10 Timeout Best Pubs in London


Experience lively vibes at this family-run pub in Nunhead. Known for karaoke, folk nights, and delectable Thai cuisine, it's a rare independent gem where diverse patrons enjoy a perfect Guinness.

The Southampton Arms

Dimly lit trad spot ideal for pre/post-Hampstead Heath walks. A nostalgic 1930s ambiance, where unexpected piano serenades may lead to emotional moments over obscure IPAs and pork baps.

The Coach & Horses

Theatre luminaries and journalist Jeffrey Bernard once frequented iconic Soho pub. Scribbled tributes adorn the walls, while trendy ales and metal-worthy merch keep it modern and packed.

The Duke

Step into a Patrick Hamilton novel at The Duke, an art deco haven with mahogany booths. Experience the 1930s vibe and immerse yourself in a timewarp with a drink.

The Chesham Arms

Discover a neighborhood pub with a stellar crisp selection, including Scampi and Bacon Fries. For the hungry, indulge in a Yard Sale pizza—a delight for Hackney hipsters.

The Tavern on the Hill

Formerly authoritarian, now chilled-out Walthamstow pub under new management by Wild Card Brewery. It is a perfect neighborhood spot with Sunday roasts, a piano, and friendly staff.

The Blythe Hill Tavern

It is a vibe-filled pub with three wood-paneled rooms, Guinness, Irish whiskies, and traditional music. Brilliant, tie-wearing bar staff ensure an action-packed craic experience.

The Cow

Notting Hill's best for seafood and pints. Saloon bar-style seating, a chalked menu, and a laid-back atmosphere make it unpretentious and a massive laugh.

The Salisbury Hotel

Step into a grand Victorian gin palace with a hidden ballroom hosting swing-dance nights and comedy shows. Despite its size, it radiates cozy energy, featuring taxidermy and private booths.

The Ivy House

It is a perfect date spot with comfortable furnishings, private booths, and a Moth Club-esque stage. Co-operatively owned, it offers a stellar beer selection, attracting real-ale enthusiasts and craft beer fanatics.