Cheap bars and pubs in London

Where a few quid can go further than you think

© Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

We've braved London's, ahem, lively post-work drinking culture to bring you the best deals and happy hours out there. Like it or not, it's the pub chains that win out on the price of real ales. JD Wetherspoons, Nicholson's pubs, and northern brewery Samuel Smith all serve a fair-priced pint.

  • Queen of Hoxton

    Rating: 3/5 1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX (020 7422 0958/ Old St tube/rail

    Dark-fronted and imposing, this Curtain Road hipster magnet is known as much for its music scene ...

  • Barrica

    Rating: 4/5 62 Goodge St, W1T 4NE (020 7436 9448). Goodge St tube

    Barrica tapas bar has no tasting events, deals or happy hours, but it’s a great value place wit...

  • Lost Society

    Rating: 4/5 697 Wandsworth Rd, SW8 3JF (020 7652 6526/ Clapham Common tube, Wandsworth Rd rail or bus 77, 77A

    This long-established cocktail bar is still one of the best in the area. Rock up on Friday nights...

  • La Perla

    28 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS (7240 7400/; 11 Charlotte St, W1T 1RQ (7436 1744).

    At these Latin-themed cocktail bars, fruity cocktails (from £3.50) and chilled bottles of beer (...

Chain pubs

  • Princess Louise

    Rating: 3/5 208-209 High Holborn, WC1V 7BW (020 7405 8816). Holborn tube

    The Sam Smith brewery runs one of London’s best-looking pubs, with spectacular decor dating fro...

  • Browns Bar & Brasserie

    82-84 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AA (020 7497 5050/ Charing Cross tube/rail

    Signature cocktails such as passionfruit daiquiri or Long Island iced tea priced at £3.95.


  • Grand Union

    102-104 Camden Rd, NW1 9EA (020 7485 4530/ Camden Town tube

    A total of 11 Grand Union pubs are spread all around town – the newest one just opened in Farri...

  • The Swan

    46 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 0DZ (020 8748 1043/ Hammersmith tube

    Nicholson’s pubs, like Wetherspoon’s, are also a place to look for low prices on real ales. T...

  • Crosse Keys

    9 Gracechurch St, EC3V 0DR (020 7623 4824). Bank tube/DLR

    A cheap pint in the City of London? It’s got to be a Wetherspoon’s pub. In this barn of a bui...