Looking for a place to socialise that isn’t a soggy patch of grass, or the same loop of your local park?
Come December 2, Londoners are free from lockdown! But that doesn’t mean that anything goes. Far from it, in fact. Whilst the list of things we can do will certainly grow, it sadly doesn’t include catching up with friends inside a warm, cosy pub. We can, however, meet up to five other people as long as we stay outside. Now, it being December is quite the obstacle, but there’s an easy solution: pub gardens with heaters. Just remember to order a sustainable meal with your celebratory pints!
North London pub gardens
1. The Bull, Highgate
This popular Highgate pub has its own on-site brewery, and a very lovely heated garden. 13 North Hill, Highgate, N6 4AB.
2. The Hawley Arms, Camden
Ah, the Secret London local. Also a regular haunt of the late Amy Winehouse. Sadly I don’t think their pints of chips count as “substantial”, but they make a mean fish and chips. 2 Castlehaven Road, NW1 8QU.
3. Colonel Fawcett, Camden
This superb indie pub is serving turkey dinners every day in December, and you’ll feel nice and safe in their lovely, warm garden. 1 Randolph Street, NW1 0SS.
4. Lock Tavern, Camden
Another Secret London favourite, and one of the best beer gardens in the area. 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ.
5. Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park
This charming Irish pub is green as a shamrock, with a leafy exterior and a magical treehouse-esque beer garden to boot. 19 Perth Road, Stroud Green, N4 3HB.
6. The Pineapple, Kentish Town
A friendly boozer with tasty Thai food. 51 Leverton Street, NW5 2NX.
7. The Castle, Islington
A great spot for some festive food in the run up to Christmas. They also have big screens up on their rooftop for all the best sporting action. 54 Pentonville Road, N1 9HF.
8. Spaniards Inn, Hampstead
9. Clissold Park Tavern, Stokey
Visit for the beer garden, stay for the excellent (and basically compulsory) pizza. 177 Green Lanes, Highbury East, N16 9DB.
10. The Flask, Highgate
Another of London’s most haunted pubs, The Flask is popular with ghost hunters as well as roast eaters. 77 Highgate West Hill, N6 6BU.
East London pub gardens
11. CRATE Brewery, Hackney Wick
This brilliant canalside brewery serves cracking pizzas alongside their very own craft beer. Unit 7, Queens Yard, E9 5EN.
12. Pub on the Park, London Fields
This place is pretty famous for its massive terrace overlooking the park. 19 Martello Street, E8 3PE.
13. People’s Park Tavern, Victoria Park
People’s Park Tavern is a proper village pub, boasting an onsite brewery and one of the best beer gardens in London. 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT.
14. The Crooked Billet, Clapton
Boasting one of the largest beer gardens in the area, The Crooked Billet is a top spot to catch up with pals. 84 Upper Clapton Road, E5 9JP.
15. Rusty Bike, Mile End
For beer, sports and Thai food, there’s basically no better place. 588 Mile End Road, E3 4PH.
16. Crown and Shuttle, Shoreditch
The Crown and Shuttle is a trendy craft beer pub with a huge back garden and some excellent food. 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ.
West London pub gardens
17. The Windsor Castle, Kensington
Boasts a festive food menu, including a turkey, cranberry and stuffing pie, and sticky toffee Christmas pudding. 114 Campden Hill Road, W8 7AR.
18. The Prince Albert, Notting Hill
A short walk from Portobello Market and Kensington Gardens, The Prince Albert is the perfect place to cosy up with a pint. 11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ.
19. The Mitre, Fulham
A lovely indie pub with classic grub, local ales and a nice secluded pub garden out back (with screens for sports fans). 81 Dawes Road, SW6 7DU.
20. The Lamb, Chiswick High Road
A top spot for seasonal food, real ales and craft beers—oh, and a particularly lovely garden. 9 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH.
South London pub gardens
21. Tamesis Dock, Vauxhall
Moored between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridge, this converted 1930s Dutch barge-turned-pub has just about everything you might need. Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP
22. The Ship, Wandsworth
A beautiful riverside pub with a giant terrace. 41 Jews Row, SW18 1TB.
23. The Four Thieves, Clapham Junction
Home to a racing track, a variety of old school arcade games, VR booths and an onsite brewery, Four Thieves is pretty damn cool. But it’s the fully-covered, extra-heated Gin Yard that you’ll be interested in during December. Order food from local restaurants Lost Boys Chicken or El Comelon to make sure your boozing is above board. 51 Lavender Gardens, Battersea, SW11 1DJ.
24. The Devonshire, Balham
Get into the festive spirit with seasonal cocktails and cheese fondue! 39 Balham High Road, SW12 9AN.
25. The Rose & Crown, Tooting
Just off Tooting Bec Common this pub serves up awesome pizzas, vegan wings from Biff’s, and Nutella doughnuts. 140 Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BH.
26. The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield
The Leather Bottle’s garden has literally won awards. I’ll say no more. 538 Garratt Lane, SW17 0NY.
Central London pub gardens
27. The Anchor, Bankside
The ‘local’ for the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, this pretty pub on the Thames has a roof terrace that’s much in demand from tourists and locals. 4 Park Street, Southwark, SE1 9EF.
28. The Lighterman, King’s Cross
With beautiful views over Granary Square and the Regent’s Canal, The Lighterman is the perfect place to wine and dine. 3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH.
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