Friendliest Pubs in London

Seeking somewhere familiar? Somewhere cosy and welcoming, where the staff know your name and your order before you’ve even had the chance to stride up to the bar? We’ve toured the town in search of the friendliest pubs in London, noting down the best places for a traditional and relaxed pubbing experience and gathering them together in this handy little guide.

The Apple Tree

98 user reviews 5

An independent, non-confrontation pub that offers a vegan-led menu with focus on diverse clientele, The Apple Tree is one of London's most unique places to eat and drink. To top it off, the place shakes up delicious fresh cocktails with a plethora of live performances on rotation.

The Roebuck Hampstead

638 user reviews 4

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Beautifully decorated and with a bar stock full of all your favourite drinks, the Roebuck in Hampstead is a traditional pub that's perfect for those lazy weekends. Alongside the traditional, dark mahogany bar area, the venue boasts a cosy basement area, a serene private dining room and, most importantly, a stunning, elegant beer garden. Decked out with heaters, sheltered seating areas and a collection of bright garden furniture, its vibrancy and laid-back atmosphere has quickly made it into a favourite summer spot for Hampstead's locals. 

The Coborn

574 user reviews 5

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Situated amongst the row of Victorian terraces on Bow's Coborn Road, this is a charming drinking hole for all occasions. Seek refuge in The Coborn if you need a break from the constant bustle of the city, with plenty of cosy spaces to set up shop and enjoy a tipple or two. Young's award-winning cask ales, craft beers, premium spirits and vintage wines are all available at the bar, and there's freshly prepared pub grub if you're here in search of food.


72 user reviews 4

A Grade II listed, early-19th century boozer on the banks of the Thames, The Gun is a handsome space to enjoy some dinner and drinks. Comprised of refurbed dining rooms and snug bookable areas, the friendly service adds to an already impressive package of seasonal British menus and quality wines at this riverside beauty. Get yourself on the terrace come the warmer months for sweeping views of the Thames and O2 Arena.

The Honor Oak

213 user reviews 4

It's pretty rare that you'll get a proper community spirit in a South London pub, so we're glad when ones like The Honor Oak come along. The gastropub prides itself on its friendliness, but that doesn't mean it skimps on its range of craft beers, cask ales and fine wines. And if you're feeling a little peckish, they'd be more than happy to serve you some seasonal British food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Grove House Tavern

61 user reviews 5

Pairing old school neighbourhood vibes with bold modern interiors, Grove House Tavern is one of the most unique places to drink in South London. Head to the Peckham pub for the chance to scoff elevated sarnies, freshly baked pies and refreshing tipples in a quirky setting.

The Four Thieves

230 user reviews 4

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You've not lived until you've checked out this gem of a Battersea boozer. The Four Thieves is a pub with more than 70 gins lining its shelves. There's comedy nights, pub quizzes, soothing jazz sessions on a Sunday, bottomless brunches and a snug which hosts Lady Chastity's - a super fun immersive team game. Rally up your mates and explore everything this friendly pub in London has to offer; there just might be a vintage arcade room to stumble upon while you're here.

The Crown Tavern

1004 user reviews 4

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The Crown Tavern might be a long old poke for some, but the friendly service and welcoming nature of this traditional boozer makes it all worthwhile. Featuring a lovely front terrace that fills up with contented drinkers in the summertime, the main bar has a top range of cask ales, world-class wines and refreshing long drinks while there's a beautiful function room with its own balcony upstairs.

The Bridge Greenford

166 user reviews 4

Sometimes you need to venture further afield in order to find London's friendliest pubs. The Bridge Hotel feels a world away from the stressful scenes of central London despite the fact that it's only 20 minutes on the tube, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere complemented by an excellent drinks menu featuring seasonal ales, worldly beers and classic cocktails. Linger into the night and don't worry if you miss your last train; there's 68 en-suite bedrooms to bail you out!

The Duchess of Kent

400 user reviews 4

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Need a breather from the bustle of Islington? The Duchess of Kent is one of the area's best kept secrets, beckoning you inside where a friendly ambience is waiting. This cosy spot is great no matter what time of the week you're in town, with an excellent range of ales on tap, a fresh and vibrant wine list and tasty comfort food served throughout the week. Our tip? Go on Sunday for a delicious roast, a Bloody Mary or two and an afternoon spent playing board games.

The Regent

84 user reviews 5

One of the friendliest pubs in London, this neighbourhood boozer lies just shy of the ever-bustling Upper Street. Home to weekly comedy events and an excellent quiz night, it's the perfect spot to grab pints and pizzas with pals.

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They keep most of the tables free for walk-ins at The Cat & Mutton, so you're free to stroll on down and enjoy some pub grub and drinks in your own time. One of the very best pubs in East London, this Broadway Market boozer serves fried chicken and deep-south fare, with a glorious range of drinks on the side. There's live music throughout the week and it's the perfect spot come Sunday, when roasts and Bloody Mary's are the order of the day.

With a liquor licence dating back to the 1800s, this Amhurst Road site is a renowned site for drinking and socialising near Hackney Downs. Featuring an interior design of giant maypoles, wicker masks, brass icons and straw bears, this is a colourful space which celebrates British folk culture and offers a unique London pubbing experience.

The Charles Holden

62 user reviews 4

Fronting some of the best brews and food in South London, The Charles Holden is a great little pub to head to. Along with friendly staff, you can enjoy huge HD screens for catching the games, as well as a cosy outdoor beer garden.

Junction Tavern

3 user reviews 5

Touting cosy interiors, including a Victorian fireplace and adornments dating back to 1885, Junction Tavern is that friendly boozer you're after. Not only do they offer a delicious array of hearty fare and lip-smacking bevvies, but they also host a top-notch quiz night. 

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The Lillie Langtry is a homely pub in Earls Court that full of charm and character. The venue's kitchen plates up a selection of grilled dishes - the pub is famous for it's chicken - while the bar serves all the best craft beers, local ales and fine wines available in West London. Sink into a cosy booth, relax with your favourite pint and watch the hours drift by at this friendly pub in West London. 

Three Comp-asses is a cool, laid-back pub that you could easily sink hours into. Settle into a comfy chair and tuck into a meal of hearty comfort food while sipping on craft brews, then try having a crack at the Foosball table or watching sport. 

The Newman Arms

40 user reviews 4

A historical haunt with past patrons such as George Orwell and Micheal Powell, The Newman Arms is a charming British boozer that's surely one of the city's friendliest places to drink. Head on over and soak up the atmosphere with a British brew for an authentic experience. 

The Eagle

476 user reviews 4

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Bringing “a taste of country life to London's bustling suburbs”, The Eagle ticks all the boxes for a traditional pub experience in Shepherd's Bush. You'll be chilling in the pub garden come the warmer months; the BBQ will be on the go and there's ample beanbags to kick back and lounge on. If there's a chill in the air retreat inside to find a cosy and snug pub environment, with sofas, open fires and plenty of ale and seasonal food.

The Flask

86 user reviews 4

A Victorian gem with bags of charm, The Flask is one of the top pubs in Hampstead. Grab a pint of Young's ale at the bar or make for the conservatory, where seriously good pub grub is served up as the natural light comes flooding in. There's a neat little outside space to chill in if the weather allows, the Pimm's gets flowing in the summer and there's mulled wine for the winter, all in a friendly and familiar atmosphere that won't fail to impress.

The White Hart Barnes

267 user reviews 4

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The White Hart is a pub at the heart of the community, promising great service, the finest ales and delicious, freshly cooked food to the people of Barnes from its riverside location. Originally built in 1660 there's an unmistakable Tudor grandeur to this place, and it's a lovely pub to stop by to catch up with friends over a drink or to indulge in some tasty British cooking.

The Lauriston

62 user reviews 4

Looking for a pint near Victoria Park? This friendly Hackney pub is the place to head to for post-walk refuelling as they offer up a stunning selection of stone-baked pizzas, alongside classic cocktails and craft beers.