skip nav  

London pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of London - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Harp, Covent Garden

picture of The Harp, Covent Garden

Address: 47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
Phone: 02078360291
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Charing Cross (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Embankment (0.2 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles), London Waterloo (0.8 miles), London Waterloo East (0.8 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Since Fullers took over this pub they have left the landlord to get on with it.

Fantastic ales and great atmosphere.

Well done Carl, your doing this place proud.

25 Aug 2015 22:24
Back again in the Harp to kick off my 2015 UK & Europe pub crawl. Not a noticeable change to this gullible foreigner, the welcome was warm & genuine & the Sambrook Wandle (£3.95) delicious after a long flight. The friendly bar lady kindly a photo of me. Not many in at around 11.00am, but all received great service & good beer at a reasonable price.
3 Aug 2015 07:49
In the Harp yesterday,still a great selection of beers available, I had London Fields Hopspur and Brick Blenhim Black, both good.
28 Jun 2015 08:31

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

picture of The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

Address: Unit 8 Shared Service Yard, Goods Way, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AH
Phone: 02077137258
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.2 miles), Euston Square (0.6 miles), Euston (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Kings Cross (0.1 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Not sure what all the fuss is about this place. It does do decent ale but calling a series of disjointed rooms, corridors and hallways a good pub is stretching it a bit.
5 Apr 2015 19:49
The best railway pub about in my opinion. It feels like a "real" pub. One you want to stay in for sometime and not just pop in for a pint or two until your train's ready to leave.
Even if you're using St. Pancras it's worth making the short trip across to this place.
Despite being busy I rarely have to wait long to be served. Being a Fullers pub the majority of the ales are from that brewery but there is a decent selection of guest ales as well.
The place itself is very large with big rooms, corridors and nooks & crannies all available to drinkers. There's a TV in the corner of the bar often showing sport with the sound down.
A couple of downsides are the prices which are on the high side even for London and the groups of office types who can get gabby after a few drinks.
5 Apr 2015 15:54
Loved the ambiance and atmosphere of this place. It's smart and fits in with the new Kings Cross station but still feels like a proper pub. There are lots of different areas to sit, some along the wide corridors which is where I ended up as it was busy, even on a Tuesday night, with no tables free. There's a wide range of ales to try and I had some nice guest ales but the Fullers beers weren't on top form, presumably because they were being served too cold.
People have commented on the prices, but if you stick to the cask ale, and avoid say draft Chimay (£4.80 for 2/3 pint) then it isn't so bad.
3 Apr 2015 23:03

The Plume of Feathers, Greenwich

picture of The Plume of Feathers, Greenwich

Address: 19, Park Vista, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LZ
Phone: 020 8858 1661
See full pub details

Nearest DLR stations: Cutty Sark (0.4 miles), Island Gardens (0.6 miles), Greenwich (0.7 miles)

Nearest train stations: Maze Hill (0.1 miles), Greenwich (0.7 miles), Westcombe Park (0.9 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Another infrequent visit to this good locals pub. Service a bit slow as usual.
HopStuff Single on tap along with the Brockley Brewery, Harveys and Damned Doomed Bar. Had the Local HopStuff which was good.
29 Aug 2015 16:28
Only discovered this pub recently. I concur, it's far and away the best pub in Greenwich; friendly, good character and well kept good value beer. Very handy for the park.
24 Jun 2015 13:50
Thanks again for making a great pub crawl extra special .James and Anna your the tops guys. This is truly a special pub and iimplore one and all to come take a look . Sorry by the way if we were all a bit noisy but we all do feel at home here .RIP dave a very nice man you will be missed
21 Jun 2015 17:40

The Sekforde Arms, Clerkenwell

picture of The Sekforde Arms, Clerkenwell

Address: 34 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0HA
Phone: 020 7253 3251
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Farringdon (0.3 miles), Barbican (0.4 miles), Chancery Lane (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.3 miles), London Barbican (0.4 miles), Old Street (0.7 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

A recent report in the Islington Tribune says that it's been bought by a local barrister who is building a residential property at the back of the pub, and will then refurbish the toilets, kitchen and basement before opening the Sekforde up again.
24 Aug 2015 13:12
Was in here yesterday. It will be a gastro type pub as opposed to a all out restaurant. For how long though?
29 Jun 2015 10:22
Gutted and disgusted that this proper old school cockney clerkenwell pub is closing. Because we really need another restaurant ,don't we,eh?
We are killing all that's good about this great city of ours
23 Jun 2015 11:34

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

picture of The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Address: 139, Highgate Rd, London, NW5 1LE
Phone: 020 7485 1511
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Gospel Oak (0.2 miles), Tuffnell Park (0.4 miles), Kentish Town (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations: Gospel Oak (0.2 miles), Kentish Town (0.5 miles), Kentish Town West (0.7 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

If you like your real ale or cider and want a friendly pub with a large selection of well kept drinks, you can't do much better than the Southampton Arms.

Sure, it's a little on the small side inside and often standing room only, but that's a small price to pay for excellent ale, tasty and hearty bar snacks and pleasant staff to serve them both. Prices are fair for London, and there's even a small outside space out at the back. Better still, customers tend to be genuine real ale drinkers rather than underage hipsters looking for the latest craft ale.

We moved into the area six months ago and this quickly became our favourite "drinking" pub. They don't serve full meals and the decor is basic to say the least, but it's clean, tidy and friendly. If you're looking for the best pint in the area, this is the place to come.
14 Apr 2015 17:14
Indeed, you do wonder what some people want from a pub. Granted, it's a bit basic but that's made up for by a range of magnificently-kept beers and ciders (well, the ones I tried were), good staff, keen prices and great vinyl being played. Currently m y favourite pub in London
15 Mar 2015 21:32
Unsure about the last review. Decent pub everytime I've stopped in.
2 Mar 2015 22:31

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

picture of The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Address: 26, Wenlock Rd, London, N1 7TA
Phone: 020 7608 3406
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Old Street (0.5 miles), Angel (0.6 miles), Barbican (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations: Old Street (0.5 miles), Essex Road (0.7 miles), London Barbican (0.8 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Visited last Saturday night when there was an excellent Northern Soul night on. Wonderful mix of friendly locals and an outstanding range of extremely well-kept ales. This attractive and well-managed place is a gem.

Oh, and watch out in case you get short measure. I did and before I could point it out, a big bloke next to me at the bar did so on my behalf. "There's a right way and a wrong way to do things..." he growled at the barman... who didn't hang about at correcting the situation. Super place!
11 Mar 2015 14:52
First time back at the Wenlock for quite a while on Sunday. I'm sure I've posted a review since the refurbishment. But the interior is certainly much improved. There are 10 constantly changing ales. On Sunday these were Dark Star Hophead & American Pale Ale, Southwark 5 Hop & Gold, Black Jack Archer, Five Points Derailed Porter & Five Points Pale, Hobsons Champion Mild, Siren Sound Wave & Independence APA. There are also 6 ciders - Abrahalls Medium Dry, Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon, Farmhouse Scrumpy & Dog Dancer, Olivers Perry & Barbourne Sweet Kernel. Still a really good pub, worth visiting.
3 Mar 2015 20:32
We hadn't visited The Wenlock since it was refurbished a year or so back. Prior to that I'd become somewhat fed up with the place, and had fallen out with the "Save The Wenlock" crowd for describing the old place as a "sh*thole" on their Facebook site. The much need refurbishment hadn't in any way changed the basic character of the place - a "proper" pub with an excellent and imaginative range of real ales. Yes, it was quiet in there since it was a Thursday afternoon - would we return? Certainly!
16 Jan 2015 11:31

The Nell Gwynne, Covent Garden

picture of The Nell Gwynne, Covent Garden

Address: 2 Bull Inn Court, London, WC2R 0NP
Phone: 020 7240 5579
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Covent Garden (0.2 miles), Charing Cross (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.2 miles), London Waterloo (0.7 miles), London Waterloo East (0.7 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Have always loved this pub, it's a real gem. Should be interesting to see what happens if it is actually changing hands. Hopefully the aforementioned barman will be making an exit. Started going there a few years ago with a bunch of mates but eventually stopped going after seeing him 'in action' one too many times. Didn't want to be contributing to the wages of someone who seems to get his kicks bullying young women. Disgraceful. Glad someone else mentioned it below, because people like that need outing!
5 Feb 2015 18:49
its small, hard to find and has no natural light. But, this is a cracking London Boozer! what makes it great aside from the above? had to sign up to write a review as I heard a rumour its changing hands in the near future

The staff are ace: Fiona who's always there when I'm in, doing a million things at once, always with a smile on her face. The young actors behind the bar make it a fun place to be and gives it an ambience you'd hope for (but rarely see) in a Theatreland pub.

Oh and check out the fantastic, idiosyncratic selection of Gins and Malts, you don't see those in many London pubs these days. To see a pub that has such thought and love put into it, makes me love it too.

5 Feb 2015 13:28
Such a fantastic pub. Real old London charm. Been in a few times now and only spoilt by what seemed to be a total mad man behind the bar. Didn't catch his name but he sort of resembles a groteseque version of Morrisey. SO disgustingly rude to the other bar staff and not much better to the customers. Genuinely never seen anything like it. Shame.
2 Feb 2015 13:41

The Blue Posts, Piccadilly

picture of The Blue Posts, Piccadilly

Address: 28 Rupert Street, Piccadilly, London, W1D 6DJ
Phone: 020 7437 1415
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.4 miles), London Waterloo (1.1 miles), London Waterloo East (1.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

One of the several billion Blue Posts pubs in the part of the world, and maybe the best. Friendly staff and reasonably priced beer, my pint of Truman's Runner was 3.95 compared to 4.65 at the nearby Golden Lion. Though an edgy, hipster looking place the customers on my visit were traditional tourist/shopper demographic & all appeared happy. Good pub.
7 Oct 2015 23:57
A small friendly traditional pub just away from the bustle of Shaftesbury Ave. Well kept cask ales at reasonable prices (for London!). Possibly the best pub in the area; worth a visit!
8 Sep 2015 18:02
A nice little pub with an entrance tucked away up a passage. Cosy and busy. The beers on offer were Landlord (which was excellent), London Pride and Truman Runner.
Well worth seeking out just don't expect a seat as there aren't many available!
5 Apr 2015 14:57

The Calthorpe Arms, Holborn

picture of The Calthorpe Arms, Holborn

Address: 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR
Phone: 020 7278 4732
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Russell Square (0.4 miles), Chancery Lane (0.5 miles), Holborn (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.6 miles), Farringdon (0.6 miles), London St Pancras (0.6 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

A proper, and very reliable, street corner boozer seeling Youngs beers (and guests). I confess to being a Youngs fan and I haven't had a bad pint in there yet.
Long may it continue without being gentrified
22 Jul 2015 19:54
One of the very few central london (or indeed London) pubs which has not been turned into a gastropub/effectively a restaurant (though the once I ate here the food was fine).

The beer here is always very well kept (Young's range including all the bottles as oldandmild says) and couple of others (usually including Tribute). Old time landlord, he wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but he keeps a good pint and runs a good pub in my view.
22 Jul 2015 17:00
If you are near King's Cross/st.Pancras Station donot miss this one.Friendly locals pub with an old time landlord.Stocks young's bottles including their light ale.How nice in 2015 to be able to go into a London pub order a pint of "light and bitter" and be understood.Long may it survive.
7 Jun 2015 04:58

The Princess of Prussia, Tower Hill

picture of The Princess of Prussia, Tower Hill

Address: 15, Prescot St, London, E1 8AZ
Phone: 020 7480 5304
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Aldgate East (0.3 miles), Aldgate (0.3 miles), Tower Hill (0.3 miles)

Nearest DLR stations: Tower Gateway (0.2 miles), Shadwell (0.7 miles), Bank (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations: Fenchurch Street (0.4 miles), London Liverpool Street (0.8 miles), London Bridge (0.9 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

The Princess sells Shepherd Neame beer so of course it's a good pub. It looks like a pub should do (including an old fashioned but clean bog) and the staff are generally very helpful. On the whole the food has been perfectly acceptable but not exactly cheap - it's a pub for goodness sake. Unlike some of the places further west it's not full of poseurs and gobshites. I approve of this pub.
6 Oct 2015 21:49
Visited here on the basis of good reviews and wasn't disappointed. Unspoilt Victorian pub with decent beer, pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff. Somehow this pub escaped the attentions of the Luftwaffe and redevelopment - well worth a vist.
10 Mar 2015 16:53
Nice looking pub outside and in. Front bar has wood floor and tables and chairs,
back room is carpeted with bench seats and stools with tables. Friendly staff and good Shep' Neame beers. My Spitfire was £4.00, more than my local but i suppose the price you pay in central London.
My only DISLIKE was putting up the stools on the bench seats before last orders. I think this should be done in the 20 min drinking up time at the earliest, and when a table became vacant, it was cleared and sprayed with a cleaner which smelled strong. Not what you want when drinking beer etc.
7 Mar 2015 09:57

The Bree Louise, Euston

picture of The Bree Louise, Euston

Address: 69 Cobourg Street, London, NW1 2HH
Phone: 020 7681 4930
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.1 miles), Euston Square (0.1 miles), Warren Street (0.2 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.5 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.6 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

This pub is not what it used to be ,I think it is under threat from the HS2 railway
so why would the owners risk spend any money on it.
9 Sep 2015 13:38
This pub's interior is about as appealing as a drop-in centre. The barman was very surly and my pint from the cask behind the bar cost a small fortune at £4.40. It was also off.

I won't be coming here again anytime soon.
8 Sep 2015 18:44
Not going to rate this pub again at the moment, but like outlamehead I'd thought it has been resting on it's laurels for a year or two with a declining range in terms of beers actually on at any given time and beer quality.

However I was in last week, meeting a couple of people as handy for the Station. The quality of both the Hop Head and Brains Revd James Gold was tip top, as was the half of a craft IPA (forget it's name now) I tried, so hopefully it's getting back to being as good as it was again.
22 Jul 2015 17:12

Red Lion, Ealing

picture of Red Lion, Ealing

Address: 13 St Marys Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RA
Phone: 020 8567 2541
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: South Ealing (0.5 miles), Ealing Broadway (0.6 miles), Northfields (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations: Ealing Broadway (0.5 miles), West Ealing (0.8 miles), Drayton Green (1.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I've been going into this place for 40 years now, & I can certainly say it has increased radically in size, probably X 3! In the mid-seventies, it was a tiny L-shaped thing, with no extension beyond the bar, nor garden access. Anyway, quite aside from quibbling about square footage, what's been said about staff, regulars, prices, beer quality & the gastro syndrome stands as far as I'm concerned.
6 Oct 2015 14:48
I should hope the Red Lion has been refurbished from time to time but I am sure it has not "trebled" in size. Anyway, I have always found it a pleasant little pub when walking from Ealing Broadway to South Ealing.
8 Jun 2015 12:29
I totally agree with Snarling Mallard's post of 3 Jan. I somewhat reluctantly popped in on Sunday evening, & all the staff negatives he lists- & more- were in place. The place was dingy, dirty & untidy away from the bar, & ESB was both well-expensive yet of unexceptional quality. I think the rot set in when the pub was refurbed & trebled in size, changed hands, & was gastroed up by Fuller's. Shame, but true...
19 May 2015 16:19

Ye Old Mitre, Holborn

picture of Ye Old Mitre, Holborn

Address: 1 Ely Court, Ely Place, Holborn, London, EC1N 6SJ
Phone: 020 7405 4751
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: Chancery Lane (0.2 miles), Farringdon (0.2 miles), Barbican (0.5 miles)

Nearest DLR station: Bank (1 mile)

Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.2 miles), City Thameslink (0.4 miles), London Barbican (0.5 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Made sure I visited when in London last month as it supports Mild in May.Not disappointed.Three milds on when I visited from Batemans,Enville and Hoskins.Tried the Enville and Hoskins offerings,both most acceptable.Pretty unique for a London pub to have outside gents.
7 Jun 2015 05:09
An unchanging gem hidden down a passage off Hatton Garden and within really easy range of both Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations. Always a good, changing range of well-kept beers. Ye Olde Mitre has retained the old fashioned pub approach to food for people having a few drinks – things like pork pies and scotch eggs. It is small and can get very busy at times, but equally you can find it pleasantly quiet. Oodles of character and a very long history.
29 Apr 2015 10:53
I think that this pub got new management a little while back - I overheard someone behind the bar telling a customer that they weren't planning to change anything. Good thing too. It's a curious place, but all the better for that. Real ale choice almost always good, and usually a hand pumped cider too. Food is snacks - toasties, scotch eggs, sausage (singular!) - sometimes called "English tapas".
8 Apr 2015 15:35

Trafalgar Freehouse, South Wimbledon

picture of Trafalgar Freehouse, South Wimbledon

Address: 23 High Path, Merton, London, SW19 2JY
Phone: 020 85425342
See full pub details

Nearest tube stations: South Wimbledon (0.2 miles), Colliers Wood (0.6 miles), Morden (0.9 miles)

Nearest train stations: Haydons Road (0.9 miles), Wimbledon (0.9 miles), South Merton (1.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

one of the best pubs around,enjoyed the surrey hills shere drop and collusion(new one for me)both very good.3 other beers on.cheeky cherry kriek finnish.excellent night had by all for my friends 40th birthday,and she did a good bat out of hell on the karoke!great pub and the staff were good too!
11 Oct 2015 01:31
Thursday night in the traff is always a treat. great beer and good live music. A different band / singer . Some original, some covers . Always worth a try.
4 Oct 2015 20:10
excellent boozer,enjoyed the surrey hills shere drop and very good by the horns lamberth walk porter.
8 Mar 2015 12:57

All Inn One, Forest Hill

picture of All Inn One, Forest Hill

Address: 53 Perry Vale, Forest Hill, London, London, SE23 2NE
Phone: 0208 699 3311
See full pub details

Nearest train stations: Forest Hill (0.1 miles), Honor Oak Park (0.8 miles), Sydenham (0.9 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

A revisit for me as the last pub on a small Saturday night crawl.

My first visit since January 2013 and only my 2nd ever visit.

It’s busy with food proving popular.

After visiting a couple of local pubs this was a welcome as it’s calm, has a nice class of punter and well-kept beer.

3 ales on the hand pumps on my visit, I went for pints of Cottage Brewery Iron Duke @ 4.3% & Head in a Hat Tommy @ 4.2%. Both kept very well and served with a smile.

A quick mention about the toilets, they are very clean.

I’m unsure why I don’t use this pub more often but I think I will change that from now on, it’s definitely worth a visit.
5 Jul 2015 08:18
Super professional, friendly staff. Food is wonderful- definitely the best in forest hill- unpretentious, hot, generous portions, really good quality meat etc.
toilets are consistently the cleanest pub toilets I have ever seen. Chefs whites are really white and clean too- he will often lend a hand at bar after slaving at stove. Almost worried its gonna get swamped with yummy mummies it so nice.
19 Apr 2015 17:51
Two years since last reviewing this pub I thought I'd update my opinions. If anything the pub has improved. It still has great staff including a great new manager. Saturday night is themed, at present it's Rock'n'Roll bingo which ends with a trip to the dance floor, great fun. It has BT Sport Premiership games, no Sky tv, which is great as it doesn't have all the luggage that goes with dedicated sports bars. In my opinion the welcoming atmosphere puts it way ahead of the pretentious Sylvan Post and Dartmouth, and the aircraft-hangar-dimensioned Witherspoon's Capital doesn't really warrant a mention. Highly recommended for anyone passing.
22 Feb 2015 16:02

More information

Want to find out more about pubs in London? Why not have a look at our advanced pub search or full text pub search? You might also want to browse pubs by county or region. Or have some fun with the random pub crawl generator.