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 16th November 2021

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.

The Three Compasses

173 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. 

Beer Hawk Charterhouse

6 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. 

The Star by Hackney Downs

236 user reviews 5

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 to be enjoyed indoors or alfresco on the terrace space. 

The Shacklewell Arms

3 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 Birds

142 user reviews 4

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds is a charming East London hideaway that combines pub and restaurant vibes. With a beer garden, large indoor eating area and plenty of craft beer behind the bar, this Leytonstone spot has everything you need for a trip to your local boozer.

Howl At The Moon

117 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 Heathcote and Star

574 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.

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 Kenton

131 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.