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Discover London's Best Beer Gardens: A Summer Retreat Guide

It’s that time of year where all we want to do is have an ice cold pint in the (mostly) glorious sunshine. The search for a good beer garden isn’t easy and after a long, cold, dark winter, the sun is a necessity.

So we’ve done the work for you. Here’s our list of some of London’s best beer gardens, in all areas, to bask in the sunlight (while we still can, knowing London weather).

The Railway, Tulse Hill

This is a hidden gem, one that we really want to gatekeep, but we’re not those kinds of people. This place is huggeeee and so cute. With great service and massive TVs for sports (Euros anyone?), this is a must visit if you’re based in South London. The beer garden has so much space with lots of greenery and even tropical huts. It’s calling our name this summer for sure, and we’re certain it’s calling yours.

Scolt Head, Dalston

This neighbourhood favourite that’s always packed has the most adorable beer garden that is where we’ll be all summer long. A family owned pub that doesn’t just serve up excellent pints, the food is spectacular too (try the mushroom shawarma!). With pub quizzes, live sport, and jazz, there’s a lot to like. The Scolt Head, according to Prav (our Head of Product) is an isle of paradise hidden in the suburbia of Dalston. 

Magic Garden, Battersea

This Battersea spot serves up some of the best cocktails for reasonable prices. Magic Garden is lowkey and chill, it’s a great spot for a casual drink with friends. With fairy lights and live music, we can’t think of a better place to spend a summer evening. Often described as a ‘festival in a pub’, you can expect an evening of fun at the Magic Garden. 

The Abbey Tavern, Kentish Town

This local’s haven has the best atmosphere you could ask for. Basking in the sunlight, with a spritz in hand and Caribbean food on the way, we can’t think of anything better tbh. Also, it’s dog friendly, which means lots of furry friends to pet all day long in the gorgeous sunlight.

Pear Tree Cafe, Battersea

Everyone knows Pear Tree, but if you don’t, this is us telling you how good it is! They don’t only do banging brekkie, they’re packed on a sunny afternoon with everyone sipping on chilled wine. Even north of the river people know that Pear Tree is where it’s at, It’s prime ‘young adult’ territory and great to meet new people.

A fan favourite that’s dog friendly and has the cutest beer garden to sip on ice cold pints and fruity cocktails. Their BBQ is known in Hackney (and for good reason), as are their vibes. Open late on the weekend means an afternoon drink can turn into a lot more...

The Ship, Borough

A personal favourite of mine (as this is my local), the beer garden is packed on weekends. With football always on, and a wide range of drink options, The Ship has a lot to offer. The Lebanese food isn’t too bad either but I’d come for the drinks and the vibes, especially with their banging playlists.

The Builders Arms, Kensington

This al-fresco pub right by the Kensington Palace Gardens is perfect for a chic day out. Their drinks menu is vast and their food is perfection, so what’s not to like? Expect Aperols, doggos, and great service. The Builders Arms fits the bill for a beer garden we’ll be lazing around all summer long.

Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle

While this isn’t a pub, the outdoor space at Mercato is one to talk about. With space for hundreds of people, live djs, and a lot of food to choose from, it’s perfect for big groups. While it’s not on the cheapest end of the spectrum, Mercato makes up for it with quality & vibes. It’s always buzzing with lots of locals and good friends, you can honestly spend all day there. 

We know where we’ll be this summer with this list of beer gardens. Whether you want a big space for all your mates or something a little more intimate, we think these fit the bill. Make your own list of your fav pint spots, and so much more, on the Appetite app!


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