Best Pub Lunches in London

Whether you want an informal, quick bite to eat or a more fine dining experience for your afternoon break these are some of the best pubs for lunch in London. From gastro pubs with some of the top chefs, to places to grab a traditional Sunday roast, to party places offering a bit of fun, there is something for everyone. 

Last updated on 13th March 2023

The Black Dog

The Black Dog is a charming, cosy pub in the heart of Vauxhall. Based in the former residence of a glass factory, the venue is now a family-friendly pub that draws in revellers from all over with its stellar selections of craft beers, real ales and fine wines. Head down on the weekend and enjoy a belly-filling Sunday roast created by the expert chefs in the kitchen.  

The Adam and Eve

Make your way to The Adam and Eve for some tasty eats in their glorious space. Whether you fancy tucking into some small plates, such as chicken liver parfait, or delving into an awesome Sunday lunch, with succulent meats, and all the trimmings, this North London spot is for you.

The Black Lion

Just a stone's throw from Brondesbury and Kilburn stations, The Black Lion in North London is a film choice for pub lunches. Delve into mouthwatering Indian grub, from paneer tikka to tandoori chicken wings, all while enjoying the oh-so-cosy Grade II listed interiors.  

The Jugged Hare

A gastro pub in London known for their in house cured and smoked meats, The Jugged Hare offers a dining experience like no other. The open kitchen allows customers to watch their food being prepared on a rotisserie and charcoal grill while they admire the walls full of taxidermy. A window to the kitchen's cold room shows the ageing process of the restaurant's meat and hanging game. 

The Eagle - Hippo Inns

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The Eagle in Ladbroke Grove has become something of a West London favourite, thanks to its new partnership with Truman tank beers. Based just a short stroll from the area's tube station, the venue's chefs have created a menu that perfectly pairs with the fresh tank beers on offer behind the bar. Expect to find hearty British roast dinners, cheese heavy burgers and mouth-watering catch-of-the-day dishes.

The Heathcote and Star

The Heathcote and Star is a gorgeous pub in Leyton, which also happens to be serving up some of the best lunches around. From vegan burgers and braised ox cheek, to fried loaded with pulled pork and honey-soy BBQ, you can't go wrong with this hearty fare.

The Depot

This gorgeous pub in the heart of Kidbrooke Village boasts stunning, chic interiors and equally stunning dishes straight out the kitchen. From brilliant British breakfasts to succulent Sunday roasts, this pub only uses the best seasonal dishes, paired perfectly with an eclectic range of drinks from the bar. 

People's Park Tavern

People's Park Tavern do proper good pub lunches. But even if they made plain old cheese sarnies, instead of the hearty pulled pork burgers and huge hot dogs on the menu, we'd still turn up and nosh down. That's because People's Park Tavern have the best setting for a lunch in the whole of London. With their amazing beer garden bordering on the edge of Victoria Park, anything you order will have a complimentary side of beautiful. 

Roundhouse Wandsworth

The Roundhouse in Wandsworth puts on a cracking effort with it comes to pub nosh. Their menu changes daily with what ingredients is seasonally available so you can count on a home grown menu of British cuisines and classic gastro goodness to see you through any pubbing venture here. Worth noting the good spread of craft beers they've got on too, you know, to wash it all down. 

Rocket Euston

If 'soul food' sounds like your idea of a pub lunch in London, then Rocket Euston's menu is sure to deliver the goods. From plenty of steak and gourmet burgers, to tapas and classics like pies or mac 'n' cheese, there's plenty of crowd-pleasers here.

Lillie Langtry, Fulham

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The Lillie Langtry is a homely pub located a few paces from West Brompton train station in West London. Blending traditional with contemporary, the pub boasts a Victorian cocktail lounge downstairs and a kitchen that serves both brunch dishes a selection of different meats from their grill menu. Ideal for a pub lunch in London, the venue's bar is always stocked with locally brewed ales, ice-cold craft beers and a  selection of different fine wines. 

The Candlemaker

The Candlemaker infuses classic dishes with a little unusual flavour to make for a truly comforting pub lunch experience. If it's a roast you're after, try a half chicken ballotine, roasted garlic broccoli, golden crispy roast potatoes, carrots with star of anise and roasted parsnips with a chicken elixir (£11.50). For something a little lighter, how about Beer Butter Shrimpts (£5.50) or Tortilla Espanola (£4.50). 

The Smugglers Tavern

Offering escape from the constant London bustle, the Smugglers Tavern on Warren Street is a charming pub that's stocked with the best craft beer in town. The talented chefs in the kitchen are on hand to deliver fresh gastro dishes and brunch classics, all made using the freshest ingredients available. If that wasn't enticing enough, guests can make the most of the venue's 30-bottle strong rum collection or can instead sample the best craft beer creations of 20 of Britain's best breweries. 

The Wrestlers

Fancy a pub lunch of juicy burgers, homemade pies and Sunday roasts? The Wrestlers is just where to head. This traditional pub just off Highgate High Street doesn't just have great food as its draw, it's also got old school looks and charm.

The Britannia

A haven for classic British gastronomy, The Britannia knocks up just the setting for a relaxed pub lunch in London. Sitting pretty in Kensington, she's a lush boozer of old world charm and contemporary finishes where you can tuck into sharing plates, sandwiches and mains like their Slow Roasted Pork Belly (we hear it's pretty bangin'). 

Iron Duke

The Iron Duke is a cosy pub offering a warm welcome in the heart of London's West End. This traditional pub is known for it's delicious British food and real ales. Perfect for a family lunch, especially if you hire the private dining room with an open fire for an intimate afternoon. Choose from freshly homemade sandwiches for a lighter meal or the classic fish & chips, sausage & mash or burger for something more filling. Get away from the busy city and enjoy an afternoon with good food and a lovely atmosphere. 

The Admiralty

There's really only one place you'll need to start when having lunch at The Admiralty, and that's the pie section. Serving up deliciously made, melt-in-the-mouth classics with a hearty helping of mash and gravy, it's a great spot for seeking respite from the bustle of Trafalgar Square outside. Fancy making it a liquid lunch? There's a strong choice of Fuller's ales to complement your pie juuuuust right. Lovely.

The Woodman

If you're craving a taste of country living, head no further than The Woodman in Battersea. The South London hideaway totes a menu of British pub grub, real ales and brilliantly cosy surroundings to revel in while cosying up by the fire.