Summer is officially on the way in London, and there’s no better place to soak up all that long-awaited sunshine than at a London pub with its very own beer garden. Not all London pubs are blessed with sun-filled outdoor space, so to help you find your very own boozy secret garden, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite London pub beer gardens. Here’s to a brilliant summer in London!
5 Lovely London Pub Beer Gardens
The Duke of Sussex
Set in Southbank right by Waterloo (which is always buzzing in the spring and summer), you’ll find The Duke of Sussex. With one of the most enticing London pub beer gardens, The Duke of Sussex’s outdoor area has plenty of seating, and there’s even heaters and lanterns for those cool spring evenings. The Duke of Sussex runs promotions throughout the week as well. For example, every Monday margaritas are on offer for only £5 each. This pub also boasts some good grub as well. Try their famous spit-roasted chicken, which is brined and marinated for a full day before getting roasted over charcoal.
The Colton Arms
Kensington’s The Colton Arms is a tiny neighborhood pub located right by The Queen’s Club, a prestigious private sporting club. Every June, The Queen’s Club hosts the esteemed Queen’s Club Championships, a men’s lawn tennis tournament. Inspired by its neighbor, the beer garden at The Colton Arms has an outdoor floor painted to look like a tennis court, making it a great pit-stop on your way to—or from—The Queen’s Club tennis tournament. The Colton Arms is easily reached from a whole bunch of our London Perfect apartments such as the classically decorated, three-bedroom Macdonald vacation rental. And Kensington is one of the best neighborhoods to be based in for the spring and summer. For more inspiration on how to have the perfect day in Kensington, check out this sample itinerary here.
The Windsor Castle
Based on the crossroads of Notting Hill, Holland Park and Kensington, The Windsor Castle is a traditional pub favored by locals. The interiors are very historic and cozy, but when the sun is shining, you’ll want to head out into the courtyard to the beer garden. It’s a pint-sized space, but it has great vibes. It’s a lovely place to spend a long spring afternoon.
The Blue Anchor
With beautiful views over the River Thames, The Blue Anchor is a firm fan favorite in Hammersmith. It’s always buzzing—especially when the sun is shining. The pub actually dates back to 1722 and still retains some of its original features (especially downstairs). But outside is where the magic happens in the summertime. There’s plenty of cheerful blue picnic tables, making this a great spot to go with a group of friends. The outdoor area is well-positioned for the annual Boat Race, which is a rowing competition between the Cambridge University Boat Club and the Oxford University Boat Club.
The Lillie Langtry
Right by Earl’s Court, The Lillie Langtry is one of the cutest London pub beer gardens. The upstairs area is done up like a glamorous Victorian cocktail lounge, and the bijou garden is decorated in fairy lights. There’s also outdoor seating out front. With its pretty stripped awning, The Lillie Langtry is a very popular after-work spot. And it’s full of mish-mashed artwork and bold colors. It’s within walking distance of plenty of London Perfect apartment rentals like the Addington, the Compton and the Attlee, which is one of our favorite sunny apartments to book for the spring and summer.
The George is located in the Isle of Dogs, a small area just south of Canary Wharf. (Despite the name, it’s not actually an island.) The George has a magical, vine-covered garden. This pub also serves some old-fashioned cockney food like “pie and mash” by Maureen’s. The family-fun Maureen’s is an East End institution. Order one of the savory pies (beef or vegetable) served with a side of mashed potatoes and “liquor sauce” (parsley-based sauce). And be sure you wash down your pie and mash with a pint. Cheers!
Ready to do some al fresco drinking? Get in touch with the London Perfect team today. We have plenty of London apartments with their own private outdoor spaces, meaning you could even create your very own London pub beer garden.