London’s best beer gardens

The weather is warming up. Shorts and sunglasses are replacing beanies and scarves and everyone’s wearing that summer glow on their shoulders. If you’re a Londoner, it’s time to take your favourite past-time – drinking – to the outdoors. Here are some of the Astor Hyde Park crew’s hot tips for outdoor drinking this summer:

That’s right – we’re talking about beer gardens!

The Spaniard’s inn – Hampstead.  This historical and eclectic beer garden is the one Charles Dickins chose for the setting of Mrs Bardell’s arrest in the Pickwick Papers. Dogs are allowed at the Spaniard – in fact, doggy treats are even sold inside!

Tamesis Dock – Tamesis Dock is an original 1933 Dutch Barge that is now permanently moored between Vauxall and Lambeth Bridge. Grab a beer, sit on the top deck and enjoy the views that span across Parliament, the London Eye and the river. It also plays host to music and comedy events.

The Avalon – Clapham South: The Avalon’s beer garden at the rear of the pub is HUGE – and there’s a Mediterranean grill on Thursday and Friday evenings as well as all day on the weekend to soak up your alcohol.

The Duke of Edinburgh (Brixton): A favourite of Astor Hyde Park, it boasts one of the biggest beer gardens in London plus a BBQ pit. The boys at Hyde Park love this joint and with good reason!

The Edinboro Castle: Not far from Regent’s Park, this pub has a tree-lined garden with a bar and barbecue area, with fairy lights after dark, kinda like your own backyard.

Of course, our favourite ‘beer garden’ still remains Hyde Park – , a few cold cans of Fosters, a bunch of your new-found hostel friends and a picnic blanket is what Hostel Living is all about.


Laura – Astor Hyde Park



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