Whether out front in the beer garden, upstairs on one of the terraces or in the main bar, The Crown is a great spot for a boozy catchup with friends. Expect a cracking atmosphere, a delicious range of hearty English grub and an array of fine wines and ales.
Gastropubs in London
An influx of new, trendy gastropubs in London has revolutionised our idea of 'pub grub.' Fresh ingredients and modern drinks menus are the new standard - a break away from the traditional, but not quite restaurant formal. Whether you're looking to impress your old folk with a scrumptious Sunday lunch, sweep a loved one off of their feet with a dinner date or you're simply after an evening of eating and drinking with friends, these trendy gastropubs in London promise the whole hog.
More than just a good place to ogle at the Shard, The Tower of London or the Thames, The Oyster Shed is a great place to polish off some classic British nosh too, expect classic pub favourites with a modern twist alongside an extensive drinks selection.
With a former Zucca chef running the kitchen, Arthur Hooper's is one of Southwark's most exciting gastropubs. Join them to explore the menu of exquisite European small plates, made with fresh produce from Borough Market, which have been perfectly-paired with an ample wine list.
Serving gorgeous gastro grub from the heart of Kilburn, The Alice House is a contemporary pub that offers light bites and hearty classics. To accompany? An ample selection of fresh cocktails that can be enjoyed while sinking hours into the cosy yet vibrant atmosphere.
Fronting a menu of delicious seasonal plates, Swan at Shakespeare's Globe is more than just a place for a pint and some pork scratching. From roast brill and stuffed rabbit, to caramel and sherry tart and a very decadent afternoon tea, it's one of the best gastropubs in London.
Sporting a warm and friendly environment, an oh-so-tempting selection of craft beers and a menu of delicious, fresh and wholesome pub classics, The Union Tavern is an ideal North London drinking den. Oh, and add all of that to the fact that it boasts an enviable canal side location,
The Prince Albert is a treasure of a pub ticking all the boxes when it comes to a cosy local. Bedecked with rustic finery and an easy elegance, there's real fires and hearty fresh food to keep you warm and an award-winning alfresco space to enjoy a few drinks come summer-time.
This smashing gastropub on Victoria park is one of our favourite places for a pub roast in London. The boys in the kitchen here sure know how to whip up a hearty plate of grub - expect mouth-watering cuts of meat, perfectly crisp roast potatoes and hearty homemade Yorkshires.
Billed as “a veritable palace of refreshment”, The King's Head is a firm favourite for Winchmore Hill locals. Food is available all day, from a light brunch to a full on dinner-time banquet, and menus are comprised of fresh, ethically sourced ingredients that go down a treat.
The Mall Tavern epitomises what it means to be a gastropub, boasting 28 taps filled with the best beer and cider from around London and across the globe, as well as a delicious menu packed with seasonal, classic British dishes.
Situated in the ever-glamorous Chelsea, The Hollywood Arms is a luxurious gastropub that boasts a beautiful decor with grub from their fantastic menu of British seasonal produce. Within walking distance of South Kensington, this charming haunt is a great stop after a busy day of shopping.
A showcase of delicious, British ingredients, this pub offers pub classics with a modern edge and sample dishes include pork ribs, sausage & mash, Shepherd's pie and burgers. There's an extensive choice of boozy favourites to wash all this lovely grub down with as well.
Shoreditch may not be your first bet for great gastro pubs in London, but there's a few destinations that might surprise and impress you. Boasting affordable pub grub that nods to gastro goodness and seasonal produce, the Owl and Pussycat is a cutesy vintage pub doing it right.
Just a short walk from the tube station, the aptly named The Clapham North is a charming gastropub by day and lively party palace by night. Head down during the afternoon hours for a cracking boozy brunch and wrap your chops around the signature English Breakfast.
Open for a light brunch, an evening feast and everything in between, a lot of thought goes into the menus whipped up at The Phoenix. Chefs use ethically sourced ingredients to prepare modern plates which rotate regularly to offer something fresh and interesting upon every visit.
From the locally-sourced produce to the vast choice of craft beer, everything about The Elgin oozes quality. This well-rounded Maida Vale local boasts one of the best pub kitchens in London; it'll set you up for the day with breakfast, or see off your night with a delightful dinner.
The Fentiman Arms champions wholesome classic dishes to the taste of apple & venison sausages, lamb rump and a sizzling steak offering. With a glorious spread of mouth-watering grub, this is easily one of the best gastropubs in South West London.
The Tokenhouse is a modern gastropub in Moorgate that offers a fantastic space to get your chops around some cracking grub. Expect a modern menu that combines the wholesome freshness associated with American and French bistro style food with high quality ingredients.
Head over to this charming spot and enjoy a game of monopoly with a pint London Pride's in hand. Hungry? Tuck into a cracking menu that places heavy emphasis on fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Here, you'll find rustic British cuisine and delicious daily specials.
Located in the heart of Camberwell, The Crooked Well is an award-winning gastropub, fronting some of South London's tastiest plates. While interiors are traditional, the menu is anything but, with dishes such as Moroccan spiced lamb croquettes and celeriac steak served with kale, white beans and salsa verde.
The Lamb in Holborn has acted as a constant figure in an area of continuous change, with its roots harking as far back as 1729. Propped up by a diverse menu of seasonal treats and a stunning selection of fine wines, spirits and craft beers, it has everything you need for a lazy weekend.
Ideal for those lazy weekends or perhaps a frivolous drink after work, the Morpeth Arms acts as a metropolitan sanctuary, offering escape from the constantly bustling world outside. Full of regal decor and vibrant decorations, it's the food and drinks menu that really stands out.
While there's so many options to choose from when it comes to dinner in London, there's one thing that we can be sure of: gastro always hits the spot. A cutesy plot in the heart of the City, The Fine Line is ready to dose any and all guests on some of the best produce in the business.
The Honor Oak has everything you want from a good gastropub in London: a great range of craft beers, cask ales and fine wines and a menu packed with delicious, seasonal British food. They even have a wonderful beer garden for the summer months and a living wall.
Hosting a bustling atmosphere, a carefully-curated selection of ales and wines, and parties that go on till late, this vintage gastropub is known for facilitating continuous carousing. Paradise By Way of Kensal Green put their heart and soul into some of the best pub food in London.
The Cow is a gastropub in Westfield Stratford City, right opposite the splendid Olympic Park. This lively spot boasts spectacular views, a delicious menu and splendid selection of drinks. Head down after work for a pint of premium ale and a packet of pork scratchings over a game of ping pong.
With a laid-back atmosphere and beautiful furnishings, Richard the First is a tranquil pub in South London that offers locals and visitors in Greenwich a spot to recharge and relax. The bar is stocked full of craft beers and real ales, while offering a hearty menu of traditional gastro pub treats.
With its roots dating as far back as the 17th century, The Rose and Crown is a dainty pub in Wimbledon. Offering a selection of real ales and craft beers, the kitchen serves seasonal British treats and crowd-pleasers. Think hearty cuts of meat, catch of the day and flavoursome roasts.
You'll struggle to find a more idyllic spot for a quick drink than The Duke's Head. It's well worth a visit right throughout the year as well, with Putney's locals heading round for early evening drinks, light lunches and hearty Sunday roasts with unrivalled views.
Awash with contemporary interiors and vintage leanings, she's a beauty for relaxed drinking and socialising. A haven for lovely gastronomy, The Britannia will do you dandy for a warming lunch or hearty dinner with dishes like Monkfish, Ham Hock and Local Rock Oysters to boots.
There's certainly not a shortage of top pubs in the city, but we've always had a soft spot for the Lamb Tavern. Visit and you'll find a beautiful three-storey hangout, made up of a lively bar, an attractive Mezzanine level and a private hire Dining Room with stunning views.
Working with MasterChef's Sebastien Lambot, head chef Marek Rudnik has created a menu of mouthwatering British classics that complement the cosy setting of this gorgeous pub. Their Sunday roasts are an absolute knockout, with vegan and veggie options available.
Located only minutes from Fulham Broadway, this charming gastropub is home to luscious plates and refreshing drinks; from buttermilk rabbit to smoked beef short-rib, washed down with house-infused spirits and local wines.
Sitting just south of the river, The East Hill pub offers South London's weary locals a quaint spot to relax, unwind and recharge in. Styled as a cosy home away from home, their soft armchairs and vintage sofas seem to have a force of attraction on all who walk through their doors.
Found down a quiet(ish) side street in the heart of Chelsea, The Surprise is a chilled haven that you'll quickly fall head-over-heels for. It's bright and airy with a lot of character; there's plenty of comfy sofas to while away the hours in and some quirky artworks lining the walls.
A South London babe with the menu to boot, The Lighthouse keep proceedings strictly British with their fine pub menu. While the roster contains Sunday roasts and burgers aplenty, it's their gastro food where this Battersea pub shines. Try the pork belly, we implore you.
Retire to The Phoenix to discover a world of fresh British classics thrown into the barter alongside a litany of real ales and fine wines. Combining their excellent selection of booze with a menu full of elegant grub, this is up there as one of our best pubs for food in London.
Offering a classic yet contemporary feel, this beautiful pub in Kentish Town is ideal whether you're looking for a casual date night or catching up with some friends over a few drinks. The food is excellent, with fresh and local produce used in their seasonal menus.