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 18th November 2022




The Mayflower

6 user reviews 4

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 Trafalgar Arms

684 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.

The Three Compasses

212 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 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 White Horse

121 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 Colton Arms

145 user reviews 4

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.

Catford Bridge Tavern

138 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.

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.

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 Duke's Head Putney

1006 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.

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 Queen's Primrose Hill

453 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.

The Newman Arms

38 user reviews 4

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 Grove

545 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 Owl and Pussycat

465 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.