Because why would you want to eat anything else right now?
EPIC PUB BBQS
Aka The Sloaney Pony to all the ra locals, this pub is always heaving so it must be doing something right. In summer everyone flocks to the BBQ: chicken burger, hog roast, sausage baguette… it’s all to play for.
1-3 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL
A Dickensian drinking den in the heart of Balham, it’s got a bad-ass wine list, enormous Pimm’s cups and an all-day BBQ. Shabba. Head out to the garden for pork ribs marinated in Jack Daniel’s and coke, rib eye steak and whole grilled catch of the day.
39 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9AN
Probably one of the most popular pubs in London when the sun’s shining, thanks to its riverside location. These guys do an epic BBQ so come and get involved, from chargrilled Cajun chicken burgers and pulled pork baps to whole grilled rainbow trout, not to mention a very well-stocked bar.
41 Jews Road, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TB
Hands down, this is the ultimate riverside BBQ. Jugs of Pimm’s, delicious prosecco, pints of prawns… yes. Lamb steak, mushroom and halloumi burgers, rotisserie chicken, place your order, grab your buzzer and when it goes off, it’s show time.
Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA
ALL AMERICAN CLASSICS
BBQ, burgers, beers and bourbon, this place can do no wrong. These guys travelled all over America testing their BBQ offerings, and the winner, my friend was Memphis. So put on your blue suede shoes and come to Camden Town for meaty ribs, juicy burgers, succulent chicken and their Wednesday night Man v Ribs challenges. Amen.
18 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AG
Take your pick from the well-loved Camden original with its worn-in leather booths and mega bourbon collection, or the new mega Shoreditch BBQ venue with its 150 gallon lobster tank. Both serve up platters of mouth-watering Texan BBQ, craft beers and rocking live music nights.
111-113 Camden High Street, Camden, London, NW1 7JN /143 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AR
Kansas City BBQ in the heart of London… Dorothy would be happy. This all-American diner serves slow-smoked BBQ delights alongside frosty beers, big screen sports, hot music and comfy bar stools.
10 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 8PZ / 4 Broadway Chambers, Fulham Broadway, London, SW6 1EP / 169 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7SS / 16 Byward Street, Tower Hill, London, EC3R 5BA
Now there are two Big Easy joints to choose from, the original in Chelsea, or Covent Garden’s mega new venue. Either way, you’re best off getting things started with a Frozen Margarita or Sazerac. Then tuck a bib safely in place – things will get messy. Get stuck into a grilled lobster, work your way through wings, or challenge your date to a good old rib eating contest.
332 – 334 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR /12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA
Beer and BBQ heaven with a brewery bang smack in the middle of the room, welcome Beavertown Brews. Ditch all vegetarian mates and get stuck into beef ribs, pork ribs, sliders and sides. Warning: wear sweat pants.
33 Downham Road, Hackney, London, N1 5AA
BarChick likes it hard and slow, so this joint ticks all the boxes. Hard drinks, slow cooked meats and cold craft beers. The pulled pork will get you very messy, but who cares when it’s this tasty. Smother those fingers, nibble on Lazybones smothered fries and embrace it.
Unit 5 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6DQ
With its kooky mad house interiors, amazing concoctions and delicious food menu, this is one of our favourite places in Battersea. If you’re here on a Friday or Saturday night then you’re in luck because this is when they BBQ. This year they’re opening just in time for The World Cup, and have even installed some mega outdoor screens for your viewing pleasure.
339 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4LS
Street food BBQ masters + the chef from Hawksmoor = pure BBQ genius. With dirty south style cocktails and Picklebacks upstairs, and beef ribs, pulled pork, killer hot wings and brisket downstairs. This is two floors of finger lickin’ goodness.
1 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RB
Come the summer months, these cool cats wheel a food truck into their garden… as if they weren’t smooth enough. Grab a pint of Meantime from the big shiny tank beside the bar then hit the munch outside, we’re talkin’ crispy Loomswood duck, wheat beer soaked spiced lamb and lager marinated jerk pork: you’re eatin’.
226 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ
Legendary bartender Jim Wrigley’s new Hoxton bar is all about good cocktails and good times, the garden out back is tiny, but when that BBQ gets fired up there’s no place you’d rather be. Wash down all that Caribbean styled meat with one of Jim’s cocktails, you’ll see what we mean.
177 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ
A bar on top of a car park… novel. Incredible views of London, serious cocktails and a massive BBQ kitchen dishing out ox heart kebabs, barbecued plantain, grilled sweetcorn and sardines. Kick back… just watch out for female drivers.
10th Floor, Peckham multistory car park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
This rooftop hideaway overlooking the fields in London’s East, serves delicious Italian antipasti, rotisserie and grigliata grub (aka BBQ). Red check tablecloths, an open-air bar and delicious food. You had us at ciao.
Martello Street, London, E8 3QW
Big Chill House's King’s Cross terrace is a colourful mix of garden furniture, BBQ, beers and good times. Sit back on a pink stool, get stuck into a rack of baby pork ribs and enjoy the beats. There’s a cool crowd up here, and you could easily stay all afternoon.
257-259 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NL
There’s a lot going on in this wicked venue; eat, drink, browse art, but most importantly hit the roof terrace. Their Rooftop Summer Club is all about sun, slushies and a smoking BBQ, so hit up their Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, halloumi skewers and cocktail slushies. Mmmmmmmm.
1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
Creole food in Camden? Hell yeah. Bayou takes its inspiration from the Gulf Coast culture, with a menu of exotic Southern American cuisine and soul food with French, Spanish, Italian and African influences. Things like roast beef po' boy sandwiches, smoked chicken wings, smoked ribs and crayfish gumbo. As for the drinking, well, there’s enough bourbon cocktails and American lagers to keep you out of (or get you into!) trouble.
20 Inverness Street, Camden, NW1 7HJ