Why, it was only the other day that we rounded up 37 of our favourite beer gardens in London. It certainly inspired you lot to chime in with your own suggestions – so here are 17 more that you thought should be added to the list. Cheers!
The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich
‘How could you leave off The Gipsy Moth ★★★☆☆ or the Greenwich Union ★★★★☆ or Meantime Old Brewery? And that’s just Greenwich!’ exclaims Victoria Canham. ‘Time Out needs to get it’s head out of the arse of south-west London and live a little!’ she continued, although her words were somewhat muffled by the ample arsecheeks of Wandsworth smothering our ears.
The Railway Tavern, Tulse Hill
[Photo: Railway Tulse Hill, Facebook]
‘Best beer garden in London!’ enthuses Willie McIntryre. ‘Thai-style beach huts in the garden, table tennis, outdoor kitchen, and good bands and DJs too.’ Cheryl Brewster agrees: ‘The Railway Tavern definitely deserves a mention.’ I suppose you could say these two really have their finger on the Tulse! Hill. Tulse… forget it.
The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield ★★★☆☆
‘A beer garden the size of a football pitch, massive covered/heating smoking area, little ewok huts to sit in, a big barbecue and an outside bar,’ Dan Curley tells us. But ‘ewok huts’, Dan? Surely you mean Jabba the Hutts. (Especially as the biggest ones fit 20-odd people – or one enormous evil space slug.)
The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton
‘The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton’ whispers Josh Koops conspiratorially, without caring to elaborate further. David Palmer concurs that it’s ‘unforgivable that you missed this one.’ A commenter on our site chimes in ‘it’s huge and lovely to sit in now we’re having some sunshine,’ albeit before claiming the food’s terrible. A pint it is then!
Ryan’s Bar, Stoke Newington
Darren Ewens writes of this Church Street bar: ‘great food, friendly staff, and two TV’s in the garden for the World Cup.’ The World what now? #julesrimetstillgleaming
The Crown & Shuttle, Shoreditch ★★★☆☆
[Photo: The Crown & Shuttle, Facebook]
‘Surely the Crown & Shuttle deserves a mention for east London?’ inquires Katy Symons, earnestly. And indeed we did feature them in 2013, before casting them by the wayside this year in favour of newer, shinier things. Anyway, it’s a decently-sized space in Shoreditch where you’ll often find a food truck dishing out something nice. Read our full review.
Pub on the Park, London Fields
[Photo: Pub on the Park, Facebook]
Ms. Symons also draws our attention to Pub on the Park. Good shout Katy.
The Lord Clyde, Essex Road ★★★★★
‘You missed The Lord Clyde on Essex Road’ says Sarah Victoria Brighton, whose name reminds me of my old mate, Dave Waterloo Southampton Airport Parkway. ‘Front and back garden, and they serve amazing BBQs throughout the Summer!’ Splendid stuff. We gave it five whole stars and we’re basically never wrong.
The Griffin, Whetstone
Katharine Ansell sagely suggests ‘The Griffin in Whetstone! Best and biggest beer garden I have been to in London!’
The Rye, Peckham
‘The Rye in Peckham!’ is all Rea Mole had to say about The Rye in Peckham. Fortunately I can confirm its spacious, verdant character and that the food isn’t too bad either.
The Coat & Badge, Putney
‘The Coat and Badge in Putney has an awesome garden!’ according to a certain Gavin Smith.
The Aeronaut, Acton
‘What about The Aeronaut in Acton?’ inquires SmallBed Sarah Wilson, corresponding from her miniature mattress. I can tell you that it does indeed have a rather swish courtyard, and not only that, the pub has its own bloody circus.
Rose & Crown, South Ealing
‘You don’t get many south-facing, grass-turfed beauties these days…’ muses David Harry wistfully.
The Selkirk, Tooting
‘The Selkirk in Tooting should be on there,’ insists Lizzie Huckle. Here’s a photo – you be the judge.
The Grand Junction Arms, Harlesden
‘Huge beer garden that leads out onto the the Grand Union canal. Very nice this time of year!’ says Alex Lee. Harlesden impartially agrees: ‘amazing.’
The Roebuck, Hampstead ★★★★☆
‘You forgot The Roebuck, Pond Street’ says Neha Gandesha. So we did! What it lacks in grass it seems to make up for in chairs, going purely on the strength of this single photo. Here’s our ★★★★☆ review.
Neha also recommends The George in Belsize Park, but as no photographic evidence of their garden seems to exist, I’m going to assume she’s having us on.
The Rylston, Fulham
Denise Panamá Silva and Siobhra Murphy both recommend this Fulham pub. ‘Good big beer garden with covered area and TV.’ Almost as good as being indoors then, eh?
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By Guy Parsons