Great London beer gardens
A beer garden is a great place to spend those end-of-summer afternoons and evenings, particularly if you’ve not been able to get away from the city this year. The best beer gardens will leave you feeling as though you have strayed away from the bustle of London and ventured into the countryside. In addition to seeking peaceful and attractive spots, you will no doubt also be looking for places where you can enjoy fine food, wines and real ales.
Stepping from the city streets into a tranquil garden is a sure way to find a relaxing meal or drink. Bedecked in wisteria, The Albion in Islington places an emphasis on sharing food, with barbecues in the summer accompanied by real ale or something from the expertly selected wine list. For a genuine garden feel, head to The Eagle in Shepherd’s Bush. This gastropub features a garden of deckchairs and beanbags as well as barbecues and live music in the summer. For local ale, try The People’s Park Tavern in Hackney, which has a brewery on site. Close to Regent’s Park is Edinboro Castle, where you can enjoy seasonal and regionally sourced pub food, speciality beers, real ales and perhaps a glass of Pimms for the authentic English summer touch.
By the river
Riverside pubs like to make the most of their location with gardens overlooking the water. The White Swan in Twickenham is ideal for a peaceful summer’s meal. The menu is small, but everything is cooked from scratch and changes to reflect the seasonal produce available. The historic City Barge in Chiswick dates back to the 14th century. It serves a full a la carte menu, Sunday lunches, cask ales and a wide variety of wines whilst boasting views that overlook the river. The Crabtree in Fulham occupies a picturesque riverside stretch and has a variety of menus and specials, including a children’s menu, making it ideal for a romantic lunch, a meeting with friends or a family treat.