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

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Antelope

icon-location-pin Tooting

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

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Bars and pubs, Breweries

Brewdog

icon-location-pin Shepherd's Bush

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
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Cask

icon-location-pin Pimlico

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

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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Craft Beer Company

icon-location-pin Pentonville

Dozens of taps means dozens of excuses to settle into this beer-heavy hideaway.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Earl of Essex, Islington
© Charlotte Mayhew
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Earl of Essex

icon-location-pin Islington

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

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Euston Tap

icon-location-pin Euston

Former station gatehouse turned busy craft beer pub.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - French House, Soho
© Ed Marshall
Bars and pubs, Pubs

French House

icon-location-pin Soho

Always crowded, insanely atmospheric, pavement spillage inevitable.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Grain Store Bar

icon-location-pin 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
© Scott Wishart
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Jerusalem Tavern

icon-location-pin Farringdon

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
© Jael Marschner
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Lamb & Flag

icon-location-pin 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
© Ming Tang-Evans
Bars and pubs, Breweries

Mother Kelly's

icon-location-pin 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 - Railway Tavern, Dalston
© Britta Jaschinski
Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Railway Tavern

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

A wonderful local that makes everyone feel at home.

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Royal Oak, Southwark
© Charlotte Mayhew
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Royal Oak

icon-location-pin The Borough

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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Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Vinoteca

icon-location-pin Turnham Green

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

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