The weather in London has turned rather glorious over the last few days, with warm temperatures and especially sunny days. I always say that there’s no better place than London in the summer (if we do get a proper summer, that is) so let’s hope that this year proves much better than the previous few summers we’ve had!
60 Great Western Road, W11 1AB
Large pub with its interior laid out around a central bar, The Metropolitan has a ground floor garden as well as a first floor roof terrace. Very tasty food on offer from its pretty extensive menu which is a great compliment to the drinks on offer. The weekends tend to be rather crowded with customers even spilling out to the pavement at the front, which provides for another opportunity for some outdoor drinking!
277-281 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA
One of the best beer gardens in Notting Hill, this Samuel Smith’s pub has the usual selection of drinks from the brewery at slightly lower prices than other local establishments – bonus! The wonderful garden is located behind high walls separating it from the street, so it’s almost like you’re in another world.
1 Wellington Terrace, W2 4LW
There’s something very alluring about the The Champion – I absolutely love the dark interior, which makes meet-ups here very cosy. This pub has what it calls a “secret garden” towards the back, which is perfect for your outdoor drinking needs. Though you could even stay indoors – they tend to open up the large front-facing windows during good weather, so you get a nice alfresco vibe even when you’re inside. They’re currently running a “ciderfest” with over 20 different ciders on offer, so be sure to get down to The Champion it that’s your choice of tipple.
11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ
Holland Park & Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park
Alternatively, with all the expansive parkland near to Notting Hill, you might not need a beer garden at all! Simply stock up on drinks (with some accompanying nibbles which makes things a bit more sensible) – there’s supermarkets along Notting Hill Gate, or Kensington High Street if you’re coming from the south side of either of these parks – and then head to their open grass spaces. Sure, the parks can get quite busy when the weather’s good, but you’ll still be able to enjoy your own little picnic area. Just remember to bring a bottle/wine opener, and keep an eye out for where the loos are (for you’re bound to need them at some point) – the ones in Holland Park are just by the kids’ playground.