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HOI’S 10 BEST OUTDOOR DRINKING LOCATIONS 2020

The ‘IT’ spot for summer day drinking in London, with enough open space to wander off to the nearest scenic spot with your plastic takeaway pint.

Pandemic or not, here at HOI we think it’s pretty fair to want a little bit of space when you’re out drinking with your buddies, as to avoid knocking elbows with the Karen’s of the world. We’ve scoured far and wide, with our birds-eye view drones (kidding, but humour us…) to find the most beautiful, exotic(-ish), nature-surrounded landscapes, that come with the perfect pub. Lets make the most of our great outdoors, with this list of our favourite spots, instead of being hidden away indoors. (Save that for our beloved 10-month British winter.)

1. NORTH LONDON: The Queen’s Primrose hill @queensprimrose

Fancy a pint staring out across all of London Town? Grab your drinks from this adorable gastro pub, right at the bottom corner of Primrose hill. Take a slightly uphill (suck it up) walk, and bam – hello glorious skyline pints! OR if the pub’s pleasantly vacant, peep upstairs to the max 10 person terrace for a lovely little seat overlooking the park.

2. NORTH LONDON: The Lighterman Kings Cross @thelightermankx

Ever taken a walk across London via the canal? If not – sort it out, and take a half-waypoint pit stop at this beauty. You can’t miss it, it’s glass architecture glistens in the sun, reflecting on the water. Kings Cross’s amazing public spaces allow for a fully integrated pub & outdoor experience. There’s never a quiet moment at this spot though, so if you’re hoping to sit in rather than take away be sure to book in advance.

3. SOUTH LONDON: Prince of Wales Brixton @powbrixton

If ever there were an award for the most spacious terrace, with the best atmosphere, this hidden gem would definitely be in the running. Look up and all you will see is a pub, however head inside and up the stairs, and you will find one of London’s most extravagant party terraces. Famed for its day parties, be sure that these will sell out in advance.

4. SOUTH: Elm Park Tavern Brixton @elmparktavern

Nestled on the corner of Brockwell Park, a visit to this bar & kitchen will feel like a visit to your best bud’s place, with the extra trimmings of beer taps & extravagant wine lists. Background music and the super homely dishes served here will have you feeling like sticking your feet up… probably best not to, though. With new guidelines in place for hospitality, and a glorious huge park on their doorstep, these guys are creating take-away packages including food and drink for an open-air pub experience. Hello summer, we hear you whisper.

5. EAST: Pub On The Park Hackney @pubonthepark

They call it ‘The heart of Hackney’ and we can see why. If you’ve ever been to Hackney, chances are you’ve seen this pub and commented on its glory. Either grab a seat on the terraces backing onto London Fields Park, or if that’s a little too rowdy for you – just nip out to the park right below deck! The best of both worlds. Oh & there’s a Pétanque sandpit!

6. EAST: People’s Park Tavern Hackney @peoplestavern

Another spacious park-perched spot, this is arguably the go to pub on Victoria park, (one of six pubs sitting on the outskirts of the enormous park.) There’s something really exciting about this place, perhaps it holds a constant festival vibe due to the amount held at its park, or perhaps it’s just got that ‘je ne sais quoi’. Either way, a day out in the area isn’t complete without enjoying a bev at the Tavern. It really is ‘the people’s’!

7. EAST: The Albion Islington @thealbionpub

Quaint, hidden, calm by day but vibrant come nightfall, The Albion will put a sparkle in your eyes when you first lay your eyes on it. The pub welcomes you with its floral porch terrace, with just enough space to make it feel like an adequate seating area. But don’t be fooled, slip through the pub, and you’ll find it’s back garden. No need to take away, find yourself a nook at this beauty and you’ll lose track of time. Be sure to stay for a bite, it won’t disappoint.

8. EAST: Skylight Wapping  @skylight_london

Sunday-Funday? Friday out to play? Wapping is one of our lesser-explored beauties in London; the river walks leading from Wapping station to St. Katherine’s Dock covers the prettiest cobbled streets, with character-filled pubs dotted along the way. The warehouse beast Tobacco Docks have created a permanent rooftop playhouse for a memorable day out with the squad.

9. WEST: The Prince Fulham @theprincelondon

Fulham has your Insta-worthy moments covered, with its enormous garden at The Prince. Reminiscent of The Pergola rooftops, the Incipio group brings us more of its’ glamorous and cosy atmospheres. Perfect for any occasion, the garden here is covered, so if the Great-British weather tries its tricks on your birthday or reunion drinks, it can try harder my friend. It’s not quite London’s best kept secret, so expect a full house.

10. SOUTH WEST: The Ship Wandsworth @theshipwandsworth

If you haven’t heard of The Ship, it’s possible to question your authenticity as a Londoner… This infamous spot boasts stunning riverside terrace views by day, and a rowdy party atmosphere, come sunset. Attracting summer loving hooligans from all over town, on any summers’ day, you’ll be sure to find a bit of adventure here. (Side note: this wont be a quiet night out. #Justsaying)

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