Top 10 Pubs in London

The traditional British pub a hallmark of London life, bringing people of all backgrounds together under one roof. Over time, as London has changed so have some of its best pubs, and whilst many have swapped the fruity for froie gras on toast there's no comfort quite like a pint in your favourite boozer. Whatever your mood, you'll love working your way through this recommended list of the top 10 pubs in London. We promise.

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Last updated on 1st March 2024

The Churchill Arms

When it comes down to the top pubs in London, Notting Hill gem, The Churchill Arms is a firm choice. Not only is this boozer touting col exteriors (think flags and flowers, and an epic display of Christmas trees come winter), but the inside is also just as good, giving you a true experience of a classic pub. Be sure to check out the cool memorabilia, all while tucking into Thai food.

Lamb and Flag

Tucked away in Covent Garden, The Lamb and Flag has earned its place at the top thanks to a seriously long history. Tucked away down an unassuming alley, the story of this pub is rumoured to date back to 1638, and the 18th-century frame of an old house. With stories of bare knuckle fighting, it's almost known as 'The Bucket Of Blood'. Food-wise? Expect serious pub classics, like toad in the hole and roasts beloved by all city folk.

The George - Great Portland St

Fitzrovia has plenty going on when it comes to day to day dining and places to drink, but the way it really secures its status? With a pub the likes of The George. On Great Portland Street, this pub is a truly unique take on the British pub, with traditional interiors matching new styles and fabrics. The best part? Dining like no other, from dressed crab to Scottish langoustine, seafood lovers can find safe haven here.

The Black Lion

Dating back to 1898 plus boasting a beaut Grade II-listed bar and dining room, The Black Lion is one of the city's most iconic pubs. On top of its stunning features? It also has a lip-smacking menu inspired by North India that goes all too well with the thirst-quenching tipples on offer.

Trafalgar Tavern

Pubs are history, and this traditional Greenwich pub is a true embodiment of time on its side. A remodelling of a tavern that once stood in its place. The Trafalgar Tavern has been opened since 1837, famed for its views of the water, beer garden and British dishes, that will have you chowing down on bangers and mash in no time at all. It's also a top spot for weddings, and yes, you have seen it on Top Chef. 

The Hero of Maida

No top 10 London pub is complete without an excellent dining menu on side. Leaning into food, The Hero of Maida is a two-floor celebration of British cuisine, complete with private banquet rooms, and a Sunday roast that people go out of their way to book for. And yep, it's another great place to put your head down, complete with hotel rooms too.