Best Pubs in North London

North London is always buzzing, as its vast collection of pubs prove. From quirky Camden haunts to bold and beautiful boozers in Angel, Homerton hideaways providing the finest in vegan dining to live shows in Kensal Green, this area is never one to disappoint. Expect unbeatable atmospheres, hearty pub grub, cocktails and creative craft brews as you explore our guide to the best pubs in North London.

Last updated on 27th July 2022

Owl and Hitchhiker

71 user reviews 4

Inspired by two of North London's most famous authors, The Owl and Hitchhiker prides itself on creativity and quirkiness. From the wall murals to futuristic contraptions lining the bar, the Islington boozer offers a unique experience while chowing down on a menu of booze and burgers. 

The Black Lion

6 user reviews 5

If you're on the hunt for one of the best North London pubs, then head along to The Black Lion. Located just a stone's throw from Brondesbury and Kilburn stations, this best-loved boozer is a great spot for mouthwatering Indian food or laidback vibes.

The Snooty Fox

11 user reviews 4

Nestled in Canonbury, The Snooty Fox is a quirky watering hole that's popular with the neighbourhood's laid-back folk. Head on over to guzzle down a fabulous selection of local and independent ales, as well as munch on scrumptious Asian-inspired food.

The Camden Head

57 user reviews 4

If you're looking for the best pubs in North London, there's no way you can miss out on The Camden Head. This historic haunt will keep you coming back with its packed event schedule, filled with stand-up comedy, live music and food from resident burger slingers Smoke 'n' Buns.

The Engineer

144 user reviews 4

Searching for a fun pub night out? Located in Camden is The Engineer, the perfect watering hole for delicious brews and cocktails, alongside classic British grub. Head to its cosy indoor seating or check out its pretty beer garden.

For pubs in Highgate, North London, The Wrestlers is a top choice thanks to its history and traditional elements. Having stood on the same site since 1547, you can expect the original fireplace, wood-panelled walls and stained glass windows to look at while you sip real ales.

The Arnos Arms

1002 user reviews 4

The Arnos Arms is a gorgeous pub found just a short skip and hop away from Arnos Grove Station. The country-style boozer offers a tasty menu of hearty classics, with two beer gardens boasting plenty of space for outdoor drinking and dining.

Ranelagh Bowes Park

111 user reviews 5

If you're on the hunt for the best pubs in North London, then Ranelagh Bowes Park should be on your list. From the top-notch drinks behind the bar, to its pub grub, range of events and opportunities to catch live sport, you can't go wrong here.

Ferry Boat Inn Tottenham

108 user reviews 4

For a pub in Tottenham, look no further than Ferry Boat, which is perched right on the river. Think a huge heated beer garden featuring garden games and more, alongside hearty pub grub and award-winning ales.

For pubs in Finsbury Park, The Brownswood is one of our favourites. Housed with a beautiful Victorian building and fronting a lovely beer garden to boot, this place has been lovingly restored to a modern look, while still retaining two real fireplaces and huge curved windows.

The Oxford Tavern

10 user reviews 5

Located just a stone's throw from the station and the O2 Kentish Forum, The Oxford Tavern is a North London boozer that oozes old school charm. Pair that with their impressive collection of craft beer from local, regional and international producers, and you see why it's a local fave. 

Harrow pub The Junction is the ideal place for lovers of sports and live music, thanks to a choice of the impressive outdoor space with huge screens, indoor TVs and a roster of musicians. Better yet, cocktails and ice-cold craft beers will accompany.

Old White Lion

66 user reviews 4

Wondering where to drink in East Finchley? The Old White Lion comes to mind. Not only is this traditional British pub home to comedy and quiz nights, but it also boasts a sprawling garden that's ideal for sunny sipping. And to fill your tum, there's a fab menu of comfort food on offer.

The Lord Palmerston

498 user reviews 4

The Lord Palmerston is one of the best pubs in Tufnell Park. While offering traditional boozer vibes, this place also has a contemporary edge, with quirky decor and a delicious menu of pub grub to boot. To wash it down? Choose from real ales, flavoured gins and spicy red wines.

Salisbury Arms

81 user reviews 5

The Salisbury Arms is surely a North London staple. Not only does this cosy boozer boast beaut Victoria features combined with modern additions, but also a sun-drenched beer garden and regular quiz nights. And if you get thirsty? There's a broad range of craft brews, cask ales and wines.

This North London pub is quite the looker, boasting bay windows, a real log fire, wooden panelling and many other original features across its Grade II listed building. If that wasn't enough to convince you, then check out the lineup of Sunday roasts and juicy burgers, which are paired with real ales or great wine.

Junction Tavern

3 user reviews 5

Searching for a North London haunt? Then make your way to Junction Tavern in Tufnell Park. Known for its cosy Victorian interiors, top-notch pub grub and first-class vibes, this much-loved boozer won't fail to disappoint. 

The Prince Albert Camden

91 user reviews 4

The Prince Albert in Camden is bringing some of the best pub grub to North London. Come for lunch, dinner or in the evening for a few delicious drinks in their gorgeous beer garden, or settle into the indoor space for the night.

The Stag

2376 user reviews 5

The Stag in Hampstead offers a beautiful beer garden for summer nights with private heated Cabanas for when the temperatures drop. Should you choose to stop by, expect an ample menu of 24 beers on tap, with plenty more in the fridge, alongside a menu of seasonal pub food. 

If you're searching for a top-notch North London boozer, The Adam and Eve is a firm choice. Located on The Ridgeway, this haunt not only offers gorgeous interiors and a Victorian-walled garden, but they also have a mouthwatering menu to boot.

The Regent

76 user reviews 5

One of the best pubs near Upper Street, The Regent is a North London gem that front tasty food, a great line-up of craft beers and some excellent live events. If you're looking to get your sip on with a side order of comedy or quizzing, this might just be the place for you.

Nestled in the heart of Hornsey ids a beloved boozer that oozes old school charm. Serving up a menu of delicious British eats with a plethora of craft ales behind the bar, and against a backdrop of cosy furnishings, there's no wonder why it's one of North London's top spots. 

After a Wood Green pub? The Westbury is a contemporary pub offering up interiors of exposed brick walls and local artwork, while its heated terrace is perfect for alfresco drinks come rain or shine. Better yet, there's a quiz night and monthly DJ.

They're London's first 100% vegan pub with an old-school neighbourhood feel that's hard to come by. Head over to The Spread Eagle in Homerton and you'll get to sip on vegan brews while chomping on Club Mexicana's enticing food offerings.