It’s hot, it’s sunny and you want to relax in a pub with a drink. We have the answer – try one of the many pubs with outdoor gardens or outdoor seating. Here’s some of the most popular and easy to find.
Book a stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and stroll across London Bridge and down into Borough for one of the most historic inns in London. Look for a little alley off Borough High Street that leads to the busy George Inn. Walking through the alley brings you out into an amazing courtyard which was once used by coaches when changing horses. Even earlier than that, it was used by actors in Elizabethan times to hold theatre performances, as people could watch from the galleries at the front of the Inn. It was also a popular drinking place for actors from the neighbouring playhouses like the Globe and Rose. Shakespeare himself may well have come here. Nowadays, this is the only galleried inn of its kind in London.
Not far away on the banks of the River Thames is another pub with a long history. The Anchor has become a popular tourist destination offering views across the river from its beer garden and roof terrace. The modern building gives no hint of its history. There has been a pub on this spot for over 800 years, and for much of the time it has been known as The Anchor.
If you fancy entertainment while relaxing with a drink outside, the Punch & Judy in Covent Garden is worth a try. The outdoor seating area on the balcony is a fantastic way to watch the street performers in the piazza below. Alternatively, you can head over to Battersea Park for an evening’s entertainment at the Magic Garden. This pub is gaining a great reputation as the place to go for a ‘festival in a pub’. At weekends, and several weekday nights it houses live entertainment from local and international artists offering a wide range of music styles from jazz to world music. Sit back in the comfy garden chairs and enjoy the music, a few cocktails and some brilliant food. Also, there is large selection for tourists to choose from cheap to luxury self-serviced apartments London near to the place.
The Troubadour on the Old Brompton Road near Earls Court is a much smaller, intimate venue with a little garden enveloped in trellis and trees. Getting here early is a good idea if you want to enjoy the music. The cellar bar has been the venue for many well known musicians over the years including Jimi Hendrix, Elton John and Bob Dylan.
In addition, if you are hunting for somewhere stylish to eat then you must visit Kingly Court.
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