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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Mother Kelly's, Bethnal Green
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The 100 best bars and pubs in London: after work drinks

Hitting the pub as soon as the clock strikes five? Let us steer you in the right direction with our list of bars and pubs for after work drinks in London

By Euan Ferguson, Laura Richards and Time Out London Food & Drink
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Choosing the right bars and pubs for after work drinks in London can be a tricky task. You want to impress your co-workers, but you want to beat the post-work crowds. In our list below, we've selected trendy craft beer bars and pubs, popular wine bars and straightforward cool bars for you and your colleagues to settle in for an after work session. It's nearly 5pm, right?

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Bars and pubs for after work drinks in London

Antelope

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Tooting

Beautifully retro eighteenth-century church hall meets exotic taxidermy showroom that attracts young drinkers.

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Brewdog

Bars and pubs Breweries Goldhawk Road

A boisterous west London outpost for the Aberdeenshire-based brewer. Head along for a pre-Shepherd’s Bush Empire sharpener.

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Cask, Pimlico
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Cask

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Pimlico

At Cask you'll find a gathering of beer lovers celebrating all that’s brilliant about beer.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Earl of Essex, Islington
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Earl of Essex

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Islington

The Earl of Essex is geared up for a beery but refined evening - everything on tap is great.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - French House, Soho
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French House

Bars and pubs Pubs Soho

Always crowded, insanely atmospheric, pavement spillage inevitable.

Grain Store Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars King’s Cross

Aim for a sunny summer evening – Granary Square is quite lovely when the sun is setting.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell
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Jerusalem Tavern

Bars and pubs Pubs Clerkenwell

An after-work favourite, although we also recommend visiting when the loyal regulars from surrounding ad agencies are stuck in pitch meetings.

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Lamb & Flag, Covent Garden
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Lamb & Flag

Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

Cramped, heaving, noisy – and loving every second of it. The Lamb & Flag always attracts an after-work crowd.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Mother Kelly's, Bethnal Green
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Mother Kelly's

Bars and pubs Breweries Bethnal Green

Spacious railway arch transformed into a well-stocked bottle shop and bar.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Royal Oak, Southwark
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Royal Oak

Bars and pubs Pubs Borough and London Bridge

This charming, characterful boozer is curiously unbothered by the crowds you’ll find in other Borough pubs. So it’s perfect for a quiet few pints. 

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Vinoteca

Bars and pubs Wine bars Chiswick

Come on Monday nights, when all bottles of wine are sold at take-home prices.

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