The 100 best bars and pubs in London

Find the very best boozers in the capital with Time Out’s guide to the bars and pubs that beat them all

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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

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London

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The best bars in London by area

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Comments

5 comments
Mckenzie M
Mckenzie M

REBECCA's


Karaoke Night Wednesday 19/11, 
The City is London's financial district, home to big banks and bigger end-of-year bonuses. So it is unsurprising that the bars here cater to the suits and their expense accounts. Head further east and everything changes. East London was and still is, in the main, home to a thriving immigrant community as well as numerous artistic types. The drinking establishments here are quirkier, edgier and more eclectically urban in atmosphere.

For instance Rebecca's Karaoke Night is well set within the time and vibe though not as posh as Gentlemen are not allowed in with their Hats and cane. - what a shame.  What an experience i guess in future they may ask one to take off their Trouser.Sort and be rated till then 

AdamJSanders
AdamJSanders

This is a great list. My aim for 2015 is to tick every single one off the list!

bigsands
bigsands

The pubs on the outskirts of London are being erased, but you will still find some good pubs in central London. The pubs need to start fighting back to retain their status. Pubs Reloaded.

PANK
PANK

WHAT ABOUT DA RUBYS IN DA IRELAND NORTHERN???