Best pub gardens in south west London and Surrey
Best pub gardens in south west London and Surrey
From riverside terraces to flower-filled sun traps, here’s our pick of the 20 best pub gardens in south west London and Surrey
South west London and Surrey have a host of fantastic pubs and some amazing pub gardens to enjoy. From family friendly, gastro pubs to sunny riverside terraces for a perfect sundown cooler. Find the top top picks to choose your perfect pub garden to while away a leisurely afternoon.
Top 20 pub gardens
The White Hart, Barnes (pictured above)
Leafy Barnes is spoilt with its riverside setting and The White Hart takes advantage of the great views of the Thames from its terrace, which are particularly lovely at sunset. People watch from the side terrace, boat watch from the front balcony, or swan spot on one of The White Hart’s riverside benches down below. A local favourite, the pub is particularly bustling on Sundays, with hearty roasts, fresh pints and riverside vibes. Al fresco south west London at it’s quaintest.
The Loft, Wimbledon
A sibling of some sorts to The Alexandra, being lucky enough to grab a table on The Loft‘s rooftop means summer drinks without the hustle and bustle and queues of the downstairs pub. If a cool breeze is no deterrent, The Loft has heaters for the summer months, with much of the outdoor space covered.
The Loft, 33 Wimbledon Hill Rd, London SW19 7NE.
The Ship, Wandsworth
For a casual hang-out with food options, The Ship is a lively riverside pub with a heated garden and terrace. Tuck into Burger Shack treats from high tables, communal style benches or beach huts, all to the backdrop of The Thames.
The Ship, 41 Jews Road, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB.
The Prince, West Brompton
For something completely weather-proof, The Prince is a lively collection of pop-up restaurants all under the same roof, with a large communal indoor garden with picnic bench seating. The retractable roof makes it a great option for all weather.
The Prince, 14 Lillie Road, London SW6.
Pear Tree Cafe, Battersea Park
With beautiful views over the lake, the Pear Tree Cafe is a top spot for a casual lunch or late afternoon drink. This park cafe punches way above its weight – the owners here are ex-Petersham Nurseries and Spring with Skye Gyngell. Enjoy live jazz by the lake on Wednesday afternoons while savouring some fresh AIX Rosé, sourdough pizzas and BBQ burgers.
Lakeside Cafe, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ.
The Anchor, Wisley
If it’s just a drink you’re after, stop by The Anchor in Wisley. The canal-side tables are the perfect spot for a refreshing post-walk tipple. If you get hungry, there’s a cosy restaurant indoors with exposed beams, mismatched tables and a carved wood bar.
The Anchor, Pyrford Lock, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QW.
The Boathouse, Putney
A favourite among locals, The Boathouse in Putney is a dog and child friendly pub with riverside tables. Retreat into the shade downstairs and watch as families and runners utilise the Thames Trail, or up the viewing anti with a cooling beverage on the gastropub’s balcony.
The Boathouse, 32 Brewhouse Ln, London SW15 2JX.
The Anglers, Teddington
Best enjoyed after a sunny day’s stroll along the river and nearby locks, The Anglers‘ expansive garden comes alive from early afternoons on summer weekends, serving cooling pints, dewy bottles of wine and glammed up incarnations of sandwich favourites – battered haddock finger & tartare sauce sandwiches for the win.
The Anglers, 3 Broom Rd, Teddington TW11 9NR.
The Lost Hours, Fulham
The Lost Hours’ secret split-level garden is no stranger to a party. Bottomless brunching, midweek quiz nights and weekend barbeque parties see young professionals and Kings Road connoisseurs collide during the summer months, vibrant cocktails and pizza slices in hand.
The Lost Hours, 541 King’s Rd, London SW6 2EB. thelosthourssw6.com
The County Arms, Wandsworth
Just as popular in the winter months as it is through the summer, The County Arms’ garden is a real suntrap through the warmer months, while the blankets, heaters and canopy cover make an appearance in the winter. Classic pub fare features on the menu, from beer battered fish & chips to the Aberdeen Angus steak.
The County Arms, 345 Trinity Rd, London SW18 3SH.
Park Tavern, Southfields
A community hub holding quiz nights and alternating food deals throughout the week, Park Tavern comes into its own in the warmer months with benches out front and sheltered seating out back on the split-level terrace.
Park Tavern, 212 Merton Rd, London SW18 5SW.
The Magic Garden, Battersea
Just as much a secret garden as it is a magic one, this Battersea favourite is abustle with chattering friends and music accompanying the flowing drinks. Head over for their happy hour, with 2-4-1 cocktails served up 5-7pm, Monday to Friday.
The Magic Garden, 231 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LG. magicgardenpub.com
The Avalon, Clapham South
The Avalon is blessed with an abundance of outside areas. There’s a terrace with heaters plus a garden, complete with a lounge area, booths and an al fresco bar.
The Red Lion – Shepperton
Chill out on the riverside terrace at the Red Lion, watching the boats bob up and down on this gorgeous stretch of the Thames. We’re bagsying the sofa area and chilling with some rose and one of the top burgers.
The Victoria, Surbiton
The fun outside space at this Surbiton gem is a fine place for a sunny evening. With funky cabins, firepits and outside bar, kick back and enjoy the holiday vibes.
The Albany, Thames Ditton
Thames Ditton’s The Albany has a great courtyard and garden and has a menu to suit all with grills, low cal options, plus vegan and veggie dishes.
Wych Elm, Kingston
The ‘secret’ garden tucked away in this residential street in North Kingston is a special place indeed. The flower-filled oasis is the place for a well-kept pint and dinner in relaxed surroundings.
The Cock Inn, Headley, near Epsom
With some fab walks on its doorstep, this is a great location for day-tripping Londoners and locals alike. Sit out on the terrace with a G&T and enjoy locally-sourced ingredients, from steaks to salads.
Hand in Hand, Wimbledon
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the heart of the country in this village pub on Wimbledon Common. After stretching your legs around the green, head here for a pie and a pint in the garden. Your four-legged friends will love it too with the chance to be awarded ‘dog of the day’.
601 Queen’s Road, Wimbledon
601 Queen’s Road is conveniently located directly next to Wimbledon station, making it the perfect meet-up spot. The balcony terrace is covered with a canopy and pretty fairy lights, while the menu offers brunch, lunch and dinner.
Center Court Shopping Center, No, 4 Queen’s Rd, London SW19 8YE.