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. 

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Last updated on 31st January 2024

Royal Albert

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.

The Speaker, London

The Speaker is the best of both worlds; not only does it offer a traditional, charming vibe, but it's also hella pretty too, with glistening chandeliers and panelled walls. Make your way over to this bustling Victoria spot for tasty tipples and great conversation.

The Mayflower

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. 

Old Tom's Bar

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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If you're a fan of the traditional boozer and are wondering where you can find one in London, pay a visit to the Forester in Ealing. The warm and charming Grade-II listed pub offers a friendly atmosphere and a well-stocked bar. There's a delicious carvery on the weekend and tasty Thai food being served throughout the week too.

The Cutty Sark

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 Windmill Clapham

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 Victoria

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.

Rose & Crown

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 Hat and Tun

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.


Looking for a proper British pub? We know just the place. Found in Clapham, Falcon is a popular spot for relaxed drinks in a cosy atmosphere. And if you get peckish, check out the menu to find a selection of home comforts, including steaks, toad in the hole and cottage pie.