10 of the best London beer gardens

There’s nothing like a shady beer garden to escape the summer heat of the city. Here are 10 of our favourite summer spots to get away from London’s hustle and bustle.

London skyline

London skyline

Today spending time at a  beer garden, taken from the name “Biergarten”, is a time-honoured tradition and a common feature of pubs and bars throughout the world.

Sprung from humble beginnings, the first beer garden originated in Germany’s Bavaria region in the 19th century at a time when brewing in the summer months was prohibited.

Albert V introduced the ban following a number of fires at breweries caused by the heat emanating from the boiling process.

Instead, brewers dug deep “cellars” in the ground fermenting their beer in barrels under ice blocks, topping it with gravel and trees to keep the land cool.

Later, the Bavarian King Ludwig gave brewers permission to sell their beer on the spot, and so the beer garden was born.

From central hot spots and swanky celeb haunts to unassuming hideaways, scroll through to discover some of London’s best  spots for summer sipping…

2 Responses to “10 of the best London beer gardens”

  1. I would like to forward the article on beer gardens to my friends in America. On their next visit they will visit every one without fail. All I want is to e-mail it. Never mind the tweeting and Pin It. How do I do this? Kind regards, Robin Greatorex.

  2. Bob says:

    Didn’t do much of your own research for this then did you? Not least, in the same entry, with a catastrophic misspelling of Shepherd’s Bush.

    Sorry, no credibility.

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