Cool Pubs In London

If you're on the hunt for a cool hangout without the high energy of our favourite cool London bars, look no further than our list of cool pubs in London. Each of these top London pubs has its own unique appeal, although each is well equipped with enviable decor, tasty looking menus and an impressive drink selection - an easy way to wile away an evening or weekend. As far as cool London pubs go, this recommended list has got you covered. 

Last updated on 25th November 2022

Lord Morpeth

21 user reviews 5

Nestled in the heart of Bethnal Green, this cosy watering hole has got everything from quirky artwork and quiz nights through to live music and a menu of lip-smacking pizza. On the drinks end, think local beers and real ales.

Royal Albert

183 user reviews 5

New Cross gem the Royal Albert is up on our list of cool pubs in the area. Head inside this traditional boozer that's decked out with ornate lamps and leather sofas for some ice-cold pints. If you've worked up an appetite, sink your teeth into the slow-cooked pork belly. 

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Originally established way back in 1729, The Cat and Mutton retains its historic aura whilst bringing itself slap bang up to date. Reflecting the area and the creative, lively types that frequent its bar stools, this joint exudes a quirky and fun character. Amping up its appeal with a variety of craft beers, pub fodder, drinks deals, pub quizzes, Sunday roasts and an upstairs cocktail bar; this is the definition of public house excellence. 

Royal Oak

211 user reviews 5

Perfect for a group dinner in London or a team night out, Royal Oak in Willesden is a cool pub that's full of charm and character. The old mahogany bar serves all the usual suspects, alongside a selection of fine wines and locally sourced ales. If that wasn't enough, the venue's stunning garden and rooftop are perfect for when the sun comes out. 

From accepting cryptocurrency in Canary Wharf to vegan Biff's Jack Shack in Dalston, BrewDog are doing something a little different in London. There's one consistent however: all the bars are filled with great beer and have a hearty menu of American bites.

The Narrow Boat

986 user reviews 4

Take a relaxed stroll down the Regent's Canal and you'll stumble upon The Narrow Boat; Islington's only canalside pub that comes with bundles of charm and intimacy. Find somewhere cosy (or a table on their canalside balcony) and kick back with a couple of drinks, they've a range of cask ales, craft beers, premium spirits and worldwide wines to choose between.

Eltham GPO

5 user reviews 4

Boasting two beer gardens, rotating beers on tap and a crackin' food menu, Eltham GPO on Passey Place is up on our list of cool pubs in the city. Head inside, where you'll be able to delve into hearty fare, all before taking part in its epic quiz night. Have you got what it takes?

The Coat and Badge

552 user reviews 4

A cool pub that's perfectly suited to boozy brunches, relaxed dinners and after-work drinks, The Coat and Badge is one of the best places to hang out in Putney. Whether you're cosying up with a quiz night and comfort food or chilling in the beer garden with a fresh pint, they're sure to wow.

Grand Junction Arms

94 user reviews 4

Fancy upgrading your regular ol' boozer? Then check out Grand Junction Arms, a gorgeous pub fronting a top-notch balcony and fabulous beer garden. If you're craving some a little exclusive, be sure to rent one of their private lodges equipped with speakers and screens.

The Bird in Hand

141 user reviews 5

With a huge wrap-around marble-topped bar taking centre stage, The Bird in The Hand is a stunning contemporary boozer. Part of the same group as The Oak W12, every inch of this place has been thoughtfully decorated, with comfy velvet chairs, low hanging lights and original tile flooring. 

The Heathcote and Star

659 user reviews 5

With one of London's prettiest ceilings, a cracking selection of craft beer and ping pong tables, The Heathcote and Star are bringing some serious vibes to Leyton. Add on to that food from We Serve Humans and weekly live music and DJ nights, and you may just never leave.

An pub made of giant maypoles, wicker masks, branches hanging from the ceiling and classic folk inspired stylings, Hand of Glory absolutely champions cool London pubs. A place with a laid-back atmosphere where you can Sunday roast, relax after work and fill your boots on craft beer and cider, this Hackney special is a must-try.  

The Vic benefits from a long-standing tradition of memorable gig nights. Welcoming music fans from around London and beyond for many a year, the pub continues to build on its reputation for cranking up the volume. There's more to this friendly local than just music though, and guests quickly find themselves at home with classic cocktails, locally brewed beers and rotating food menus on offer in the main room.

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If you're looking for a pub that has something a bit different, be sure to pay Highbury's Brewhouse & Kitchen a visit. Complete with its own micro-brewery, it boasts a wider array of home-grown beers and ales. As part of a wider chain of micro-breweries, there are over 50 different variations of small-batch craft beers to sample. To complete the experience, why not gorge on the delicious food offered on their impressive, international menu? Tuck into their Mezze Platter or indulge in a portion of perfectly cooked Arancini Risotto Balls.

The Adam & Eve

71 user reviews 4

If you're on the hunt for cool pubs in Homerton, you've come to the right place. The Adam & Eve is a local favourite, with a spacious garden, seating aplenty and screens showing the footie, as well as an 'L' shaped pool table and a top-quality menu of Thai food.

The Rectory

76 user reviews 4

Not only is it stylishly decorated with floral wall hangings, a navy colour scheme and plush seating, but Clapham Common's The Rectory also has a number of weekly quiz nights, live music and 2-4-1 cocktails available every Friday.

Junction Tavern

3 user reviews 5

Spice up your regular ol' trip to the boozer, and head along to Junction Tavern. Located in Tufnell Park, this watering hole offers fabulous interiors dating back to 1885, a crackin' quiz night to get brains churning and a delicious range of bespoke drinks or hearty fare.

Hackney Tap

2 user reviews 5

Boasting a crackin' craft beer selection, tasty grub and gorgeous garden space, it's no wonder why Hackney Tap is a local favourite. Make your way to Mare Street for some good vibes in its cosy indoor space adorned with 19th-century furnishings, or head outside for a spot of sunshine.

The Eagle - Hippo Inns

345 user reviews 5

Complimentary pint of Amstel or a draught Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero for Dad on Father's Day when you pre-book for food.

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. Serene, stylish and bursting with charming character, there are few better places to relax and watch the hours lazily drift by.

People's Park Tavern

559 user reviews 4

This pub has got cool in the bucket-loads; it has large, eclectic interiors, a bright beer garden and nice looking tattooed barmen and women who know their war around their in-house craft brewery just as well as they do the tie dye section of a vintage shop. Despite all of these majorly cool features though, People's Park Tavern remains under the radar as a hidden gem in East London that is never too crowded for a relaxed pint. 

The Ladywell Tavern

103 user reviews 4

The Ladywell Tavern is a perfect mix of contemporary interiors and traditional boozer values. Head here for hearty nosh, a range of craft beers and a welcoming atmoshphere. Packed out all year round, come winter-time seats by the open fire are hot property, whilst the huge garden out back is the place to be when the sun comes out. 

The Owl and Pussycat

465 user reviews 4

Surrounded by some of the coolest patrons in Shoreditch, it's no wonder that The Owl and Pussycatis such a pubbing treasure in East London. Not only boasting proper pub grub alongside London draught beers, guests can get caught up in the cool, vintage inspired interiors and the petite beer garden. 

The Stag

2413 user reviews 5

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The Stag serves delicious beer in a trendy environment in North London. Boasting over 24 taps, along with 100 bottles and cans in the fridge, there's plenty of beer for any kind of drinker. If you don't fancy beer, there's also a great selection of wines and cocktails available. If you're feeling peckish, make sure you tuck into their delicious classic pub food, which includes a roast dinner renowned through London.

The Mere Scribbler

356 user reviews 4

Live Music and 1 other offer

No stone is left unturned at The Mere Scribbler in South London. The venue caters for a wide range of different tastes, boasting a drinks menu of craft beers, international wines, local ales and classic cocktails. If that wasn't enticing enough, the kitchen serves hearty burgers, bar snacks and sharing plates to its guests, while the huge screen TVs showcase the very best live sporting action. 

The Mayflower

6 user reviews 4

The Mayflower is cosy English pub inspired by the 17th-century ship that took English pilgrims to the New World. Based in Rotherhithe in South East London, the pub is based next to the famous ship's original mooring point and offers Londoners a warming, traditional pub experience. Drenched in dark mahogany tones and nautical antiques, the real gem here has to be the diverse food and drink menu. Enjoy a pint of real ale and all your favourite gastro-pub dishes at this charming venue in South London. 

The Green Man

4 user reviews 4

With beautiful fairy lights, rustic wooden floorboards and cosy nooks, The Green Man wins our approval for cool places to drink in London. If that wasn't enough, the Fitzrovia watering hole also has tasty pub classics and hosts weekly quiz nights.

The Hero of Maida

15 user reviews 5

First opening its doors in 1878, The Hero of Maida seamlessly blends its vibrant history with contemporary dining and design. Split over two floors, the menu here focuses on high-quality French cuisine as well as comfort food classics. Head here on a Sunday to sample one of the renowned roasts next to the roaring fire.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

Head down to The Union Tavern on a sunny afternoon for an alfresco drinking experience - gaze out over the canal as you enjoy a beverage in the beer garden. A favourite during the summer months, The Union Tavern also serves up some delightful meals and offers a hefty wine menu to keep you satisfied. This top London pub is incredibly popular, so be sure to book your spot now.

The Star of Kings

411 user reviews 5

A hot-spot for week night socialising and extended boozing - The Star of Kings is a hub of entertainment spread across 2 floors. Satisfying both the traditional pubbing spec as well as serving as a basement-type bar with mammoth sound system, The Star of Kings is a place where you can knock back some beers with friends or settle in for a night of DJs and dancing.

The Kenton

164 user reviews 5

With a bustling beer garden, food from Slow Fire London and occasional DJs on the decks, this east London spot is a top choice any time of year. Of course, you'll find a superb drinks selection serving everything from draught beers to Aquavit-laced cocktails.


151 user reviews 4

When you visit the cellar bar of The Tokenhouse, there will be no question as to why this bar is included on our list of cool pubs in London. With a speakeasy feel, this room is a well kept secret and available for hire - get on booking this cool London pub quick to avoid disappointment!

The Spark House

3 user reviews 4

The Spark House is one of the coolest boozers going. Not only is it home to a fantastic range of delicious grub, from banging brunches to Sunday roasts, but it also boasts a mega rooftop terrace. And as if it couldn't get any better, it also hosts some of London's best DJs and performers.

The Star of Bethnal Green

336 user reviews 4

2 for £12 Cocktails Thursday and 1 other offer

Giving off some quaint living room vibes, The Star of Bethnal Green is a bit of laid-back pubbing luxe spread across 2 floors and feeling much like a house-turned-boozer. This Star is the perfect spot for some after work tipples or weekend daytime drinking affairs with plenty of tables to sit you and your mates as well as some good old fashioned fun quiz nights on the cards. 

The Blackfriar

267 user reviews 4

Just a little way from Blackfriars Bridge this stunning London pub offers the kind of interiors you don't see every day. Decked out in marble sculptures, mosaics and arched ceilings, it's a looker to say the least. It's also got some delicious food on the menu, alongside a great selection of cask ales and craft beers.