City Pubs London
The pubs in the City are perfect for a cheeky after work drink or two, but with so many to choose from the best places to grab a pint can be hard to find. From Bank to St Pauls we've got the best of the best all in one place, so check out our list of the greatest tradtional and modern pubs that the city of London have to offer, from traditional London Bridge pubs to city boozers and classic city of London pubs.
Last updated on 17th October 2016
With a level of kitsch and quirky charm, The Fine Line is one of the most relaxed pubs in the City of London. Brimming with floral decor, pumps brimming with London draught beers and a food menu toting gastro goodies, any evening or afternoon in The Fine Line is one well spent.
The White Horse offers a homely British pub environment somewhat out of kilter with its bustling city surroundings. Hearty pub classics are on the cards if you’re hungry, and there’s a rich choice of real ale, wines and champagnes to cosy up by the fireplace with. It’s open for breakfast, lunch away from the office and a few post-work bevvies.
The Tokenhouse is a modern City bar in Moorgate and offers a flexible, unpretentious space, perfect for lunch or drinks. This exciting Moorgate venue is a glittering example of Square Mile style, and ideal for intimate gatherings or large parties. The Tokenhouse is a modern place with a modern menu - seeking to serve up the very best of British cuisine. Book now.
The White Swan is a popular City pub on Fetter Lane. With a downstairs pub area and a more formal dining area upstairs it offers a versatile space catering to whatever you're in the mood for. The bar stocks draught ales, cocktails and an extensive wine list, offering something for everyone. The dining room serves up traditional British pub food with modern twists in hearty portions. With special deals at lunch it's the perfect place for a break from work, book your table online now!
Sitting pretty on Charterhouse Square is Fox & Anchor, a true cracker of a pub-cum-boutique-hotel popular with city workers and visitors to London alike. Grand mahogany, etched glass and heavy brass features characterise this Victorian boozer, with excellent and seasonal British food matched by an excellent range of cask ales and craft spirits. Fancy lingering into the night and saving the fare on a cab home? Don’t blame you; there’s 6 elegant boutique hotel rooms if you fancy an overnight stay.
Giving your usual local gaff a bit of a face lift, the Slug & Lettuce is somewhere between a city pub in London and a stylish bar. Head to this St Paul's beauty for a relaxed atmosphere where people come to wind down after work with their menu of affordable drinks, sharing plates and happy hours. head to any one of the venues across London by Tower Bridge, Waterloo, Greenwich O2 and Leicester Square.
The George sorts the city’s workers out with a refreshing drink after a long day at the office. A classic English pub experience awaits here, as guests step back in time towards a venue decorated with oak panelled walls and crafted Victorian ceilings. Perfect for a drink after work, a resting spot while you wait for your train or watching live sport; there’s plasma and 3D screens to bring you all the action.
Nestled away in the heart of Leadenhall Market is Old Tom’s, a secret and atmospheric bolthole for your after work drink needs. Topple down the stairs and find an old-fashioned hangout complete with wall tiles from the 19th century; the pub specialises in cheese and charcuterie boards as well as a drinks offering that features excellent craft beer, wine, gin and whiskey.
Moorgate promises all the hustle and bustle of the City, but there's one pub promising to be a retreat from all of that. Head on down to Finch's as this charming boozer promises quaint, floral interiors, British classics and pints aplenty.
The Hydrant is the latest boozer to open in Monument with a penchant for pints of craft beer, contemporary cool interiors and that authentic British character that us pub goers cherish. With 15 draught lines, local ales and bottles to boot, The Hydrant serve up tasting sessions and mixology classes with their pints or cocktails.
The Viaduct Tavern is an authentic London City pub, located in the heart of the City near St. Pauls. A must for lovers of London's history; originally built as a Victorian gin palace, the pub has seen it's residency range from opium den, to great City pub. Book your place at this London pub with us online.
Somewhere between satisfying a traditional pub spec and a modern bar, Balls Brothers in Minster Court is a capsule of old world charm and contemporary edge. Serving up a menu of classic English nosh, you can tuck into delicious food and enjoy their timeless atmosphere whilst knocking back some of their signature cocktails.
Impressing with its grandiose interiors and historical significance, the Old Bank is a fine haven from the bustle of the city outside. Make your way to the bottom of one of their award-winning ales or indulge with a melt in the mouth pie, and stop by their alfresco courtyard if the weather permits.
Found in the very centre of the city, just a few short strides away from St. Paul’s, The Albion is a warm and relaxed pub for your after work needs. There’s a good strong menu of classic pub feeds - we’re talking fresh cod & chips, burgers and daily specials - and the pub is known for its extensive wine selection and award-winning real ales. It’s also a great place to watch sport, with five plasma screens covering Sky Sports, ESPN and Premiere Sports.
Tucked away behind Fenchurch Street is the vintage style pub Crutched Friar which serves up a great selection of authentic British pub-grub and cask ales. Set in the middle of a number of large offices and stations it's no wonder why this City pub is popular for after-work drinks - especially from Monday to Wednesday when it's 2-4-1 cocktails!
It’s the excellent meat and wine selection that earns this Chiswell Street pub such rave reviews. The focus is on delivering fresh and seasonal game, wild fish and shellfish dishes alongside lip-smacking libations. The wine is comprehensive, and it slots in neatly next to a lovely list of cask ales including their very own Jugged Hare pale ale!
A comfy stroll away from Monument, Cannon Street and Bank, The Vintry is a friendly Fuller’s pub with a slick cocktail lounge hiding in the basement. Naturally perfect for a business meet or drinks after work, there’s more than 170 wines from across the world as well as a decent selection of craft beer, lager and cask ales.
The Cheshire Cheese is your typical traditional pub located in the heart of London. With a wide variety of pub favourites and a selection of lagers, cocktails, spirits and wines there is something for everyone to enjoy. Being in a prime location in the City its no wonder why this place has a constant buzz.
Windsor Fenchurch offers up among the cheapest drinks in London's financial district. Perched just around the corner from Fenchurch Street station, a vibrant after-work crowd descend on the lively DJ Pub to take advantage of the various deals that see four 'bombs' available for a tenner, 2 ciders for £7 and pints starting from less than £3! We know, unheard of! Good for watching the football and private functions too.
Sitting pretty just shy of St Pauls' Cathedral is humble boozer and affordable Young's favourite, The Paternoster. Head on down for top London pints and a welcoming roster of pub grub and British plates.
Riverside views of the Shard and Tower of London are worth the trip to the Oyster Shed alone. Once inside there’s a fine glass of wine with your name on it, and a corker of a menu brimming with fresh British fare if you’re looking to chow down. It’s a quirky space with an airy ambience, and it’s available to hire for up to 400 guests.
Lamb Tavern is part of the very fabric of the city pub scene. A pillar of a public house since 1780, it’s a magnificent three-storey boozer that overlooks the iconic Leadenhall Market. There’s #ThirstAiders to take your order without the fuss of queuing at the bar and classic pub grub that goes nicely with the choice of Young’s cask ales, wines and spirits.
The Alice offers excellent food, wallet-friendly drinks and a comfy atmosphere in the shadow of the Gherkin. The menu has everything from an ‘under 500 calories’ section to a neat selection of pizzas, and well-made classic cocktails are all yours for £7.45 each.
Charming, cosy and offering a storming range of craft beer, the Hack & Hop serves up a vibe at odds with its frenetic city location. Come in and say hello, the friendly bar staff make it their duty to not only serve a cracking pint, but to educate their guests on craft beer by the same token. Food is definitely worth a shout too; there’s a creative and seasonal menu constantly updated so no two meals are the same.
The Crosse Keys is known for its selection of great real ales, and is an excellent J.D Wetherspoons pub close to Bank station. This City pub is great for a quick and affordable lunch and is always buzzing with the lively after work crowd.
The George Inn prides itself on being London's last remaining Galleried Inn and is just a stone's throw from London Bridge station and perfect for drinks in the summer thanks to its lovely beer garden. Set in an open-air courtyard, The George Inn is the best example of a traditional London pub!
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a traditional London tavern-like pub that can date its roots back to the 16th century. It is found on Fleet Street and oozes history and romanticism, full of tight corridors and hidden rooms with wooden beams. A Sam Smith's brewery pub with fantastic ales and lagers and serves the cheapest beer in London.
The Punch Tavern is a charming and cosy London pub close to St Pauls. With regular lunch and dinner meal specials and a friendly and hospitable staff, this is a gem of a City pub in London. Fantastic homely, British-led comfort food combined with the grand Victoriana features make this a top London pub.