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
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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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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Ape & Bird

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

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

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar Termini

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Blue Bar

icon-location-pin Belgravia

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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Coach & Horses

icon-location-pin Soho
A curious mix of old-timey standards and progressive ideas which work together like a charm
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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Cocktail Trading Company

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

The Connaught Bar

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Cross Keys

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Dandelyan

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Harp

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Jerusalem Tavern

icon-location-pin Farringdon

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
© Jael Marschner
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Lamb & Flag

icon-location-pin 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 - Mark's Bar, Soho
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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Mark's Bar

icon-location-pin Soho

One of Soho’s most popular cocktail haunts

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

Milk & Honey

icon-location-pin Soho

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

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Mr Fogg's

icon-location-pin Mayfair

Seriously knowledgeable bar staff make sure cocktails are punchy, exciting and altogether sensational

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

Princess Louise

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Queen's Head

icon-location-pin St Pancras

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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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Shochu Lounge

icon-location-pin Fitzrovia

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

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The best bars and pubs in north London

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Craft Beer Company

icon-location-pin Pentonville
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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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Earl of Essex

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs

Euston Cider Tap

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Euston Tap

icon-location-pin 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

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Grain Store Bar

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs

Knowhere Special

icon-location-pin 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
© Kim Lightbody
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Ladies & Gentlemen

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Original Sin

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

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

Bars and pubs, Pubs

Pineapple

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

The Prince

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

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

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Railway Tavern, Dalston
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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Railway Tavern

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

One of the best pubs in London - fact

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

The Salisbury

icon-location-pin Harringay

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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Southampton Arms

icon-location-pin Dartmouth Park

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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Wenlock Arms

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Carpenter's Arms

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Cat & Mutton

icon-location-pin South Hackney

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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Bars and pubs, Breweries

Crate Brewery

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Dove

icon-location-pin South Hackney

Craft beer done the time-honoured Low-Country way

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Happiness Forgets, Hoxton
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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Happiness Forgets

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Incredible cocktails, and, in our experience, dazzlingly wonderful service

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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

King's Arms

icon-location-pin 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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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Mission

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

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

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

Mother Kelly's

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

The selection of beer bottles here is just staggering

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

Nightjar

icon-location-pin Hoxton

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

Music, Music venues

The Old Blue Last

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Palm Tree

icon-location-pin Mile End

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

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Peg & Patriot

icon-location-pin 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 - Prospect of Whitby, Wapping
© Nick Ballon
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Prospect of Whitby

icon-location-pin Wapping

The Prospect seems hardly to have changed since the days of dock workers and deckhands

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Queens Arms, Walthamstow
© Charlotte Mayhew
Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Queens Arms

icon-location-pin Walthamstow

We like the Queen’s Arms: it’s just the right balance between posh and prosaic

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Sager + Wilde, Haggerston
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Sager & Wilde

icon-location-pin Hoxton

Sager & Wilde's main selling point – its wines – are served at a reasonable price by the bottle or glass

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Satan's Whiskers, Bethnal Green
© Kris Piotrowski
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Satan's Whiskers

icon-location-pin 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
© Charlotte Mayhew
Bars and pubs

Sebright Arms

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

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

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Spurstowe Arms

icon-location-pin Dalston

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

Bars and pubs, Pubs

Sun Tavern

icon-location-pin 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
© Jamie Lau
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

White Lyan

icon-location-pin Hoxton

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

The best bars and pubs in south London

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Antelope

icon-location-pin Tooting

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

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Baltic

icon-location-pin 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
© Charlotte Mayhew
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Bedford

icon-location-pin 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
© Michael Franke
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Crown & Anchor

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Cutty Sark Tavern

icon-location-pin Greenwich

Three floors of bow-fronted Georgian magic, with the top-level room in particular giving fantastic Thames views both up- and downstream

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Draft House

icon-location-pin 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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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Hare & Billet

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

The Ivy House

icon-location-pin 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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Clubs

Lost Angel

icon-location-pin Battersea

The real draw is Happy Hour: from Tuesday to Saturday, 5-8pm, and all day on Sunday, cocktails cost around £6

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - LP Bar, New Cross
© Ian Skelton
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

LP Bar

icon-location-pin New Cross

It’s fun, it’s nice, it’s got personality: LP is a proper destination

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Mayflower

icon-location-pin Rotherhithe

Of all the Thamesside pubs, this one is the most special, the most atmospheric, the most tucked-away

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Priory Arms

icon-location-pin South Lambeth

If you asked your granddad to design a pub this is probably exactly what he’d come up with, and we mean that in the best possible way

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

Royal Oak

icon-location-pin The Borough

Perfectly treading the line between old man boozer and cutesy retro watering hole, this Victorian corner pub’s a lovely blend of the scruffy and the pretty

Bars and pubs

The Rookery

icon-location-pin Clapham
Slightly tucked away from the hullabaloo that is Clapham at the weekend, this is a place to get merry with your well-behaved friends
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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Stormbird, Camberwell
© Charlotte Mayhew
Bars and pubs

Stormbird

icon-location-pin Camberwell

It's no wonder nobody wants to leave at kicking-out time

The best bars and pubs in west London

Bars and pubs, Breweries

Brewdog

icon-location-pin Shepherd's Bush

It remains one of the only places for miles around where you can sup on dozens of carefully crafted beers

The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Bricklayer's Arms, Putney
© Charlotte Mayhew
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Bricklayer's Arms

icon-location-pin Putney

On long summer days, the beer garden beckons: soak up some rays and some delicious English cider

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Cask, Pimlico
© Rob Greig
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs