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The Telegraph: “Best beer gardens in London for the bank holiday weekend” featuring The Dolphin and The Wood House
22 Apr '19

4. The Wood House, Dulwich

Wood House Dulwich beer garden
Hungry? There’s a Burger Shack in the garden, too CREDIT: THE WOOD HOUSE

If we were being picky, we’d say the former home of Joseph Paxton, esteemed architect (he designed the Crystal Palace) and gardener, is actually in Sydenham - not the more salubrious Dulwich, as the pub itself claims. But the beer garden is so big, it could very well straddle two postcodes. There’s a Burger Shack in the garden and truly wonderful roasts in the main restaurant. Book a table in one of the giant bird boxes or arrive early to grab the best tables.

39 Sydenham Hill, Sydenham/Dulwich, SE26 6RS

10. The Dolphin, Sydenham

The Dolphin Sydenham beer garden
A beer garden perfect for date night CREDIT: THE DOLPHIN

Forget weed-covered paving and mould-dusted wooden tables: the garden, at this aquatically named South London pub is a modernist masterpiece featuring elegant box hedging and lots of tucked-away corners. Perfect for a date.

121 Sydenham Rd, London SE26 5HB

23 Apr '19

£14.50 for fish and chips so make sure you get your money’s worth with some hours in that garden!

24 Apr '19

@Vennerist that’s the going rate I’m afraid. I love the Dolphin’s garden