You don't have to be out in the wilderness to enjoy the great outdoors. On a fine spring or summer day, London can be just as refreshing and rewarding. Especially when you have a cold drink in front of you.
As you may already know, London has quite a few pubs – about 7,000. This means it also has plenty of beer gardens. Here are some that are close to our locations.
The Distillers (Hammersmith)
A relaxed and welcoming pub, the Distillers is perfect for a warm afternoon. Their beer garden is massive – so you and your mates should have no problem getting seated – and the beer selection makes for thirsty reading.
In addition to the premium lagers and ciders you'd expect to find, they have speciality pale ales, IPAs, wheat beers, porters and stouts from all over the world. If you're into spirits, don't worry – they've got plenty of those too. They host barbecues throughout summer, so you should definitely keep an eye out for those. Even if you don't live in Hammersmith, it's worth the journey.
The Canonbury (Highbury)
Newly refurbished and ready for summer, the Canonbury in Islington should be the first stop for students at our Highbury residence. It's just a short tube ride away, or a 20-minute bus journey.
Ever heard of the writer George Orwell? Well he used to live about 300 metres away, and apparently was in the habit of popping in for a drink every now and then.
That said, the Canonbury is by no means a time warp of a pub – it's moved with the times. If you do want a time warp experience, you'll have to head to another pub – but (just saying) it probably won't have as nice a beer garden as this one.
The Water Poet (City)
Tucked away on a quiet cobbled street near Spitalfields Market is the Water Poet. It's the sort of place you could spend a whole afternoon. It serves great food, it has a nice dining area, and sometimes the basement becomes a cinema (the pub if home to the Overlook Screens film club).
If you live in our City location, the Water Poet might just become your local – it's just over a 15-minute walk away, so you're within easy reach of a beer garden whenever the sun comes out. Oh, and if the weather suddenly turns, there's a billiard room and a spacious lounge. See – we're always thinking.
The Anchor (Bankside)
This one is pretty special – it's right by the Thames. They're big on food at the Anchor, with an enormous menu full of burgers, sandwiches, pies, and classics such as fish and chips. It's less than half a mile from our Bankside location – in walking time this equates to about eight minutes.
As much as we like modern trendy pubs and bars, we do have to appreciate a bit of history every now and then. Believe it or not, there's been a "watering hole"-style establishment on the Anchor's site for about 800 years. That's before even Shakespeare's time.