The best pubs near parks in London
Park next door? Wimbledon Common
Situated on the far corner of the common, the Crooked Billet is the ideal pitstop after a long ramble – or for sustenance before. It’s a dog walker’s paradise, where your pooch can enjoy homemade dog biscuits while you get stuck into classic pub grub. The cosy village vibe makes it easy to hole yourself up, but no one bats an eyelid if you want to take drinks onto the grassy quadrangle outside.
Park next door? Ravenscourt Park
In just a moment's languid stroll up from Ravenscourt Park you'll find The Eagle. It offers just as much greenery, with a large beer garden full of lush grass and beanbags for summer lounging. With its gastropub leanings, this is exactly the kind of boozer you'll be hankering for when the midday heat cools off, especially if you pick a day when they've fired up the barbecue.
Park next door? Brockwell Park
A beer-focused pub by Brockwell Park? We'll drink to that. When lounging with a tin of Red Stripe will no longer cut it, this is where the people flock. If you fancy continuing the sunny park vibes, there's a barbecue in the garden of this charming Brixton pub, as well as a cute summer shack serving frozen cocktails called the Pink Flamingo.
Park next door? Ealing Common
This twee Ealing pub and dining room looks a little chichi, but it's a homely, cosy sort of boozer on the edge of the Common, great for a park-side meal with all the family. It's been going since the 1870s and is now owned by Young's brewery, so sip on reliable pints and browse the menu of roasts, platters and British classics. Or park yourself firmly in the beautiful garden out to the rear.
Park next door? Blackheath Common
A temple to craft beer, the Hare and Billet offers brews from the likes of Brockley Brewery, Wales’s Tiny Rebel, Beavertown, The Kernel, Partizan and Weird Beard. Wines are biodynamic and natural, and there’s even a few perries on tap. After lining the stomach with their posh pub grub, take a pint out onto the grass for dessert.
Park next door? Victoria park
With a beer garden that backs onto Victoria Park, its very own microbrewery and a mini crazy golf course, it’s no wonder that this E9 pub is packed to the rafters during summertime. Enjoy pub grub, a solid selection of gins and in the evenings, get involved with their quizzes, discos and comedy nights.
Park next door? Greenwich Park
The oldest pub in Greenwich, this little gem is minutes from the Royal Observatory and has a gorgeous view over the park. It offers a new guest ale every week and the staff are always happy to dish out tasters.
Park next door? Battersea Park
This airy corner pub is in a prime position for beautiful views on the park. If you’re peckish, there’s high-quality, imaginative pub fare – dishes like chicken kiev with crushed purple potatoes and eggs royale with Dorset crab. With décor straight from the pages of Country Living, this friendly spot stays buzzing until late, not least because of the ample garden terrace.
Park next door? London Fields
The name doesn’t lie – this friendly Hackney boozer is right on London Fields and hugged by a roomy open-air terrace. When that’s packed out, plastic pint cups allow you to nab a spot on the grass, whilst still grooving to the sundowner DJ sets. With regularly changing beers on tap, a decent selection of wines and the ubiquitous Pimm’s, this is the perfect neighbourhood alfresco drinking spot – there’s even a floodlit boules pitch.
Park next door? Regent's Park
This unusually named Victorian pub was once the Royal Hunting Lodge – now it serves Mediterranean mezze plates like lahmacun, baba ganoush and appropriately, marinated artichoke hearts. There’s also an extensive a la carte menu including seafood platters and Greek slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Fill up on grub, quaff a few glasses from the wine list and stumble back to Regent’s Park for a power nap.
Find more outdoor drinking in London
We've rounded up London's best beer gardens, some included for their bucolic atmosphere and fine foliage, some for their summery drinks or irresistible barbecue food, some for their riverside locations (although we also have those covered in our guide to London's best riverside pubs and bars) – and even a couple for their water features. We’ve organised them by north, south, east and west (and no, there aren't any good beer gardens in central London) so you can easily track down your nearest alfresco supping spot.
Snap up exclusive discounts in London
Time Out's handpicked deals — hurry, they won't be around for long...