The pint. The perfect measure; not too big, not too small. And now available in takeaway milk cartons in a host of pubs across south London.
Here’s City A.M.’s very much non-exhaustive list of pubs south of the river that will allow you to have something cold, fizzy and poured by somebody else over this bank holiday weekend.
Each pub is near a park – so you won’t have to carry it too far before you enjoy your liquor in a suitably responsible and socially-distanced way.
There will no doubt be some who claim that it is an outrage, indeed an affront, that north, east and west London pubs are not in this list.
I agree; however, your author does not live there and therefore hasn’t walked past.
Write your own list, or better yet, email me at email@example.com and we’ll add to the list as we can.
Also, move to south London – there are a lot of pubs.
NB: Most of these pubs are trying hard to survive in these tough times, so opening hours and availability are likely to be somewhat flexible. It’s worth checking them out on instagram, Twitter or by giving them a call before heading out.
South London pubs serving pints this weekend
Balham: The Regent
A surprisingly solid sports pub, The Regent has made the best of it with a decent-sized food and drink menu. Nearest parks: Tooting Bec Common, Wandsworth Common
Brixton: The Crown & Anchor
The outstanding craft-y place is shifting pints from 3-8 on Friday, 4-8 on Sunday and then a very civilised 2-5pm on Sunday. Nearest parks: Slade Gardens, Myatts Fields
Camberwell: The Crooked Well
Draught pints and cocktails, 1-5 Saturday and Sunday. Added points for being next to Theo’s, and Mangal is open down the road too. Nearest park: Camberwell Green, Burgess Park (at a push)
Cans and takeaway pints available from breweries you haven’t heard of but definitely should have. Better even than this joyous news? Falafel and Shawarma next door is opening again too from Tuesday 26th.
Crystal Palace: The Alma
One of Palace’s finest boozers is temporarily an off-licence, and promises to fill up whatever vessel you bring to its taps. Presumably this doesn’t include the five gallon water cooler from your office, but who knows. Nearest park: Crystal Palace Park (go see the dinosaurs), Long Meadow in Gipsy Hill
Herne Hill: Canopy Brewery
One of south London’s new breweries – alongside Gipsy Hill, Brick Brewery in Peckham and the glorious gallimaufry along the Bermondsey Beer Mile – is open for takeout Saturday and Sunday noon until 7pm. The takeaway gyoza from Koi Ramen next door is a fine addition to any milk carton-y beer. Nearest park: Brockwell Park
Kennington: The Black Prince
Takeout pints and cocktails, Friday through Monday, with takeaway Sunday roasts on, well, Sunday. Famous for being both a cracking pub, and also the pub in which Colin Firth beats people up in Kingsman. Nearest parks: Cleaver Square, Kennington Park
Full disclosure: Your author and guide to south London pubs worked at the Black Prince for several years.
Kennington: The Prince of Wales
No petanque, currently, but plenty of beer. Nearest park: Cleaver Square (obviously)
Devastatingly, the brilliant Babette’s head chef Maya has broken her leg, per the pub’s instagram. So no pints this weekend, but when they’re back, the staff are friendly and the takeaway food – including vacuum sealed bento boxes – is excellent. Nearest parks: Nunhead Green, Peckham Rye Common
Nunhead: The Ivy House
Britain’s 11th coolest pub is offering takeout this weekend, with four pints of Kernel for £14. Not bad at all. Thanks to @rezla for the tip. Nearest park: Peckham Rye, Nunhead Reservoir (if you know, you know).
No pints, but takeaway cocktails are available from the ‘Batch Hatch’. Bring ice and a glass and grab a pre-made delight. City A.M. recommends the Peckham Calling, and if you order Deliveroo from Mr Bao across the road you’ll be well fed too. Nearest parks: Goose Green, Peckham Rye Common
Peckham: The Victoria
The Clapham-est of Peckham’s pubs is reopening this weekend on Bellenden Road, slinging mini-kegs as well as takeaway pints in what they describe as an “in pub deli”. Sure. Nearest parks: Holly Grove Shrubbery
The Borough: The Gladstone
The criminally underrated ‘Glad’ is open for takeaway 1-9 this weekend, with Brixton and Staro on tap among others. Bring your own container. Nearest park: Mint Street
Wimbledon: The Trafalgar
‘The Traf’ in south Wimbledon is slinging loads of craft ales and ciders, including a couple from Wimbledon’s own By The Horns brewery. It’s collection only, so call ahead with your order to pick up between 5 and 7. Thanks to @daysofspeed for the tip. Nearest parks: The Abbey, or perhaps take a stroll round the Wandle