Best London Pubs

The UK is renowned for its pubs and London certainly offers up a good selection... from the traditional English pub where the landlord is on hand serving real ales to food-focused gastro pubs with artisan-brewed beer and a food menu to rival Gordon Ramsay. Our top London pubs have everything from secret beer gardens to large screens perfect for watching sports. Our favourites? You can find 'em below.

Last updated on 4th November 2021

The Joker of Penton Street is an N1 favourite for laid-back boozing, cracking entertainment and a kitchen that boasts pop-up residencies from some of London's biggest and best street food patrons. Strong on their burger game, the Burger Bear himself has cooked up a patty storm here. With live music, comedy shows and plenty of craft beers to keep you quiet, this place is a dime. 

The Windmill Mayfair

729 user reviews 4

A cosy little retreat from the busy streets of Mayfair, The Windmill is a classic British boozer specialising in cask ales and beautiful pies - the steak offering has won no less than three national awards. Come for some lunch or linger into the evening, it's a pub for all occasions and there's a hidden roof terrace to discover to cap things off.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

A haven for craft beer lovers, The Union Tavern is a renowned North London watering hole. Offering a wide selection of craft beers, served alongside a menu of fresh food and an all round great atmosphere, The Union Tavern is a delightful drinking space, whatever the weather. 

Three Cranes

6 user reviews 5

Once an elegant Victorian townhouse, Three Cranes is now a multi-floor pub, restaurant and guesthouse. Headed up by Douglas Brunen (formerly Harvey Nichols Firth Floor), the menu here is made up of classic dishes from the grill as well as salads and simple seafood. The perfect cosy spot for a rainy day, the sleek interiors feature muted tones and deep mahogany furniture.

The Guard House

507 user reviews 4

When it comes to London pubs, Young's is a name that will always have you covered, and their Woolwich offering is one of the prettiest yet. Heralded for its charming interiors, gastro food and pretty prints, head on down to one of the best South London pubs in the business. 

The Jugged Hare

81 user reviews 4

The Jugged Hare is a stylish city pub boasting delicious food, great atmosphere and a huge drinks list. Attached to a listed brewery they naturally have great ales and craft beers, while the walk-in wine room lets you hand pick your favourite. Sit by the open kitchen and watch a chef prepare your seasonal and fresh dishes, or sit by the bar to just enjoy a drink. The sophisticated interior is sure to impress anyone.

The Elgin - Maida Vale

260 user reviews 5

Fronting impressive quality right across the board, The Elgin is Maida Vale's homely, personal local. Come early for some breakfast treats, or stop in later where top-quality, locally sourced produce comes from the kitchen. Craft beers are a huge strength, wines are selected to match the food and there's a first floor private room equipped to host functions for up to 120 guests.

The Hero of Maida

15 user reviews 5

The Hero of Maida is a charming British Victorian pub complete with elegant muted blue interiors and an a la carte menu jam-packed with French classics. Enjoy cocktails in the ground floor bar before heading upstairs to the elegant dining room and enjoying a sumptuous feast of Jersey oysters, bavette steak and dauphinoise potatoes.

Sun & Thirteen Cantons

11 user reviews 4

A popular pub in Soho, Sun & Thirteen Cantons is an intimate venue near Regents Street and is a great choice for those seeking out real ales as their selection is extensive. Their basement bar is also a cosy space perfect for those wanting a chic, yet traditional party space. This London pub is very popular with the after work drinkers of London and often spills onto the streets of Soho for some alfresco drinking.

The Owl and Pussycat

413 user reviews 4

Shoreditch has something to say for itself when it comes to some of the best pubs in the city, and it's saying it in the shape of the Owl and the Pussycat. An unrivaled haven of traditional interiors set alongside sport screenings and grub, get them ticked off of your pubbing list, sharpish. 

The Hollywood Arms

589 user reviews 4

This superb local pub is located in the heart of Chelsea. The Hollywood Arms is a luxurious bar and restaurant with beautiful interior, serving premium drinks and fresh British food. The Hollywood Arm's premium location makes it ideal for drinks and a delicious evening meal and there's a whole host of entertainment with weekly Adventure Quiz nights, Sunday cinema evenings, cookery & mixology masterclasses as well as cinema and sessions for the local yummy mummies and their families. Definitely one of the best pubs in London. 

The Selkirk

485 user reviews 5

When it comes to a pub in Tooting, The Selkirk has nearly all bases covered. Not only boasting craft pints and gastro bites, there's private dining spaces for those that fancy a unique meal in a stunning and traditional location.

Balham Bowls Club

345 user reviews 4

Good London pubs are hard to come by sometimes, but if you head south of the river then a visit to Balham Bowls Club is a must. Something of a retro outfit, this boozer comes with bags of tradition and vintage furnishings to create a really social and laid-back atmosphere.

The White Swan

134 user reviews 5

The White Swan is a popular gastro pub on Fetter Lane. With a traditional bar area and upstairs dining room, it is a lovely pub for having a drink or a meal. Renowned by those in the area for their delicious pub lunches and great drinks selection, it is worth stopping by. If you're looking for a nice pub for a private party it can accommodate up to 140 guests!

The Brewers Inn

280 user reviews 4

As Londoners, it's our city given right to indulge in some of the best pubs, and this hidden Wandsworth gem just so happens to be one of them. Head on down to the Brewer's Inn for contemporary pub innards set alongside some of the best beers in the business.

Old Ship Richmond

313 user reviews 5

With a quaint beer garden and a balcony area that boasts stunning views over South London, the Old Ship in Richmond is fast becoming a favourite spot for those lazy summer weekends. Styled as a traditional haunt in South London, the mahogany furniture and the nautical themed antiques spread across the venue gives the pub a rustic, cosy feel. Completing the experience, their flavoursome menu is filled with classic British dishes; think delicious roast dinners, succulent steaks and steaming hot fish and chips.   

When it comes to creating the perfect London pub, it's important to have all bases covered, and The Victoria do just that. A vintage gem in the heart of Dalston, head on down for the booze and bites but stick around for their regular music roster in the back room. 

The Kenton

128 user reviews 5

Looking for good drinks in Hackney? Make your way to The Kenton, where you'll find a varied menu catering for all tastes, as well as, Sunday roasts, live DJs and a weekly quiz night. There's even a gorgeous beer garden for those balmy days.

Lamb Tavern

455 user reviews 4

It's not hard to find a decent pub in the city of London - there's scores of them - but we've always had a soft spot for the Lamb Tavern. Sitting alongside the iconic Leadenhall Market since 1780, this majestic three-storey boozer is a popular haunt of city workers and is a great choice for private hire, with weddings, birthdays, Christenings and retirement parties all held here.

The Devonshire

475 user reviews 4

A decadent pub with a beautiful beer garden out back, The Devonshire in Balham has it all. It's been here since 1821 and remains at the forefront of south London's boozing scene even today, thanks to a passion for drinks that extends to their choice of ales, craft beers, spirits and wines. Excellent pub grub (don't miss their smoked scotch eggs) is a given, and there's a lovely alfresco space offering a BBQ menu for the summery months.