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 8th October 2020




Richard The First

440 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. 

Old Ship Richmond

210 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. 

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 Cutty Sark

1273 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 Honor Oak

49 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 Trafalgar Arms

421 user reviews 4

Nestled 5 minutes away from Tooting Broadway is The Trafalgar, a wonderfully inviting home-from-home with grand proportions but welcoming vibes. The kitchen team use the finest local ingredients to prepare fresh and artisanal plates, perfectly complemented by a bar staff who work with delicious wines, exquisite cocktails and the best beers around. The venue is a private party specialist, and The Hut is an alfresco space in the front garden that's perfect for the summertime.

Balham Bowls Club

171 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 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. 

The White Horse

39 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.

The Candlemaker

55 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 Green Man

361 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 Woodman

76 user reviews 5

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. 

The Duke's Head Putney

660 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 Alma Wandsworth

520 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.

King's Head Roehampton

285 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 Alexandra

1141 user reviews 5

One of the most noted suburbs in London, Wimbledon is also known for their top selection of pubs. If you're looking for a South London pub with affordable grub, drinks deals, a rooftop garden and sports screenings, we reckon The Alexandra could be the place for you. 

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. 

Sun of Camberwell

326 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. 

The Gorringe Park

85 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 Rose and Crown

392 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. 

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 Bull

860 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. 

Catford Bridge Tavern

53 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 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 Selkirk

165 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. 

Market House

180 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. 

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.

The Dog and Fox

914 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.