London’s 16 Best and Biggest Pub Gardens

With rising temperatures and three months of pub closures under our belt, we can't think of anything we'd rather do than while away a summer's day in a beer garden with friends. Ahead of London's bars and boozers reopening on 4 July, we're spotlighting those with the best and biggest outdoor spaces, perfect for a physically distanced tipple.

Beer gardens, rooftop terraces and London's best pubs for a socially distanced drink

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The Prince

Earls Court

Sprawling across a handful of buildings, The Prince enjoys a host of street-food options, three bars and a garden that ranks among London's largest - and it's blooming beautiful. Strewn with hanging plants, pink neon and low-hanging rattan pendants, the so-called "woodland" has a retractable roof, making this a go-to come rain or shine.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

14 Lillie Road, SW6 1TT

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The Stag

Belsize Park

The crowd here tends to be of the young and cool persuasion, so you'll often find something going on in The Stag's lively courtyard, whether it's a live DJ pumping out jams, acoustic sets from up-and-coming artists or a smokin' barbecue churning out griddled halloumi and hot dogs. Order from a long list of beers and pitch up in one of the private cabanas (heated and covered) on the periphery of the leafy garden.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

67 Fleet Road, NW3 2QU

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Pub on the Park

London Fields

Gazing over London Fields from its northeastern corner, Pub on the Park is a hip answer to the traditional British boozer, with a warren of rooms, several big screens and tipples from the likes of Five Points Brewing Co. Come summer, patrons spill into the tree-lined garden - there's space aplenty for spreading out, giving it something of a buzzy, festival atmosphere.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

19 Martello Street, E8 3PE

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Crooked Billet

Clapton

Decked out with exposed brick, faded family portraits and granny lamps, Crooked Billet draws a predictably edgy E5 crowd. As the mercury rises, the outdoor area fills up fast - it's particularly good, with several distinct areas, beach-hut booths, plants, a ping-pong table and its own bar. Craft beers are best paired with Caribbean fare from Andi Oliver's Wadadli Kitchen.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

84 Upper Clapton Road, E5 9JP

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The Crabtree

Fulham

A stone's throw from the River Café, between the Hammersmith and Putney bridges, this chichi spot has a sombre, Victorian interior - though you hardly notice it; the main attraction is the enormous Thameside garden. Head here on a summer evening, find a spot beneath the weeping willow and gaze across to Barnes and the London Wetland Centre.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

Rainville Road, W6 9HA

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The Ship

Wandsworth

This historic riverside pub is loved by South West Londoners for its huge decked garden. Expect private, heated booths (you'll have to come early to nab one), a dedicated alfresco bar and great burgers. British weather not playing ball? Make a beeline for the glass-roofed garden room.

Reopening: 20 July

Address

41 Jews Row, SW18 1TB

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White Hart

Stoke Newington

A medley of worn leather Chesterfields, exposed-brick walls, a refined take on pub grub and a calendar packed with sports and quizzes, the White Hart is a hotspot among Stokey's residents. Throughout late spring and summer, the spacious garden comes into its own, with picnic benches spread out across two leafy tiers.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

69 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 8EL

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The Faltering Fullback

Finsbury Park

Sure, this Irish pub's outdoor area is a far cry from London's biggest, but it's a hot contender for the city's most clever. Split across multiple levels and strung with ivy, the small courtyard has been transformed into a warren of cosy drinking nooks that feels at once spacious and intimate. Head here in the early afternoon, when the sun streams in. And do beware: there's a lot of stairs to contend with once you've had a few.

Reopening: TBC

Address

19 Perth Road, N4 3HB

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The Magic Garden

London, United Kingdom

If you missed Glastonbury, this is the place to come to drown your sorrows. Tent-like tarpaulins, a graffitied black cab and mismatched furniture peppered with blankets and hot-water bottles are illuminated by fairy lights. Eclectic atmosphere aside, live music is the headline act here.

Reopening: TBC

Address

231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG

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Pergola

The Pergola (sibling to The Prince) may feel a little overdone, but it stands out as Central London's biggest and most-loved summertime terrace. Head here for bottomless Sunday brunch followed by an afternoon snoozing on the daybeds - there's a covered section if the weather turns nasty. For something more east, try Skylight in Tobacco Dock.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

4 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY

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The Duke of Edinburgh

Brixton

Step into this Brixton beer garden and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd landed in a suburban neighbourhood; this paved courtyard is awash with greenery and, by London standards, generously roomy. Have a whirl on the Tiki-themed crazy-golf course before coupling a Brixton Brewery pale ale with grub from White Men Can't Jerk.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG

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The Albion

Islington

Though The Albion looks at its best in April, when its bows of wisteria decorate the terrace with purple-blue blooms, it is truthfully a great spot throughout the warmer months. Halfway between Upper Street and the Caledonian Road, this Georgian pub is sheltered from traffic noise, giving the feel of a countryside drinking den. The wine list here is great, as is the Sunday roast.

Reopening: TBC

Address

10 Thornhill Road, N1 1HW

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The Avalon

Clapham

With three separate outdoor areas - a massive rear garden, lively terrace and patio - The Avalon is a go-to for Londoners who don't want to be knocking elbows with their drinking neighbours. Against a backdrop of secluded booths and a living wall, wash down Josper-grilled meats with a summery cocktail or two.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB

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People’s Park Tavern

Hackney

This place is regularly namechecked among the capital's best beer gardens. Though it has the feel of a proper village pub, it's also home to an on-site microbrewery and a taproom serving a roll-call of world beers. The outside space backs onto Victoria park and is dotted with heated booths - ideal for eeking out those summer sessions.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT

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The Spaniards Inn

Hampstead Heath

Strolling across Hampstead Heath? The Spaniards Inn is a great lunchtime pit-stop or late-afternoon endpoint. Roaring fires and romantic nooks are great in winter, but this place is at its best in summer, when the 400-seat garden with plant-covered walls and fairy-lit huts welcomes punters with barbecue, jugs of Pimms and a dog wash, for those of the four-legged variety.

Reopening: 4 July

Address

Spaniards Road, NW3 7JJ

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The Rye

Peckham

Think of urban Peckham's outdoor drinking dens and you think of Frank's Cafe where a pink stairwell leads you to the roof of a multi-storey car park for sunset negronis gazing across London's skyline. It's what we've grown to expect from SE15. More surprising is The Rye, where an outdoor garden isn't a paltry decking area but a great expanse of grass lined with old-school picnic tables, a split-level terrace and glass-roofed sunroom.

Reopening: TBC

Address

31 Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX

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