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Takeaway pints in London: pubs near parks serving beer on draught

Pubs in London are allowed to pour one out for takeaway customers to enjoy – but only when they pre-order their pints

Laura Richards

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!  

Victoria Park

The Lauriston

People’s Park Tavern 

Hampstead Heath 

The Duke of Hamilton 

Red Lion and Sun (check out its gorgeous takeout hatch!)

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It was late March as lockdown hit the industry when I grabbed a table from inside the pub, stuck it in the front yard and placed a few bottles of wine and beer on it, hoping in some crazy way to try and create an off sales business that might help us through the pandemic...and maybe help a few of our customers through it too! Yet seven months on, that idea, born out of an instinct for survival, has become a vital part of our business now and going forward. Many businesses have suffered from this pandemic, many of whom have been genuinely helpless to do anything about it. But I'd like to think we've scrapped for every bit of trade, thought outside the box and managed to keep going, maintain jobs for the team and maybe when this is all over, have a better business for it...though I'd rather not go through it again. Finally a huge thanks to my customers, @bibendumwine and the sage that is @vinemistress without whom, none of this would have been possible. Thanks Heath

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The Gatehouse

The Stag

Southampton Arms

Brockwell Park

The Sympathetic Ear

Bullfinch Brewery

Clissold Park

Clissold Park Tavern

Alexandra Palace

The Prince 

London Fields

The Dove 

Off Broadway

Forest Road Brewery (who also deliver to your door from their pint mobile)

The Prince Arthur

Primrose Hill

Princess of Wales

Crystal Palace Park

The Alma 

Tooting Common

The Wheatsheaf

Walpole Park

The Red Lion

Hilly Fields


Ladywell Tavern 

Telegraph Hill

The White Hart

Peckham Rye

The Ivy House

Hackney Downs

The Star by Hackney Downs

Highbury Fields

Myddleton Arms 

Bethnal Green Gardens

Fugitive Motel

The Sun Tavern

Fugitive Motel

Mile End Park 

The Angel & Crown

Priory Park

The Maynard Arms

Ropemakers Field

The Grapes

Greenwich Park

Pelton 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.

Find other ways to support hospitality venues.

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