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The pub is officially back, but no wonder the space seems cramped.

Boris Johnson confirmed this week that “outdoor hospitality of all kinds” will be allowed as of April 12. Even with the prime minister himself looking for a drink, Johnson said Monday that he will be found in the pub “cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer.” beer on my lips ”- London’s best beer gardens and pub gardens are already full to bursting.

While social distancing measures will be upheld and drinkers will have to stick to the rule of six, the good news is that there will be no curfews and no obligation to eat while drinking, so no one needs to mention Scotch eggs or try a drink. measure of what makes a “substantial meal” again.

Unsurprisingly, reservations are underway, but hope for a drink in the sun is not in vain. Most chain pubs and many independents maintain the walk-in rule, so it should be possible to wander somewhere off the street.


Still, planning ahead is the only way to guarantee a pint. If local favorites seem cluttered with no room on the site, book in a large location; It’s no wonder that the largest venues are often the ones with the most space.

If you are a homeowner planning to reopen your beer garden, or know of a venue that is spacious enough to operate under social distancing rules, please let us know at

Pub in the park

A favorite of the larger groups before closing, there are fantastic views of London Fields from this elegant garden pub, which was buzzing when it opened under social distancing last July. If it seems a bit crowded, grab a pint to go and head to the nearby park.



The Isle of Dogs is, strangely, something of a no-man’s-land when it comes to pubs, with only a handful remaining. Run by Hippo Inns, the George is a classy venue with a large conservatory that opens onto a large leafy wooden deck that benefits from being located just off the road. Umbrellas come in handy here, no wonder.

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The Camberwell Sun.

This pub has a great beer selection, an impressive food menu, and best of all a great beer garden, which they have covered to avoid the unpredictable British summer weather. Brixton has many options for regular drinkers, and this is one of the best.

Village Park Tavern

Village Park Tavern

One of the largest and lush pub gardens in East London is back in business. Reservations are still available during the summer, but if things get too busy, punters can always grab a few pints to go and find a spot in Victoria Park next door.

The red lion

As well as being one of the friendliest drinkers in East London, with many great things on offer in the kitchen and a good selection of real ales, this elegant pub opens to the rear with a spacious patio. They will also open with covers in case of rain.

Truman Social Club


A great venue that opened last year claiming to be the UK’s ‘largest socially distanced pub and garden’, this was a success when it opened next to Blackhorse Lane. In addition to Truman on tap, the place serves 20 different beers, with street food on tap as well. Also keep an eye on their program of events.

Leyton’s star

In May, enter this local favorite with character and you will see a charming central bar, with a decent space to drink and eat. For now, it’s in the back where things come to life, with a surprisingly spacious paved beer garden with plenty of benches and places to sit in the sun.

The duke of edinburgh

Tucked away from the main hustle and bustle of Brixton, this charming venue with a really huge garden practically creates vibes with the atmosphere. The paved patio is wonderfully lush, and White Men Can’t Jerk are still in residence, what you guessed it, finely made jerk chicken and other Caribbean-inspired dishes.

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The White Horse

Sitting on the corner of Parsons Green Road, the garden of this lively Fulham venue is well positioned to sit and watch the world go by, hence its popularity with wealthy residents who gave it its nickname ‘Sloaney Pony’. It is also famous for its excellent range of 150 bottled beers and 20 on tap.

Hope and anchor

Young man

Brixton is clearly packed with the best beer gardens, and Hope and Anchor is no exception. This is a beautiful place, the hanging flowers and colored lights take care of that, and it has a reputation for being a Prosecco-powered party. The outdoor cabanas help when the skies open up.

The Crabtree Tavern

Located on the stretch of river between the Hammersmith and Putney bridges, this grand Victorian pub has several open-air spaces and views across the Thames to Barnes and the London Wetland Center. Try to take a seat under the weeping willow tree and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon watching the rowers sweat in the water. A personal favorite.

The white swan

It is one of the most idyllic places in London and one of our favorite pubs in the capital. The outdoor terrace and seating areas feel like a different world to the busy city, and are some of the best places to spend a summer afternoon. However, you will probably be lucky to get a spot.

The white deer

Another gem on the Antic pub chain’s list, which also owns the Sun of Camberwell, above, The White Hart is an unrecognized favorite in Stoke Newington. The pub’s huge garden is a sun trap filled with cozy tables. The food here is decent too.


Probably one of the most versatile venues in town, the Prince’s pretty dining room can be transformed into a massive retractable-roof beer garden at this popular Earl’s Court venue. Wait for it to be packed.

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Anchor Bankside

Located smack bang in the middle of one of London’s most touristic areas, this pub on Bankside, just minutes from Borough Market and the Globe, is blessed with plenty of space outside the front. Ideal for a pint or two by the Thames, and walk-ins are welcome.

The Duke of Hamilton

Found a short walk in the direction of the heather from Hampstead station, this charming pub is one for a trip to North West London. The front garden is limited to 25 people and the rear garden has a capacity of 40, so owners are asking customers to book in advance, although walk-ins will be allowed. A new awning has been added in case of bad weather.

The Eagle

This Shepherd’s Bush pub is all about the elegant garden, which makes it one of the best open-air pub spaces in West London. It’s huge, with plenty of comfortable chairs and its own bar, and the entire space is also covered and filled with heaters.

La taberna Canonbury

Islington’s historic pub, Canonbury, is worth a visit year-round, but the garden helps bring it to life in summer. It was also one of the pubs frequented by George Orwell, who wrote parts of 1984 while sitting in the garden in the 1940s.

The Avalon

A Balham Hill stalwart, the Avalon is ideal for long, leisurely lunches and large groups, and is ideal for families. It has not one but three outdoor spaces, composed of a patio, a terrace and a beautiful main garden. A local favorite for good reason.

Edinboro Castle

Afternoons easily turn into long nights at this charming little retreat, tucked away behind Mornington Crescent. It has a good-sized garden covered in cozy foliage, with the added bonus of a convenient mini-tent, heaters, and colored lights for when the night chill sets in.

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