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.
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.
Suitably one of the most unique pubs in the city, and harbouring a witchy twist, not only is Hand Of Glory the spot for pints, candlelit meals and gin combined, be sure to indulge in their pagan themed interiors and menagerie of independent artwork on the walls.
One of the best South London pubs, White Hart is found just shy of the Thames and has lively, welcoming atmosphere. Not only that, but there's live sport, Sunday roasts and a range of classic grub, from chicken schnitzel to huge buckets of wings.
The White Swan is a popular gastro pub on Fetter Lane. With a traditional bar area and upstairs dining room, it is a lovely spot for having a drink or a meal. Renowned by those in the area for their delicious pub lunches and great drinks selection, it's worth stopping by.
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.
The Hollywood Arms oozes luxury, it's no wonder why it's one of the best pubs in London for food. With a beautiful interior, adorned with low hanging lights this is a great place to enjoy fresh British dishes along with fine wine and cocktails.
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.
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.
Searching for a top-notch Notting Hill boozer? Then look no further than The Churchill Arms. This famous drinking den touts an epic food menu made up of Thai plates, alongside cool interiors, including vintage memorabilia and cosy corners for those late-night sips.
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.
A gastropub in the heart of Willesden Green, this North London find is absolutely stellar for delicious pints and plenty more. Enjoy live music, happy hours on Thursdays and scrumptious grub - we mean crispy squid, beer-battered cod and grilled sirloin.
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.
Located in Farringdon, The Clerk And Well is whipping up some supreme sips. From freshly pulled pints to vino and signature cocktails, the heavenly haunt also offers bar snacks, lunch, dinner and a cracking Sunday menu. We recommend trying the spiced pineapple mojito - it's sublime.
A historical pub with bucketloads of personality, Holly Bush is the Hampstead hangout you need to check out. From the cosy, traditional interiors (think dark wood furnishings and open fires) to the elevated British menu and cracking selection of drinks, there's a lot to love.
If you're in need of a cool space to hangout with friends, then be sure to check out the Tower Bridge Arms. Welcoming everyone from office workers to tourists, this is a top-notch spot for those who fancy a pint and some good quality grub.
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.
When it comes to the best pubs in South London, Eltham GPO is a firm choice. Located on Passey Place, this cosy boozer is the ultimate stop-off for cold brews, alongside chowing down on hearty grub. Fancy testing your knowledge? There's also a quiz night.
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.
When it comes to a top pub in London, can you think of anything better than a beer garden plotted by the Thames, and some seriously good gastro grub? We thought not, and that's where The Waterside comes in. Head on down for a British boozer experience to remember.
Sitting alongside the iconic Leadenhall Market, Lamb Tavern has seen its fair share of pub-goers. This majestic three-storey boozer is one of the oldest pubs in London and has gained quite the reputation among city workers and those seeking private hire for weddings.
The Jugged Hare is a stylish city spot boasting delicious food, a great atmosphere and a huge drinks list. Sit by the open kitchen and watch a chef prepare your seasonal and fresh dishes, or sit by the bar to just enjoy a drink. The sophisticated interior is sure to impress anyone.
A cosy little retreat from the busy streets of Mayfair, The Windmill is a classic British boozer specialising in cask ales and beautiful pies - the steak offering has won no less than three national awards. Come for some lunch or linger into the evening, it's really a haunt for all occasions.
A decadent spot with a beautiful beer garden out back, The Devonshire in Balham has it all. It's been here since 1821 and remains at the forefront of South London's boozing scene even today, thanks to a passion for drinks that extends to their choice of ales, craft beers, spirits and wines.
Located on Kilburn High Road, The Black Lion is a great boozer for low-key vibes and tasty Indian grub. Take a seat in its glorious Grade II listed dining room for its delightful range of grub. Delve into a kaddu curry with roasted peanuts or a spiced lamb burger, with some tasty bevvies.
The Hero of Maida is one of the most beautiful pubs in London, with elegant muted blue interiors. Enjoy cocktails in the ground floor bar before heading upstairs to the dining room and enjoying a sumptuous feast of Jersey oysters, bavette steak and dauphinoise potatoes.
Thanks to its foosball, pool and cool Voodoo Ranger-themed bar hidden in the basement, Craft House is one of London's best pubs for beer-lovers. Aside from the entertainment, unique pints flow, there's cocktails to sip and plenty of Neapolitan pizza to munch.
When it comes to some of the greatest haunts in London, it's important to remember that it's not all foodie charm and booze that wins it. Not only whipping up gastro bites, this Clapham gem promises bottomless brunches, a games room, a beer garden and events aplenty.
A haven for craft beer lovers, The Union Tavern is a renowned North London watering hole. Offering a wide selection of craft beers, served alongside a menu of fresh food and an all round great atmosphere, The Union Tavern is a delightful drinking space, whatever the weather.
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.
Just a short walk from Peckham Rye station, this quirky pub certainly has a trick or two up its sleeve. Boasting tasty British seafood plates, a great beer selection and even a quirky hidden cinema room, it's one of South London's finest watering holes.