Best Clapham bar and beer gardens

Avalon-garden-6-1158x500We often receive requests about bars and pubs with gardens around Clapham, so here is a selection of our favourites for times when you need to chill outside, whatever the weather…

Also see our post on our favourite restaurants with outside space in and around Clapham.

16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB, T: 020 8675 8613
Sister pub to The Stonhouse (see photo), the Avalon has three outside area including the huge summer garden. The front terrace is open all year and is well covered with heaters. A good place to host a party too – the courtyard and the Blue Room are available for private functions.

Bread and Roses
68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, T: 020 7498 1779
Known for its regular music, blues and jazz jam sessions plus comedy nights and theatre productions, this much-loved Clapham pub  has a small, walled beer garden and two function rooms available for hire (one includes the garden).

County Arms
345 Trinity Road, London SW18 3SH, T: 020 8874 8532
If you fancy trying somewhere a bit further afield, but not too far from Clapham, the County Arms is worth a visit on warm days or evenings. It has a large garden with plenty of seating and is popular for Sunday roasts/barbecues (booking strongly advised). We’ve tried both and they were good. It’s also close to Wandsworth Common.

33 Bedford Road, Clapham, SW4 7QS, T: 020 7274 2428
Apparently there’s room for 300 people in the Falcon’s spacious garden at the back with heated covered areas if needed (there’s also outdoor seating at the front). It comes into its own in the summer with an outdoor bar and bbq. Real ales, hearty food, regular quiz night, live music and DJs.  Popular for watching sports fixtures on the big screens too.

21 Bradmead, 133 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4AG, T: 020 7738 8588
If you find yourself over in Battersea and fancy a traditional, friendly pub, pop in here for a pint – there’s a covered and heated outside area for colder days. It also shows live Sky Sports matches at weekends.

7-8 Cavendish Parade, Clapham Common Southside, SW4 9DW, T: 020 8772 0303
Buzzing bar, especially at weekends when the DJs hit the decks and the place literally rocks! The front garden terrace is set up for year-round al fresco drinking with awnings, parasols and heaters.

The Jam Tree
13-19 Old Town, Clapham, SW4 0JT, T: 020 3397 4422
A buzzy, trendy bar serving good food. There’s an attractive garden at the back which is open until 9.30pm every day.

The Landor
70 Landor Road, Clapham SW9 9PH, T: 020 7737 3419
Traditional, small pub which shows live sports, plus live music on Fridays, DJs Saturday nights, pool league and quiz night. There’s a pretty beer garden too.

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie scenes-from-le-quecumbar-187-728
42 Battersea High Street, SW11 3HX, T: 020 7787 2227
1930s Parisian-style live music bar/brasserie specialising in gypsy swing music with a small, pretty patio at the back. Free entry before 8pm on many nights.

441 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 4LR, T: 020 7223 7721
Decked garden for outdoor seating plus good pub food, board games, curry and quiz every Tuesday and it’s dog friendly. What more do you want?
Little Bird
1 Battersea Rise SW11 1HG
Attractive, buzzy cocktail bar and restaurant with outside seating at the front. Asian influenced food.

339 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LS, T: 020 7622 2112
Newish late bar with restaurant with an attractive all weather garden.

The Magic Garden
231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG, T:020 7622 4844
The Magic Garden doesn’t look much from the outside but its big selling point is the large beer garden, complete with tipi tent, fairy lights and comfy seating and throws. It’s an independent music pub and, depending on the band, there’s a door charge, usually between £5-£7 although most week nights it’s free – check website. There’s food too.

No 32 Old Town
32 The Pavement, Clapham SW4 0JE, T: 020 3535 0910
We really like this restaurant/bar in Clapham Old Town and we particularly love the first floor outside terrace. Food is good, it can get very busy at weekends but it’s a cool, attractive bar/restaurant and gets the thumbs up from us.

The Rookery
69 Clapham Common Southside, SW4 9DA, T: 020 8673 9162
Bar/restaurant with outside area overlooking the common (albeit across the busy Southside). It has a casual vibe and comes into its own in the summer when it’s hard to get an outside table. Good food and friendly atmosphere. Recommended.

The Ship
41 Jew’s Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB, T: 020 8870 9667
Yes, we know it’s not quite Clapham but The Ship is a great venue for outdoor drinking by the river as there is a huge terrace with its own bar, plenty of seating and private heated booths.  It is VERY popular so get there early on sunny days!

The Stonhouse
165 Stonhouse Street, Clapham SW4 6BJ
Best of both worlds here: roaring log fire inside and a heated (for colder days) courtyard garden. Good food too.

The Sun
47 Old Town, Clapham, SW4 0LJ, T: 020 7622 4980
We’ve been going here on and off for years – it’s lively, fun, not pretentious and it has a good sized beer garden with parasols plus patio heaters for cold nights. Very busy in the summer.

The Windmill on the Common
Clapham Common Southside, SW4 9DE, T: 020 8673 4578
Located on Clapham Common, this pub/restaurant (with 42 bedrooms) arguably has the largest outdoor seating area of all. Even better when the Burger Shack arrives! There are plenty of tables, chairs and benches (but no heaters).

Vagabond Wines
4 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 1NT, T: 020 7738 0540
A trendy wine bar with attractive outside seating at the front and rear. The focus is on independent wines and there are tasting machines where you order (you purchase a top-up card first) either a sample, small or large glass.

Other places worth a try: Balham Bowls Club, The Nightingale pub and The Eagle all have outdoor terraces/gardens.

2 comments to Best Clapham bar and beer gardens

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>