Best London Pubs

From traditional boozers where the landlord is on hand serving fresh pints in secret beer gardens to food-focused gastro spots with crackin' menus to rival Gordon Ramsay, the city truly has heaps of top-notch haunts to enjoy. Our favourites? Check out our top picks of the best pubs in London.

Last updated on 27th May 2022

Looking for good drinks in Hackney? Make your way to The Kenton, where you'll find a varied menu catering for all tastes, as well as, Sunday roasts, live DJs and a weekly quiz night. There's even a gorgeous beer garden for those balmy days.

As Londoners, it's our city given right to indulge in great food and drink, and this hidden Wandsworth gem just so happens to be serving some of the best. Head on down to the Brewer's Inn for contemporary pub innards set alongside for some tasty beers.

The Spark House is what we call a bit of an all-rounder. It's a cool and collected boozer in the day, slinging out banging brunches, plus boasting a beautiful garden and rooftop terrace. But by night? The digital light artwork comes to life and the cracking lineup of electronic DJs start spinning.

Once an elegant Victorian townhouse, Three Cranes is now a multi-floor boozer, restaurant and guesthouse. One of the best pubs in central London, the menu here is made up of classic dishes from the grill as well as salads and simple seafood. 

Shoreditch has something to say for itself when it comes to great places to drink in the city, and the Owl and the Pussycat is no exception. An unrivalled haven of traditional interiors set alongside sports screenings and grub, get them ticked off of your pubbing list, sharpish. 

With a quaint beer garden and a balcony area that boasts stunning views over the city, the Old Ship in Richmond is fast becoming a favourite spot for those lazy summer weekends. Be sure to tuck into their delicious food menu from burgers to pizzas with a fresh glass of pinot grigio.

Leading the charge when it comes to being a unique haunt in London, there's nothing that the Aeronaut can't do for you on a night out. From one of the best beer gardens in the city to regular circus events and craft beer that'll make your belly bulge, let them impress.

Fronting exposed brickwork, unique wall art and many a dart board, Hawkins Forge is a cool and quirky pub in Battersea. Pop over for a sunny drink in the secret beer garden or mosey on down for an afternoon playing pool and listening to live music.

When it comes to locals in Tooting, The Selkirk is definitely a firm choice. Not only boasting craft pints and gastro bites, there are private dining spaces for those that fancy a unique meal in a stunning and traditional location.

Inspired by Douglas Adams and Edward Lear, this is definitely one of the coolest boozers in London. This is also a must-visit for Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy fans, as well as those who just really love a nice burger and a craft beer of an afternoon.

When it comes to creating the perfect London haunt, it's important to have all bases covered, and The Victoria do just that. A vintage gem in the heart of Dalston, head on down for the booze and bites but stick around for their regular music roster in the back room. 

Good London pubs are hard to come by sometimes, but if you head south of the river then a visit to Balham Bowls Club is a must. Something of a retro outfit, this boozer comes with bags of tradition and vintage furnishings to create a really social and laid-back atmosphere.

When it comes to London boozers, Young's is a name that will always have you covered, and their Woolwich offering is one of the prettiest yet. Heralded for its charming interiors, gastro food and pretty prints, head on down to one of the best South London pubs in the business. 

Check out Grand Junction Arms in Acton for some top-notch pub grub and gorgeous interiors. Fronting a fabulous indoor space, balcony and garden, this is the ideal location for alfresco meals with friends and date nights alike.

When it comes to the best pubs in Canonbury, not much beats The Snooty Fox. Not only does this joint boast cool and quirky decor (think 60s icons lining the walls and a retro jukebox), but it also slings out East Asian fusion food and locally brewed ales.

The George - Great Portland Street is a firm choice for boozers in the city. Located in Marylebone, this awesome venue is home to a range of laidback vibes, alongside a crackin' menu filled with pub classics. Thirsty? They have a boatload of craft bevvies for that.