Put your sunglasses back on and get another round of Pimm’s in because temperatures are set to soar to up to 28 degrees today in the capital – great news for those not working in an office. Even if you are (we feel for you, guys), we’ve compiled a list of five lesser-known spots to enjoy the warm weather when you’re finally unchained from your desk.
1. The Faltering Fullback, 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB. Finsbury Park tube/rail
This hidden Finsbury Park local has made the most of its limited outdoor space by building – and planting –upwards, resulting in a three-level drinking deck that’s unlike any other in the city. Arrive early, settle into a cosy alcove, and stay all night – there’s Thai food for sale if you get peckish.
2. Phoenix garden, access through St Giles Passage, WC2H 8DG. Tottenham Court Road tube. Open 8.30am til dusk
‘Eat in or take away?’ When faced with this choice in the West End, pick the latter and head to this secret garden nestled between Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. It provides a haven for wildlife – human and animal – amongst the bustle of the streets nearby. Watch out for bees, blue tits, and frogs in the pond.
3. The Duke of Edinburgh, 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG. Brixton tube.
Another backstreet pub, whose large, hay-strewn beer garden may tempt you away from Brixton’s better-known watering holes. Sip a quiet shandy under the bunting here, or get to know your neighbours around the big picnic tables. They’ve also made the ingenious move of writing food order numbers on Fez hats, so you can carry your pints in both hands and sport a new look at the same time.
4. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF. Dalston Junction Overground. Open 11am-8pm
Dalston’s secret garden has come under threat recently from developers, but there’s still time to breathe in some fresh air under the trees. The garden often opens late for live music and the occasional bonfire – find details of upcoming events at dalstongarden.org.
5. The Abbey Tavern, 124 Kentish Town Road, NW1 9QB. Kentish Town tube.
Head to the secluded rooftop garden of this Kentish town free house for some delicious alfresco pub grub – the hog roast and veggie burgers come particularly recommended. Once you’ve had your fill of sun and good food, you can dance it off downstairs at one of their frequent DJ nights.