After a few weeks of perpetual teasing, London weather has finally sympathised and rewarded us with some well-deserved sun. This can only mean one thing: all around the city, pubs are dusting down their terraces, patios and beer gardens as they prepare for the onslaught of Londoners who are more than eager to soak up the sun along with drinks. Here are the best pubs in London to enjoy a sip of the cold stuff.

The Water Poet Shoreditch

A solid selection of ales from breweries big and small, alongside a good food and wine menu make this place popular for both after-work drinks and weekend antics. A mishmash of amenities and activities co-exist here, from sports screenings to stand up comedy, pub quizzes and private parties. Large seating areas, comfy sofas and an expansive beer garden make this the optimum spot for gathering the gang.

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  • 9-11 Folgate Street
    Spitalfields
    E1 6BX

The Axe Stoke Newington

Doing a straight-up local right, this neighbourhood pub serves up top quality food and bar snacks (not forgetting negronis on tap) to a wanting crowd. A haven for beer lovers, pub-goers can choose from some 6o beers at affordable prices. A great find, best to keep this one on the hush – we love its local vibe.

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  • 18 Northwold Road
    Stoke Newington
    N16 7HR

The Prince

This pub is unlike most in London. Part bar, part food market and part restaurant, the hybrid watering hole bears a one-size-fits-all mentality. With a central dance floor and copious food trucks to choose from, The Prince’s popularity is on the rise (thanks to sunny days and charmed customers). Established by the same people who brought you Pergola on the Roof – these guys know how to deliver on the ideal summer hangout.

The Magic Garden Battersea

The outside space of this pub is filled with unique furniture and decorations to create a whimsical, boho atmosphere. Ideal for sunny days, The Magic Garden’s large canopied area ensures that its patrons are never caught out in a summer shower. With ample seating and an oh-so-pretty beer garden, its easy to see why people arrive here in their hoards for day-long drinking.

The Avalon Balham

With beanbags, barrels, benches and booths you’ll never be short of a seat at The Avalon.  Consisting of a courtyard, a terrace and a garden, there’s ample choice (and lots of space) at this alfresco pub. Freed from a sardine’s plight, the outdoor bar and kitchen is our favoured spot. Opt for an early dinner in this charming atmosphere as golden hour approaches.

The Albion Islington

We can think of few more idyllic city activities than drinking and dining among the flowers in this N1 beauty’s hanging garden. Now, something of an institution, this place might be at the top of most people’s summer hit list but remains no less desirable. Great food and good cocktails make it a mainstay choice for more disconcerting sun-worshippers who value fare over fahrenheit.

The Edinboro Castle Camden

A five-minute walk from Camden tube station, Edinboro Castle is a good shout for a casual weekday pint when the weather plays ball. Situated on the corner of Regent’s Park, the pub boasts an unexpectedly large beer garden with seats for over 300. Grab a cauldron of Pimm’s and chill out for the remainder of the day. Blankets and a mini-marquee are on hand for if (and when) the weather goes south.

The Half Moon Herne Hill

Cycle down to this beautifully restored South London pub for an afternoon of live music or gastro-pub grub in the sun. With a great vibe and some top ales, this is a great spot for a pint and a bite or long extended Sunday in the sun. Our advice: show up late afternoon, make a pitstop at the barbecue shack and then huddle around the fire pit for an evening of chatter and clinking glasses.

The Crabtree

Situated on the stretch of the Thames between the Hammersmith and Putney Bridges, The Crabtree is prime pickings on a summer day. After a walk along the Thames, pop in for a refreshing drink in the atmospheric beer garden. Home to an award-winning comedy club and the largest pub quiz in West London, you’re likely to leave here with plans to return after work the following week.

The Ship Wandsworth

One of the most famous landmark pubs on the river, The Ship fills up fast in summer months. While firmly holding on to its historical heritage, The Ship draws a younger crowd of 20 and 30 somethings with the view to spending the whole day here. The outdoor terrace throngs on a hot summers day and with a late licence you wont be the first to have seen your weekend roll into one at this established drinking hole. Word of warning: it does get somewhat rowdy and if the red trouser brigade and co. are not your bag, you may want to avoid.

Royal Inn on The Park Hackney

This beautiful mid-Victorian pub overlooks Victoria Park and gets the balance of good booze and good views just right. With a front and back terrace (and a stellar reputation) you’re likely to wait a while for a table. The south-facing taproom is a popular spot for birthdays, so bunting clad tables and lampposts commonplace. Regardless of occasion a good time is assured.

The Duke of Edinburgh Brixton

With one of the biggest beer gardens in the area, The Duke of Edinburgh knows how to give its patrons some proper satisfaction. The outdoor bar, crazy golf course and barbecue pit add to the allure (and the fun) as does the spirited pub’s fine selection of beers and ales. Made for relaxing afternoons or drinks before a gig at the Brixton Academy, this is a lively spot – be prepared to make new friends.

Water Poet

The Axe

The Prince

The Magic Garden Pub

The Avalon

The Albion

Edinboro Castle

The Half Moon Pub

The Crabtree

The Ship

Royal Inn On The Park

The Duke of Edinburgh

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