food from plant-based patties to loaded fries.
7. Lost Society, Battersea
Bring back the glamour of the Roaring ‘20s with decadent food and carefully crafted cocktails in this Art Deco themed bar. The terrace is the perfect place to soak up the sun, alongside a morning cup of Australian coffee or a local beer in the evening. Offering a ‘renaissance of smart drinking,’ Lost Society also lays on musical treats in the form of Disco Brunches and late night DJ sets to get you dancing into the wee hours.
8. Lockside Camden, Camden Market
With the picturesque Regent’s Canal and iconic Camden market at your feet, this perfectly situated beer garden is the ideal place to watch the world go by on a warm summer’s afternoon. Indulgent food and craft beer is served alongside musical mixes by Lockside’s resident DJs and guest artists, in genres ranging from Hip-Hop to House, Disco to Rock. Designed by the interior designer Steve Richards, Lockside brings the shabby chic of a New York bar to north London.
9. The White Bear, Kennington
One of the oldest pubs in South London, The White Bear has been opening its doors to locals, theatre-goers, and revellers since 1780. A champion of local breweries, The White Bear has a range of craft beers and curated cocktails that pair perfectly with their gastro pub food. Filled with antiques and curios that spill out into the serene garden, this is the perfect location to soak up some history and some sunshine.
10. Brewhouse & Kitchen, Highbury
Brewhouse & Kitchen are known for being beer & ale enthusiasts, and their Highbury location offers the perfect place to sample their offerings in their rustic garden. As well as having over 50 craft beers available, Brewhouse & Kitchen are also a brewpub, brewing their own unique libations on site. A menu of hearty food, painstakingly matched to the beers of offer, is the ideal accompaniment to watching the world go by in this idyllic haven in this bustling district of North London.