Top 5: Outdoor drinking spots Euston

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Our verdict on the neighbourhood’s best outdoor boozing spots


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Exmouth Arms, one of many Euston pubs
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t’s 5pm and roasting hot: time for an after-work drink. Euston is a treasure trove of quality boozers, if you know where to look. Be it a peaceful retreat, an urban hangout or a heaving joint, there’s somewhere ready to grab your pound notes and quench your thirst. And all with outdoor seating.

The Square Tavern

The Square Tavern, one of many Euston pubs
The leafy Square Tavern. Photo: Dan Hall

Where? An oasis tucked away in Tolmers Square, connected by narrow alleyways to Hampstead Road and North Gower Street.

What? Nicely spread out metal tables and chairs.

Why? Well-hidden and leafy, this 1960s boozer feels a world away from roaring Euston Road.

And what do I drink? Plump for a hoppy Camden Pale Ale, or maybe an Aspall.

Don’t: get there too late, the outdoor seating fills up quickly on temperate days.

Evening sun? More a sheltered haven.

Overall score: 7/10

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The Square Tavern, open daily 26 Tolmers Square NW1. more here.

The Refinery

Bloody Mary ingredient in the interior of The Refinery
Anyone for a bloody Mary? Photo: Dan Hall

Where exactly is it? Regent’s Place, the multi-purpose business, retail and residential quarter on the north side of Euston Road.

What? Natural wood tables and contemporary designer chairs dot the terrace, wrapping around this light and airy glass fronted bar. It’s mobbed with post-work drinkers, the overspill spreading into the plaza.

Why? It’s a stylish spot to enjoy a liquid refreshment, and an excellent place to rub shoulders with corporate types and their drunken antics.

And what do I drink? The menu features cocktails galore – opt for the Rumba, a tropical mix of coconut, passion fruit puree and lime.

Don’t: forget they serve some tasty morsels too (we particularly enjoyed the chorizo scotch egg and cauliflower fettuccine on a previous outing).

Evening sun? Zero, it’s totally east-facing. But a breakfast time visit will be a sunny one.

Overall score: 7/10

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The Refinery, open daily, 5 Brock St NW1, more info.

Exmouth Arms

Exmouth Arms, one of many Euston pubs
Alfresco Exmouth Arms. Photo: Dan Hall

Where exactly is it? Nestled at the end of Starcross Street. Happily it’s just been spared from HS2 – by a whisker.

What? Heaps of chunky timber tables and pews, with a yard out back and plenty of pavement space too.

Why? For peace and seclusion, two words not usually associated with the area. Linger here for a proper sesh.

And what do I drink? Craft beer all the way – there’s a superb array, including Gipsy Hill, Signature and Belleville.

Don’t: end up in Exmouth Market – there’s a pub by the same name in that part of town.

Evening sun? Yes, in the back area behind the pub.

Overall score: 8/10

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The Exmouth Arms, open daily, 1 Starcross St NW1, more here.

The Crown & Anchor

The Crown & Anchor, one of many Euston pubs
People-watching at The Crown & Anchor. Photo: Dan Hall

Where? The corner of Drummond and North Gower St, just along from old-school cafe Speedy’s.

What? Half a dozen tables with a mixture of chairs and benches line one side of the building, with standing room round the corner.

Why? Bustling with activity, it’s the ideal people-watching tavern.

And what do I drink? The selection of brews is impressive; we enjoy supping on Anchor’s refreshing and fruity Mango Wheat.

Don’t: worry if it rains, there’s an awning to shield you.

Evening sun? Tons – it beams down.

Overall score: 7/10

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The Crown & Anchor, open daily, 137 Drummond St NW1, more info here.

Shaker & Company

Shaker & Company, one of many Euston pubs
A sunny day at Shaker & Company. Photo: Dan Hall

Where exactly is it? Smack bang on busy Hampstead Road, just along from iconic Mestizo and their sister market shop.

What? A couple of tables out front; more down the alleyway.

Why? This stretch attracts a diverse range of pedestrians. Plus they offer a good-value happy hour (Mon-Fri 5-7pm).

And what do I drink? Imaginative concoctions shaken up by talented mixologists. Our top pick is Tila Margarita, a floral blend of El Jimador blanco tequila, lime, watermelon and lychee.

Don’t: Ask what time they’re open during the day (they’re not).

Evening sun? Not much – but fret not, the covered side passageway is the position of choice, away from the noise and cars.

Overall score: 5/10

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Shaker & Company, daily from 5pm, 119 Hampstead Rd NW1, more here.

Main image: Dan Hall


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