Whether it's in a trendy gastropub, a hip new bar or an old man's pub, there's an open fire waiting for you somewhere this winter. The pubs with wood fires have that authentic touch, but gas fires are equally warming. Check out our guide to London's best pubs and bars with open fires. Think we've missed any great pubs and bars with open fires? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
Pubs and bars with real fires
There’s lots to like about the Antelope in Tooting, not least its good gastropub food. With three fires to choose from (two coal-burning options in the bar and dining room, and a wood fire in the games room) there’s every chance you’ll find a spot near the hearth – just be prepared to do battle for one of the pub’s fireside chesterfield armchairs.Read more
With a half-finished look and cavernous main bar area, this hipster pub may be spacious, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be toasty warm. It generously keeps three wood fires alight (two in the front bar, one in the dining room), and also serves a simple food menu together with a good selection of British-brewed real ales including Deuchars IPA and Redemption Trinity.Read more
This inviting Southfields gastropub becomes even more enticing come winter, when its huge wood fire comes roaring to life. The pub’s rustic kitchen style is cemented by farmhouse dining tables and shelves packed with cookery books and jars of colourful pickled savouries. There’s also a pleasing selection of beers on tap.Read more
This welcoming Dickensian pub in Hampstead has an ancient interior, reasonably priced food and wooden booths to slide into. Its two wood and coal-burning fires make the pub the perfect place to head following a stirring walk across the heath – or at least up the steep road to the pub.Read more
Proof that not all ‘new’ pubs have to be homogenised chains, the Jerusalem Tavern serves in a building that dates from the early 1700s, but it has only been a pub since the 1990s. Beer on tap is from the superb (and organic) St Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk. The coal-burning fire, just to the right beyond the entrance, fits perfectly with the surroundings.Read more
This gastropub is adorned with a gorgeous mosaic floor and the walls are clad in original wood panelling. The beer selection isn’t as notable as it once was, but the food draws both crowds and critical acclaim. Take a seat by one of the two wood- and coal-burning fires and settle in for a weekend afternoon.Read more
Make merry in Dalston with Czech beer and real ale (Pride, Brakspear, Woodforde’s Wherry) – there are plenty of good wines by the glass too. The Geroge's free jukebox (one of the best in London) means there’s always a party going on, so don’t go expecting to take a quiet nap alongside the wood- and coal-burning fires.Read more
The bulbs are bare and the floorboards worn at this Kentish Town pub. It’s sparse, it’s simple and it’s really rather splendid. The regulars are more mature than in most pubs, and some bring along their canine companions. Purchase some traditional snacks, a pint of scrumpy (this is a cider and ale house, after all) and seat yourself and your dog beside the wood-burning fire.Read more
Pubs and bars with gas fires
There's a lot to like amid the noise (aural and visual) in this pub, not least the most interesting selection of beers and spirits in the area, including Budvar Dark, Paulaner and guest ales such as Pedigree, served in dimpled pint mugs and warmed by a total of three toasty fires.Read more
There's a proper community vibe here with old blokes propping up the bar alongside market geezers and tattooed foreign exchange students. This is nonetheless a pub where old-fashioned manners and old-school decor rules – small rooms, crowded tables, pub-industry memorabilia and a couple of open gas fires which look so real that people chuck paper on them.Read more
More of a pub with food than a gastropub, the Rose has seen a few name-changes over the years, including the Legless Ladder and, most recently, the Fulham Tup. The muted walls are dotted with prints of ladies in various states of undress (more tasteful than it sounds). Candles twinkle and locals lounge on church pews and leather sofas. Eat, drink and get cosy on one of the armchairs surrounding the fire.Read more
In this grand old building at the north end of Green Lanes you barely have to share bar staff: it's absolutely massive. You may have to fight for those fireside armchairs, though! Taxidermy cases and ornate cornicing decorate the central, beer-focused bar, a jukebox plays music in the main room and a projector plays sport in the second.Read more
This old boozer oozes battered character: hand-painted Sistine-esque friezes, dripping candles and weird papier-mâché oddities hanging from the ceiling. Clientele is an eclectic mix of older regulars and the Primrose Hill set and there's a roaring yet pretend fire in the back room.Read more
The bar area, which is separate from the restaurant, has a sloping wood-panelled ceiling and a minimalist decor making it look a bit like a trendy Alpine ski lodge. Add the warming gas fire and a sprinkling of live music and you have a pleasing canalside escape in view of the longboats moored along the banks.Read more
NY-LON Lounge Bar
Venue says: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at NY-LON with a New York/London style sharing board and bottle of wine for just £42.
As the name almost suggests, this lounge bar and restaurant at The O2 brings together New York and London. It's a collaboration between Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines, so expect a swanky, transatlantic vibe a step above your usual airport lounge. Cocktails with an aviation theme play an important role on the drinks list. Expect mixes such as a cropduster (Bacardi 8 year old rum, cinnamon syrup, fresh mint, lime, chocolate bitters, ginger ale and brown sugar), or a maiden voyager (rosemary infused Beefeater gin, lemon juice, pineapple juice and soda). Beers combine British and American options - think Coors Light and Brooklyn Lager alongside London Pride and Chapel Down Curious Brew. The small plates food menu follows the transatlantic theme, with macaroni cheese, wings and a Brooklyn crab salad next to pie, mash and liquor, a Billingsgate fish pie and London cured smoked salmon. Sharing boards of cheese, seafood and charcuterie also feature.
Find more bars for a cosy night
Do you like having to yell at your friends when you go out drinking together? Fine, it’s your shout. We like to cater for everybody, so we’ve put together a list of ten places where talking is easier – ideal for those quiet catch-ups or maybe even date night.Read more