Best pubs in west 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.

Looking for pubs elsewhere? Don't miss our guides to the best pubs in central, north, east and south London. 

Pubs in west London

City Barge

Riverside pubs are among London’s finest features, from the windswept old pirates’ haunts of the East End to the handsome havens that dot the more placid Thames upstream of Chelsea. So it’s always pleasing when someone puts a bit of effort into doing one up properly – and here’s a refurbished boozer that takes its place among the city’s best.

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Owner Tom Conran was a gastropub pioneer, and the Cow continues to serve fine, pricey, fish-oriented food in its upstairs restaurant. Eating in the smallish downstairs bar is a different proposition: seating is pub-style (small round tables, banquettes and stools); the short menu is chalked on a blackboard, and no reservations are taken.

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Westbourne Park


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 (and certainly a prime spot from which to watch the Boat Race).

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Dragonfly Brewery at The George & Dragon

Time Out reviewed this pub favourably when it reopened after its last major refurb in 2007: the polished mahogany, soaring colonial-style statues and atmospheric front bar remain. But now it’s pouring beers made on the premises, possibly for the first time in centuries.

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The 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 if you bypass a few pubs in favour of this one, you’ll be pleased you’ve made the trek.

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Prince Alfred & Formosa Dining Rooms

An amazingly well preserved example of Victorian interior design, this pub comprises a maze of partitioned snugs around an ornate main bar, each seemingly smaller than the next (did we miss the bottle saying ‘Drink Me’?). In any case, the wow factor for first-time visitors is pretty much guaranteed.

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Little Venice

Princess Victoria

We’ll return to the Vicky time and again for its scotch eggs. Rolled from seasoned Middle White mince, they arrive crisp-shelled from the fryer and sliced in half to reveal a perfectly runny yolk. You could happily spend an evening knocking these back at the curving bar, along with the occasional helping of beef scrumpet and fine pints of bitter, but it would be a shame to miss out on the old-school dining room at the back.

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Prince Bonaparte

There’s a hint of gastropub-by-rote to the large, corner Bonaparte, but the formula is rendered well. It’s a big, bare-bricked, high-ceilinged space but not an unwelcoming one, with picture windows inviting an egalitarian mix of men and women inside for evenings of friendly chat over a glass of something cold.

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Westbourne Grove

White Horse

Despite a refurb in November 2012, this renowned hostelry can still feel like something from the days of the Raj. The Victorian ceilings are airily high, and wide windows let plenty of light into the bar. Chesterfield-style sofas surround huge tables, ideal for families and groups of friends, though the umbrella-covered outdoor tables are most coveted.

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Parsons Green

Windsor Castle

The Windsor is an ancient inn, and thankfully its refurb has been minimal. It’s clad in aged wood the brown of Princess Anne’s saddle; still intact are decorative wooden screens installed by the Victorians to separate the sexes while they got sloshed. Between the compartments are doors so tiny they might have been made for those the height of Charles I.

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