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PUB GARDENS TO MEET UP IN – A LONDON GUIDE

George Maguire

Come 12th April, the UK’s gradual relaxation of the national lockdown will mean that can once again begin meeting in pub gardens. This is big news. It’s a leg up for the waning hospitality industry. It’s the ability to see friends and look back on what has been a historic, isolating and tough year. For cooped up Londoners, it means having somewhere to sit in the sun and enjoy some well-earned cold drinks. Let’s say cheers in some of London’s most special and enjoyable pub gardens. 
 
Make sure to book ahead.

1 Grow Hackney – reopens 12th April - link here


One of Hackney Wick’s finest: Grow Hackney on a sunny day. Image via The Infatuation.
 
 
Grow Hackney is an independent multipurpose community space that houses and encourages an array of complimentary culture; art, music, food, and good conversation. Self-described as an ‘experiment in ethical business’ the venue’s suntrap garden terrace (pictured) sits backing onto the River Lea and features plenty of seating, an outdoor bar and kitchen serving up Middle Eastern/ European food in line with their sustainable objectives. Try one of their signature Vegan Hemp White Russian cocktails and let us know what you think.  
 
Where? Grow, Main Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN.
 
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2 Wandsworth’s Kings Arms – reopening 12th April - link here


Kings Arms. Image via website.
 
With something of a modern safari meets circus aesthetic, The King’s Arms pub and beer garden is a great option. A stone’s throw from the River Wandle in Wandsworth and with plenty of greenery, the garden features a host of bookable pods that allow some seclusion if. In terms of food, you can order from either a Burger Shack Menu (US Classics – burgers) or a decidedly British Main Menu with the likes the beer battered cod. Good stuff. 
 
Where? 94-96 Wandsworth High St, Wandsworth, London SW18 4LB
 
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3 Earl’s Court’s The Prince – reopening 12th April - link here


Soak up the atmosphere at The Prince. Image via The Prince website.
 
Recounted as ‘less a bar, more an entire street’ The Prince is a sizable bar space that is certainly not lacking in creative inspiration. In a former life, the venue was large old pub which has now been regenerated into something of cornucopia of edible and drinkable indulgence. With three restaurants - Latin Street Food (Boludo), Jamaican (Rudie’s Jerk Shack) and burgers (Filth & Co) it’s definitely quite the decision when it comes to ordering. Warning: highly Instagrammable…
 
Where? 14 Lillie Rd, Hammersmith, London SW6 1TT
 
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4 Clapham South’s Avalon – reopens 12th April – link here


Just a small part of the Avalon’s extensive rear garden. Image via website.
 
 
Surely one of London’s largest pub gardens, Avalon’s (named after the mythical island in King Arthur) outside space is reopening in April with a recently completed Winter Courtyard which nicely compliments the sociable Terrace and the Summer Garden (relaxed and at the rear). A friendly place that feels like an extension of your back garden, this is a great place to chill out. Simple. 
 
Where? 16 Balham Hill, Clapham South, London SW12 9EB
 
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5 Hackney Wick’s Barge East – reopens 12th April – link here


Barge East’s enticing outdoor garden. Image via website
 
 
Last on the list we return to East London for 2020’s Travellers Choice winner Barge East. Owned and run by three childhood friends, the venue consists of a 118-year-old barge and a beer garden (which grows ingredients for the kitchen). Barge East has a fantastic backstory involving a daring trip across the North Sea from Holland to the final site at Sweetwater, Hackney Wick. Sourcing produce and drinks from local businesses like Truman’s Brewery (their goal being within a 10-miles radius) this is a one stop shop for relaxed East London culture.  
 
Where? River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, 98 White Post Lane, Hackney Wick.
 
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