Beer gardens and cocktail venues are a popular mainstay of London living, and now that summer is on the way, many locals and visitors alike are flocking to these spots for a few drinks and great company. Whatever you’re looking for, the following spaces should provide the ideal venue during the warmer months of the year.
The exterior of this cocktail spot might look unassuming, but it offers plenty to enjoy once you get through the doors! The cocktail menu is an unusual blend of flavours and styles, including drinks to suit alcohol-free lifestyles without sacrificing on taste or indulgence. For fans of a summery night-out during a visit to the San Domenico House Hotel Chelsea, this is a great place to start.
First opening back in 1832, The Castle has been a public house for nearly two centuries, and with its stunning beer garden – once a car park – you can look forward to everything from a delightful terrace to eight cabana-style huts, several of which include fridges and fires for added comfort. There is a great menu of pub-style food to dine on, and a fantastic drinks menu including finds from local breweries. If you’re looking for the authentic London pub experience while staying at the San Domenico House Hotel Chelsea, this is a top place to start.
One of Mayfair’s finest cocktail spots, the décor alone is reason to visit Mr Fogg’s – which includes a sister venue in Covent Garden. Look out for a stunning (and eccentric) range of cocktails, and added touches all inspired by the world of Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days.
Crown & Shuttle
Right in the centre of the city, this is a great pub garden venue which welcomes huge crowds throughout the summer months. Expect a hip Shoreditch vibe, great drinks and dishes ideal for sharing – some of them served direct from the Crown & Shuttle’s own burger van. The beer garden itself is a perfect sun trap to wile away a few hours and soak up some rays.
68 & Boston
In an area practically filled with cocktail bars, 68 & Boston still manages to stand out from the crowd. The bar offers drinks by both the bottle and the glass, as well as accompanying small plates for those seeking a bite to eat alongside their drink. With a relaxed, speak-easy style, the venue is both lively and intimate, making it perfect for chilled out summer visits.
Run by owners who seem to innately understand what people want from a local pub, Junction Tavern provides a gastropub menu, local cask ales (which change on a weekly rotation) and a paved garden space where you can relax amidst parasols and neatly dishevelled plant-life. If the weather isn’t ideal for staying outdoors, there’s a conservatory to retreat to while still remaining close to the great outdoors.