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.
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.
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!
This gorgeous boozer near Borough Market is one of our top picks for a cosy Sunday roast or post-work pint. The Market Porter has gained a reputation for its mouthwatering menu of pub grub classics, from fish and chips to juicy burgers and homemade Scotch eggs.
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.
One of the coolest pubs in Hackney, this fun spot on the corner of London Fields offers a great spot whether you're looking for a chilled drink or something a little more party-starting. With a huge outdoor space, excellent food and even a couple of quirky private hire areas, it's got everything you need for a great night out.
A cool pub in the heart of Paddington, The Cleveland Arms is a must if you're looking for delicious food made with sustainable produce. Book in for the chance to chow down on fresh fish plates, signature burgers and tasty sides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 casual and cool pub in London that pretty much knows it, The Islington Townhouse caters to all. Whether you're after quirky cocktails, hoofing down a selection of ales, chowing down on pub classics or hosting a private meeting, you'll find it all here.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Adorned with hanging lightbulbs and retro style wallpaper, Market House ticks all of the boxes for a cool London pub. Multi-tasking as a bar, diner and beer hall, this pub makes a serious effort to keep its guests entertained through to the early hours of the morning. The Market House sits comfortably on our recommended list of the best London pubs. If you're keen, be sure to book your spot.
The Racketeer has changed from a pub into a cocktail bar, keeping the character of the former while oozing the cool of the latter. Come here for a great atmosphere and deliciously well-executed cocktails.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Hackney hipster looking for a chilled pub to cruise after work or over the weekend then The Star of Hackney Downs should hit that beer loving spot of yours. Expect a mish-mash of 90s decor, retro furnishings and a shabby-chic feel to this rough around the edges pub.
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.
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.