Best pubs in London
From gastropubs to capital boozers, Time Out recommends great pubs in west 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 west London check out our critics' picks.
Pubs in west London
Check out some of the great pubs in Hammersmith There are some brilliant pubs in Hammersmith, whether you want to sit by the river or stay away from the water. Step back in time with Dove, or just avoid the bustle of London in the Old Ship. You might even catch the match of the day at Stonemasons Arms. Wherever you end up, though, time can easily slip away without your noticing.Think we've missed a great drinking spot in Hammersmith? Let us know in the comment box below. Old Ship It’s a long walk from Hammersmith Bridge along a lazy bend in the Thames, a world away from belching buses and snarled-up traffic, but you’ll be pleased you’ve made the trek. Carpenter's Arms But for the tables outside, you might think that this was a shop. But a pub it is, and a popular one at that: head here on a Friday evening, and you’ll probably find many ‘reserved’ signs. Dove Several pubs stand amid the rowing clubs, dog-walkers and strategically placed park benches on the Upper Mall embankment upriver from Hammersmith Bridge; this one is perhaps the best. Stonemasons Arms This light, airy, two-floor gastropub – and, on Sundays, neighbourhood film club – is a Fuller’s establishment par excellence. Thatched House This cosy corner pub was Young’s first ever, opened in 1832. Now, under revamped Young’s management and with a new chef and fresh look, it exudes culinary confidence and a homely, rustic feel. Swan Nicholson’s pubs, like Wetherspoon’s, are also a place to
Find the best places to drink in Notting Hill Hillgate Previously renowned as a genuine local that belied its salubrious surroundings, this corner pub is under new ownership. Ladbroke Arms The prominent, self-standing pub sign on the front terrace proudly declares ‘Free House’, and sure enough, the Ladbroke Arms is a law unto itself. Castle Whatever the price and quality of the gastropub fare (pork belly and mash for a tenner, roasted root risotto at £7.50), this is a proper Portobello local. Return to Notting Hill area guide With some of the poshest and poorest communities in London, Notting Hill is a melting pot, and this diversity gives it an atmosphere all of its own. Venues as diverse as Notting Hill Arts Club, with its international music acts, and laid-back pub Castle sit within a mile of each other. Read our guide to the best bars and pubs in Notting Hill to find the perfect place for a night out. Think we've missed a great drinking spot in Notting Hill? Let us know in the comment box below. Portobello Star Gentrification has sunk its claws into this once-scruffy boozer, for years one of the holdouts along the Portobello Road. Trailer Happiness Trailer Happiness is not a cocktail bar as such – with its deliberately tacky decor (Tretchikoff paintings galore) and DJ hatch, it’s far too informal for that. First Floor A certain kind of west London bohemian generally lands here, the moneyed professional rather than the cadging layabout
Discover our favourite bars and pubs in Mayfair, one of London's most exclusive areas Mayfair has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and privileged, but that doesn't mean the bars are stuffy. Places like Trader Vic's and the infamous Mahiki are fun and kitschy. Those wishing to enjoy more elegant surroundings might try the sophisticated and inviting Coburg Bar or Library, with its gorgeously appointed interior. Think we've missed a great drinking spot in Mayfair? Let us know in the comment box below. Guide to Mayfair Discover the best of Mayfair with our complete guide to this posh nook of London. See the Mayfair guide Mayfair Bars Coburg Bar The Connaught has always had the most country house-like feeling of London’s great hotels, and the effect reaches perfection in the effortlessly beautiful Coburg. The Connaught Bar Among the villas and mansions in the heart of Mayfair is one of the city’s best hotels – The Connaught is luxury on a different level and its two bars are both unsurprisingly stunning. Library Across the road from Hyde Park and carefully muffled against the noise of Hyde Park Corner sits the Lanesborough, a former hospital that now offers a rather more luxurious kind of sleepover. Claridge's Bar Claridge’s remains one of London’s best hotels. The downside: everyone knows it, and its beautiful bar (designed by David Collins) can be a little oversubscribed. Donovan Bar Any bar that features something called a Sticky & Sweet-ini needs to be approached wit
Soho has some of the best pubs in the capital. Find the best watering holes from an ever-growing list Soho's wide array of pubs make the area a popular desination for those looking for a drinking in central London. Time Out presents a guide of Soho pubs for those looking for a pint. Think we've missed a great Soho pub? Let us know in the comments below French House An evergreen haunt of Soho barflies, the French House should have ‘La Marseillaise’ playing as you walk in. Beer (house lager) is sold in halves; eau de vie comes in strawberry, pear and plum varieties; the champers is Canard Duchêne and Pol Roger; and there’s Breton cider and Ricard behind the bar. The 30-strong (16 by the glass) wine list is dominated by vins français, Pouilly-Fuissé Monternot 2007, Brouilly 2009 and more affordable St Julien d’Aille de Provence included. This is no recent Gallic gimmick: frequented by Soho’s criminal and cultural underworld after the war, this was also where Charles de Gaulle ran his London base in the Vichy era, hence the photo; more recent guests (Suggs, Francis Bacon) receive more wall space. Argyll Arms Robert Sawyer created this ornate Victorian pub in the dying days of the 19th century, and he’d still be proud of his Grade II-listed, Nicholson’s-run monument to mahogany and etched glass by one of the West End’s busiest pedestrian intersections. Within, the unhurried sipping and supping of quality ales might recall a quiet rural pub but for the rapid turnover of the inter