Kentish Town has earned its reputation as home to some of London’s best watering holes primarily on the strength of the ale, or the quality of the kitchens. But during the summer months, the priority moves squarely to outside space.
From pokey back passage to sprawling urban oasis, via roadside tables and improvised pavement reclamation, most boozers offer an alfresco experience of sorts – but where are the real gems?
We hit the high street and immediate surrounds on a mission to rate the key spaces in the hood.
Three well-known pubs notable by their absence are The Grafton, Bull & Last and The Oxford, as both have just outside benches rather than gardens, although they all rate very highly on people watching. And Kentish Canteen has a wonderful sunset terrace – but is about as far from a beer garden as you can get. So here are the results (each category scored out of 10).
Phew. You know what? After all that, mine’s a cup of tea. So where are your favourite spots for an alfresco Kentish Town tipple? And who have we forgotten?