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 10th November 2020

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.

The Three Compasses

106 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 Queen's Primrose Hill

249 user reviews 4

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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.

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 Trafalgar Arms

421 user reviews 4

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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.

The Grove

300 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. 

Duke on the Green

404 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

39 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.

Catford Bridge Tavern

53 user reviews 4

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.

Old Tom's Bar

55 user reviews 5

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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

21 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 Newman Arms

23 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.

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.