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Garden party: six green space essentials

Find out what Time Out recommends for London’s great outdoors

It’s hard to believe when you’re ear to armpit with your fellow commuters in a concrete tunnel, but 47 percent of London is green space – that’s one of the highest proportions in the world for a city of similar size. Make the most of summer with our top picks for enjoying London's great outdoor spaces and your own back garden.

Garden party must-haves

Bentley garden furniture set

Bentley garden furniture set

Add a touch of class to your precious urban outdoor space with this vintage-style furniture. This three-piece set is ideal for small gardens, patios and balconies. Perfect for a tiny London pad.

£74.99 | Shop on eBay


Tweedmill picnic rug

Tweedmill picnic rug

Avoid the dreaded damp bum with this luxury, waterproof, pure new wool rug, complete with fringe, webbing straps and carry handle. Great for the park or your back garden.

£64.99 | Shop on eBay


Wicker picnic hamper

Wicker picnic hamper

London has an abundance of upmarket delivery companies who'll bring your posh nosh in a snazzy hamper. But we recommend hitting up one of London’s markets for ingredients and packing your own, which this wicker picnic basket is perfect for.

£28.99 | Shop on eBay


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Weber kettle BBQ

Weber kettle BBQ

Though you can grill up a feast in many London parks, few of them tolerate disposable foil barbecue trays – they also cook the grass, you see. So you're best off investing in a kettle barbecue on wheels.

£85.00 | Shop on eBay


Wooden croquet set

Wooden croquet set

Put your gladrags on and pretend to be upper class for a day by packing your mallets, hitting your local park and clacking a ball or two through some hoops.

£43.99 | Shop on eBay


Oscillating sprinkler

Oscillating sprinkler

Keep the kids preoccupied, and cool in the summer sun, by setting up one of these cheap and cheerful sprinklers in your garden. It waters the grass, too.

£8.99 | Shop on eBay


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