Marinated meats chargrilled to perfection, ice box filled with refreshing drinks and the sun blazing down on you and your friends... the barbecue is one of those home events that inspires us to create a welcoming space out of our gardens and terraces.
We've put together seven London homes with beautiful gardens perfectly suited to entertaining guests for the ultimate grill party.
Best for: Plenty of guests
8 bedroom house | Ealing | £7,395,000
The grand scale of this beautiful eight bedroom home in Ealing includes the huge west-facing garden complete with summer house, thatched hut and adjoining indoor swimming pool. Pop up a marquee if needed, and should any guests overindulge you can put them up in the two bedroom detached cottage included!
Best for: Cooking up a storm
6 bedroom house | Arkley | £6,250,000
If you're serious about grilling meat this purpose-build barbecue area alongside seven acres of land provides a spectacular venue for hosting guests in the summer. The indoor pool, large patio, tennis court and five en suite bedrooms also set this home aside as an ideal party house.
Best for: Outdoor lounging
4 bedroom house | Belgravia | £6,950,000
This outdoor lounge in Belgravia, complete with fireplace and armchairs, is the perfect space for a truly British barbecue. The glazed roof will ward off the inevitable showers, while the beautifully shady garden and summerhouse provide a luxurious space for London's sunnier moments.
Best for: Fresh fish
4 bedroom house | Hampton | £1,200,000
Leave the fire to burn down while you sit by the Longford River running past your garden and catch a few fish for supper! In theory anyway... a beautiful garden with a spectacularly rural outlook given its proximity to London via trains from Hampton or Fulwell stations.
Best for: Come rain or shine
5 bedroom house | Chobham | £2,750,000
This spacious beamed terrace offers the perfect space for outdoor entertaining should the weather take a turn for the worst. Heaters in the roof keep you and your guests cosy as you look out over the property's five acres of beautiful grounds.
Best for: Crisps and dips
7 bedroom house | Pinner | £3,750,000
This gorgeously leafy garden supplies ample space for even the most populated barbecue. The outdoor pool also provides the perfect focal point where guests can cool off after a hearty feed.
Best for: Bringing the outside in
3 bedroom house | Walthamstow Village | £1,250,000
The expansive dining area created to the rear of this outstanding Walthamstow house offers al fresco dining in all weathers. Bi-folding doors open the house onto the decking area and garden, while the rear of the property is flooded with light thanks to the four rooflights.