Fancy an evening drink outdoors? Try one of London’s fantastic pub gardens while a resident at any of the hotels in North West London. Even in this very urban environment, there are lots of really good places you can visit to enjoy a relaxing drink outdoors.
Top of the list has to be a trip up Primrose Hill to Hampstead Heath. The views across the city are fantastic, and you can stop for a leisurely drink at The Spaniards Inn. Now a very relaxing venue, it wasn’t always like this. Step back a couple of centuries and you would probably have encountered a few highwaymen, including the most notorious of all – Dick Turpin. His father was the landlord here, and according to legend, this is actually Dick Turpin’s birthplace.
Prefer some music? Then head over to Battersea and find the Magic Garden pub close to Battersea Park. This pub is gaining a big reputation for its live music, especially at weekends. You can find all kinds of music being played here, from jazz to world music. DJ’s often take a turn too, particularly during the week. A great place to sit back on comfy armchairs and sofas in the garden and enjoy some fantastic music.
Also worth considering are The Edinburgh Castle in Mornington Terrace, NW1 which is a very relaxed gastropub with a pretty garden, while The Carpenters Arms in Whitfield Street Bloomsbury has a rooftop beer garden perfect for al-fresco dining or just a glass or two of beer.
Book a stay at any of the hotels near Wembley Arena and head over to the South Bank and try out the Rose & Crown at Blackfriars.
A pretty wisteria covered pub with grassy garden, it is a great place to relax for a while. There is even an outside bar, and a TV screen perfect for watching a little summer sport.
The Doggetts Coat & Badge pub beside Blackfriars bridge is equally worth visiting. Named after the historic Doggetts Coat & Badge race that has been held every year on the River Thames for over two centuries, it has a great pub garden ideal for relaxing on a warm summers day.
Cross over the river and head up to Clerkenwell. The Fence is a modern pub offering a Mediterranean style menu plus great beers with a neatly decked and sheltered back garden with lots of planters.
Also, worth checking is this guide to some of the best spots to drink gin in London.