When Lovebox and Field Day were still held in Victoria Park, my friends and I would pre-drink at The People’s Park Tavern. Its beer garden is one of the best because 1) it’s huge, 2) it has loads of benches for big groups and 3) you’re almost guaranteed to spot cute dogs there. Once, we spied the sweetest whippet and tried to smuggle him into a festival. (Note: stealing other people’s dogs is not cool, folks.) I love the Tavern’s garden so much that I hired it out for a surprise thirtieth birthday party. We hid in the most stupid places – under benches and behind benches and bins… Then: the surprise. Most of us popped out to reveal ourselves, but there were so many people hiding that we forgot about some of the stragglers. Every now and then friends would pop up and scare the life out of us. It was a boozy game of hide-and-seek in the funnest pub garden in London.
London’s not short on lovely parks or ace rooftop bars where you can have a tipple when the sun comes out, but everyone knows that the beer garden is where it’s really at. From wide open terraces to hedge-screened hideaways, there’s something special about the city’s pub gardens.
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