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.

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Last updated on 11th July 2024

Mason's Arms

Oozing charm and warmth, Mason's Arms is a pretty pub only a short walk from Battersea Park Station. Cosy up on a navy leather sofa, take in the quirky decor (think hanging plants, pillars and old-fashioned, framed photos) and make yourself at home. You'll be spoilt for choice with its sandwich selection, boasting an array of fillings such as beer-battered haddock fingers and tartare sauce, served between two slices of fresh, malted bloomer. As for roasts, you can expect a droolworthy sirloin of Owton's beef or a tasty nut affair served with all the trimmings, including Yorkshire puddings.

Scarsdale Tavern

Scarsdale Tavern is a super cosy pub nestled within a Kensington residential area, away from the noise of the bustling high street. Only a short walk from Holland Park, it's the perfect destination for a warming meal after soaking up the sights. Devour dishes like Sri Lankan sweet potato and green bean curry, or a Chalcroft Farm beef burger served with triple-cooked chips as part of a mouthwatering internationally-inspired menu.

The Three Compasses

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 Rose Fulham

You know what time it is; it's cosy 'o clockBuilt for cold nights and warm pints, The Rose Fulham is the go-to, cosy joint for Fulham and Chelsea townies. With a jug of beer in hand, this boozer for all seasons will warm you through and through with its selection of local craft beers, seasonal British grub and homely heated garden. Airy, dog-friendly and oh-so-comfy.

The Owl and Pussycat

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. 

The Trafalgar Arms

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 Mitre

Located just a hop, skip, and jump away from Fulham Broadway, The Mitre is a real gem of a family-run gastropub. The boozer boasts a cosy feel with both traditional and modern touches and a secret walled beer garden designed for maximum chill vibes. The food here is all about celebrating the best of British produce, with dishes like beer battered line caught haddock, Cotswold chicken caesar salad, and West Country lamb chop with crispy potato terrine stealing the show. And let's not forget their killer lineup of ales, beers, and wines from all corners of the globe, ready to take your meal to the next level.

Duke Of York

Soak up the history at the Duke of York, one of Haggerston's oldest pubs with cosy, traditional interiors and a lively atmosphere all week long. Settle down with one of their renowned Sunday roasts, or try out other tasty dishes such as flat iron steaks, beer-battered haddock and crispy halloumi fries. There's an extensive choice of craft beers on offer here too, as well as a sunny terrace for the summer months.

Red Lion, Barnes

On the hunt for a super cosy boozer to put your feet up in? Then Red Lion in Barnes is the haunt for you. Decked out with large, arching stained glass windows, dark wooden pillars and a roaring log fire, it's the ultimate location for a pint of beer paired with a warming Sunday roast. You'll also be able to gobble up an array of other classics, such as Cumberland sausages served with chilli and maple roasted squash mash, plus chicken and leek pie. 

The Bunch of Grapes

A cosy boozer if we ever did see one, nestled among the hustle and bust of the City on Lime Street, The Bunch of Grapes makes for a great stop-off on your pint crawl or a place to enjoy some hearty grub. It features burgundy ceilings, chandeliers and a dark wooden bar, and is home to award-winning pies filled with chicken and truffled oyster mushroom, or puy lentils and vegetables.

Rose & Crown

Head to Stoke Newington for a traditional English boozer with a warming fireplace. The Rose and Crown serves classic British mains like Sunday roasts, fish'n'chips and juicy burgers, alongside real ale, fine whisky and a great selection of wines. 

Hand Of Glory

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 Clapham North Pub

The Clapham North Pub is one of the cosiest boozers this side of the river, flaunting bare-brick walls, leather booth seating and plenty of intimate nooks. While you're there, make sure to check out the fabulous cocktails and craft beers, which go all to well with the selection of small plates on offer.

The Newman Arms

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.

Jack Horner

Snuggle up under warm, glowing light fixtures among wooden furnishings and cosy booths at The Jack Horner, a relaxed boozer on Tottenham Court Road. After wandering around the heart of London, refuel at this charming pub and soak up its atmosphere. You'll find a large range of craft beers, ales and spirits to drink, alongside a stellar menu boasting nibbles like Marmite roast potatoes or Laverstoke Park Farm buffalomi fries, served with sriracha aioli, as well as sensational roasts come Sunday.

The Colton Arms

The Colton Arms is the perfect place to relax and while the hours away. The intimate little pub lets the conversation flow, and the friendly bar staff keep the pints coming. And should you feel a bit peckish, their kitchen can supply you with a number of hearty and seasonal British dishes.