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.

Last updated on 23rd November 2021

The White Horse

100 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.

The Newman Arms

29 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, and some meaty bar snacks to soak them up with.

The Queen's Primrose Hill

358 user reviews 4

Free round of Guinness on us!

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.

George IV

179 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.

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.

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 Mayflower

5 user reviews 5

Not only does The Mayflower have history on its side (think over 400 years of it) this cosy Rotherhithe pub is a perfect example of hunkering down, thanks to flickering candles, a great British menu and plenty of traditional ales.

The Three Compasses

173 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.

Old Tom's Bar

58 user reviews 5

Free round of Guinness on us!

Nestled in the heart of Leadenhall Market, Old Tom's caters for craft brew lovers in a snug space fitted with 19th-century wall tiles and bundles of charm. Find yourself a corner and let the stresses of the day melt away, with an excellent choice of beer matched with a strong range of gin and whisky and some tasty cheese and charcuterie options.

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 Duke's Head Putney

862 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 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 Four Thieves

155 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 Grove

463 user reviews 5

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 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.