Traditional Pubs in London

If you want the best in real ales and delicious pub food then these historic pubs in London are exactly what you're looking for. Restored Victorian pubs, the oldest pubs in the city and the most haunted, these traditional pubs are a bit of history you can enjoy. These boozers are renowned for their authentic British food and warm and friendly environments. Whether you want a cosy pub for an evening meal or a place for some after work drinks these proper English pubs are the perfect place. 

Last updated on 29th December 2022

The Commercial

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Sometimes you just can't beat a traditional boozer, luckily the city is full of 'em. Although The Commercial is pretty superior with its gorgeous new meets old interior, and a crackin' cocktail and food menu to match. This haunt is also dog-friendly too, so win-win.

When a pub has stood on the same site since 1547, you know you can't get much more traditional than that. Head to The Wrestlers just off Highgate High Street, where you'll find the original fireplace, wood-panelled walls and stained glass windows throughout.

The Selkirk

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Traditional pubs in London need to reflect classic awnings and values; and no other pub in Tooting does that quite like The Selkirk. Not only a haven for gastro bites and British pints, head on down for private dining rooms and classic interiors aplenty. 

Fox & Anchor

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Dating back to the late Victorian era, the Fox & Anchor impresses straight away thanks to its grand mahogany doors, etched glass and heavy brass interiors. The faded vintage glamour extends to the six stunning boutique hotel rooms built into the venue, providing a stylish place to get some rest after an evening swigging the various cask ales, craft spirits and beers on show behind the bar.

A traditional boozer with contemporary stylings, The Bolter is an ideal spot for after-work drinks and catch-ups with pals. Head on over to the Central London hangout to relax with a fresh pint of the good stuff in cosy surrounds.

The Blackfriar

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Head to Blackfriars where this traditional London boozer offers the perfect spot for a post-work pint. Offering an impressive selection of craft beers and cask ales, they're a great way to wash down one of their delicious burgers or seasonal specials.

The Vic benefits from a long-standing tradition of memorable gig nights. Welcoming music fans from around London and beyond for many a year, the pub continues to build on its reputation for cranking up the volume. There's more to this friendly local than just music though, and guests quickly find themselves at home with classic cocktails, locally brewed beers and rotating food menus on offer in the main room.

Old Tom's Bar

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This cosy den for drinks, cheese and charcuterie can be found in the heart of the city's Leadenhall Market. Still a hidden gem unknown to the masses, Old Tom's comes fitted out with 19th century wall tiles and a hefty dose of attentive charm. Come by after work one day for a sharing board and something from their extensive drinks range focused on craft beer, gin and whisky.


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The Banker is a proper London pub with great views of the Thames. Serving traditional British pub food and Cask Marque approved beer that has been featured in the Good Beer guide, it is perfect for after work drinks or a lunch break. The daily changing menu is made up of classics and sharing platters.

Iron Duke

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The Iron Duke, a small pub hidden away in the heart of London's West End, is a classic worth visiting. A warm and friendly atmosphere welcomes you from the second you walk in. The menu of old fashioned pub food and a number of real ales makes it a lovely place for a family lunch away from the crowds of the busy city.

Holly Bush

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Boasting a gloriously traditional decor, with leather banquettes, dark wood furnishings and open fires, Holly Bush is a fabulous Hampstead pub. Pop along to tip back a range of lip-smacking sips alongside beautifully elevated British fare.

The Black Dog

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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. If that wasn't enticing enough, guests can also tuck into the hearty food menu, composed of classic British gastro-pub recipes; think hearty burgers, succulent steaks and fresh catch-of-the-day treats.

The Hat and Tun

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Cosy, atmospheric and welcoming, The Hat & Tun offers everything you could want from a traditional British pub in London and more. It's a cracking spot in the City that comes kitted out with inviting armchairs and quirky taxidermy galore, with a plush private dining area upstairs custom-made for functions of any nature. The venue serves a hearty array of pub food and an equally convincing range of ales, bottled beers and sumptuous wines.

The Guinea

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Don't just settle for any traditional pub in London when The Guinea exists. Taking gastropub to the next level, they'll deliver a menu of delicious Scotch beef and award-winning pies with the elegance of silver service – all washed down by the best beer and wine they can get their hands on.

The Windmill Clapham

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The Windmill is a hotel pub in Clapham that has tradition running through its very core. Decorated in dark mahogany colours, it is full of detailed wall hanging and is framed by a number of old antiques. Bringing the pub to life in the summer months, the idyllic beer garden amplifies the green, outdoor aura that washes through the entire venue, owing to its proximity to Clapham Common. Serene and tranquil, it's ideal for those lazy weekends and will certainly leave guests with a beaming smile.

The Charles Holden

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Love a traditional pub in London? Boasting delicious food, fab pints of beer and a TV screens galore, The Charles Holden is the perfect watering hole to head to. Enjoy everything from baked camembert to calamari and burgers.

Nothing says traditional pub in London quite like The Brownswood, which is a Finsbury Park boozer found within a beautiful Victorian building from the 1800s. The interiors feature two real fireplaces, exposed brick walls and huge curved windows, while the beer garden is just as stunning.

The Cutty Sark

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The views on offer from the Cutty Sark pub are the type to make you appreciate just how great this city is. Located on the banks of the Thames at the hub of leafy Greenwich, this historic boozer can offer cosy vibes alongside sweeping views of the water and Canary Wharf skyline. Find yourself a corner, get nice and snug and while away the hours with hearty comfort food and a great range of cask-conditioned beers on tap.

The Mayflower

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Inspired by the ship that first carried English pilgrims to the New World, the Mayflower is an authentic English pub in South London's Rotherhithe. The pub actually sits next to the famous ship's original mooring point and offers Londoners a warming, traditional pub experience. Drenched in dark mahogany tones and nautical antiques, the real gem here has to be the diverse food and drink menu. Enjoy a pint of real ale and all your favourite gastro-pub dishes at this charming venue in South London. 

This classic old boozer is one to pop on your traditional pubs bucketlist, as it's fronting giant bay windows, a real log fire, wood panelling and a lineup of British classics to munch. Think fish 'n' chips or juicy burgers, all washed down by real ales and whisky.

The Hope, Smithfield

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For a traditional pub with a twist, look no further than The Hope. Downstairs, you'll find local craft ales and a menu of steaming pies for all under a tenner. While upstairs, you'll be able to sip through a menu of gin and cocktails in the 'Juniper Room'.

Doggett's Coat & Badge

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Sat right on the banks of the River Thames, Doggett's Coat & Badge is a traditional London pub serving a selection of real ales and quality pub food. Escape the bustling city with steaming hot plates of British cuisine, perfectly paired with tasty drinks. 

Royal Albert

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Popular boozer, Royal Albert, is a top-notch choice for those after traditional interiors and crackin' pub grub. Venture inside this New Cross gem, where you'll be able to catch all the sporting action, enjoy a pint in the cosy space or take part in the weekly pub quiz.