Pubs in East London
East London is one of the best places to grab a drink in an old traditional pub. That being said, East London is known for being a bit different and quirky 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 28th October 2016
Any East Londoner with any self respect will know that Victoria Park is a true treasure. They'll also know that on the edge of Victoria Park is the wonderful People's Park Tavern, which almost matches the park with the amount of history, character and charm that it has stored up. Make a trip to this pub for great food, home brewed ales and the best beer garden you'll find for miles.
Sitting pretty on Charterhouse Square is the Fox & Anchor, a traditional pub dating back to the late-Victorian era characterised by its grand mahogany, etched glass and heavy brass. This is one classy yet relaxed place to come for drinks - with top quality cask ales, craft spirits and beers on show there’s something for everyone - and 6 elegant hotel rooms if you accidentally miss your last train home.
After a classic British pub experience in the city? Step forward The George, a classic boozer offering a warm embrace with its original interiors and comfort food dishes. Step back in time into a venue bedecked with oak-panelled walls and a crafted Victorian ceiling; it’s a nice spot to unwind with a drink or to indulge in a full English roast come Sunday. There’s plenty of plasma and 3D screens for the sport, and the venue can be hired privately.
A cutesy plot just shy of Shoreditch High Street, The Owl and Pussycat is prime East London pubbing. Not only known for their affordable pub grub and cutesy, vintage inspired interiors, this half-rickety joint boasts a menagerie of London draught beer alongside a petite beer garden.
The Prince of Wales in Clapton is an elegant pub that rests elegantly on the bank of the River Lea. With a serene colour tone running through the entire venue, a cosy fire place and quaint antiques spread across the entire venue, it offers East London's locals an easy going atmosphere to unwind and recharge in. Come the summer month, the pub's riverside tables and various outdoor seating areas come to life, attracting guests from across London who are all looking for a lazy way to spend their hot weekends.
Beautifully decorated with vintage signs, quaint antiques and vibrant furniture, The Grocer offers East London's exhausted crowds a great spot to unwind and escape the bustle of the capital. Complementing the menu of heart dishes and British classics - think delicious steaks, flavoursome pies and fresh fish & chips - the bar is stock full of all your favourite beverages. From ice-cold craft beer to the finest international spirits available, you definitely won't be disappointed by this Spitalfields watering hole.
The George and Dragon in Shoreditch has undergone a transformation after a refurbishment and new management and has now reopened with chic. The East London pub channels a traditional pub vibe with vintage furniture, excellent ales and beers and an eclectic decor.
Sitting just shy of Liverpool Street, those of you that fancy a traditional pub in East London should look no farther than the unequivocally British, Dirty Dicks. Brimming with gastro bites and draught beers in a wood clad setting, this haunt is ideal for lazy nights out.
In a very special location next to The Olympic Park, The Cow is a rustic, traditional pub with a contemporary twist. Providing safe haven to dedicated shoppers and locals alike, it's easy to while away the hours in this great place. Decorated with timber features, cute hanging lights and fun little tea-towel style chair backs; this is a classic place with a twist. Serving excellent craft beers and pub grub, this is one not to miss!
A hidden gem in Whitechapel, Leman Street Tavern is one of the most surprisingly sophisticated pubs in East London. Primed for gastro meals and whisky lovers, Leman is ideal for laid back drinks and private hire parties aplenty.
Established in 1729, The Cat and Mutton is an atmospheric East London boozer a stone's throw from London Fields and Broadway Market. With gorgeous old interiors, hearty British pub food and brilliant real ales and IPAs, this one place that's perfect for everything from Sunday lunch to a Saturday session.
Part pub, part parlour room; this East end gem boasts fresh as a daisy décor with classic pub charm. Nestled just opposite Victoria park, it's the perfect location for an ad-hoc alcoholic drink or lazy Sunday session. Traditional pub grub with a twist is their chosen cuisine, and boy do they do it well!
When it comes to a classic, East London boozer, not only does The Victoria have the history, it has atmosphere to boot. Head on down for cosy lunches, craft beer, a cocktail bar and plenty more.
This East London boozer is a punter playground of great beers, foods and entertainment set across 2 floors of cosy wooden comforts. Decked out with mish-mashed furniture sets from retro inspired living rooms, The Star of Bethnal Green is a traditional pub for leisurely daytime drinking or extended evening affairs.
A Hackney hangout oozing 90s stylings, old school furniture with a shabby-chic decor. This traditional British pub plot is an East End punter pleaser with it's rough 'n' ready interior, glorious grub and ample beer selection. Sit back with a pint in the large garden terrace or even hire out one of the rooms for a private party experience in an authentic London boozer.
A beer haven with craft labels like Pressure Drop, Truman’s, Camden Brewery, 5 Points Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery all gracing the bar. Second to this, the Jackdaw and Star serves up some good, hearty nosh with the folks behind Sugarshack in the kitchen plating up mighty smoked meats, classic pub grub dishes and some lovely dessert offerings.
Hidden amidst the Victorian terraces of Coborn Road, this prized pub is one of the gems in the Young’s crown. A characterful, charming pub with great service and a lovely atmosphere, there’s freshly prepared pub classic food on the menu and a drinks line-up showcasing award-winning cask ales, craft beers and wines from around the world. Shuffle in for a few drinks after work or come by for a roast the weekends, it’s a friendly boozer for any occasion.
One of the most charming and traditional pubs in Hoxton, The Prince Arthur is not only a name fave for locals and after work drinks, they boast a small private hire space and a top roster of traditional beers and London drinks to boot.
Three Compasses is a charming pub in Dalston that doesn't conform to what you'd typically expect from a popular pub in zone two. It isn't a super-chic hipster parade with a microbrewery and a room for stroking cats; it takes a much more simple approach - focusing on serving up some of the best burgers in London, pouring the finest ales, offering a plethora of board games, and boasts some of the friendliest bar folk around.
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.
The Vic’s longstanding reputation for memorable live music nights speaks for itself. Welcoming music fans of all genres through their doors down the years, pop in today and you’ll find an exciting gastropub vibe is to be enjoyed by the same token. The music plays on, but there’s also a fine choice of classic cocktails, locally brewed beers, rotating menus in the kitchen and a friendly atmosphere.
The Old Blue Last is an iconic live music venue that has hosted some of the biggest UK breakthrough acts in the last ten years. If you're looking for a wild night out within a young and lively crowd then this Shoreditch pub is ideal. Spread over two floors you have the option of what kind of night you'd like, the first floor is relaxed and perfect for casual drinks whereas the second floor is the clubbing space so expect an intense evening full of deep house and techno tunes.
This traditional Broadway Market pub offers a large selection of Belgian, European and World beers, and 6 guest ales from a British micro craft brewery, which attracts all the trendy East Londoners. Not only do they serve great drink, they conjure up Belgium and British inspired dishes that feature their famous sausages and burgers. With its snug seating it makes the perfect intimate setting for friends to catch up or for couples to cuddle up.
This traditional pub has been open since 1964 and can be found right near Old Street station. The charming family pub serves seasonal pub dishes that change regularly, alongside an award winning beer selection. What makes this place that bit more special is the mini roof garden filled with wooden tables and shrubbery, making it a nice escape from the busy streets of London. On a sunny day this venue is perfect for grabbing some lunch and lounging around in the sun.
A blend of traditional boozer and classy, contemporary pub meet at The Bull & Hide. Not a far shout from Liverpool Street tube, this East London pub is full of hearty gastronomy at heart and a selection of Ales that would do England proud. Head here for some after work or weekend socialising in a charming setting.
This little gem is tucked away between the streets of Spitalfields and Shoreditch. Known for its mouth-watering food and good selection of beer this place is well worth a visit. This pub has everything you want from a large main bar, cosy dining room, cinema system, pool tables and a huge walled garden with a barn its the ideal place to come to enjoy a beautiful sunny day.
After being refurbished The White Hart has reopened as a micro-brewery pub offering a choice of home-brewed ales and lagers which are brewed straight below in the basement. This venue is perfect for a stop-off for some delicious fresh food or a cold pint after a long day at work.
Commercial Tavern is a modern London pub that lies in the heart of Shoreditch. Reeling in all the young and artsy folk of Shoreditch this pub is only about the drink and nothing else - I mean it, there are no frilly extras. They provide real ales, service with a smile and comfy seating so what more could you need? The shabby chic venue is ideal for after work drinks and chilling with mates, but don't worry about it getting too crowded because there is another bar space upstairs.
Ah The Dolphin. This Hackney pub is loved by some and hated by others but it can't be doubted that it doesn't give anyone an interesting night. Filled with artsy East Londoners this (rough) diamond serves cheap drinks and blasts out loud cheesy pop and old school hip hop - what's not to love? You can dance the night away with different characters and enjoy the carefree vibe - the perfect place for a cheap and cheerful night out!
A quaint pub near Victoria Park its the idyllic place to take yourself away from the busyness of London. Known for offering some of the best live music around in an intimate vintage setting this would be perfect for a date night or a hang out with friends. It attracts the trendy locals who enjoy digging into a tasteful stone-baked pizza, sipping on some real ale and love listening to the free live music - so why not join them?
The Blind Beggar is a stylish Victorian style pub located in Whitechapel. With open fires in the winter, a large decked pergola and summer seating, this place is a great all year rounder. Serving up fine food and good drinks you can really enjoy yourself in a relaxed atmosphere and listen to the chilled DJ sets at the weekend.
The Haggerston is a great place if your looking for somewhere to kick start your night. With it's decent priced drinks and food and edgy interior it's no wonder why it draws in the crowds. With DJ's from Thursday-Sunday and late-night openings on weekends you'll love the buzz and atmosphere it has to offer - during the week its a chilled pizzeria, by weekends it turns into a wild night. Just minutes away from Haggerston station this venue guarantees a great evening whatever day of the week.