By Mersa Auda
For many Londoners, sunny days are synonymous with beer gardens. So, here’s a selection of great spots to enjoy a chilled drink and a bite outdoors when temperatures rise.
◆ THE PRINCESS OF WALES, CLAPTON
Perfectly located right by the River Lea, the front terrace of this pub affords lovely views. One can enjoy the feeling of being immersed in the countryside and order some traditional pub grub. The ideal spot for a relaxed sunny afternoon.
146 Lea Bridge Rd, E5 9RB | princessofwalesclapton.co.uk
◆ PUB ON THE PARK, LONDON FIELDS
A traditional pub with a beer garden overlooking the park, this is a wonderful spot for enjoying a Pimm’s or a Spritz while immersed in greenery, and maybe catching a lovely sunset.
19 Martello St, E8 3PE | pubonthepark.com
◆ THE CROWN AND SHUTTLE, SHOREDITCH
A cool, spacious craft beer pub with an extensive and varied food offer, this quirkily-decorated Shoreditch favourite has a large garden to accommodate sun lovers and regularly hosts fun events.
226 Shoreditch High St, E1 6PJ | crownandshuttle.com
◆ PEOPLE’S PARK TAVERN, VICTORIA PARK
A pub garden merging into a park offers great potential for planning outdoor games and activities around your visit. Perks include an onsite brewery and DJs on the weekend.
360 Victoria Park Rd, E9 7BT| peoplesparktavern.pub
◆ CRATE BREWERY, HACKNEY WICK
A former factory turned brewery, Crate allows punters to relax by the canal while enjoying own-brand craft beers and stone-baked pizzas. A quintessential East London experience.
Unit 7 Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN | cratebrewery.com
◆ CHESHAM ARMS, HOMERTON
This cosy pub is located on a quiet street and boasts a comfortable, roomy garden. It offers a small but carefully curated range of beers, typical pub grub or the option to order in a Yard Sale pizza.
15 Mehetabel Rd, E9 6DU | cheshamarms.com
◆ THE AXE, STOKE NEWINGTON
The option to lunch alfresco is just one of the many bonuses to be enjoyed at The Axe. An impressive menu and a craft beer offer to satisfy any connoisseur, this Stokey newbie ticks all the boxes for a wonderful all-round experience.
18 Northwold Rd, Clapton, N16 7HR | theaxepub.com
◆ THE SCOLT HEAD, DE BEAUVOIR
A great spot for listening (and dancing) to jazz and swing music, this is a locals’ favourite thanks to its good quality food and the relatively small but charming front garden.
107A Culford Rd, N1 4HT | thescolthead.co.uk
◆ THE SPURSTOWE ARMS, HACKNEY CENTRAL
A cool pub with an Italian- inspired menu, their medium- sized garden is perfect for a chilled-out catch-up with friends over a wine or a cocktail from their regularly-changing drinks selection.
68 Greenwood Rd, E8 1AB | thespurstowearms.com
◆ THE RED LION, HOXTON
Tucked away from Hoxton’s bustle is this unassuming but cosy pub. You can visit the games room, take advantage of the pizza and pint deal, or head straight to the rooftop garden: a nice oasis for a boozy break.
41 Hoxton St, Hackney, N1 6NH | redlionhoxton.co.uk