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 19th April 2022




Clapham old town's traditional boozer The Old Tavern fronts 20 craft beer taps and authentic Mexican food whipped up fresh each day. From a rounded wine list to a bar stocked with spirits, this watering hole has all bases covered for your night out.

The Candlemaker

122 user reviews 5

The Candlemaker is a great little find; a quirky, characterful pub with great food, great vibes and an emphasis on community. Enticing customers in with its glorious psychedelic décor, this awesome place is inspired by a nearby candle factory! Serving a selection of worldly food, the menu skips from America to France to Asia with serious panache! Try Beer Butter Shrimps (£5.50), Tricolor Salad (£4.50/£7) or Coconut and Ground Fish Curry (£8.50)

The Honor Oak

147 user reviews 4

Head down to The Honor Oak next time you are in South London and you'll find you next drinking den. A community-minded venue, they serve up a wonderful array of craft beers from local breweries, cask ales and fine wines. For food, they also offer a seasonal menu of British food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so no matter what time you walk in the doors, you are welcome.

The Earlsfield

310 user reviews 4

Settle down in the cosy surrounds and swanky Chesterfield-style booths at The Earlsfield, a decadent British boozer on Garratt Lane. Serving up sumptuous small plates and indulgent surf n' turf with ox cheek and octopus, this place kicks pub grub up a notch.

Trinity Arms

556 user reviews 4

Brixton is an unstoppable force of fun come the weekend, but what about those moments where you need to take it down a notch? Join the Trinity Arms for just that as you enjoy casual afternoons of pub grub, fine ales and some of the best pints.

The Depot

282 user reviews 4

This gorgeous hideaway in Blackheath not only boasts chic, modern interiors but also serves up equally as impressive dishes fresh from the kitchen. From brilliant breakfasts to succulent Sunday roasts, this pub's seasonal dishes really are some of the finest pub grub you'll find in the south.

The Regent

592 user reviews 4

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The Regent takes pride in South London's mixed bag of history. Balham in particular has faced both periods of idyllic calm and trials of strength, and so this joyous British pub revels in the fact that the thing us Londoners have always had in common is that sometimes 'you just need get together, lock the doors, grab a drink and allow revelry to prevail'.

The Crown Tavern

949 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.

Richard The First

706 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. 

King's Head Roehampton

512 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 Bedford

169 user reviews 4

There's nothing a South Londoner loves quite like a humble pub, and The Bedford is no exception. This Balham favourite has created quite the name for itself; not only is it a cosy boozer primed for casual pints, but it also boasts a quality selection of tasty dishes and hosts live music, comedy, and so much more.

The Charles Holden

15 user reviews 4

One of the best pubs in South London, The Charles Holden is an excellent place for delicious eats and food. Chow down on calamari, baked camembert and charcuterie spreads while washing it down with refreshing pints.

The Prince Albert

663 user reviews 4

Prince Albert is Battersea Park's charming neighbourhood local.  Pop over to check out the vast choice of guest ales (often locally brewed) and a bite to eat; there's a medley of filling British classics for you to consider. There's a spacious outdoor area for when you want to go to alfresco, a stunning private hire room and dogs are very welcome too.

The Commercial

0 user reviews 4

On the lookout for a new South London boozer, or in the local area? Then be sure to check out The Commerical, a dog-friendly spot with a cosy interior and a crackin' Sunday lunch menu that's bound to impress.

The White Horse

111 user reviews 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.

Hawkes

91 user reviews 4

Head down to the Bermondsey Beer Mile where you'll find London's first ever Cidery. Hawkes is a brewery and taproom bringing you a fantastic lineup of apple-based booze, from pints of their own, homemade stuff, to an excellent line up of guest ciders, and few tasty pizzas to boot.

One of the best hidden gems in London, The Althorp is not a name to be missed for those looking to hunt down a place for a pint in Wandsworth. Join them not only for humble interiors, that classic pub glow, gastro classics and afternoons spent lapping up beer on their terrace.

Balham Bowls Club

401 user reviews 4

This South London pub is a favourite hangout for after-work socialising and weekend lounging as it looks like a retro living room fresh out of the 80s. With a big love for character, Balham Bowls Club is full of vintage furnishings and contemporary finishes as well as top notch food and drink.

The Half Moon

690 user reviews 4

Prime pub pickings in the Putney area, The Half Moon is an ample dose of both live music and boozing combined. Not only host to a regular roster of live gigs in their own music space, The Half Moon also come up trumps in the British drinking and dining department.

Spread Eagle

13 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 Mayflower

6 user reviews 4

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. 

The Alma Wandsworth

769 user reviews 4

Nestled in the heart of Wandsworth, the Alma is a hotel pub that's established a reputation for plating up South London's foodies a stunning culinary experience. The pubs sleek, opulent hotel appearance clashes wonderfully with the traditional vibe given off by the dark brown, mahogany bar. Crucially, their chefs have been busy cooking up a storm and adding a few slight tweaks to an otherwise classic selection of pub food; from their American burgers with peanut butter to their ale-battered cod, expect to be amazed by their delicious, quirky creations.

Ninth Life

260 user reviews 4

Fronting street food, a sprawling courtyard and some very unique immersive entertainment, Ninth Life is swiftly becoming a Catford mainstay with its multi-level mix of curious spaces, and a 3am license come the weekend.

The Old Brewery

1263 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 Crooked Billet

1061 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 White Cross

592 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 Dog and Fox

1351 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 East Hill

433 user reviews 5

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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. Amplifying the homely atmosphere, the team of chefs have created a menu of hearty British recipes, composed using only the finest ingredients available. Think seasoned steaks, fresh fish & chips and piping hot pipes that explode with flavour as soon as they touch the tongue.

The Duke's Head Putney

922 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 Rose and Crown

867 user reviews 4

Dating back to the early 1600s, The Rose and Crown is the oldest member of the Young's family of pubs. Doubling up as a cosy hotel, the bar is stocked full of real ales and craft beers, the kitchen uses the finest British ingredients to offer a range of seasonal gastro pub dishes. Dog friendly and perfect for those lazy weekends with the family, this South London pub is sure to please. 

Old Ship Richmond

349 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. 

Sail Loft

47 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 Cutty Sark

1953 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.

A South London beauty, The Roundhouse in Wandsworth is a quintessential pubbers delight where you can dine on home made gastro style nosh made of only seasonally and locally sourced, where possible, ingredients. Dressed in Victorian heritage, The Roundhouse is made up of old style wooden furnishings and a charming atmosphere perfect for slumming it with mates weekdays or weekends. 

St John’s Tavern

9 user reviews 4

If you're looking for a South London boozer with oodles of character and craft pints to boot, St John's Tavern has you covered. Fronting bottomless pizza every Monday and £1 wings on Wednesdays, you know you'll leave fed and watered without breaking the bank.

Sun of Camberwell

542 user reviews 4

When it comes to boozin' in South London, no trip would be complete without a visit to the ever charming Sun of Camberwell. A stunning spot for laid back bevvies, Sunday roasts and quiz nights, this jack of all trades pub promises a fun and casual night all round. 

Grove House Tavern

39 user reviews 5

Grove House Tavern is one of the best pubs in South London, offering a quirky hub for drinking and dining in Peckham. Whether you're stopping by for lunch, dinner or after work drinks, this place has unique interiors and a pretty beer garden for all of your needs. 

The Crooked Well

299 user reviews 4

One of our favourite pubs in Camberwell, The Crooked Well combines incredible cuisine with welcoming service and gorgeous, traditional interiors. Swing by for a hearty roast or simply head to the terrace for some vitamin D with a pint to hand.

The Selkirk

544 user reviews 5

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. 

The Mere Scribbler

330 user reviews 4

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The Mere Scribbler in South London has quickly established itself as a bit hitter in Streatham with its great drinks and food offering. Targeting that 'local boozer' vibe, the team behind the venue have gone beyond the mark in collecting a range of international wines, craft beers and local ales behind the bar. With bartenders on hand to mix together a classic cocktail and a menu of burgers, bar snacks and sharing platters, this pub is one of those rare spots that has it all. 

Catford Bridge Tavern

132 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.