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. 

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Last updated on 15th July 2024

The Star of Bethnal Green

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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 World's End

The home of the alternative pub scene and live rock music, The World's End is a sprawling boozer promising a good time and a great brew in the heart of Camden High Street. This pub has been a North London landmark for many years and has a reputation for being a mecca for live music and the perfect club night venue to discover both signed and emerging bands. What stands out even more is its Staropramen Lager, delivered directly from the Czech Republic and served from a specialist tank behind the bar. This unpasteurized, brewery-fresh tank beer has a taste unlike any other, and you don't have to travel to Prague to enjoy it.

Royal Albert

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. 

People's Park Tavern

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 Manor Walworth

There's a lot to love about The Manor Walworth. Not only does it boast cosy interiors, with patterned wallpaper and chandeliers, but also a pretty garden for when the sun smiles down on us. Head on over for lip-smacking beers, wicked wines and a menu of South American fare.

The Cat And Mutton

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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. 

The Mayflower

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. 

BrewDog Waterloo

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BrewDog Waterloo is the place to be: A hub for beer enthusiasts, casual hangs and an all-around great time. From IPAs to stouts and everything in between, you'll find something to suit every taste in this hoppy heaven. But it's not just about the wicked brews; spread over two floors, this boozer houses its own microbrewery, stand-alone cocktail bar, coffee shop, ice cream van, workspaces, bowling alley and a MASSIVE slide. Need we say more?

The Victoria

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.

Pacific Tavern

Nestled between Canada Water and Surrey Quays, Pacific Tavern is one of the cooler pubs in London not only for its creative menu featuring cooking methods and flavours used across the Pacific Rim but also for its regular live music nights. The interior is cosy, from its fireplace to its emerald green walls; it makes a pretty backdrop to enjoy some squid drizzled in ponzu, or chorizo sausages alongside povencal sauce.

Grand Junction Arms

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 Rugby Tavern

The Rugby Tavern & Bistro Bleu combines a traditional London pub with an elegant French restaurant upstairs, serving up a range of premium European fare across the two spaces. There's a plant-filled outdoor terrace for the summer months, as well as cosy interiors that feature red leather booths and chequered floors. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and pints here, alongside tasty eats like devilled whitebait, moules mariniere and breaded chicken schnitzel.

Brewhouse & Kitchen Highbury

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.

Union Tavern

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

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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.

Hand Of Glory

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.  

Lock Inn Camden

Just a stone's throw away from the famous market sits Lock Inn Camden, a stylish pub spread over two floors serving up the best of British delights in a candle-lit space, be it food or booze. Take a load off in the main dining area with a plate of fish and chips, or grab one of their very own brewed craft lager and handcrafted spirits while you head out for some fresh air in the heated beer garden to catch some rays. It's the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring.

The Kenton

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.

BrewDog Bars In 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.

Trinity Borough

Trinity Borough is one of the best pubs in Central London for all the right reasons. When you're not lapping up the gorgeous interiors, tasty drinks and top-notch grub, be entertained by all kinds of events, from exciting live music sessions to hilarious comedy sets.

The Eagle, North Kensington

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 Crooked Billet E5

The Crooked Billet E5 is a well-known boozer among Clapton residents, as well as a popular watering hole for large groups thanks to its giant beer garden. It oozes atmosphere and character, thanks to its warm interior. On the menu, there are delicious pizzas, roasts plus a hearty beef and Guinness stew.

The Stag

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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.

Hackney Tap

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 King's Arms

Not known to play by the rules, The King's Arms in London Bridge is full of surprises. From art classes to board games and an in-house shop selling prints and homeware, be sure to expect the unexpected. Wing by for half price cocktails from Tuesday to Friday, or bag a candlelit table for a feast of small plates, burgers or pub classics like fish and chips and baby back ribs.