Best Pubs In South London

South London; in its heyday famous for keeping London's dark side a secret and its Shakespearian sense of debauchery; today the perfect place for a pint in a pub. Becoming known as the new East London because of its unflux of "Bright Young Things" yet retaining its sense of tradition, you can just as easily find a refurbished gastro-pub with eclectic interior design here as you can a good old boozer where you can bring your dog and everyone knows the landlord's name. So jump on the Northern Line and head down South for some of London's best pubs.

Last updated on 16th March 2020




The White Hart Barnes

199 user reviews 4

If you're looking for a smashing pub in Barnes you'll have plenty of choice, but one of our tips is the White Hart. For starters there are great views to be had of the river in their outside terrace, but there's also bags of Tudor charm inside and staff that always make your stay a pleasure. Check out their world-class wine list or unique cask ale taps, or head upstairs to their dining room where three-course feasts and traditional British comfort food is served.

The Signal - Hippo Inns

145 user reviews 4

Ever wandered down to the suburban heart and soul of Forest Hill? Now we're giving you that chance to. Coming at you with family friendly dining, pub grub and a top roster of craft pints and ale, The Signal is a charming boozing with classic British style on its side.

The Dog and Fox

700 user reviews 4

A glorious gastropub in the heart of Wimbledon Village, the Dog & Fox is a venue with its finger in many pies. Stop by for some hearty pub grub - the pub serves quintessential British favourites and a killer Sunday Roast - drop in for a swift half of Young's cask ale or hang around and soak in the sunshine in the relaxing beer garden; this one really does have it all.

The Devonshire

182 user reviews 4

A selection of 10 craft beer cans from £52.50

Steeped in history and boasting one of the best outdoor spaces in south London, The Devonshire is a cracker of a pub on Balham High Road. They've a passion for great drinks and carry an extensive range of ales, craft beers, spirits and wines, while the kitchen team are busy cooking up beautiful pies, roasts at the weekends and BBQ'd treats served in the garden come the summertime.

Watson's General Telegraph

222 user reviews 4

WGT is a mighty impressive boozer catering for the people of SE22. With a huge selection of constantly rotating craft beers on tap it's the place to be for a decent pint, and the vinyl-only music policy offers something a little different to your typical playlist. There's a lovely array of pub grub spanning everything from vegan-friendly bites to chorizo burgers, and a stunning and spacious beer garden which keeps the sun for most of the day.

Sail Loft

45 user reviews 4

Sitting pretty alongside the Thames is Greenwich good'un, The Sail Loft. A South London pub brimming with affordable gastro inspired plates, a regular roster of draught beers and stunning riverside sites to boot, The Sail Loft is a must for those simply after a chilled afternoon just shy of the heart of the city. 

The Bull

600 user reviews 4

You don't need to go out of your way to find a great pub in South London, not with The Bull on the horizon. Head on down to their Streatham plot for beers in the garden, burger bites and gin aplenty. 

Spread Eagle

12 user reviews 5

Get down to Croydon for a true pie and ale experience. Not only are their taps filled with delicious beer, their kitchen supplies some of the finest homemade pies you can get – as well as loads of other dishes, should you not be a fan of pies. The Grade II listed building also plays host to a playhouse that showcases the best in theatre, comedy and film.

The Green Man

83 user reviews 4

Despite having been a favourite for London's Highwaymen in centuries gone by, the Green Man in Putney Heath is now a warm, welcoming venue in South London. The pub serves a range of hearty gastro pub food, including grilled British steaks, catch of the day specials and homely roast dinners come Sunday. The bar is stocked full with everything you'd expect to find in a traditional British pub; some of the city's most famous breweries have their finest craft beers and flavoursome real ales on show.

The Selkirk

26 user reviews 4

A gem on the South London pub scene, The Selkirk is a destination in Tooting with tradition and classic dining to its name. Head on down for London pints, British gastro dining, stunning private rooms and plenty more. 

Old Ship Richmond

167 user reviews 5

Richmond is fast becoming London's beer garden capital; bolstering this reputation further is the work of the Old Ship. Beautifully decorated as a classic British pub, their deep mahogany furnishings and quaint antiques spread across the venue adds a distinct rustic feel to things here. Despite a bar stock full of all your favourite drinks, and menu bursting with flavour and flair, the real gem is the beer garden. It boasts a number of flat screen TVs, serene furniture and a terrace that offers stunning views of the entire town of Richmond. 

The White Horse

1 user review 4

Located right on Peckham Rye Common, this south London watering hole is a top choice all through the week. Bringing you a top-notch selection of dishes and real ales, there's even events through the week; from live jazz to DJs and a pub quiz.

The Woodman

39 user reviews 4

A quint country-style pub in the heart of Battersea, the Woodman has made a name for itself in South London for its hearty British foods, real ale and cosy setting. Whether you're craving a pint and plate of fish and chips or a full-blown Sunday roast, this is a cute hideaway that's sure to cater. 

Market House

162 user reviews 4

Brixton epitomises South London's mix of influences in its abundance of cool kids mixed in with Afro-Caribbean communities, and basically everything inbetween. It comes as no surprise then that this Brixton pub leaves a lasting impression of eclectic vibrancy in its musical offerings and clientele. 

The Gorringe Park

74 user reviews 4

One the best pubs in South London, Gorringe Park Pub not only fronts a delicious menu of food, you'll also find craft beers, two themed rooms compromising of a library with 100s of books and a dining space reminiscent of Hogwarts Potions Room, and a dedicated cinema room. If that doesn't suit, head outside to their boutique-styled beer garden; this South London pub has it all. 

The Crown Tavern

383 user reviews 4

Found in the heart of Lee, The Crown Tavern is well worth the long-ish journey. This is a friendly and welcoming place where you'll feel right at home before you've even had the chance to properly explore the beautiful outdoor terrace. A selection of cask ales, world-class wines and refreshing long drinks offers something for all tastes, and there's a pub grub menu featuring all kinds of crowd-pleasing and inventive modern plates.

The Brewers Inn

171 user reviews 4

A Wandsworth favourite and one of the best pubs in South London, Brewer's Inn is primed for those that want to keep their pubs traditional with a contemporary edge. Head on down for impeccable service alongside some of the best beers in the business. 

Half Moon

326 user reviews 4

Since undergoing a huge refurbishment job after a flood of biblical proportions ripped through it in 2013, this South London pub near Brixton has remade itself into one of the loveliest pubs in the area. With a old fashioned main bar and modern dining area, as well as two garden spaces in the front and back, it's got a little something for everyone. 

The Crooked Billet

497 user reviews 4

One of Wimbledon's finest institutions, the Crooked Billet has fed and watered South London's hungry people since 1881. Nestled on the corner of Wimbledon Common, it offers guests a cosy spot to curl up by the fire or soak up as much sunshine as possible. Crucially, there selection of locally brewed, carefully crafted beers and ales, and food menu composed of fresh fish and succulent meat dishes continues to draw in foodies from all over South London. 

The Cutty Sark

931 user reviews 4

Looking for a pub with great views in south east London? It's lucky you found us. The Cutty Sark is a mighty impressive boozer, steeped in history and offering a stunning landscape that features the waterfront and the Canary Wharf skyline to boot. Perfect for a couple of chilled drinks after work right the way up to a fully-fledged party in their private dining room, it's time to check out this versatile and friendly local for yourself.

The Old Brewery

570 user reviews 4

In need of a pub with a bit of history and culture? Allow us to introduce The Old Brewery - the quirky Young's boozer located just yards from the legendary Cutty Sark. Housed within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, it's a trusty place where fresh and seasonal British comfort food is expertly matched with a wide choice of locally-brewed craft beers and distilled spirits. Soak in the atmosphere of their impressive dining room or head for the great outdoors; they've also got an expansive outdoor terrace!

The Duke's Head Putney

536 user reviews 4

Situated on the banks of the Thames, right beside the starting point of London's famous boat race, there's a gem of a gastropub well worth seeking out. The Duke's Head is based in a Grade II listed Victorian building, with a rich history and stories to tell dating back over 150 years. This versatile boozer puts on an impressive rota of events in the week - we're talking speed-dating, live music and comedy nights - and it's a good place to chill with evening drinks and a hearty roast dinner on Sundays.

The Riverside

581 user reviews 4

The Riverside is an oasis of calm on the edges of the Thames, hidden away as part of the St. George Wharf complex in Vauxhall. The outside terrace is an absolute winner, with room for up to 200 to soak in the views and enjoy a few drinks all year round. The bar comes stocked with continental lagers, Young's award-winning cask ales, an extensive wine choice and luscious cocktails, and there's lots of interesting and tasty food choices if you fancy sticking around to eat out.

Catford Bridge Tavern

19 user reviews 4

One of the best pubs in South London, this cosy spot on Catford Bridge offers a little something for everyon. From weekly pub quiz nights, open mic events, a working fireplace and some delicious British-Caribbean eats, there's a reason the locals love it so much.

The Black Dog

393 user reviews 4

The Black Dog is a charming, cosy pub in the heart of Vauxhall. Based in the former residence of a glass factory, the venue is now a family-friendly pub that boasts a stunning selections of craft beers, real ales and fine wines. Head down on the weekend and enjoy a belly-filling Sunday roast created by the expert chefs in the kitchen, served with honey-glazed vegetables and thick gravy.

King's Head Roehampton

213 user reviews 4

Tucked between the beautiful green spaces of Richmond Park and Putney Heath, The King's Head in Roehampton is an historic pub that dates back to the 17th century. Steeped in history but also offering a contemporary, modern feel, this is a social hub with plenty of cosy vibes come the winter and a spacious garden for a few chilled drinks in the summer. Food is focused on great pub classics with a modern edge and the drinks menu features excellent Young's ales and a superb wine list; go check it out!

The Ladywell Tavern

2 user reviews 3

The Ladywell Tavern is a cosy boozer with a creative streak. With an impressive list of craft beers on tap, a warming log-fire and stacks of board games, this is the perfect place to while away a wintery day. In the summer months head out to the fully heated and covered beer garden for live music and events.

The White Cross

253 user reviews 4

The White Cross is an historic and legendary pub right on the edge of the Thames. A popular Richmond watering hole since way back in 1869, take in these calming views of the water while you nurse one of their great ales or sit down to some food from their seasonal, regularly rotating menu. Food is served from 10am and throughout the day, all the rugby is shown on the big screen and dogs are more than welcome, so it's a great spot to drop by on your way home from a walk.

The Four Thieves

46 user reviews 4

Hosting great comedy nights, acrobatic performances, live music and DJs, The Four Thieves is a wonderfully weird place for a jolly night out. Eccentrically kitted out in taxidermy, masonic symbols and Victorian dance-hall features, there's a bit of everything chucked in for good measure. This place is big on gin and brews its own from lavender it grows on its roof, and serves lovely, hearty food. What can't it do? 

The Mayflower

1 user review 3

The Mayflower is cosy English pub inspired by the 17th-century ship that took English pilgrims to the New World. Based in Rotherhithe in South East London, the pub is based next to the famous ship's original mooring point and offers Londoners a warming, traditional pub experience. Serving a variety of craft beers, real ales and a selection of delicious gastropub classic dishes, this pub is perfect for those lazy Sundays with the family. 

Richard The First

341 user reviews 4

With a laid-back atmosphere and beautiful furnishings, the Richard I 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 an amazing range of craft beers and real ales, while the venue's chefs have worked tirelessly to offer a hearty menu of traditional gastro pub treats. Think delicious burgers, seasoned steaks and warming roast dinners.