Our pick of south London’s best pubs and bars with outdoor spaces perfect for summer

There are a million and one different places to go for a drink in south London, many of which we’ve covered in our list of the seven rooftop bars in south London to enjoy this summer, but not every one wants to head sky-high for a drink – so here’s some top places to drink outdoors, and on terra firma.


The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich

One of the best drinking spots in London, full stop. The Gipsy Moth is famed for its brilliant beers and fantastic food, but it is the multi-level beer garden that really makes this popular pub so special.

Situated right next to the Cutty Sark and with views of the river, the Gipsy Moth attracts people from all over London with its family and dog-friendly policies, multiple screens and outdoor grill.

For more information, see www.thegipsymothgreenwich.co.uk/ 

The Falcon, Clapham

The Falcon has long been a firm favourite of the Clapham faithful, with a beer garden both at the front and out back, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a tipple this summer. With heated, covered seating and distinctly tropical foliage, The Falcon is equipped come rain or shine for anybody wishing to enjoy a nice, cold drink or try the tasty food on offer.

Situated right next to Clapham North station, the pub is highly convenient if you’re looking to pop in for a quick one on your travels.

For more information, see www.thefalconclapham.co.uk/

Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton

No list of London beer gardens is complete without Brixton’s Duke of Edinburgh pub. The beer garden is roughly 2-3 times the size of most conventional beer gardens, which actually has a crazy golf course at the end.

You can head indoors for TVs and pool tables or stay outside and make use of the crazy amount of seating, outside bars and a barbecue pit. Situated close to both Clapham North and Brixton stations, the pub is easy to get to and well worth a visit.

For more information, see dukeofedinburghpub.com/

The Avalon, Clapham

The garden at The Avalon in Clapham South, London. Credit: Beer Garden Co.

The Avalon really is the benchmark for London beer gardens, with its garden, courtyard and terrace. The pub is blessed with an incredible garden out back, rated by Time Out as one of the best in London, which was recently refurbished to include a new alfresco bar and kitchen, wooden booths and plenty of greenery.

The garden also features a cushion-filled lounge that can seat up to 30 people. The gardens are heated and covered as and when necessary.

For more information, see www.theavalonlondon.com/gardens/

The Ship, Wandsworth

If you’re looking for the perfect pint by the riverside, then look no further than the Ship in Wandsworth. An iconic landmark of a pub, the Ship has been providing epic evenings and boozy brunches on the banks of the Thames since 1786.

You can enjoy delicious brunches, salads, and a range of traditional mains, along with a superb selection of craft beers and hearty ales. If beer isn’t your thing, then don’t worry, as there are spirits and wines on offer as well as classic and contemporary cocktails.

For more information, see www.theship.co.uk

The Magic Garden, Battersea Park

For a slightly more eclectic experience, try the Magic Garden in Battersea Park. Described as a ‘festival in a pub’, as much emphasis is placed on music and comfort as it is on great food and drink. The garden itself is larger than most and beautifully decorated with a quirky, bohemian vibe throughout.

For people seeking atmosphere, the Magic Garden has it in spades. If you do happen to get hold, staff are on hand with blankets and hot water bottles, but if not then kick back and enjoy the food, music, board games and, of course, the great selection of drinks.

For more information, see www.magicgardenpub.com

The Half-Moon, Herne Hill

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Half-Moon in Herne Hill. Having been awarded ‘best pub in Greater London’ by the National Pub and Bar Awards 2018, it certainly deserves a spot on our list. Famous musicians that have played at the historic venue include U2, Van Morrison, The Police, Dr Feelgood, Thin Lizzy and La Roux.

Nowadays though, people are more attracted to the extensive beer garden, with it’s fully-equipped play area for children and family / dog friendly policies. Along with great food, a fantastic selection of Fuller’s beers are available on tap – with plenty of other beers to choose from.

For more information, see www.halfmoonhernehill.co.uk/

The Rye, Peckham

The Rye is the perfect combination of old and new. Refurbished in 2012 but still retaining many of its old features – including a large beer garden – traditional charm blends seamlessly with quirky features such as table tennis tables and chalk weather-board.

With Sunday barbecues and an abundance of seating, it’s not surprising that The Rye is one of Peckham’s most popular drinking spots. The pub is also a big hit with sports fans and is always showing live football and rugby matches on multiple screens. Families and dogs are welcome.

For more information, see www.theryepeckham.com/

The Wood House, Dulwich

If you want to feel like you’re getting out of London without actually doing so, then you can’t do much better than The Wood House in Dulwich. The beer garden is so big that it’s actually in both Sydenham and Dulwich.

With plenty of greenery and open space, the Wood House is the perfect place to spend long summer afternoons with a cold drink and great company. If you get cold, then heated huts have been installed specially and if you fancy getting on your feet then you can make use of the table tennis facilities. With a restaurant and additional burger shack outside, The Wood House is well prepared to cater to all your needs.

For more information, see www.thewoodhousedulwich.co.uk/

The Railway, Tulse Hill

Nestled away in suburban Tulse Hill, The Railway is one of south London’s best kept secrets. With fairy-lit beach huts, outdoor heaters, garden bars and barbecues, it’s fair to say that staff at The Railway place a premium on your comfort.

If you’re more of the active type, then you can take advantage of the table tennis, pool and fußball tables along with largeTVs showing Sky Sports in the covered areas. A great way to spend a summer evening, The Railway attracts people from all over London as well as retaining a fan base of regular locals.

For more information, see www.therailwaytulsehill.co.uk/