Pubs are closed, didn’t you know? We’re hoping they spring back to life in the new year (sigh). But in the meantime, some of London’s boozers have found a way to continue to serve their community as best they can: by pouring them a pint of the cold stuff to take away.
While in Lockdown 1, punters could procure fresh pints for their park sessions with abandon, the rules for Lockdown 2 got a little more tricky, and have made a return for Tier 3. Alcohol can only be purchased for takeaway from hospitality venues when orders have been made in advance. In most instances, that means visiting your local’s social media accounts to book or find a telephone number for orders. But other pubs have put up posters at their doors advising on the all-new pre-order system or pushing customers to a QR code so they can order a pint and have it in their mitts in minutes – the way the drinking gods intended.
We’ve done the hard work for you by rounding up all the London pubs near parks that are serving beer and other delights for you to take away. Grab a pint and head for some of that daily exercise – or a little sit – in the park. (If you’re susceptible to the cold, check out our list of pubs serving takeaway mulled wine.) Or take it home where it’s safe and warm. It’s not quite the season for park pints, but needs must. And it’s one way to almost feel normal when meeting up with people from outside your bubble in an outdoor setting.
One final thing to mention: many pubs are now encouraging you to bring along your own pint glass to help reduce single-use plastic consumption. Drop your local a line to see if it’s joining the #plasticfreepints movement.
Otherwise, though, it’s bottoms up!
People’s Park Tavern
The Duke of Hamilton
Red Lion and Sun (check out its gorgeous takeout hatch!)
The Sympathetic Ear
Clissold Park Tavern
Forest Road Brewery (who also deliver to your door from their pint mobile)
The Prince Arthur
Princess of Wales
Crystal Palace Park
The Red Lion
The White Hart
The Ivy House
The Star by Hackney Downs
Bethnal Green Gardens
The Sun Tavern
Mile End Park
The Angel & Crown
The Maynard Arms
Please note, situations are changing on a daily basis, so please check with your local before heading along for a pint.
Want something more warming? These London pubs are serving takeaway mulled wine.
Don’t fancy heading out? Get the tinnies sent to you by checking our list of breweries delivering.