Cosy London Pubs

As the season of layers and log fires creeps up on us, so too does our desire for a stiff drink. Lucky for you? These cosy London pubs are offering you that and so much more. Read our round-up of some of the city's best winter bars, featuring all your cold-weather cures, from snuggly sofas and Sunday roasts, to fresh pints of ale and warming cocktails.

The Newman Arms

26 user reviews 5

A warm and welcoming spot in the heart of Fitzrovia, The Newman Arms is a perfect bolthole for all occasions, be it post-work drinks or a casual date night. Stop by this cosy London pub for a range of tasty pints, a some meaty bar snacks to soak them up with.

The Duke's Head Putney

742 user reviews 4

Occupying a prized location that overlooks the starting point of the Oxford - Cambridge boat race, you'll struggle to find a more idyllic gastropub than The Duke's Head of Putney. Cosy up in the Coxswain dining room with its unrivalled views of the river, or there's a rota of live music, comedy shows and movie nights to look forward to.

The perfect spot to curl up with a plate of hearty nosh after a day pounding London's pavements, The Bountiful Cow can be found in the heart of Holborn. A family-run restaurant, this place specialises in premium steaks and juicy burgers and boasts a very tempting wine selection.

The Surprise

197 user reviews 4

Located down a quiet(ish) side street in the heart of Chelsea, we challenge you not to fall in love with The Surprise. A bright and airy boozer fitted with sofas, fireplaces and lots of quirky artworks, this spot offers you the chance to while away the hours with a good quality pint of real ale or something from their menu of quality comfort food.

Catford Bridge Tavern

102 user reviews 5

A beloved local boozer, The Catford Bridge Tavern is a must-visit if you're on the hunt for a cosy South London pub. With classic features, cask ales and a menu of delicious Caribbean cuisine, there's nowhere better to snuggle up this winter.

The Railway

256 user reviews 5

Located outside Streatham Common, this charming pub is a jewel of SW16. Expect seasonal dishes served throughout the week, a tea room serving brunch and a fabulous selection of cask ales as well as a spacious beer garden; the perfect location for those balmy summer days.

The Grove

385 user reviews 4

Sitting pretty between Clapham South and Balham tube stations, The Grove is about as classic as London boozers come. Steeped in Victorian architecture, it's a charming pub where you can tuck into hearty British gastro bites, sink into rustic chesterfield sofas and even knock back some bespoke tipples and warming winter ales. 

The Trafalgar Arms

568 user reviews 4

The Trafalgar Arms is a home-from-home in the heart of Tooting. With a focus on the finer things and plenty of inviting spaces to enjoy them in, the kitchen team use the finest local ingredients to prepare fresh and artisanal food, while boozy options come in the form of delicious wines and exquisite cocktails if you're just stopping in for a quick one after work.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

A delightful drinking space, The Union Tavern is the ideal spot to hide from the elements in the colder months. Serving an ever-so-tempting variety of craft beers, alongside a rich and flavoursome menu of classic pub dishes, this canalside haunt ticks every box for winter pubs in London.

The Owl and Pussycat

366 user reviews 4

You can't get much cosier than your classic, East End boozer. A fond favourite in the heart of Shoreditch hipsters, those looking to ignore the neon lights of the local clubs can take to The Owl and Pussycat for more laid-back surroundings. From draught beer to cosy sofas and vintage interiors, it's a chilled-out but boozy ride. 

Duke on the Green

445 user reviews 4

Whether you're feeling the pinch of a hangover or the blistering British weather, there's one boozer in Fulham that does cosy pubbing just right. Join Duke on the Green in the leafy Parsons Green suburbs for a charming and cosy afternoon with pints and delicious food. 

The White Horse

77 user reviews 4

One of the places in Peckham whether you're looking for a few pints or a big night out, The White Horse is here to sort you for food, drinks and excellent tunes. Head over to the Rye-side spot and let them prove to you why they're known as one of London's cosiest pubs.

George IV

178 user reviews 5

Channel your inner Chiswick at this darling of a boozer. Infamous for its gastro fare and kitsch innards, this cosy London pub is a gem for those simply looking to hunker down for the evening. Whether you're enjoying one of their board games or lapping up an ale by candlelight, The George IV is a real treat.

Fitted out with giant maypoles, wicker masks, brass icons and straw bears, the Hand of Glory is a colourful tribute to the fabric of British folk culture. It's a must if you're big on cider; independent brewers are to thank for the mulled and spiced pints on offer here. There's bloody marys, a list of Seven Deadly Gins and hearty comfort food from an award-winning chef too.

The Crown and Greyhound

37 user reviews 5

Located in bucolic Dulwich Village, this cosy London pub is an excellent place to head if you're looking for Sunday roasts and a glass of red. Whether you're chowing down in their dining space, or snuggling up on their heated terrace, it's a prime spot for some winter drinks.

The Lost Hours

51 user reviews 4

One of the prettiest pubs in London, The Lost Hours is a Fulham gem that's got more than just looks going for it. Settle in amongst quirky decor and cosy sofas and enjoy an afternoon or evening sipping of craft brews, cocktails and fine wines, complete delicious food and even a few board games.

The Three Compasses

138 user reviews 5

Pining for a pub in London with board games? An ideal location that doesn't ask too much from you, only that you chill out and have a top ol' time? Then you'd better make a move to Dalston. From pop-up kitchen residencies to a mighty selection of activities, you're going to want to stay bolted to the table for the night.

The Four Thieves

96 user reviews 4

The term 'all-encompassing' is over-used, but not in these quarters. A pub, entertainment space, ale brewery and gin distillery wrapped up in one inviting package, The Four Thieves strives to ensure that its cherished homely vibe isn't ever compromised. Head to the heated gin yard and linger a little while.

The Queen's Primrose Hill

303 user reviews 4

It's hard to think of a more perfectly placed pub than The Queen's, situated just a few yards away from Primrose Hill. There's a terrace space where you can drink and dine, while inside the focus is on setting up a cosy ambience with lots of charisma; enjoy a real fire, cask ales on tap and a great menu of freshly produced and seasonal British grub.