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 4th August 2022

Hawkins Forge

2 user reviews 5

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.

Three Cranes

6 user reviews 5

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. 

The Guard House

589 user reviews 4

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. 

Holly Bush

306 user reviews 4

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.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

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. 

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. 

The Kenton

162 user reviews 5

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.

Junction Tavern

3 user reviews 5

Looking for a Kentish town boozer? Then head on over to Junction Tavern. Not only do they have a cosy space with a fireplace for the cooler months and a chic garden space for the warmer weather, but they also have a mouthwatering food menu.

One of the best pubs in North London, Rose & Crown is a traditional boozer with bay windows, wood panelling and a real log fire. Better yet, this Grade II listed building is also delving out Sunday roasts and juicy burgers, all washed down by real ale or whisky.

The Snooty Fox

11 user reviews 4

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.

Sometimes you come across those boozers that are just total all-rounders. Crown & Anchor in Brixton is one of those. Not only does it boast cool, cosy decor and a sun-soaked outdoor area, but also epic craft beers, tasty tacos and sumptuous Sunday roasts.

The Devonshire

570 user reviews 4

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.

Balham Bowls Club

433 user reviews 4

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.

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.

The Selkirk

596 user reviews 5

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.

The Brewers Inn

306 user reviews 4

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.

Black Horse

10 user reviews 5

Head to Black Horse in Fitzrovia, and enjoy their cool and classic space downstairs while sipping on a fresh pint of local craft beer. Or if you're feeling fancy, make your way to their speakeasy bar upstairs for some tasty cocktails and bubbly.

The Owl and Pussycat

459 user reviews 4

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 everything from pints to flavoured spirits and cocktails behind the bar, White Horse Beckenham is a pub fronting a little something for everyone. Aside from drinks, there's live sport screenings, gourmet burgers, bottomless pizza brunches and more to get stuck into.

The Spark House

3 user reviews 4

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.

Owl and Hitchhiker

71 user reviews 4

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.

Grand Junction Arms

81 user reviews 4

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.

The Hero of Maida

15 user reviews 5

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.

The Black Lion

6 user reviews 5

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.