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Written by Mae Bristow - 20 December 2023

19 amazing beer gardens in London

Enjoying a few cold pints with mates on a sunny (or maybe cloudy) afternoon in London is always a great idea, and what better way to do it than in a beer garden? Whether you're after a bustling central location or a hidden gem in the suburbs, London has a plethora of beer gardens to choose from. There's something special about sipping on a cold beer under the city's iconic skyline, surrounded by greenery and good company. So why not grab a pint, soak up the sun (or rain) and take in the beauty of our favourite outdoor drinking spots?

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1. 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.

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

Islington, London

The Alwyne Castle is a charming and historic pub located in the heart of London's Highbury district. With its stylish interior and relaxed atmosphere, this local gem offers a warm and welcoming setting for a drink, meal, or special event.

Gather your favourite people and head over to The Alwyne Castle for an incredible alfresco experience in the beer garden. With enough room to accommodate up to 340 people, you can spend a fun-filled afternoon or night (or both) with your mates. Relax and soak up the sunshine, while enjoying the fantastic atmosphere and delicious pub food. Savour a refreshing pint of craft beer, fruity cocktail, or a sumptuous glass of wine from the extensive drinks menu.

There's no better way to enjoy the great British summer than at The Alwyne Castle in Islington.

3. 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.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a traditional pub serving hearty home-cooked food, 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 - perfect for intimate events or other celebrations.

4. A majestic London beer garden: The Avalon


The Avalon, located in Clapham South, offers an impressive combination of front and side terraces, along with a spacious garden at the back, making it a perfect destination for visitors seeking an enjoyable outdoor experience (with a few pints, of course).

While renowned for its steaks and burgers, the garden is considered one of the city's most delightful spots, catering to all tastes. The back garden is fully covered and heated, providing a welcoming and cosy environment year-round. The Avalon also boasts a wide range of drink options, including exciting choices such as Hot Gin Toddy and Boozy Baileys Hot Chocolate, ensuring that there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you're looking to host a birthday party or corporate event, the Avalon's stunning outdoor spaces and private rooms, with a capacity of 60 guests, make it an excellent choice for any occasion.

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

Shoreditch, London

Located in the heart of Brick Lane's renowned Truman Brewery, JuJu's Bar & Stage is a unique and funky cocktail bar situated in Shoreditch. Set amid a vibrant array of pop-ups and quirky restaurants, this venue offers a versatile space that aims to bring 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, visitors can enjoy a variety of craft beers sourced locally, seasonal cocktails, and an array of Mezcals that are sure to impress even the most adventurous drinker.

You can throw a spicy party or celebration at Juju’s and bring up to 300 guests, making it an unforgettable night.

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

Islington, London

The Canonbury Tavern is a charming and lively pub located in the heart of Islington, London. With a history dating back to the 1700s, this venue offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern-day entertainment.

Visitors can enjoy a cosy and inviting atmosphere, complete with quirky decor and a beer garden (a safe haven). Whether you're looking to catch the latest sports match on one of the big screens or simply unwind with a refreshing pint, the Canonbury Tavern is the perfect destination. And if you're feeling peckish, their menu features classic pub grub with a twist, including their famous "Bad Ass Burger" - a monster of a burger that's sure to satisfy even the biggest appetites.

The Blue Room and The Garden are available for private hire for a variety of events, so bring you and your guests to the Canonbury Tavern and experience the perfect blend of tradition and fun!

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Barrio East shoreditch outdoor bar

7. A Shoreditch beer garden to get you movin' & groovin': Barrio East

Shoreditch, London

Looking for a vibrant and exciting venue in Shoreditch to host your next event? Look no further than Barrio East! This flagship cocktail bar, cantina, and club is the bomba of venues, offering delicious cocktails, live entertainment, and DJs that will keep the party going until dawn.

Barrio East boasts colourful and quirky interiors, with unique hideaways and hangouts in every corner. The venue is spread across four distinct areas, including The Timber Yard, Uptown, Downtown with its La Boca Boom Boom club room, and the tropical Terraza.

Barrio East offers fully flexible spaces to suit any occasion, from smaller table bookings to exclusive bar use or even whole venue hire for up to 360 guests. Come and experience the lively atmosphere of Barrio East and make your next event unforgettable!

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


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 heated beer garden - a peaceful oasis.

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 a contemporary style to it.

Whether you're hosting an intimate gathering of 50 guests or a larger celebration with up to 150 guests, The County Arms offers fantastic private hire opportunities for all your special occasions.

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


Nestled on the tranquil and picturesque stretch of the Thames between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, The Crabtree is an iconic 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 serene 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. The Thames Dining Room and Terraces offer stunning views of the river and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

10. A London beer garden with ping pong and pizza: The Crooked Billet

Clapton, London

The Crooked Billet is a historic East London pub that offers a traditional and welcoming atmosphere, complete with exposed brick walls, warm lighting, and a large beer garden where you can drink local real ales and play a game of ping pong.

The menu features British fare staples and stone baked pizza using locally sourced ingredients. Whether you're looking to host a celebration or a family Sunday roast, The Crooked Billet has something for everyone.

11. A soulful and fun Shoreditch beer garden: The Owl and Pussycat

Shoreditch, London

Looking to tick a Shoreditch pub experience off your bucket list? Then head over to The Owl & Pussycat. Nestled on Redchurch Street, this pub is considered by many to be the soul of Shoreditch, oozing old-school heart and soul.

The food menu is packed full of hearty pub favourites and sharing platters that are sure to satisfy, while the selection of beers will have you coming back for more. And for those looking to soak up some Spring sun or stay dry from the rain, their not-so-secret heated and covered beer garden is the perfect spot.

Inside this pub, you’ll find the Jago room which is available for private hire for both parties and meetings. This venue provides a great space to hang with your mates and coworkers and have a cracking time.

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

Another old school East End pub is The Crown & Shuttle. This bar has an indie vibe to it from its exposed brick to junkyard decor. There’s also a food van in their large beer garden where you can order burgers and beers.

If you're planning a surprise birthday bash or seeking a venue for a boozy work event, The Crown & Shuttle have got you sorted. Filthy Fanny's is fashioned as a nostalgic tribute to the 90s urban landscape, and it delivers more than just a private setting. Accommodating up to 50 guests and allowing you to select your desired playlist for the evening, it's an ideal location for an unforgettable gathering.

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

Islington, London

This pub, Earl of Essex, is the epitome of the iconic 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 venue is characterised by a minimalist and rustic decor with its wooden tables and stools arranged around a charming 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 vibe and provides a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it a great place to host an intimate party or work event.

14. 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.

Guests can enjoy their cocktails and pizza in the cosy interior or head to the lovely beer garden, which provides a serene and relaxing escape from the bustling city. The garden is adorned with greenery, covered tables, and rustic furnishings, creating a charming ambiance for guests to host a celebration. There are also other spaces like their game room (with a pool table!) and the meeting room for private hire up to 50 guests.

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


Located at the top of Westow Hill, The Faber Fox is an independent and lively neighbourhood pub, offering an array of features that make it a prime spot.

Guests can enjoy a spacious bar and dining area, serving delectable food and drinks sourced from local suppliers and producers. Sports enthusiasts can take advantage of the dedicated sports area, complete with giant screens showcasing the latest matches. Last but not least, the outdoor garden and terrace offers some of the best views in the area and are heated for comfort.

The Faber Fox is an ideal destination for parties and events. Whether you're planning an overdue catch-up with friends or celebrating a special occasion, The Faber Fox has you covered.

16. A London beer garden that'll make you come back: The Faltering Fullback


Nestled on Perth Road, just behind Finsbury Park, this delightful Irish pub is a hidden gem that's much-loved by locals. Guests can enjoy a relaxing pint and take their 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 Thai food, serving everything from chicken satay to prawn and pineapple curry.

There's plenty to keep guests entertained, from staring at their array of vintage posters to being competitive in their weekly Monday pub quiz. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, this charming pub is a great spot to host a birthday party or work celebration.

17. A London beer garden with excellent vibes: The Florence


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 centered around a large island bar, while the back features a generous, shaded decked garden.

When it comes to food, the pub takes a modern approach to traditional pub fare, using only the highest-quality ingredients. A pub favourite is their sweet potato and coconut curry, a must-have for your next visit.

The Florence is a spectacular choice for celebratory drinks or a special occasion.

18. Walk into the gates of this London beer garden: The Garden Gate

Hampstead, London

The Garden Gate, located in North London, is reputed to offer the ultimate outdoor drinking and dining experience, with one of the most beautiful beer gardens in the city. This iconic London pub sets the standard for a memorable time with great food and drinks.

If you're looking for a delicious lunch, a hearty Sunday roast, a cosy family dinner, or a leisurely brunch, The Garden Gate is the pub to check out. The menu features fresh and flavourful home-cooked meals, and the cocktail menu includes a variety of exciting options to explore like their Elderflower Spritz or if you’re looking for something stronger, then try the Long Island.

You can expect a warm and friendly welcome from the staff, making your casual visit or special event at The Garden Gate a truly unforgettable experience.

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19. The largest beer garden in Shoreditch: Strongroom

Shoreditch, London

Strongroom is a unique and independent bar and late night venue, boasting 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 delicious craft beer and burgers. Also you must check out their carefully curated drinks menu, which includes a variety of options from local breweries and indie distilleries. The food menu puts a modern spin on classic pub grub, with a particular focus on vegetarian and vegan options that are sure to impress.

If you’re looking to host a large party or event, Strongroom is the best place with a capacity of 300 guests and access to their upstairs bar, basement dance floor, and of course, the stunning 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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