London’s drinking scene is one of the best in the world, with boundary-breaking cocktail bars taking mixed drinks to the next level, while traditional pubs bring you back down to earth in the best possible way. Should you be looking for the perfect pint or a cocktail beyond comprehension, our critics have rounded up their favourite bars and pubs across the capital on Time Out’s list of the 100 best bars and pubs in London.
Whether it's that place where everybody knows your name or a hangout where you can live it up like the A-list, there’s something for everyone in our guide to the best bars and our list of best pubs, divided up by area for your drinking ease. Choose from welcoming pubs for all-day drinking, upmarket bars for special occasions or fun nights out, and accessible boozers for those times when you’re on a tight budget. We’ve even gathered up family-friendly venues and the best bars and pubs for after-work thirst quenching.
Don’t forget to use our handy checklist to see how many of our favourite hostelries you’ve frequented and discover just how much of a London boozehound you are. And you can even vote for your favourite bar or pub from our top 100. Happy drinking, London!
Reviews by Euan Ferguson, Richard Ehrlich, Laura Richards, Alex Plim, David Clack, Elizabeth Darke, Ashleigh Arnott, Ananda Pellerin, Mark O’Donnell, Chris Waywell, Alexi Duggins, Eddy Frankel, Kate Lloyd, Oliver Keens, Nicola Arencibia, Guy Parsons, Kevin Younger, Ben Williams, Dan Frost, Mike Curle and Phoebe Trimingham
Explore the 100 best bars and pubs in London
Bars and pubs for every occasion
For an all-day session or a quiet afternoon drink
After work drinks
It's nearly 5pm, right?
On a budget
Pay day may be far off but you never have to slum it
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Raise a glass (or two) in these glitzy hot spots
These pubs are fit for any family outing