The UK is renowned for its love of gardens – and London is no exception. Wherever you go, you can find some fascinating pubs to enjoy a drink or two outside in a pretty garden.
- The Spaniards Inn on Hampstead Heath has been attracting visitors since 1585. Nowadays it is a peaceful venue, where you can take in a stroll across the heath before sitting back with a drink and a barbeque in the garden. Back in the eighteenth century, it was a little less calm, in fact you might just have encountered some highwaymen. Legend has it that Dick Turpin was born here during the time his father acted as the inn’s landlord.
- Slightly further south in Islington is The Albion, which has often been described as a country pub in London. It is an elegant Georgian pub with a lovely beer garden full of roses and vine entwisted trellis. Outdoor barbeques are held throughout the summer and you can order a wide range of traditional food from the bar.
- If music is your preference, then head for the Magic Garden beside Battersea Park. This is gaining quite a reputation for the quality of its live music and DJ’s, especially at weekends when it has been described as being a ‘festival in a pub’. The range of music being played here is vast, including jazz and blues as well as all kinds of world music. It is definitely a very comfortable garden in which to while away an evening, as you can sit back in vintage armchairs and sofas! Twinkling fairy lights make this a truly magical place to be as the twilight deepens.
- Just a short walk from Presidential Apartments Kensington is the Troubadour in Earls Court offers a very intimate garden atmosphere where you can enjoy the music drifting up from the cellar bar. Singers and bands have been using this venue for many decades, and have included some very famous names such as Jimi Hendrix, Elton John and Bob Dylan.
- Further up the Kings Road in Chelsea, The Phene and Coopers Arms are worth searching out. Both have nice gardens, making them a comfortable place to relax in the evening.
- Also worth considering while a resident at any of the aparthotels in Kensington is the Doggetts Coat and Badge beside Blackfriars Bridge. Named after the Doggetts Coat & Badge race held every year on the River Thames in July, it has a great pub garden complete with summer barbeque.
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