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Six great places for a pre-festival pint (or something stronger) near Victoria Park

Laura Richards

Lovebox- or Citadel-bound this weekend? Then you’re probably going to want to kick off the London festival antics with a lunchtime pint or two. Here are some great places to drink (and maybe even line your stomach) near the Victoria Park action that hopefully won’t be too mobbed (or at least not as mobbed as The Crown). 

The Approach Tavern

This pub has a cracking front yard that entices in passers-by on their way to the park on any given day. That garden is covered and rustic and it’s lovably worn on the inside if the weather gods decide to play up this weekend.

Crate Brewery

Beers by the canal? What a way to warm up. Especially when those beers are brewed on site. Leagues better than a warm sudsy festival beer. Savour the flavour. And then grab a pizza made in an oven at the rear of the room. They’re excellent.

East London Liquor Company

Take your festival pre-lash up a gear. This distillery doles out fancy G&Ts and crazy good cocktails in a Bow Wharf carpark. It’s an in-the-know spot for the gin connoisseur. And if the weather’s good, they may fire up the BBQ out front. What a classy way to kick off the party.    

The Hemingway

Midway down Victoria Park Road is this charming boozer with a heaving front yard filled with picnics benches. The pub is brought to you by the owners of cocktail bar Satan’s Whiskers and cheeky pub The Hunter S, so you know it’s earnest about the drinking.

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The Lauriston

Victoria Park Village - it’s essentially a road and a roundabout. But boy is that a nice roundabout. The Lauriston takes up prime position, and usually has disco tunes spinning for festival weekend and gin and tonics flying around. Get into the groove.

People’s Park Tavern

On your typical weekend, this sprawling pub is populated by super-cute pups and their owners. But they’ll make way this weekend for revellers fuelling up in the massive beer garden. Power to the people.

…And for after?

The Sun Tavern

Rock up at late-night hangout Sun Tavern and flash your festival wristband to get 25 percent off drinks. Get in!

Find more drinking inspiration in our guide to the best bars and pubs in London

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