8 of our favourite pubs in London for safe socialising, al fresco!

Searching for a pub garden in London to meet your friends & family in? Here’s 8 of our favourite pubs for safe socialising, al fresco. The Bell Inn, Hampton Bustling pub by the Thames with seats outside, real ales, a good choice of food and friendly service. Head for the garden of this friendly riverside…

Searching for a pub garden in London to meet your friends & family in? Here’s 8 of our favourite pubs for safe socialising, al fresco.

The Bell Inn, Hampton

Bustling pub by the Thames with seats outside, real ales, a good choice of food and friendly service.
Head for the garden of this friendly riverside pub, where you’ll find plenty of contemporary chairs and tables plus booth seating, heaters and lighting. From the long panelled bar counter, helpful staff serve Sharps Doom Bar, Park Brewery Gallows Gold and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump, 18 wines by the glass, ten gins and cocktails.

The Old Orchard, Harefield

Tables on the front terrace and in the garden provide stunning views down to the narrowboats on the canal way below and across to the lakes that are part of the conservation area known as the Colne Valley Regional Park – it’s a haven for wildlife. A good choice of drinks and interesting brasserie-style food.

Victoria, West Temple Sheen

Just a five-minute walk from Richmond Park, this buzzing but informal pub serves customers all day.  Friendly young staff serve Timothy Taylors Boltmaker, Wimbledon Common Pale Ale and a changing guest on handpump, 14 good wines by the glass, and winter mulled wine. A conservatory-style dining room has comfortable, contemporary orange leather chairs around tables of varying sizes on pale floorboards, and doors that lead into the leafy walled (and heated) garden where good quality seats and tables sit under parasols and there’s a children’s play area.

Princess of Wales, Primrose Hill

Friendly place with three different seating areas, enjoyable food, wide choice of drinks and a funky garden. Serving Sambrooks Wandle and a beer named for the pub (also from Sambrooks) plus a changing guest ale on handpump, 16 wines by the glass, 11 malt whiskies and good cocktails. The Garden Room downstairs has a bar, three connected areas and access to the suntrap garden with its Bansky-style mural, framed wall mirrors and picnic-sets (some painted pink and purple) under parasols.

Admiral Codrington, Chelsea

A long-standing Chelsea landmark with easy-going bar and pretty restaurant, popular food and seats outside. Helpful staff serve Bombardier, Shepherd Neame, Whitstable Bay and a guest ale on handpump, good wines by the glass and a thoughtful range of spirits. The light and airy restaurant area is a total contrast: high-backed pretty wall seats and plush dining chairs around light tables, an open kitchen, fish prints on pale blue paintwork, a second fireplace and an impressive skylight. A back garden has chunky benches and tables under an awning.

Duke of Sussex, Chiswick

Attractive Victorian local with unexpectedly large back garden, tables under parasols, nicely laid out plants and carefully positioned lighting and heaters; simply furnished bar with some original etched glass, chapel and farmhouse chairs around scrubbed pine or dark wood tables, huge windows overlooking Acton Green, horseshoe counter serving ales such as Reunion, Sambrooks, Twickenham and Wimbledon, 30 wines by the glass and 15 malt whiskies, interesting food including tapas

Rose & Crown, Orpington

Sizeable pub on the edge of London with large back garden, character bars, a wide choice of food and drink and cheerful service. The big garden behind this renovated pub is quite a surprise – it has colourful beach huts and cabanas, chairs and tables on a terrace, picnic-sets on grass and a sizeable children’s play area. Friendly, efficient young staff serve a beer named for the pub (from Marstons), Dorking Washington Gold, Timothy Taylors Landlord and Youngs Bitter and Special on handpump, and 16 wines by the glass.

Windsor Castle, Kensington

Unspoilt pub of much character; lots of dark oak furnishings, sturdy high-backed built-in elm benches, soft lighting and a coal-effect fire. Lovely garden on several levels with high walls giving a secluded feel.