Abbey Tavern

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A popular Kentish Town local.


Venue name: Abbey Tavern
Address: 124 Kentish Town Road
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town
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 My favourite beer garden in North London! Abbey Tavern hides a large two level beer garden in the back. With atmospheric lighting in itself is enough to keep the crowds here all night long. Definitely a local favourite, and if you haven't been here, you're missing out - its packed every day of the week.


North London isn’t shy of a few boozers with smashing beer gardens. So if you want to be top of the league, you’ve got to have a trick or two hidden up your sleeves.

For The Abbey Tavern, its secrets lie in its upper decking. Their outdoor space knows a thing or two about idealistic surroundings for a perfect pint. On the ground level, you’ve got wooden benches galore, where booths surround plenty of tables for drinking in the sun. But take things upstairs, and you’ll instantly make yourself at home. A cosy covered room complete with sofas and tables means it’s fully prepared for our joyous, unpredictable weather.

But as all avid pub goers know, a great garden doesn’t stay secret for long. This entire area of higher ground is available to hire – perfect for special occasions and owning an afternoon or evening of summer boozing. However, more often than not – it is pre-booked. Always worth double checking though, as it’s a sweet spot and if you get lucky, you can set up camp for hours.

The Abbey Tavern doesn’t do too badly in other areas of pub criteria either: The food is good and the staff are friendly and plenty (I’ve never had to wait that long for a tipple, even on a Saturday night). It’s just a shame the bouncers feel the need to be a little on the passive aggressive side. Because you can be good at your job without being intimidating. 

There to celebrate a friends 30th, I was told that I couldn’t give her a gift bag with a bottle of champagne in it – and that it had to go straight behind the bar for her to collect at the end of the night. Sure, I understand that it might need to go there after having given it to her to ensure we weren’t going to crack it open… But we had to persuade the guy to allow us to do that.

Other than that little hiccup, choosing The Abbey Tavern for some alfresco beverages won’t disappoint you. Just make sure one of your prompt mates heads there early to get you a space outside…

the garden, the food (veggie burger with salad and chips) and the cosy fireplace

Nice long narrow pub indoors; particularly fun on a friday/saturday night when the tunes are banging and it stays open later. Food average; but more than compensated for by said club atmosphere on a friday and the beer garden, especially good during football season.

Rude and arrogant staff that can't even get the drinks right or the prices for that matter. The bouncers are absolute thugs. Drinks are super expensive. There are much better places in the area. Will never go there again.

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One of the best pubs in North London. Great atmosphere in the evenings, but the best bit is without doubt the sizeable beer garden. Few places better to be than here in the summer with the BBQ working and a big screen!

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Great pub with an amazing beer garden. Good place during the week for a burger or salt beef sandwich and always a great time on the weekend for a free dance until 1am.