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Written by Mae Bristow - 14 May 2024

Our favourite London beer gardens

Enjoying a few cold pints with mates in a beer garden somewhere in London is always a good idea. There's something special about sipping on a cold beer or cocktail with the city's iconic skyline in view – or better – hidden from sight by trees. So why not grab a pint, soak up the sun and take in the beauty of our favourite outdoor drinking spots?

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1. A beloved East London beer garden: The Crooked Billet

Clapton, London

The Crooked Billet is a historic East London pub with one of the best beer gardens in Clapton. Pub fare, pints, beer garden as spacious as you like, and plenty of game-day atmosphere when the sport is on. Inside or outside, the crowd is always good, the beers cold, and the food tasty. But if there's even a hint of sunshine you can find us out in the beer garden.

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2. A London beer garden in a famous North London pub: The Faltering Fullback

Finsbury Park, London

Just behind Finsbury Park, this delightful Irish pub is much-loved by North London locals. You can enjoy a relaxing pint and take your pick of prime spots, whether it's the treehouse-style garden, the big screen sports area, or the bustling bar. There’s also a wide variety of that London pub classic: Thai food.

In terms of London beer gardens, we love the Fullback's many levels which can be quite the sun trap when the weather is good. Sports pub, Irish pub, live music venue, and top-notch beer garden, you can see why the pub is pretty famous.

3. A beer garden in a South London local: The Florence

Herne Hill, London

Situated in the heart of Herne Hill and overlooking Brockwell Park, this historic pub is a true gem. The front of the pub boasts a spacious, well-lit interior centred around a large island bar, while the back features a generous, shaded decked beer garden. When it comes to food, the pub takes a modern approach to traditional pub fare, using only the highest-quality ingredients. Between. the fare, the garden and the drinks, The Florence is a spectacular choice for celebratory drinks or a special occasion.

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4. A London beer garden for every occasion: The Alwyne Castle

Islington, London

The Alwyne Castle is a quaint but by no means small Highbury pub with a conservatory and a traditional beer garden of impressive size to soak up the sun in North London. With enough room to accommodate up to 340 people, you can spend an afternoon or a night with your mates whilst enjoying the fantastic atmosphere and classic pub fare. It has plenty of stylish deck seating, and greenery, with ample outdoor heaters and fairy lights. In other words, it's a great beer garden any time of the day or year.

5. A nostalgic London beer garden: The Crown & Shuttle

Shoreditch, London

Another old-school East End pub with a beer garden is The Crown & Shuttle. Burgers, beers, beer garden. Another one of those Zone 1 gems that offers a truly spacious beer garden. If you're planning a surprise birthday bash or seeking a venue for a boozy work event, The Crown & Shuttle have got you sorted.

6. The London beer garden full of good surprises: Earl of Essex

Islington, London

The Earl of Essex pub is the epitome of the phrase, “Don't judge a book by its cover”.

On the outside, it looks like just any other pub, but on the inside, it’ll surpass your expectations. The interior of the pub is characterised by a minimalist and rustic decor with its wooden tables and stools arranged around a dusty blue island bar. Walk outside and you’ll find the amazing beer garden with brick walls and greenery everywhere.

Another special feature of this pub is its nostalgic beer board that shows the brews of the day and takes up an entire wall. Earl of Essex has an old-school feel and a good atmosphere, making it an ideal pub – and beer garden – rain or shine.

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7. A Shoreditch beer garden that has it all: JuJu's Bar & Stage

Shoreditch, London

Located in the heart of Brick Lane's Truman Brewery, JuJu's Bar & Stage is a funky little cocktail bar. Set amid a dizzying array of pop-ups, this venue offers a versatile space that brings together diverse artistic forms under one roof.

The stripped-back interiors, featuring exposed brickwork and a hardwood dance floor, blend seamlessly with murals and a rotating collection of original artworks displayed on towering walls. With two bars and two spacious outdoor seating areas, you can enjoy a variety of craft beers, seasonal cocktails, and an array of Mezcals – just because.

In a cramped neighbourhood like Shoreditch, JuJu's beer garden is something of a rarity in London.

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8. Walk through the gates of this London beer garden: The Garden Gate

Hampstead, London

The Garden Gate, auspiciously located near a corner entrance of Hampstead Heath, is reputed to offer the ultimate outdoor drinking and dining experience, with one of the most beautiful beer gardens in North London.

The beer garden is massive and as green as its neighbour, the Heath, with plenty of pretty fairy lights for when the sun goes down. It's a great stop before, during, or after a stroll through the Heath as well.

Enjoy brunch, a Sunday Roast, or just a couple of pints and Sprtizes – it's all good in this London beer garden.

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9. A hidden London beer garden: Ashburnham Arms

Greenwich, London

Tucked away from the bustling tourist hub of Greenwich, the Ashburnham Arms is a comfortable and cosy pub retreat that has been a beloved fixture in the local community since 1850.

Hearty pub fare, an impressive wine selection, and award-winning real ales from Britain's oldest brewery, Ashburnham Arms offers a quaint patio in the front and a large garden in the back – plenty of outdoor seating for the London summer. Look out for the resident pups!

10. You won't have a 'crabby' time at this London beer garden: The Crabtree

Fulham, London

Found on the tranquil and picturesque stretch of the Thames between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, The Crabtree is a traditional pub that offers something for everyone.

Step inside and you'll be greeted by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with weighty wooden tables, paintings, and old-time photos of pre-war Fulham adding to the charm. Once you’re outside, you’ll be immersed in the beer garden which offers a view of the river Thames. When the weather finally warms up, the iconic Orchard BarBQ is fired up, serving up mouthwatering fare.

The Crabtree offers a variety of private hire options that are perfect for any event, from intimate gatherings to larger celebrations.

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11. A London beer garden that'll give you a warm welcome: The Canonbury Tavern

Islington, London

With a history dating back to the 1700s, the Canonbury Tavern offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern-day entertainment.

Enjoy a cosy and inviting atmosphere and mighty fine North London beer garden. Whether you're looking to catch the latest sports match on one of the big screens or simply unwind with a pint, the Canonbury Tavern is an ideal destination.

The Blue Room and The Garden are both available for private hire for a variety of events if you're looking for a good old-fashioned beer garden for your next party.

12. A London beer garden that's ready for you with open arms: The County Arms

Wandsworth, London

Dating back to 1852, The County Arms is a historic pub situated on the outskirts of Wandsworth Common. Retaining its original Victorian appeal, the pub boasts a range of beautiful areas, including a traditional bar, two stunning private hire spaces, and a beer garden!

Along with cosy fires, chesterfield sofas, and other classical elements, the County Arms specialises in seasonal and British fare. With a diverse, seasonal menu that recognises the classics, this pub truly celebrates tradition with contemporary style.

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13. A Shoreditch beer garden filled with locals and fun: Red Lion Hoxton

Shoreditch, London

Found right by Hoxton Square, the Red Lion has been a beloved destination for both regulars and visitors. The pub is open until midnight on weekends and is renowned for serving some of the finest pizzas in Shoreditch.

You can enjoy cocktails and pizza in the cosy interior or head to the lovely beer garden, which provides a relaxing escape from the bustling city. The garden is adorned with greenery, covered tables, and rustic furnishings. It feels a little like a tiki bar out in the garden with all the bamboo wattling and it's one hell of a sun trap.

14. A London beer garden with great views: The Faber Fox

Crystal Palace, London

Located at the top of Westow Hill, The Faber Fox is an independent neighbourhood pub offering an array of features that make it a prime spot, chief among them being the outdoor garden and terrace that offer some of the best views in the area. Lush greenery, blue skies, pints, pub fare, and all the screens to catch the sports action – we'd be remiss not to have The Faber Fox on our list of favourite beer gardens.

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15. A Shoreditch beer garden perfect for live music and drinking: Gigi's Hoxton

Shoreditch, London

Gigi's Hoxton is the ultimate destination in Hoxton Square for a fun experience of dining, cocktails, and music, all in one location. This venue boasts contemporary interiors spread across two floors and a heated beer terrace, which makes it a great environment to be in.

If you wanna jam to live music, then Gigi’s is the place. From jazz to disco, there’s music playing to please everyone’s earbuds. There’s also endless cocktails to choose from like the classic Gigi and T (hopefully you get the twist on words).

The venue can accommodate up to 300 guests and features a spacious main room, a VIP area, and a fully stocked bar. Gigi's Hoxton has become one of the city's most popular event spaces, attracting both locals and visitors who appreciate its unique atmosphere and diverse programming.

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16. The largest beer garden in Shoreditch: Strongroom

Shoreditch, London

Popular independent bar and late-night venue, Strongroom boasts the largest beer garden in Shoreditch.

Come rain or shine, day or night, the ivy-covered and fairly lit beer garden is the ideal location to indulge in some craft beer and burgers and the drinks menu includes a variety of options from local breweries and indie distilleries.

If you’re looking to host a large party or event, Strongroom is one of the best places with a capacity of 300 guests and access to the upstairs bar, basement dance floor, and of course, the beer garden.

Sink a few in the sun with London's best pub gardens

Who doesn't love a pub garden? Imagine the scene: the sun is shining, the denizens of London are out in full force, beers in each hand, sunglasses on, vibes: immaculate. The pub gardens of London are some of the best in the country, and you can book many of them out for your own private event. Take a look at some of the best London pub gardens below.

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How to hire a beer garden in London

Hiring a pub garden in London can be a splendid idea for a variety of events, from casual get-togethers and birthday celebrations to corporate events and wedding receptions. The charm of an outdoor setting combined with the relaxed atmosphere of a pub makes it a versatile and attractive choice. This guide will walk you through the essential steps and considerations for hiring a pub garden in London, ensuring your event is a resounding success.

Determine your needs

Firstly, identify the type of event you’re planning. This will influence the size of the venue, the facilities required, and the overall atmosphere you wish to create.

Estimate the number of guests you expect to attend. This is crucial for selecting a venue that can comfortably accommodate everyone. Remember to consider accessibility needs for any guests with disabilities.

Date and time

Choose a date and time for your event. Be flexible with your dates as popular venues can be booked months in advance, especially during peak seasons such as summer.

Research potential venues

Consider the location of the pub garden. Central London locations are more accessible but can be pricier, while venues in outer boroughs might offer more space and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Size and capacity

Ensure the garden is spacious enough for your guests to move around comfortably. Check if the venue has a minimum or maximum capacity to avoid overcrowding or excessive empty space.

Facilities and amenities

Look for venues that offer essential facilities such as sheltered areas (for unpredictable British weather), and heating (for cooler evenings).

Ambience and style

The style and ambience of the pub garden should match the tone of your event. Some gardens have a rustic charm, while others may be more modern or quirky. Visit potential venues to get a feel for their atmosphere.

Budget considerations

Understand the costs involved in hiring the pub garden. This can vary widely depending on the location, size, and popularity of the venue. Some pubs charge a flat fee, while others may have a minimum spend requirement on food and drinks.

Payment terms

Clarify the payment terms with the venue. Understand the deposit required, payment schedule, and cancellation policies.

Catering and beverages Most pub gardens offer a variety of catering options, from buffet-style setups to formal sit-down meals. Discuss the menu options with the venue to ensure they can cater to dietary restrictions and preferences of your guests.

Entertainment and activities

Decide on the type of music you want for your event. Some pub gardens have in-house DJs or sound systems, while others allow you to bring your own. Live music can also add a special touch to your event.

Games and activities

For a more interactive event, consider arranging games or activities. Some pub gardens offer facilities such as dartboards, pool tables, or outdoor games like pétanque.

Themed events

If you’re planning a themed event, discuss your ideas with the venue. They might be able to assist with decorations or recommend suppliers.

Legal and logistical considerations

Licences and Permits: Ensure the venue has the necessary licences for your event, especially if you plan to have live music or stay open late. Some areas may have noise restrictions or other regulations. Insurance: Check if the venue has public liability insurance. It’s also wise to consider event insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.


Ensure the venue is accessible for all your guests, including those with disabilities. This includes checking for ramps, accessible restrooms, and parking facilities.

Booking the venue

Arrange a site visit to see the venue in person. This will give you a better idea of the space and facilities and allow you to discuss any specific requirements with the venue manager. Contract and terms: Carefully read the contract and terms of hire before signing. Ensure all details are clearly outlined, including dates, costs, cancellation policies, and any specific arrangements discussed.

Hiring a pub garden in London can be an excellent choice for a memorable event. By carefully considering your needs, researching potential venues, managing your budget, and planning the logistics, you can ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for you and your guests. With this guide, you're well on your way to hosting a fantastic event in one of London's charming pub gardens.

Frequently asked questions

London beer gardens are versatile and can host a wide range of events, including birthday parties, corporate gatherings, weddings, art exhibitions, product launches, and more. The possibilities are endless. What you want to be aware of is whether a pub or bar can offer you private or semi-private hire of their beer garden.

Booking in advance is advisable, especially for popular venues or during peak seasons. It's recommended to book several months ahead of your event to secure your desired date.

Many London bars and pubs with beer gardens are equipped to accommodate DJs and live bands. Discuss your entertainment preferences with the bar management, and inquire about any technical requirements or additional fees.

Most bars in London allow you to decorate for your event. However, you should communicate your decoration plans with the bar management and follow their guidelines, which may include restrictions on certain types of decorations.

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