Five great South London pub beer gardens (part 1)

We thought it would be handy to pick and share five great pub beer gardens around South London to spark some inspiration for those looking for a place for a nice summer pint outside.
There’s so many great beer gardens in South London (let alone London overall!) that we think we’ll probably make this a regular feature on the blog to share with you all some beer garden gems.

So on with this round up, and in no particular order, here’s five great beer gardens to seek out for a relaxing time when the weather is nice…

The Crown & Greyhound, Dulwich Village

A grand old pub for a grand old village, The Crown & Greyhound has plenty of outdoor space with two great beer gardens. The main one at the rear is a quiet, relaxed green space with plenty of seating, making it perfect for Sunday lunches or alfresco summer dinners. The smaller, yet still large space, beer garden out front is a large patio garden that sits right on the bustling Dulwich Village road, making for great people watching and a place to meet friends. The pub had a complete makeover a few years ago, with everything having been upgraded, including its food - so you can visit for a great brunch, lunch or fine dinner. Address: 73 Dulwich Village SE21 7BJ

Dulwich Wood House, Sydenham

Dulwich Wood House has a cracking beer garden that offers plenty of outdoor seating in a leafy setting. It’s spacious enough for those with kids to know there’s room to keep them busy. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy summer sun whilst providing spots in the shade when needed. Much of the garden is grassed, but there’s a good decking area if mobility is a concern. The pub itself is a large venue and a Youngs pub, so you know you can expect a decent selection of drinks. Address: 39 Sydenham Hill SE26 6RS

The Alma, Crystal Palace

A real gem of a pub, The Alma in Crystal Palace, has a great heritage, dating from 1854 (it could easily feature as in a round up of great old London pubs!). Home to a fantastic large rear beer garden, it’s a great summer spot not only for its space and lovely garden, but it’s great summer BBQ menu. If the BBQ is not your thing, they also serve a contemporary menu and Sunday Lunches, so there’s plenty of choice. Address: 95 Church Road, Crystal Palace SE19 2TA

The Herne Tavern, East Dulwich

Tucked away on the south west edge of Peckham Rye park, The Herne Tavern hides a beautiful beer garden. Dotted with fruit trees, well kept flower beds and planters, it’s a great outdoor spot set in lovely scenery. The beer garden is much larger than you expect when you enter the front door, so plenty of space for outdoor dining and places for kids to hang out. The food is great too, as is the quiz night if you time your visit. Address: 2 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich SE22 0RR

The Princess Of Wales, Blackheath

Perched on the edge of Blackheath, the Prince of Wales has a commanding view of heath itself, making its front terrace immediately have the feel of an expansive beer garden. Add to this the courtyard at the back of the pub there’s plenty of space for alfresco drinking and dining. The Prince of Wales’s rear courtyard has heaters, so it’s a great spot for the chillier months. Great food and a good bit of history to boot, this pub is a great place to wander to if you’re in and around Greenwich. Address: 1a Montpelier Row, Blackheath SE3 0RL