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Get cosy at the top five London pubs with roaring fires

By Time Out London Food & Drink
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Feeling the chill this winter? Warm your cockles at one of these cosy pubs with open fires.

THE DOVE: HAMMERSMITH

This riverside bolthole is an oak-beamed beauty that was a favourite of everyone from Charles II to Elizabeth Taylor. Watch the river roll by with a pint of Fuller’s from the local brewery. 19 Upper Mall, W6 9TA. 􀀀Tube: Hammersmith.

THE JERUSALEM TAVERN: CLERKENWELL

This tiny drinking den was only turned into a pub in 1990, but the dilapidated interior is so atmospheric that it’s easy to imagine a Dickensian waif nursing a gin by the fire. 55 Britton St, EC1M 5UQ. 􀀀Tube: Farringdon.

THE HOLLY BUSH: HAMPSTEAD

There is no greater reward after a stroll on the Heath than a pint in one of Hampstead’s historic watering holes. You’ll need to be quick to nab a seat by one of the fires but the classic ales and friendly atmosphere will help you feel at home, wherever you perch. 22 Holly Mount, NW3 6SG. 􀀀Tube: Hampstead.

THE PRINCE GEORGE: DALSTON

Tucked away on a back street, this old locals’ pub has managed to maintain an unfussy feel. It’s often rammed on Friday and Saturday evenings, but calm and cosy the rest of the time. 40 Parkholme Rd, E8 3AG. Tube: Dalston Junction Overground.

THE ANTELOPE: TOOTING

Forget Parliament, the most coveted seats in London are the Chesterfields next to the fires at this taxidermy-clad gastropub. It’s one of the area’s most popular and distinctive boozers. 76 Mitcham Rd, SW17 9NG. 􀀀Tube: Tooting Broadway.

Read about more toasty taverns in London.

Or take a look at these five great autumn park (and pub) walks in London.

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