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 January 2023

Balham Bowls Club

476 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.

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 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.

Black Horse

22 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.

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 Owl and Pussycat

473 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Eltham GPO

22 user reviews 4

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.

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.

The Kenton

166 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.

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.

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.

The Black Lion

49 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.

The Selkirk

674 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 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 Macbeth

4 user reviews 4

Boasting beautiful decor and leather booths, The Macbeth is a quirky boozer to check out for casual date nights, non-stop entertainment and catch-ups with friends. Sip on yuzu margaritas or espresso martinis or tuck into their delicious bar bites.

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. 


1061 user reviews 4

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.