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.

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Last updated on 24th April 2024

Hackney Tap

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 Crooked Billet E5

In the heart of Clapton, you'll find one of the best pubs in East London, The Crooked Billet E5. Not only does it have a warming, vibrant atmosphere but it also dishes up cracking grub. Its Sunday roasts are one to look out for, with an excellent pumpkin, spinach and mushroom Wellington as its veggie option.

Duke Of York

Situated in the lively heart of Haggerston, the Duke of York is a fun boozer with a rich history, staking its place as one of the oldest pubs in the area. Not only has it got super cosy interiors, but you can also soak up the sun on their terrace with a pint of craft beer in hand. Make sure to visit on a Sunday to try out one of their legendary roasts, but there's everything from chicken satay skewers to plant-based burgers up for grabs all week long as well.

The Kenton

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.


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. 

Well And Bucket

Among shabby-chic interiors and altered portraits, you'll find a renovated bar that oozes charm in the heart of Shoreditch. Well And Bucket also offers a secluded secret garden to hide away in with a pint of larger, craft beer or one of its signature Bondi margaritas. It's home to some scrumptious Sunday roasts and bloody marys, as well as a tempting oyster happy hour on weekdays from 5pm 'til 6pm, where you can bag them for £2 a pop. 

The Birds

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.

The Victoria

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 Coborn

Hidden amidst the Victorian terraces of Coborn Road, this prized East London pub is a charming haunt for any occasion. Swing by to explore the classic pub food on the menu and a drinks line-up showcasing award-winning cask ales, craft beers and wines from around the world.

The Goose Walthamstow

When it comes to Walthamstow pubs, The Goose has to be right up there for traditional vibes, live sports and a beer garden complete with its own mini bar. Not only can you expect to tuck into mix 'n' match small plates, burgers, grill dishes and British classics, but there's plenty of affordable drinks besides.

40FT Brewery

For some of the freshest beer that East London has to offer, head to 40ft Brewery in Dalston. These guys are slinging out thirst-quenching lagers, robust stouts and lots of unique craft beers, all created from the finest local ingredients and made using traditional and sustainable methods. Whether you're sipping pints inside the welcoming venue or soaking up the sun in their pretty garden, this place does not disappoint.

The Crown and Castle

Wander up or down Kingsland Road and you'll soon stumble upon this centuries-old boozer and its welcoming charm. The Crown and Castle is the perfect place to hit up for a craft beer, whisky or even a cocktail like a negroni thanks to its talented bar staff on hand with a passion for mixology. It also makes a great haunt to bring your mates to watch sports, as its walls are scattered with glossy TVs showing all the latest fixtures. 

The George, Poplar

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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.

Singer Tavern

Located in Moorgate, Singer Tavern is the perfect spot for after-work drinks and gastro eats, as well as creative concoctions in their basement cocktail bar courtesy of 5CC. Immerse yourself in their contemporary wooden interiors, complete with plants, hanging lights and colourful tiled walls, while you sip refreshing pints and tuck into the likes of smash burgers and butternut squash tagliatelle.

The Angel Of Bow

Looking for a family-run pub with amazing food? That's where The Angel Of Bow comes in, with a venue that's been around since 1938. This independent boozer boasts roaring fireplaces, lots of greenery and all kinds of trinkets hanging on the walls. They prepare a whopping 98% of food on site, ranging from buffalo chicken burgers to bavette steak or vegan sausages and mash - washed down by craft beer from local East London breweries.

Queen's Head, Shoreditch

Boasting exposed brick interiors, craft beer brewed on site and TV screens for all the live sporting action, Queen's Head in Shoreditch is a top choice of East London boozers. As well as their collection of signature cocktails, these guys offer tasty eats like flat-iron steak, plant-based burgers and sumptuous Sunday roasts.

Mammoth Tap

Located in the heart of Leyton, Mammoth Tap is more than just a plain ol' boozer. This hop-tastic joint is flaunting some of the city's tastiest pours from its small batched selection. If you're getting peckish, there are also regular food trucks that stop closeby.

The Three Compasses

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 Pembury Tavern

Get yourself a pub that does both, AKA: The Pembury Tavern. Achieving top marks for its cosy vibes and incredible food, this place is hard to beat no matter what day of the week it is. Expect award-winning New York-inspired Neapolitan pizzas perfectly paired with craft beer from local brewing company Five Points. Toppings include double pepperoni, chilli honey and pink pickled onions – made better with one of their amazing crust dips. 

The Lauriston

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.