The Albion, nestling just off Upper Street, will make you forget you are in London. A massive, green beer garden and great food (it has won awards for its Sunday lunch) are topped off with a good beer selection, including Flowers IPA and Black Sheep.
10 Thornhill Rd, N1 1HW. Highbury & Islington tube/rail. Tel: 020 7607 7450
Of the numerous pubs on Royal Hill in Greenwich there are two perfect outdoor spots, at the old-fashioned Richard I and the more flashy Union, owned by the Meantime Brewery, which has a cosy space with tables out the back.
52 Royal Hill, SE10 8RT, Greenwich rail/DLR. Tel: 020 8692 2996.
56 Royal Hill, Tel: 020 8692 6258
After an afternoon in Victoria Park, Inn on the Park is a welcoming old Victorian boozer that should make you feel right at home. There’s a barbecue in summer, and if frills aren’t too important to you, it should be a perfect, old-school summertime boozer.
111 Lauriston Rd, E9 7HJ. Mile End tube. Tel: 020 8985 3321.
There are some great pubs near Hammersmith Bridge, including the Blue Anchor with tables overlooking the Thames, and the Dove, a sleepy Fuller’s pub that’s perfect mixed with sunshine.
Blue Anchor, 13 Lower Mall, W6 9DJ.
Tel: 020 8748 5774
The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, London W6 9TA.
Tel: 020 8748 5405