Best Pubs in East London

East London is one of the best places to grab a drink in an old traditional pub thanks to its olde heritage and British cluck. That being said, it's also is known for being killer in the quirky department, so we've also managed to find a few pubs with a slight twist to them. Revellers from all over London and beyond always head East for drinks so why not check out our hand-picked group of pubs in East London and start planning your perfect night out.

Last updated on 29th November 2022

The Three Compasses

212 user reviews 5

Three Compasses is a charming pub in Dalston with some of the best burgers in London. Head to this charming East London hideaway for a wide choice of tasty ales, a plethora of board games, the occasional live music performance and a chilled-out feel. 

The Spark House

3 user reviews 4

While East London certainly isn't short of seriously cool pubs, The Spark House is honestly one of the best. From the sun-soaked rooftop terrace and mega menu of mouthwatering munch to the unique digital light artworks and excellent roster of electronic DJs, you can see why.

The Kenton

164 user reviews 5

If you're looking for a new local, head to this east London pub where you'll be greeted with cosy leather sofas, a warming atmosphere and an inviting menu. Serving up Middle Eastern-inspired from Slow Fire London, Sunday roasts and thirst-quenching drinks, you'll be well fed and watered.

Brewhouse & Kitchen Hoxton is a cool East London pub nestled in three railway arches near the train station. As well as their own beer, the bar features over 70 brews, an enviable gin range, large spirit list and vast wine selection with the perfect menu of international bites to pair. 

The Heathcote and Star

661 user reviews 5

With a gorgeous constellations theme and lots of fun and games, The Heathcote and Star is a great Leyton boozer. Along with food from various London pop-ups, this brilliant East London pub has table tennis, ping pong and an amazing selection of beer.

Hackney Tap

2 user reviews 5

If you're after top-notch boozer whipping up pints and gyozas, then be sure to visit Hackney Tap on Mare Street. Not only is this gorgeous venue fronting 19th-century interiors with parquet floors, but it also has a crackin' beer garden for those summertime sips. 

The Vic's longstanding reputation for live music speaks for itself. Welcoming music fans of all genres through their doors down the years, the pub today fronts an exciting gastropub vibe with classic cocktails, locally brewed beers, rotating menus in the kitchen and chilled-out ambiance.

Beer Hawk Charterhouse

7 user reviews 4

The Beer House bar in Charterhouse really is a unique spot, offering home-brew sessions, tastings and an incredible selection of brews. With over 150 bottles in the fridge, 12 lines on draught, 2 cask ales and a pour your own beer wall, it's a beer-lovers paradise. 

Howl At The Moon

118 user reviews 4

Howl at the Moon is all sorts of cute, from the pews that make up the seating area through to the eclectic decor and foliage dotted around the venue. The food is top notch too, with affordable burgers and salads, all washed down by a pint of locally-brewed beer.

The Leyton Star

335 user reviews 5

Settle down in this East London boozer for plenty of pub grub, pints and live sport screenings. With beautiful interiors and a private karaoke room to boot, there's something for everyone at The Leyton Star, whether you fancy living it large with a mic in hand or kicking back in a comfy seat.

The George, Poplar

214 user reviews 4

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Headed far enough to enjoy the spoils of a drink in the Isle of Dogs? Then we've just the hardy, British name for you. Join The George for those all important casual pints as they come at their guests with a community friendly space, informal pub plates and more.

Head to Larkshall in East London to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and classic offering of a traditional pub. Found just a stone's throw from Chingford overground station, this relaxed spot is whipping up speciality steaks and Sunday roasts to go with your pints. 

William the Fourth

34 user reviews 5

Armed with a fantastic selection of beers and ales, as well as a kitchen residency that serves up mouthwatering Greek street food, William the Fourth is one of Leyton's top boozers. It also features a gorgeous beer garden and screens for those on the hunt for live sports.

The Jolly Butchers

1 user review 4

For pubs in Stoke Newington, The Jolly Butchers is one of the very best. Think real ales, craft cider and more to wash down a lineup of hearty gastro classics. Better yet, drinks are of a locally brewed leaning and change seasonally.

The Gun

668 user reviews 4

Experience a slice of London's history at The Gun in Spitalfields. The former home to King Henry VIII's weapons practice oozes a historic charm yet contemporary feel with its extensive collection of craft brews, industrial features and trendy East London crowd. 

The Adam & Eve

74 user reviews 4

If you're looking for a top notch boozer in Homerton, The Adam & Eve have you covered. Not only do they boast a quirky interior with random artworks all over the walls, but also a pretty garden and a delicious menu of Thai street food.

The Shacklewell Arms

9 user reviews 5

Over in Dalston, The Shacklewell Arms is a top spot for a couple of pints. Whether you fancy a cosy night catching up with friends over a few beers, want a game of pool or looking for a bit of live music, this lovely pub has got it all.

The Lauriston

62 user reviews 4

One of the best pubs near Victoria Park, The Lauriston promises a stunning selection of drinks and eats every day of the week. Tuck into tasty pizzas and Italian sharing boards, washed down with local craft beers and affordable cocktails from their collection of classics.