It’s pretty weird being out and about at the moment. It’s summer - you want to sit back, unwind, sink drinks in the sun, and make short-term regrettable decisions. But you also want to be safe, respectable, while supporting your favourite drinking holes (and scenes of several personal crimes). With that in mind, outside spaces feel good right now. Unless it’s pissing down of course, in which case, we’ll make a list for that too. But in the meantime, here are some spacious outside suggestions to have a few drinks and respect each other’s space.
Drink mojitos, eat pizzas, and pray it doesn’t rain. All go-to activities at Pop Brixton, the community-driven container village full of bars and food pop-ups.
The Duke of Wellington
The old school boozer is probably Dalston’s best pub and we are loathe to share it. But sharing is caring. There are picnic benches out front but it also sits opposite a little green space and square that everyone happily spreads out on.
Soho’s most loved and drinking den has always been a squeeze outside, but thanks to new rules there’s more space to spread.
Star By Hackney Downs
Located bang opposite Hackney Downs, The Star has a decent sized front garden. But if that’s feeling too hectic, you can always take your pints and crisps for a seat on the Downs instead.
A seat outside Sager + Wilde’s enormous arch on Paradise Row is primetime during the summer. The wine bar and restaurant has tables big and small, a solid choice of cocktails and craft beers, as well an extensive wine list.
The Flask is a well known pub in north London that serves friends and families in equal measure. Out front is a tonne of seating and, if that’s full, there’s always the green opposite.
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Peckham’s rooftop wine bar and small plates spot is open again. If you’re looking for somewhere outside that’s a little more lowkey for your nearest and dearest, this is the place.
Home to one of east London’s biggest and best pub gardens, The Crooked Billet is an always buzzing pub in Clapton. Thankfully, the garden has plenty of different areas and booths.
Gargantuan pub-cum-food-hall-thing The Prince is one of Hammersmith’s go-to big social spots for good reason. There’s plenty of room, a retractable roof for good and bad weather, and lots of food options too.
If you’ve ever wandered along the canal in Hackney Wick, then you’ve probably wandered past, or more likely into, Crate. The big pizza-making brewery has a literal car park to spread out in. And if that doesn’t sound appealing, then you need to reassess your teenage years.
The Clapham pub has everything you could want in a pub garden. It’s big, colourful, and full of people that look like they really care about what each other are saying.
The People's Park Tavern
Aside from its enormous, many-benched, many-covered-booth garden, the People’s Park Tavern is also opposite Well Street Common, and connected to Victoria Park. That’s a lot of green space.
Trust a pub garden in Islington to be covered in wisteria and, sometimes annoying crowd aside, The Albion is still a great space if you get yourself comfortable out front or out back.
The Garden Gate
Two minutes from Hampstead Heath overground station, The Garden Gate is, shockingly, known for its spacious garden. It’s also a five minute walk away from Hampstead Heath. Just make sure you get the first round in.
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