Best pubs in south London

From gastropubs to capital boozers, Time Out recommends great pubs in south London

Fancy a pint? Glass of wine? Gin and tonic? Of course you do, and living in London you're not short of places to find them. If you're looking for a great pub in south London check out our critics' picks.

Looking for pubs elsewhere? Here are our guides to the best pubs in central, north, east and west London.

Pubs in south London

Antelope

No obvious connection with the Serengeti in Tooting Bec, but the Antelope offers an ambience that says: Come traveller, rest here a while, eat and drink. And when a pub’s this good, you’d be a fool not to.

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Tooting

The Bedford

This Balham institution regularly hosts up-and-coming live music and comedians. Away from the activities (which include dance evenings and cabaret shows), it keeps things simple with pub grub, a handful of real ales and a proper wood-burning fire.

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Balham

Crown & Anchor

The Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington is a stop-off on every beer buff's ultimate pub crawl, and so news that its owners had taken over this public house south of the river was greeted with glee.

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London

Old Brewery

A biggish chunk of the Old Royal Naval College is now owned and run by Greenwich’s pioneering Meantime Brewery. Inside its vast hall (where food is served) you’ll find eight copper brewing vats in action. A long and enticing bar serves up the resulting beverages. The wine’s not bad either.

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Priory Arms

Critics' choice

Quality beers and ales make this Stockwell boozer a firm favourite among hopheads: check out the display of old beermats as evidence of its dedication. Beers from Dark Star, Redemption and Twickenham feature beside many Contintental beauties.

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London

Richard I

Known locally as the Tolly (after the Tollemache and Cobbold brewery, which ran it before Young’s), this almost-perfect pub in one of Greenwich’s most attractive Georgian streets was nearly undone by a corporate makeover. It survived, along with the best bowwindow seat in London which, the last time we paced it out, is only three steps from the bar.

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London

Royal Oak

Traditionally you have to die to go to heaven, but there’s a shortcut in the Borough of Southwark. It’s a simple set-up: two rooms, one more beery, the other more foody, and a bar serving ales from Harvey’s of Lewes. No muzak, no quiz machines, just the unmistakable buzz of good times being had.

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Southwark

Comments

6 comments
Nesersert
Nesersert

The Honor Oak in SE23 should definitely have a mention - great beers, the food is amazing - first class restaurant fayre, and a really nice vibe with good people. I feel really comforrtable there - I've taken clients and friends and it's always a hit.

CathyG
CathyG

The Florence by Herne Hill Station should have also been included....cracking place, very good quality food with some fab ales!

Inma
Inma

Delicious food rather.

Inma
Inma

You've left out my local, the Catford Bridge Tavern, Camra's South East London pub of the year. Great beers, delicious found and a wonderful atmosphere. The perfect pub.

Richard H
Richard H

@lawrence donaldson I bet you're often confused.