Friday, 26 July 2013

Some good pubs in London for the weekend

If there is one thing that I hate, it is not being able to find a pub that has a really nice beer garden.  I dont want to sit in a hot pub when the weather is good and I do not particularly want to sit on the road either with cars zipping by.  Here are some that we have found in the Miss Jones office and I hope that you enjoy them.

Have a great weekend.


Miss Jones xx


The Albion
This stylish, but understated gem of a pub is a Georgian masterpiece located on a rather desirable Barnsbury backwater just off Angel’s Upper Street.

The pretty walled garden has wisteria-covered wooden pergolas – ideal for an alfresco lunch (The Albion is known for its excellent Sunday roasts).

10 Thornhill Road, N1 1HW,

The Edinboro Castle
Afternoons easily slip into long evenings at this lovely little bolthole, tucked away behind Mornington Crescent, and it’s the perfect stop-off after a stroll on Primrose Hill, or a welcome break from the chaos of Camden High Street

This established Camden institution has a good-sized garden covered in welcoming foliage, with the added bonus of a convenient mini-marquee, heaters and fairy lights for when the evening chill descends.

When the sun shines this smart little pub turns inside out, with a garden packed full of Regent’s Park loungers and Camden socialites.

57 Mornington Terrace, NW1 7RU,

The Faltering Fullback
Lauded by locals as the best pub in north London, this Irish establishment has a lot to shout about. While not the largest beer garden in town, the Fullback has a good claim for the cleverest use of space. When faced with the difficulty of a small yard, the owners took the only option available to them and decided to build upwards.

The effect is a cosy, but surprisingly spacious, split-level affair with a range of decking and tables. An early afternoon suntrap just a stone’s throw from Finsbury Park station.

19 Perth Road, Stroud Green, N4 3HB,


Riverside Terrace Café
This relaxed café-bar in London’s bustling cultural hub boasts remarkable views of the Thames and the City and is the perfect place to while away the weekend. Ideal for a post-gallery or cinema bottle of fizz, the Riverside Terrace Café offers informal dining, large shady tables and a relaxed atmosphere in a location perfectly suited for early evening people-watching and weekend sight-seeing.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX,

The Avalon
A Balham Hill stalwart, the classy Avalon caters for long leisurely lunches and big groups of Claphamites – all ancestral quiffs and boat shoes. Don’t let that put you off though, The Avalon is both grand and inviting, and boasts a sprawling decked garden perfect for some alfresco sampling of their delicious pub grub.

16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB,

The County Arms
If you live in south west London but want to avoid the, at times overwhelming, busyness of the Clapham area on a sunny day, the shady patio garden of this Wandsworth pub is the one for you.

Spacious enough to make getting a bench a reality, the beer garden at The County Arms is popular with local families, and it often hosts a barbecue on weekends.

345 Trinity Road, SW18 3SH,


Boundary Rooftop
OK, so in the strictest terms ‘beer garden’ might be pushing it here, but Boundary Rooftop is certainly worth a mention.

Perhaps the most indulgent sunny treat on our list, Redchurch Street’s panoramic rooftop bar is a great option for alfresco fun. Lounge on wicker chairs in front of a wood-burning fire and take in views of London and the dramatic City skyline at dusk.

2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD,

Pub on the Park
This simple, straightforward east London local boasts what has to be one of the most conveniently placed beer gardens in the capital. Sitting just inside London Fields, Pub on the Park’s tree-lined garden spills out on to the park, with punters not short of grassy space on which to spread out and relax.

While it can get very busy when the sun visits, the festival atmosphere makes it a great bet for a chilled-out afternoon.

19 Martello Street, E8 3PE,

The Scolt Head
Much less contrived than many establishments in the area, The Scolt Head has held onto its traditional pub feel whilst moving into the 21st century. The triangular garden at this De Beauvoir Town boozer may look a little poky, but it’s deceptively accommodating and an effective suntrap to boot.

107A Culford Road, N1 4HT,


The Crabtree Tavern
Sitting on the stretch of river between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, this grandiose Victorian pub has several outdoor spaces, and views across the Thames to Barnes and the London Wetland Centre.

Try and grab the seats under the weeping willow and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon watching the rowers breaking a sweat on the water.

Rainville Road, W6 9HA,

The Windsor Castle
This Holland Park venue has a real rustic charm and a huge heated beer garden – ideal if the sun proves elusive.

Inside its all wood and cosy, candle-lit alcoves, outside the ivy-clad garden creates a peaceful idyll for whiling away those long summer evenings.

114 Campden Hill Road, W8 7AR,

The White Horse
Sitting on the corner of Parsons Green Road, the garden of this buzzing Fulham local is well positioned for sitting and watching the world go by – hence its popularity with the well-heeled residents who gave it its ‘Sloaney Pony’ nickname.

Often voted in the top 10 of the UK’s best pubs, The White Horse is renowned for its unusual range of 150 bottled and 20 draft beers.

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