Mulled wine in London

The best places to drink mulled wine in London

Get seriously cosy this winter with a glass of mulled wine in the best bars and pubs to serve the spicy stuff

Angela Hui
Written by: Angela Hui
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Sure, strolling through the winter markets with a mulled wine in your hand is the optimum way to warm up, second only to a rich hot chocolate. But pub mulled wine can be a bit hit and miss: there's nothing worse than a sickly sweet bevvie that comes topped in a thick layer of gritty cloves. So we’ve sought out the best cosy London pubs pouring mulled wine that’s a cut above the rest. Find yourself a nook and one of the best open fires in London and wrap your mitts around one of these steaming, spicy bevvies. Pubs and bars typically start serving mulled wine in late November, so keep your eyes peeled from then on for maximum seasonal cheer.

Recommended: The cosiest winter pop-ups in London.

Where to drink mulled wine in London

  • Clubs
  • Shoreditch

Each year, the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop space gets a wintry facelift – for 2023 it's The Queen's Masquerade and gothic Venice. And along with it, you can expect them to put their signature twist on mulled wine, serving up something warming enough to keep you cosy, even on a chilly night.

  • Gastropubs
  • Hampstead Heath
Spaniards Inn
Spaniards Inn

This characterful sixteenth-century inn was immortalised in Dickens’s ‘The Pickwick Papers’ and is also said to be the place where Keats wrote ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. Where better than here to sample the chef’s mulled cabarnet sauvignon next to a roaring fire.

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  • Pubs
  • Covent Garden
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This themed Victoriana Covent Garden pub-bar's mulled wine comes from an historic recipe from the Savoy. It’s kept carefully at temperature and a variety of spices – from classic cloves to cassia bark – provide more depth than in the kind of stewed toddy you get served down the market.

  • Pubs
  • Greenwich
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Cutty Sark Tavern
Cutty Sark Tavern

This Georgian riverside pub has some of the best views of any pub in London. Enjoy them while savouring their take on the mulled stuff: mulled wine, mulled cider and maybe even mulled gin.

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  • Gastropubs
  • Tooting
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Antelope
Antelope

This spacious pub has been a Tooting stalwart since the nineteenth century. Wash down your pub grub with a mulled wine or two: their warming brew is served throughout the month of December. 

  • Pubs
  • Kennington

The Old Red Lion has plenty of cosy nooks and crannies for enjoying mulled wine – and spiced cider – this December. Neck it during Thursday night’s pub quiz and feel like a champion regardless of your team’s outcome.  

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  • Gastropubs
  • Tufnell Park

This Dartmouth Park local makes a traditional, cosy setting for drinks with friends. They’ll have the mulled wine on the go all December and it’s best enjoyed by the fire after a bracing walk around the Heath. Get ready for the glow.  

  • Gastropubs
  • Shepherd’s Bush
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Anglesea Arms
Anglesea Arms

Not many London pubs have a fire as inviting as the one at the Anglesea. Make a beeline for it and for the spiced stuff. This pub takes its wine list seriously, so a drop of the mulled stuff is always served with flair. 

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  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Vauxhall
Tamesis Dock
Tamesis Dock

Fancy sipping your mulled wine on a boat? You can do it on the Tamesis, a floating pub. They serve mulled wine that's a perfect winter warmer to be enjoyed out on deck, admiring the views of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.

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