5 of the Best Beer Gardens in Greenwich

Summer is short and sweet in London, so you’ll want to make the most of it! Why not head for one of London’s most historic riverside neighbourhoods to drink in the sun and enjoy that Thamesside breeze? Greenwich, with its rich maritime history, is the perfect place to yo ho ho over a bottle of rum… (or, you know, a glass of wine)

Lead image: The Old Brewery, Greenwich © Joe Lord/Archant 

1 The Old Brewery, Greenwich
Originally the home of Meantime Brewing, The Old Brewery became a Young’s pub back in 2017. The cafe, restaurant, bar and microbrewery has a lovely walled alfresco courtyard, bedecked with foliage, and if it’s quiet you can catch the faint notes of piano or cello practice from Trinity Laban students at the adjacent Old Royal Naval College. As well as Meantime’s own locally brewed beers and a selection of the world’s best lagers, you can also enjoy a chilled glass of fizz or wine.
Pepy’s Building, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9LW; oldbrewerygreenwich.com

2 The Guildford Arms, Greenwich
The large sunken garden at The Guildford Arms in Greenwich has long been a secluded oasis of calm surrounded by white birches, tall grasses and kitchen herbs, but after a very recent refurb (what else to do during a global pandemic?), the garden is looking glorious. Beautifully landscaped, the large, contemporary patio is full of trees, planters and trellises to create little nooks to enjoy lunch or dinner with your nearest and dearest. The wine list travels Europe and the New World and you’ll find Greenwich-brewed Meantime beers alongside seasonal guest ales on tap. And the food? This ain’t pub grub – it’s top-notch restaurant-style dining.
55 Guildford Grove, Greenwich SE10 8JY; theguildfordarms.co.uk

3 Richard the First, Greenwich
Richard the First on Royal Hill has been a favourite since 1923, but its decor, drinks and ethos are very much of the teenies. The beer garden is a beauty, with a touch of the great British seaside about it thanks to pastel shade sheds dotted around the periphery. And if the weather turns, just head indoors to the beautiful conservatory. As well as Young’s award-winning ales, craft beers, wines and spirits, there’s also a thoroughly decent menu. Oh and it’s right next door to Meantime’s Greenwich Union pub (which also has a beer garden), so if you fancy a bit of a pub crawl, that’s your first two stops right there.
52/54 Royal Hill, Greenwich SE10 8RT; richardthefirst.co.uk

4 The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich
The Gipsy Moth’s pub garden, with room for 200 people, offers front-row views of the majestic Cutty Sark. Kick back and enjoy a perfectly mixed Hendricks G&T, a cool pint of Pilsner Urquell or sturdy Doom Bar, chill out with a Brothers Festival Pear Cider or select from the varied wine list. There’s also a large retractable cover to keep the weather at bay and in the summer they fire up the BBQ.
60 Greenwich Church Street SE10 9BL; thegipsymothgreenwich.co.uk

5 The Sail Loft, Greenwich
Peaceful waterside dining is a pretty rare find in London, but you’ll find it at The Sail Loft in Greenwich. This new Fuller’s pub serves up a brilliant brunch, with the likes of black pudding hash with fried hen’s egg, plus roasted field mushroom, spinach, butternut squash and sourdough on the menu. If the weather turns, head indoors where you can still enjoy a view of the Thames from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
11 Victoria Parade, Greenwich SE10 9FR; sailloftgreenwich.co.uk