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 17th September 2020




Richard The First

408 user reviews 4

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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. 

The Black Dog

433 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.

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 Horse

33 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.

Ninth Life

84 user reviews 5

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 White Cross

288 user reviews 4

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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 Depot

106 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

345 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 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. 

Catford Bridge Tavern

39 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.

Old Ship Richmond

191 user reviews 5

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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 Alexandra

942 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. 

The Candlemaker

39 user reviews 4

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 Rose and Crown

321 user reviews 4

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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. 

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 Cutty Sark

1190 user reviews 4

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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.

Sun of Camberwell

302 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 Dog and Fox

862 user reviews 4

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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 Alma Wandsworth

499 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.

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.

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 East Hill

229 user reviews 4

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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 Gorringe Park

78 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. 

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 Prince Albert

392 user reviews 4

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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.

Balham Bowls Club

140 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 Crooked Billet

612 user reviews 4

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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 Green Man

209 user reviews 4

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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 Old Brewery

687 user reviews 4

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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!