Best Bars and Pubs in Westminster

One of the most important areas in London, let alone the country, Westminster is better known for its iconic landmarks (such as Westminster Hall) and the politicians that grace its streets. And when you're not perusing nearby sites or chatting shop about the UK's affairs, there's a great range of pubs and bars in which to refuel. From Whitehall's traditional wooden boozers through to more modern additions near Victoria, we've rounded up this central London area's best drinking spots.

Last updated on 13th September 2022

Red Lion Westminster

208 user reviews 4

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Counting Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as neighbours, Red Lion's walls have heard many a political secret in their time. The traditional boozer is packed with quirky features, from chandeliers to politicians' portraits. Grab a pint of ale, one of their British pies and see how some of the most important people in the country drink at this pub.

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A stone's throw from the Palace of Westminster, don't be surprised to see a famous face or two at Marquis of Granby. The spot is named after an 18th Century war hero, and is pretty old school, with a huge oak bar and clackety furniture. As one would expect, food is tasty pub grub - you can't go wrong with one of their pies, with fillings such as slow-cooked beef rib and confit duck.

The Feathers

3 user reviews 4

A short walk from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, The Feathers is a cheerful British boozer that churns out crowd-pleasing grub and cask ales. It's also got all the hallmarks of a Westminster pub, with open fireplaces and leather chairs.

The Loose Box

55 user reviews 4

With an airy outdoor terrace, The Loose Box is your spot for summer drinking in Westminster. And even if the weather isn't playing ball, the space is great for a classic British bite, with burgers, soups, and paninis stodging up the menu.

The Morpeth Arms

645 user reviews 5

Not far from Tate Britain, The Morpeth Arms' walls are decked out with portraits of the illustrious and great. Head into the 'Spying Room' for views of the MI6 building and the Thames, not a bad backdrop to work through a great choice of cask ales, craft beer and a long wine list.

A neighbourhood pub that's become a popular post-work spot, The Barley Mow is an easy spot for a quick pint or casual bite to eat. On Monday, vegan meals are reduced and the venue is also passionate about ale - join their London Ale Club to keep up to date with the latest news and an offer or two.

Buckingham Arms

96 user reviews 4

One of the best pubs in the area for real ale, Buckingham Arms has appeared in CAMRA's guide every year since it's been published. Not far from St James' Park, the boozer has plenty of quirky features, from a mural wall through to stained glass features on doors.