No trip to Fulham is complete without a visit to The Colton Arms. This intimate pub is all about character, boasting a warm and welcoming feel to regulars and newcomers alike, all while serving up a delicious range of beer and classic British dishes.
Best Bars in West London
We have been sampling the best drinking spots in this glorious part of London and have decided to share our favourites. From charming restaurant bars with cocktails by the bucket load, sophisticated places to sup and a plethora of affordable jaunts in the West, here's our pick of the best cocktail, hotel, DJ and wine bars for a night out in West London.
Brook Green is a name on the Hammersmith pub scene that not only promises tasty tidings in the shape of seasonal pub fare, but they also boast a luxury hotel space for those looking to stick it out for the long haul. And in the morning? This place serves one heck of a breakfast.
Boasting one of the best beer gardens in South West London, The Coat and Badge is a charming pub for chilled out summer drinking sessions. If the weather takes a turn, head indoors for comfort food in the form of gastro dishes, freshly poured pints and weekend brunches.
With a mix of industrial and homely interiors, Heist Bank is a unique all-day hangout. Head over to try one of their delicious stone-baked pizzas which come perfectly paired with a craft beer. And when you're done eating? Challenge your mates to a couple of rounds on the pool table.
A night at this Kensington cocktail bar will have you sipping on stunning concoctions while listening to a live singer croon impressive soul and jazz tunes. The sleek spot is also a real looker, with Art Deco-inspired furnishings and LED framed screens dotted around the venue.
This gorgeous Victorian pub in Kensal Green offers an ample selection of beers and lagers, carefully curated wines and concise choice of spirits to complement its stunning food menu. Enjoy a meal of classic pub grub and a tipple or two in one of London's cosiest pubs.
When it comes to a hardy place to drink in the heart of West London, nothing quite says the good stuff like a good ol' fashioned boozer with musical twang. Join Defector's Weld or a roster of live music, craft pints, Sunday roasts and plenty more to keep you entertained.
The Hollywood Arms is a charming Chelsea bar and restaurant featuring suave interiors and a menu of impressive gastro grub. Sink in the hours scoffing specials from the kitchen, from hearty Sunday roasts to weekend brunches, with plenty of bottles behind the bar to wash it down.
Chelsea Funhouse is the ultimate Saturday night destination, with enough dancing and debauchery to please even the wildest of West London's partygoers. Taking up three floors of a renovated townhouse, this place is home to some of the city's most exciting pop-up concepts.
Nestled in Hammersmith, this bar triples as a diner and music venue throughout the night. With craft beers, cocktails, and mouthwatering grub, the Sindecombe Social is a relaxing oasis for dancing and drinking with friends after a long day of exploring West London.
Located just stone's throw from Shepherd's Bush station and Westfield White City, Belushi's is the perfect spot for a late-night drinks and post-shopping bites. Hosting live music and sport screenings on the regular, along with a generous happy hour, this place is always abuzz.
Looking for a pub in West London that can cater to all of your British whims? Then the Coopers Arms is the venue for you. Not only do they have private hire spaces and a roster of real ale and wines, their gastro goodies are strong from day well on into the night.
No.17 is a neighbourhood bar and restaurant form the renowned Darwin and Wallace group. The sleek interiors are matched by a menu of smart cocktails created by master mixologists, which make use of only the freshest ingredients for extra punch.
This private members' club in West London is spread across four floors, with a chic atmosphere to enjoy late night drinking sessions. When it comes to refreshments, expect handcrafted concoctions, fine wine and a choice of Champagne if you're in the mood to celebrate.
When it comes to wine bars in London, Vagabond is up there. Pairing a carefully curated list of cheese platters, cured meats and seasonal plates with over 100 different types of wine from small artisan producers, this quirky neighbourhood bar should be on your radar.
Located in a charming Victorian building, this Chiswick bar offers over 200 different wines from across the globe, with glasses from as little £3 and bottles from £25. Feeling peckish? The open kitchen also dishes out a number of European dishes, cheeses and cured meat.
Got a hankering for a classic West London pub? Perfectly perched on the riverside, The Blue Boat is a haven for pub lunches and afternoon drinks. Whether you're admiring their maritime interiors, scoffing gastro grub or sipping London ale, this place has a little something for everyone.
The Portobello Star is a stylish bar in Notting Hill, serving up a handmade liquor and in-house spirit infusions, as well as a variety of amazing cocktails shaken up by their master mixologists. If their sips have inspired a little creativity, get booked into one of their cocktail masterclasses.
A stylish neighbourhood bar in the heart of Chelsea, No 11 Pimlico Road is one of the best bars in West London and with good reason. Not only is this place churning out seasonal gastro plates, its pairing dishes with creative cocktails and a stylish minimalistic setting.
Aeronaut is a whacky West London hangout fulfilling the traditional pub spec while hosting a weekly fanfare of shows, events, performances and classes. Take up dance lessons, join in on quiz night or catch one of their weekly circus extravaganzas for the ultimate night out.
Head over to Ealing Broadway where this unique bottle shop and craft beer bar is serving up some of the brews in the capital. Offering a staggering selection of tipples from its 12-strong tap wall, alongside sourdough pizzas and DJ nights, it's swiftly becoming a West London favourite.
If you're kicking about West London on the hunt for a house party then take a walk to this curious little spot. Part bar, part dream flat share, this amazing Fulham bar is always ready to get its party on with its regular house parties and bottomless brunch events.
Carefully made cocktails, draught beers and fine wines are all on the menu at Kindred. A stylish bar and restaurant near Hammersmith station, this beauty has also got a beer garden and welcomes in musicians and performers for live music nights.
Located in the heart of Brook Green, The Bird in Hand is a gorgeous contemporary-style pub, serving a menu of small plates and stone-baked pizzas. Operating a no-reservation policy, this is the perfect spot for a casual mid-week dinner or romantic date night.
This quirky little Notting Hill bar has a penchant for all things rum, so expect plenty of exceptional cocktails. If you're feeling peckish? The kitchen serves selection of bar snacks to nibble on, with DJ sets underway every weekend and a Rum Club on the first Monday of every month.
The Eagle is a bold and beautiful pub in Ladbroke Grove serving a lip-smacking collection of craft beers. Based just a short stroll from the tube station, this place's menu perfectly pairs its flavours with what's on offer behind the bar, so expect classic British roasts and hearty burgers.
This popular cocktail joint is bringing vintage vibe to its West London outpost. Head to Simmons in Fulham for the usual spread of cocktail mischief, happy hour madness and kitsch interiors. To kick off your night? Get your hands on their signature Long Island ice tea.
A top pub in North West London, Royal Oak is a local boozer built with lazy weekends in mind. The old mahogany bar serves all the usual suspects, alongside a selection of fine wines and locally sourced ales, making it perfect for chilling out with a classic Sunday roast.
All the way in Brentford sits a West London pub you need to visit. One Over the Ait delivers on two floors of charm, including plenty of outdoor space, while pumps serve up fine real ales and the kitchen focuses on homemade British cuisine supplied from seasonal, local sources.
A unique jaunt on the Fulham and Chelsea border, Kona Kai is one of the most unique bars in West London. Going all-out on the South Pacific theme, this place has a taste of all things tiki interiors, creative cocktails and late night partying.
Located just a stone's throw from Hanger Lane station, Tigerbay is an authentic Lebanese restaurant and bar in West London. Serving a plethora of traditional plates in a relaxed setting, the bar is made even better with its extensive cocktail selection.
Tuck into a tasty tipple in suave surroundings in West London's swankiest neighbourhood. With bespoke classic cocktails taking centre stage, The Marylebone pursues perfection with choice of garnishes and top-quality spirits, while the interiors will transport you to a lush garden.
A jack-of-all-trades, The Phene in Chelsea prides itself on catering to all tastes. Whether you're preparing for a night out at the bar, enjoying a lazy weekend with a board game, or tucking into a three-course meal in the conservatory, this West London venue will leave its mark on you.
After something a little different in West London? Swap the same old bar for a taste of Playa. Think live bands, world-class DJs, stunning cocktails and the widest collection of cachaça in London, all against a backdrop of swish Marylebone interiors.
Cool and comfortable, this fun bar in South West London is a perfect location for any event. From a date night to a Sunday afternoon drink with friends, Lost Society Putney's great cocktails and delicious food will always be ready to rise to the occasion.
From mosaic floors through to stunning stained glass windows, The Warrington is a traditional pub that's full of historical touches. Tuck into a homecooked meal in one of the snug rooms, grab and a G&T at the horseshoe shaped bar, or simple nab an armchair for a relaxed Sunday.
Just a short walk from Earl's Court station, this unique bar and café offers a stunning array of coffee and cocktails every day of the week. Stop in for lunch and fuel up on Ruben toasties and American-style pancakes, or head over after dark for some devilishly good drinks.
The world-famous Playboy Club deals in memorable nights doused with opulence and glamour. Incorporating a casino, fine dining, private parties and live music into its Mayfair base, it welcomes both members and non-members alike for a night of raucous revelry alongside the bunnies.
An all-in-one drinking, dining and virtual golfing experience, Puttshack is bringing good old fashioned crazy golf into the future. Grab your pals and get down to this Westfield spot for a few drinks and some very serious competition.
Head to Belgravia where this gorgeous restaurant is prepped and ready to serve you up some of the best steaks in London. Throw in some sides and highly quaffable cocktails and you'll see why The Jones Family Kitchen is one of the top restaurants bars in town.
A go-to for residents in Fulham and Chelsea, The Rose is a neighbourhood pub that champions the best of British fare. Get your fix of small plates, sharing boards and hearty mains with a wide choice of drinks, all of which can be enjoyed in their gorgeous beer garden.
Head to View 94 for beautiful views and delicious European food in West London. Their upstairs contains a candlelit, fine-dining restaurant, offering great food and spectacular panoramic views of the Thames, while the downstairs bar lounge offers a more relaxed experience.
Sheraton is not only a great bar in the heart of Heathrow, it's also showing some serious welly in the sports department. Head on down for top Americana bites and beers alongside quirky interiors and a regular roster of sports screenings.