If there’s one thing you can rely on London to do impeccably well time and time again, it’s a traditional pub garden in the summertime.
We’re not just talking about the charming, quintessentially British décor of London pubs in general. Oh no, there is far more to it than that and if you happen to be passing by any of these establishments this summer, we can guarantee you’ll find some of the greatest atmospheres in the city…
The Albion, Islington
Often draped in plumes of beautifully bright wisteria, the pub garden at the Albion is considered by many to be the gem of Islington, dating all the way back to the Georgian era.
The Edinboro Castle, Camden
The garden at the Edinboro Castle definitely puts its interior to shame, with its ability to offer 300 patrons a perfect outdoor drinking spot in the heart of Camden, along with a very decent selection of outdoor eats.
Captain Kidd, Wapping
Arguably one of the best viewpoints to take in the Thames with a drink in hand, Captain Kidd is East London’s unashamedly no-frills answer to trendier counterparts like The Ship (in Wandsworth).
Water Poet, Liverpool Street
Location-wise, the Water Poet is one of the frontrunners on this list, nestled right in between Spitalfields Market and Liverpool Street. As a result you can expect all manner of people taking in the sun in their (albeit slightly makeshift) outdoor courtyard.
People’s Park Tavern, South Hackney (next to Victoria Park)
This really isn’t just your average pub garden. Boasting an on-site brewery, a tap room with 70 beers to choose from and all the feel-good vibes of a summer’s day in the park, People’s Park Tavern has defined itself as a partygoers destination in its own right.
Magic Garden Pub, Battersea
Glastonbury fans will be suitably impressed by the ‘whimsical and wonderful’ setup at Battersea’s Magic Garden Pub, famed for its huge festival canopy, delicious cocktails and outright kookiness.
The Ship, Wandsworth
Known by many as South London’s failsafe sunspot, the garden at the Ship is definitely the place to be if you want to experience a Thames sunset like no other.
The Prince, West Brompton
You’d be forgiven for needing a moment to regather when you see the size of this place. Hailed as London’s biggest beer garden, the stunningly-decorated Prince pub has become one of its most treasured summer venues.