Few things can be more relaxing than enjoying a cold pint after a boring day at work. In order to make this experience even more pleasant, many Londoners turn to having it out in the open air, surrounded by leaves and flowering shrubs. Let’s explore some of the beer gardens that the residents of London hold as the best in the city:
1. Canonbury – Situated in northern London, the Canonbury beer garden remains famous due to the fact that George Orwell himself dwelt in the area in the period in which he wrote his essay “the Moon Under Water”, describing an idealized pub inspired by various local pubs, including Canonbury. With its enormous back garden, Canonbury is a great place to have a beer not only because of its history but also due to the relaxing atmosphere. A wide variety of drinks and exquisite dishes served in a refreshing outdoor atmosphere make this beer garden an excellent choice for a successful afternoon out drinking.
2. People’s Park Tavern – If you’ve been living in London for some time now, you might now this pub under its former name, The Britannia. Located besides Victoria Park, the People’s Park Tavern consists of an inside bar with vintage Victorian decorations and an equally impressive outdoor garden. They even have their very own micro-brewery! Definitely a venue worth visiting next time you feel like having a pint out in the open.
3. Faltering Fullback – Although not as exposed as the other beer gardens on this list, the Faltering Fullback is definitely a quality place to enjoy a drink on a hot summer afternoon. In spite of its timid location, this pub is almost always busy. What makes the Faltering Fullback unique is its diversity of atmospheres: a main room with projection screens for sports matches, a rural styled back room, a less noisy central room, a rooftop beer garden and even pool, all congregate into this amazing place found in northern London. Which area will you try out first?
4. Crate Brewery – If you’re looking for the most eccentric place to have a beer out in the open within the capital, look no further. Upon entering this unique beer garden, the first word that comes to mind has to be “hipster”. With furniture and decorations made out of, well, crates, the Crate Brewery features live music, pizza and a generally urban, youth-oriented atmosphere. Living up to its name the Crate Brewery brews its own beer and does a great job at it – the beer comes in many varieties, each tastier than the other. Unique, strange but enjoyable, this beer garden is a perfect choice for those looking for something out of the ordinary.
5. Aragon House – Despite having a more discrete presence than most other pubs, Aragon House is definitely worth a visit. Decorated in a rustic manner, the venue displays large ornate mirrors, handmade paintings and oddly shaped tables. With dish options as diverse as beer choices, the outdoor garden is almost always full, due to the relaxing ambient and quality services. A place which cannot disappoint!
6. The Drayton Court – As intimidating as the medieval appearance may seem, the Drayton Court offers a warm atmosphere, friendly staff, cozy interior and, most of all, an immense outdoor garden. An excellent choice for an afternoon out with the whole family, the Drayton Court menu includes everything from beer and wine to mouthwatering dishes for every taste. Though somewhat of a walk away from the nearest tube station, the Drayton Court is an experience you cannot overlook.
7. Prospect of Whitby – If you’re a fan of pirate tales and stories of men venturing out at sea seeking a deadly thrill, this is a pub you will fall in love with. A historical pub, the Prospect of Whitby offers a unique view of the Thames river, over which it proudly displays a noose – a reminiscent of the old Execution Dock where, well, you can probably guess what used to happen. Featuring an authentic pirate den atmosphere, the Prospect of Whitby prides itself on a neatly arranged outdoor terrace where patrons can have a pint of beer (or rum) as the Thames flows by. If you’re eager to dine in a sailor-like manner, set sail for eastern London. Don’t forget your eye patch and cutlass. Arrr!
8. The Castle – An old pub with a modern feel. This is what patrons will find upon heading up to The Castle in Tooting for a drink. With a history dating back to the early 1800’s, The Castle received a new face in 2014 when an outside beer garden was added. Featuring a large surface, cozy hut-like areas and a relaxed atmosphere, the food menu isn’t much of a brainteaser, but the variety of beers is decent for a successful evening. Colorful, relaxing and conveniently located in the southern half of London, The Castle is definitely a place to have a drink before leaving London.
9. The Crabtree – Another Victorian masterpiece, The Crabtree prides itself on a spacious beer garden flowing all the way down to the riverfront, vintage ornate furniture and exclusive food and drinks. The garden itself is decorated with wooden decks, green ornamental plants and large umbrellas to protect patrons from both sun and pouring rain. The food menu includes various barbecue dishes, rotisserie meat or more exotic tastes such as Coq au Vin or Chilli and Garlic Prawns. Though crowded, the atmosphere is one of joy and delight. The kind of place that could become an afternoon addiction.
10. Earl of Essex – Conveniently located in the Borough of Islington, the Earl of Essex pub features an amazing variety of both British and American and Scandinavian beers, as well tasty dishes, each with a suggestion of accompanying beer. They even have their own brewery! With an impressive facade, the Earl of Essex doesn’t have much of a spacious outdoor area. The overwhelming range of drinks available here, however, perfectly justify its inclusion on our list.