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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

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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
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • price 3 of 4

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

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Cocktail Trading Company
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Dukes Hotel
  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • St James’s

Dukes is one of London’s true classic bars, and justly famous for the theatrical presentation of martinis

Experimental Cocktail Club
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Chinatown
  • price 3 of 4

Cocktails are consistently outstanding, making choosing what to order an almost impossible task

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Covent Garden
  • price 1 of 4

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Mr Fogg's
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

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

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

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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Craft Beer Company
  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Angel
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Islington
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Euston Tap
  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Euston
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Kentish Town
  • price 2 of 4

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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Pineapple
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Kentish Town
  • price 1 of 4

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Stoke Newington
  • price 3 of 4

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

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Gospel Oak
  • price 2 of 4

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 best bars and pubs in east London

  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Bethnal Green
  • price 1 of 4

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Breweries
  • Hackney Wick
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • price 2 of 4

Craft beer done the time-honoured Low-Country way

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King's Arms
  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Bethnal Green
  • price 2 of 4

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

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Bethnal Green
  • price 3 of 4

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

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The Old Blue Last
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Shoreditch
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • Mile End
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Spurstowe Arms
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Dalston
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • price 2 of 4

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

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Hoxton
  • price 2 of 4

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
  • price 1 of 4

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
  • price 2 of 4

There are more than 50 cocktails on the lengthy list, but the speciality is vodka

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  • 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

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Cutty Sark Tavern
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Greenwich

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

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

  • 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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Lost Angel
  • Clubs
  • Battersea
  • price 2 of 4

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

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • New Cross
  • price 1 of 4

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

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Mayflower
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Rotherhithe
  • price 2 of 4

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

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Priory Arms
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Stockwell
  • price 1 of 4

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Southwark
  • price 1 of 4

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

The Rookery
  • Bars and pubs
  • 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 best bars and pubs in west London

Brewdog
  • Bars and pubs
  • Breweries
  • Goldhawk Road
  • price 2 of 4

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

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Pimlico
  • price 2 of 4

The cellar and fridges are filled with an almost absurdly generous range of the finest brews from London, Britain and beyond

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Dove
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Hammersmith
  • price 1 of 4

A classic duck-your-head heritage pub experience, but most drinkers come here to sit in the vine-entangled conservatory or the riverside terrace

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Rum Kitchen
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Notting Hill

The rum selection is enormous, and you could spend weeks here without getting through it all

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Vinoteca
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • Chiswick
  • price 2 of 4

Glasses start from a few quid a pop, with bottles from just under £20  – and there are plenty in the blow-out category

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White Horse
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Parsons Green
  • price 2 of 4

Chesterfield-style sofas surround huge tables, ideal for families and groups of friends, though the umbrella-covered outdoor tables are most coveted from spring on

Windsor Castle
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Notting Hill
  • price 2 of 4

The Windsor Castle is clad in aged wood the brown of Princess Anne’s saddle; still intact are decorative wooden screens installed by the Victorians to separate the sexes while they got sloshed

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