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The 100 best bars and pubs in London: the full list

We've done the drinking for you, now read our full list of London's very best bars and pubs divided up by area

By Euan Ferguson, Laura Richards and Time Out London Food & Drink
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Looking for a tipple in London town? Browse our list of the very best bars and pubs London has to offer. We've divided them up by area for your ease, so head north, south, east, west or stick with central London for impressive local boozers, lively cocktail bars, pubs for a cool craft beer or sophisticated wine bars. You'll find them all and so much more below. Happy drinking!

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The best bars and pubs in central London

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Ape & Bird

Restaurants Contemporary European Seven Dials

A great hideaway to know about in an area known for touristy pubs

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Bar Termini

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

Everything is of extraordinarily high quality, and the minute setting offers the rare luxury of peace and quiet in central Soho

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Blue Bar

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Knightsbridge

Every bit as luxe as you’d expect for a bar in a Knightsbridge hotel

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Coach & Horses, Soho
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Coach & Horses

Bars and pubs Pubs Soho
A curious mix of old-timey standards and progressive ideas which work together like a charm
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Cocktail Trading Company

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

Cocktails are often served in unusual glassware (and ceramicware) with wacky garnishes, candy floss or noodles among them

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Connaught Bar, Mayfair
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The Connaught Bar

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Mayfair

Even if you can only stretch to a single drink, it’s worth it: count out every last penny and treat yourself

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Cross Keys, Soho
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Cross Keys

Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

One of the most perfectly English experiences you’ll get in the West End

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Dandelyan, Southbank
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Dandelyan

Bars and pubs Hotel bars South Bank
The bar might be glamorous, luxurious and even a bit formal, but the drinks show invention and attention to detail
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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Harp, Covent Garden
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Harp

Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

The range of ciders and ales on offer here is outstanding and the prices are blissfully low, both of which have helped to cement the Harp's reputation as a destination for true ale-ficienados

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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

This Farringdon bar has the sort of look many pubs invest a lot of time, effort and money into imitating, but the Jerusalem looks the perfect part

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

The Lamb & Flag is just about as perfect a pub as you’ll find in the West End

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Milk & Honey, Soho
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Milk & Honey

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

One of central London’s best places for drinking proper cocktails in clubby but unstuffy surroundings

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Princess Louise, Holborn
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Princess Louise

Bars and pubs Pubs Holborn

Old Louise is truly, incredibly, spectacularly ornate: a warren of Victorian frosted-glass booths

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Queen's Head, Acton
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Queen's Head

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs King’s Cross

It's usually cosy and blissfully music-free, apart from the odd hipster-trad jazz session around the old walnut upright piano

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Shochu Lounge, Fitzrovia
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Shochu Lounge

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

Shochu, the traditional Japanese spirit, takes centre stage in this unique basement bar

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Craft Beer Company

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Angel
A comfortable pub with an excellent beer list is a dangerous proposition, and you could certainly spend many happy hours here
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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

Nowadays, almost every new pub tries to sell itself on a ‘craft beer’ offer, but not all manage it on this scale - there are 11 on keg, five or six on cask, plus a couple of quality ciders

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Euston Cider Tap, Euston
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Euston Cider Tap

Bars and pubs Euston

This warm and welcoming former gatehouse offers more than 15 still and sparkling ciders on draught and straight from the keg

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Euston Tap

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Euston

The sheer number of brews on offer here is enough to make beer fans go weak at the knees before they’ve even got a glass in their hand

Grain Store Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars King’s Cross

Try a bellini made not with peach purée but with celeriac purée; or a ‘Greco-Roman wine’, infused with the likes of smoked paprika cordial

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Knowhere Special, Kentish Town
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Knowhere Special

Bars and pubs Kentish Town

The house drinks all come with a bespoke food accompaniment, a classy touch, and their prices reflect that

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Ladies & Gents, Kentish Town
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Ladies & Gentlemen

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Kentish Town

The cocktail list is not extensive but there’s something for every taste, and the drinks are made to a very high standard

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Original Sin, Stoke Newington
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Original Sin

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Stoke Newington

The cocktails, served by impeccably pleasant staff, are strong, well-balanced and classy

Pineapple

Bars and pubs Pubs Kentish Town

This backstreet boozer dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, and you can feel the history in the weathered wood of the joyously unmodernised main bar

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Prince, Stoke Newington
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The Prince

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Stoke Newington

The residents of these quiet terraces have taken the Prince to heart: it’s busy most nights

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Salisbury, Green Lanes
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The Salisbury

Bars and pubs Pubs Green Lanes

Apart from its architecture, the main reason for a trip to the Salisbury is for a peaceful pint with extensive elbow room

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Southampton Arms, Kentish Town
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Southampton Arms

Bars and pubs Pubs Gospel Oak

The sign outside announces ‘ale, cider, meat’, and that pretty much sums up what’s on offer at the best pub in Gospel Oak

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Wenlock Arms, Hoxton
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Wenlock Arms

Bars and pubs Pubs Hoxton

Visit and remind yourself that in a city full of institutions, the London pub is perhaps the best one we’ve got

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Carpenter's Arms, Bethnal Green
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Carpenter's Arms

Bars and pubs Pubs Bethnal Green

The Carpenter’s Arms was once under the rule of East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (and apparently run by their old mum)

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Cat and Mutton, Broadway Market
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Cat & Mutton

Bars and pubs Gastropubs London Fields

The sizeable Cat & Mutton sits proudly at the helm of Hackney's Broadway Market, and has been welcoming its costermongers and consumers for 300 years

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Crate, Hackney Wick
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Crate Brewery

Bars and pubs Breweries Hackney Wick

The beer, being visibly brewed on site, is varied and tasty, with a good selection of international craft ales on hand to boot

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Dove

Bars and pubs Gastropubs London Fields

Craft beer done the time-honoured Low-Country way

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King's Arms

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Bethnal Green

The perfect update of a local community boozer: its clientele reflect all shades of local life

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Mission Wine Bar, Bethnal Green
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Mission

Restaurants Contemporary European Bethnal Green

Mission’s aim is to promote interesting and unusual California wines

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Nightjar, Shoreditch
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Nightjar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Hoxton

A gorgeous, low-lit room with comfortable seating, smooth table service and a long, playful cocktail list

The Old Blue Last

Music Music venues Shoreditch

Despite its location at the epicentre of the Shoreditch party scene and its association with hipster bible Vice (which bought the place in 2004), the Old Blue Last does a remarkable job of defying preconceptions

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Palm Tree

Bars and pubs Pubs Mile End

The Palm Tree provides a Cockney experience more intense than Danny Dyer pulling pints at the Queen Vic

Peg & Patriot

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Bethnal Green

The puntastic cocktails at Peg + Patriot are as creative as their names suggest

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Satan's Whiskers, Bethnal Green
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Satan's Whiskers

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Bethnal Green

Some of the best cocktails to be found in Bethnal Green’s burgeoning booze scene

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Sebright Arms, Hackney
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Sebright Arms

Bars and pubs Bethnal Green

Live music is the Sebright’s biggest draw, with gigs on almost every night in the louche basement

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Spurstowe Arms

Bars and pubs Pubs Dalston

The Spurstowe never tries too hard to impress – which of course just wouldn’t wash in this trendy part of town

Sun Tavern

Bars and pubs Pubs Bethnal Green

In the evenings, the Sun gets busy. Not surprising: there’s a lot to love here

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - White Lyan, Hoxton
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White Lyan

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Hoxton

Comparing White Lyan to your local boozer is like comparing Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck to a greasy spoon

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Antelope

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Tooting

Think ‘1950s village hall’: it’s full of gorgeous wood panelling, stained glass windows, church pews and criss-crossing floral fabric bunting

Baltic

Restaurants Eastern European Southwark
There are more than 50 cocktails on the lengthy list, but the speciality is vodka
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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - The Bedford, Balham
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Bedford

Bars and pubs Pubs Balham

There’s free live music (of varying quality, which is all part of the fun) Monday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the Bedford plays host to brilliantly intimate comedy night Banana Cabaret

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Crown & Anchor, Brixton
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Crown & Anchor

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Stockwell

One of the best beer and ale pubs in London, which makes its incongruous location on an otherwise unloved section of Brixton Road even more incredible

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Draft House

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Battersea

The endlessly rotating list of guest ales means you’re unlikely to find a beer lover who can’t find something new to relish each week

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Hare & Billet

Bars and pubs Pubs Blackheath
Always a decent local boozer, the H&B’s crafty reinvention has made it something quite special
The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Ivy House, Nunhead
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The Ivy House

Bars and pubs Nunhead

It welcomes locals of all ages for a mates-rates pint of locally brewed ale, carefully sourced pub food and events ranging from live music to yoga classes, knitting circles and kids’ dance lessons

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