There are plenty of reasons to get outdoors this summer. The best one? To chill out with your closest pals in a stunning beer garden, of course. Whether you feel like sipping a few cold brewskies in an urban retreat or topping up your tan on a quirky rooftop, our friends at DesignMyNight have rounded up 10 of the UK’s best beer gardens, helping you to find your perfect hangout when the weather’s hot hot hot.
This East London gem? It just so happens to be aiming to become the world’s largest socially distanced pub. Newly opened in Walthamstow's Blackhorse Lane, Truman’s Social Club is a hub for drinking and dining with an on-site brewery, street food vendors and live music… they even have a dog-friendly policy, so you may get to squeeze in some cuddles while you visit.
Not only is this award-winning Hackney pub serving freshly-poured, affordable and delicious local beers, but they’re also keeping guests well fed with a hearty BBQ menu. Settle into People’s Park Tavern’s hacienda-inspired garden, have a boogie to their regular roster of DJs and make the most of their on-site brewery by trying all kinds of craft creations.
Fancy your beer gardens with a view? The Ship in Wandsworth has a humongous outdoor space in a gorgeous riverside location, making meet-ups even better this summer. With its laid back vibe, wide choice of beers and on-site burger shack, this is one seriously impressive beer garden that’s not to be slept on.
This impressive outdoor venue is about to go beyond your average pub patio space. Head on over to Vauxhall Food and Beer Garden to lap up cocktails, beer and international food stalls, alongside regular entertainment to keep you on your toes. Want to fill up your social calendar? Check out their bottomless brunches, standup comedy and unmissable live drag shows.
There’s no better excuse to visit Earlsfield than to explore The Leather Bottle’s beautiful (and pretty notorious) beer garden. A local favourite in South West London, this pub really pulls out all the stops when it’s scorching. The garden boasts a huge outdoor space, beach huts to hire and a dedicated burger shack, giving London’s students all they need for a flippin’ wonderful day in the sun.
Brixton’s Hope & Anchor is home to one of London’s prettiest beer gardens; top up your Instagram feed with botanical corners, private party huts, sunny terraced spots and a large fire pit for when the sun goes down. If you’re hungry? Check out their menu of delicious pub grub and cheap drinks that are perfect for a student budget.
Often recognised as one of Birmingham's oldest pubs, The Old Crown is a charming old school boozer in Digbeth, and home to one of the city’s best beer gardens for sun tanning when things heat up. Not only do they host pub quizzes and ping pong, but their regular garden parties are known to get wild, with flowing drinks and party soundtracks guaranteed.
Looking for a private pod to cool off in when the weather's scorching? The Lawn Club has dedicated spaces for you and your closest mates. That’s not all though, as the bar will quench your thirst with their top-tier selection of craft beer and summer cocktails… move quickly though, this pop-up bar will inevitably reincarnate when autumn rolls around.
Taking beer gardens to new heights, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen is a gem in Leeds’ nightlife crown. Fronting everything from cocktails and street food, to live music and art exhibitions, it’s one of the city’s best hangouts for students. Stopping by when the sun shows its face? Head upstairs to the rooftop garden and soak up some vitamin D in an urban oasis above the city.
Brighton’s got no shortage of pretty pubs, and The Black Lion is a prime example. Whether you’re stopping by to rock out to a live band or chomp away on their stunning Sunday roasts, this 16th Century beaut will keep you coming back. The pièce de résistance? The incredible, Insta-worthy garden that’s packed with floral adornments begging to be shared on socials.
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