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Top 10 Best Beer Gardens In East London

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You've typed "pub with beer garden near me" into your Google search and it's still not delivering what you need. You want sunshine, picnic benches, craft beer, hand-held food, cinema screenings, live sport, sun loungers, live DJs, a party atmosphere, a quiet atmosphere, a river view, a canal view, and some of those Thai hut thingies that seem to be popular these days. Oh, and petanque; or crazy golf! You don't ask for much, which is why Fluid London always delivers. This list of the best pubs with gardens in east London provides all the top places for outdoor drinking and dining in Docklands, Canary Wharf, Hackney, Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Old Street, Stratford, Hoxton or Victoria Park. East London boasts big beer gardens, little beer gardens, historical beer gardens, beer gardens showing Sky Sports on TV, beer gardens with summer BBQs, beer gardens with alfresco gastropub dining, and beer gardens with views of the river Thames.

Image of The Crown & Shuttle

Shoreditch
Bar
Pub

This a pub with a beer garden in one of London's most exciting areas. A sunny beer garden is a happy beer garden. Add to that enough chairs and benches to ensure there is no danger of a fight over the last place to perch, plus a shiny food van, and an array of beers and ales, and you're looking at a recipe for summer success. The Crown & Shuttle bar in Shoreditch may not have any superb view to offer but it does have a great location on Shoreditch High Street. The large garden is fun and quirky thanks to the weather-beaten shutters and doors randomly fitted to white stone walls, and the light-hearted signs reminding guests that flowers might not enjoy the beers as much as patrons.

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Canary Wharf
Bar / Restaurant
British

Riverside drinking and dining; London pubs with beer gardens don't get much more historic than The Gun in Docklands with views of the river. There's been a pub on the site for more than 250 years. Its enduring appeal no doubt in part due to the magnificent views its offers of the river Thames, which now looks out onto The O2. Its fabulous riverside terrace can sit up to 40 guests. To the right of The Gun pub, there's also a large outdoor terrace perfect for holding private summer parties and wedding receptions. With its close proximity to Billingsgate Fish Market, seafood is undoubtedly the main highlight of the menu. The beer garden is the perfect place to chill out in the summer months.

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Shoreditch
Bar
Pub

The east London beer garden that is officially one of Hoxton's best kept secrets. This fantastic beer garden is reminiscent of a Greek taverna; brick walls, climbing ivy, decorated with ornate, gilt mirrors and hand-painted glass. Strings of fairy lights, coloured lamps and candles further enhance the atmosphere. The pub beer garden is a veritable sun trap during the day, and, with its heated booths, is great for alfresco drinks when the sun finally says goodnight. Grab something from the vast selection of draught beers or real ales, and bask in the sun in the one of east London's biggest and best beer gardens.

Image of The Water Poet

Shoreditch
Bar
British

The pub beer garden with BBQ in the City of London near Liverpool Street. A slice of nearby Shoreditch nestled nicely in amongst the streets on the Spitalfields side of that City business. This sun-trapped pub beer garden - of which there aren't many in the City of London - is sheltered on all sides by high walls and has enough space for 150 work-addled souls to relax during their well-earned lunch break, or in the waiting period after work before they catch their train home, thus avoiding the rush hour; smart people! The outdoor barbecue and hog roasts are popular in the summer, as is the table service and the garden screen showing films and sport.

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Whitechapel & Wapping
Bar
Pub

The historical pub beer garden in east London, the Prospect of Whitby is rumoured to have been frequented by both Charles Dickens and Princess Margaret (although presumably not at the same time), The Prospect of Whitby pub in Wapping, which dates back to 1520, is said to be London's oldest riverside pub, offering spectacular views across the Thames from its idyllic roof terrace. This now picturesque boozer once had a reputation as a meeting place for smugglers and villains, and should you find yourself momentarily losing yourself while enjoying the view, the tasty pub tucker, or a pint of ale, a hangman's noose swings over the river, a reminder of the pub's more gruesome times.

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Hackney
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

If you've ever had a wander around Victoria Park next to the Regent's Canal in east London, you probably would've have stumbled across the rear of The People's Park Tavern pub and beer garden as it backs directly onto the park and even have it's own park entrance. The beer garden is huge, mostly shaded by awning, canopies and the huge trees that reside in the park, plus it has its own 9-hole crazy golf course with water features, tiki huts, and towering Moai heads. It has made a name for itself as a fun pub thanks to comedy nights, quiz nights, throwback Thursdays, DJs, and weekend live music and bottomless brunch plus, inside, you'll discover Lady Chastity's Reserve, an escape room game.

Image of Crate Brewery & Pizzeria

Hackney
Bar / Restaurant
Pizza

Crate Brewery and Pizzeria is a bar, not a traditional pub, and is frequented by loads of east London hipsters. The beer garden is a long thin strip of concrete topped with picnic benches and a magnificent view. This bar is right on the edge of the canal and overlooks the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London Stadium (perfect place for a pre-match drink for West Ham United football fans). The pizzas are quick and packed full of unusual flavours. And the craft beer choices - pale ale, IPA, cider, and lager - are as fresh as they come. The bar brews its own beer in the warehouse next door. You can even take a tour of the brewery before sipping down their delicious pints.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
Pub

The Culpeper pub, restaurant, rooftop beer garden and hotel is a one-stop stop on Commercial Street in Shoreditch near The City of London. The rooftop bar area has been affectionately renamed as the Piculpeper to honour the cucumbers that grow up there (essentially, it's a rooftop allotment). And the humble pickle will be appearing in the cocktails, the menu dishes and in the workshops that will be served up on the roof throughout the warm weather season. Be warned, you will need to book ahead to reserve your spot on the roof for lunch or dinner; it's that popular. Get your Instagram account ready; this one is going to make everyone jealous!

Image of The Leyton Star

Stratford
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

The large outdoor terrace at the back of this east London pub and beer garden has loads of seating for a hot summer's day. There are eight private cabanas, which can each be heated if your gathering goes on into past dusk. There's also an event space if you want to book some al fresco birthday drinks. Keep an eye out for the two golden palm tree light fixtures which take pride of place in the beer garden; they were purchased at a charity auction and were once used as part of the set design for Paloma Faith's Fall To Grace tour. The pub also hosts live sport, pub quizzes, Lucky Voice Karaoke, cocktail masterclasses, and 2-4-1 cocktails on Thursdays. Fun in the sun!

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Shoreditch
Bar
Pub

A rare, beer garden roof terrace in Shoreditch - Looking for somewhere understated to chill out with the cool kids? Check out the beer garden roof terrace that belongs to the Red Lion, a no-fuss boho boozer in east London. With shabby chic garden furniture and foliage galore, gorgeous views over Hoxton and BBQs right up to the weekend, this is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Pub classics - breaded scampi, Ploughman's, a home-made burger or plate of nachos - are also on offer through-out the week and the somewhat traditional East End pub also boasts an intimate atmosphere and great tunes.

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