skip nav  
 

South East London pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of South East 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 Kings Arms, Waterloo

picture of The Kings Arms, Waterloo

Address: 25 Roupell Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8TB
Phone: 020 7207 0784
See full pub details


Nearest tube stations: Southwark (0.2 miles), Waterloo (0.2 miles), Lambeth North (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Waterloo East (0 miles), London Waterloo (0.2 miles), Blackfriars (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Old fashioned corner pub with the bar divided into two parts. Eight different real ales available, four in each half of the pub. Have to say that apart from the Wadworth 6X I didn't recognise the beers.
Unfortunately due to time I could only stay for the one. Will definitely visit this place again!
One word of caution though. It gets very busy! On my visit I it was still early in the evening and there were people all over the pavement. (Not in an overly inebriated way!)
30 Jul 2017 05:11
Lovely traditional boozer that had real fires burning on both sides of the bar when we went in last week. Didn't try the Thai food but there was a very good selection of ales, most of which were very good. I couldn't see a list of ales anywhere though so you have to have a wander round to the other side to see what is available on the hand-pumps there.
Was very busy when we were there but the bar staff were still managing to serve everyone quickly with little waiting. Very nice place.
16 Jan 2017 11:54
Excellent free house in a time warp street a few minutes walk of Waterloo station. 8 real ales on, all from small micros and the three we had were on good form.
16 Nov 2016 22:21

Westow House, Crystal Palace

picture of Westow House, Crystal Palace

Address: 79 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 1TX
Phone: 020 8670 0654
See full pub details


Nearest train stations: Crystal Palace (0.3 miles), Gipsy Hill (0.4 miles), Anerley (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

We retreated from the Grape & Grain across the other side of the traffic lights to the much livelier Westow House. I quite like Antic pubs and this one is no exception. Although no dark beers or real cider means it will stay as a 6/10 after this visit. The ale choice was Volden Pale & Session, Brighton Bier South Coast IPA, Redwell Julol, But The Horns Stiff Upper Lip, Adnams Ghost Ship & Dark Star Hophead. Many people were eating food and most tables were taken. If you're in the area, give it a try.
22 Jan 2017 23:47
Large Antic pub, on the corner of the Triangle. Decent enough place, decent selection of ales. Had a beer festival on when I first visited, not sure if that was one-off a an annual thing.
Beer is on the pricey side, but good quality and usually served in proper jug. There is a table football machine and pinball machine inside the pub.
31 Dec 2016 12:29
Good place to have a drink, huge selection of craft beer. Food is somewhat overpriced, better to have a Sunday roast at the Alma or White Hart. Other food is quite good though. DJ on Saturday nights which is good if that's your kind of thing, absolutely packed on weekends. Live music on Friday nights which unfortunately is usually sub-par cover bands (the staff wear ear plugs on these nights for a reason). Management frequently drunk on duty.
3 Sep 2016 22:32

The Hole In The Wall, Waterloo

picture of The Hole In The Wall, Waterloo

Address: 5 Mepham St, London, SE1 8SQ
Phone: 020 7928 6196
See full pub details


Nearest tube stations: Waterloo (0.1 miles), Lambeth North (0.4 miles), Southwark (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Waterloo (0.1 miles), London Waterloo East (0.1 miles), London Charing Cross (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

There was a crowd of us who popped in after visiting the Christmas market. When we walked in it was pretty empty and dark. The beer were ok but the service for the bar staff was very miserable and the manager I presume (a guy) was very miserable and wouldn't make eye contact with you and basically ignored you and before last orders was clearing up and when asked if the pub was closing he just grunted yes, still not making eye contact, it was like he just didn't want us to be there. I wouldn't recommend wasting my time or money in going back again as there are a lot more happier pubs around who are willing to take time in greeting this customers and actually showing an interest in them rather than just taking their money!
21 Dec 2016 17:06
The last poster didn't have a drink - but opines that it probably is a good beer pub!

Why not try it, and tell us after?
4 Nov 2016 17:45
Walked in but didnt stay for a drink. Looked messy and not inviting. But its probably still a good beer pub if waiting for a train
4 Nov 2016 15:56

The George, London Bridge

picture of The George, London Bridge

Address: 77 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NH
Phone: 020 7407 2056
See full pub details


Nearest tube stations: London Bridge (0.2 miles), Borough (0.3 miles), Monument (0.5 miles)


Nearest DLR stations: Bank (0.7 miles), Tower Gateway (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Bridge (0.2 miles), Cannon Street (0.5 miles), Fenchurch Street (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

As you approach this square, with the pub on your right, as shown in the photo, the setting is very attractive - it reminded me of Shambles Square in Manchester. But then if you turn to your right it's all quite ugly - though there is a decent view of one of the large new City constructions. It's a nice traditional boozer though and the house "George" Ale, was excellent. Seating outside was very pleasant though not enough of the area was catching the sun for my liking.
8 Aug 2017 12:29
Got to come here at least once in your life.

A living piece of history.

Sadly, the beer is usually ghastly. Although on my last visit - the nutty hen was in good condition.

Some photos at my blog - http://bit.ly/2cYVT2P
18 Sep 2016 12:09
Not sure that a summer Saturday early evening is the best way to judge The George.

Packed out (more so out than in). Reasonable choice of real ales (not all Greene King) but at a price. Rather liked the off-sales place where you got served through a window.

It is an historic pub, I suppose we all ought to go there once.
17 Aug 2016 21:42

Funky Munky, Camberwell

Address: 25 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR
Phone: 020 7277 1806
See full pub details


Nearest train stations: Denmark Hill (0.4 miles), Loughborough Jn (0.8 miles), Peckham Rye (1 mile)


Reviews by BITE users:

Not a bad pub at all.

However, why is the profile relating to any comment worth reading in its own right nearly always deleted?

You'd not have thought that the Plymouth Brethren would run a pub site, would you?
29 Apr 2017 15:19
The Stormbird was the better of the 2 Camberwell pubs I tried last night. I visited the Hermit's Cave across the road back in 2010. Whilst they are related, they are worlds apart. The Hermits Cave has the better atmosphere. The Stormbird has the better beers. The latter has limited seating. I ended up propping up the bar. Only 3 real ales were on - Five Points Railway Porter, Hawshead Windermere Pale & Siren Liquid Mistress. Ciders were Sandford Orchards Devon Mist & Thistly Cross Whisky Cask. Another key draw is the craft beer selection, which included brews from Beavertown, Magic Rock, Left Hand Brewing, Mikkeler, Moor & Siren. There was also a decent bottle selection. Pub of the day in South East London for me and the Railway Porter was divine!
22 Jan 2017 23:59
The Stormbird, as this pub is now called, continues to offer its wide selection of generally well-kept ales.

However, its busy trade seems to have taken its toll on the furnishings, and it is beginning to resemble a students union bar perhaps.

Some investment is needed. It's looking a bit too lived-in these days.

A couple of session-strength beers would also encourage customers to stay longer and have more than just a couple, as sensible folk do with the strong stuff.
13 Oct 2016 19:17

The Alexandra, Penge

Address: 163, Parish Lane, Penge, London, SE20 7JH
Phone: 020 8776 7694
See full pub details


Nearest train stations: Kent House (0.4 miles), Penge East (0.4 miles), Penge West (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Reopened under new management this week. Deceptively spacious with a raised bar area to the front and good use of a railway arch to the rear which has been fully incorporated into the building. The fire escape map shows a large function room as well but I haven't seen it. Good range of beer including local brewery Southey, some Adnams and London Beer Factory. Slightly controversially serves in 2/3rd glasses rather than pints but I have to say I like that. Tres European. Absolutely rammed the first time I went in, like a crèche in the early afternoon but a really great locals atmosphere in the evening. Feels like a real destination place at the moment. They will be serving food but the kitchen isn't finished yet. They seem to be growing a large number of plants under the railway arch which makes for interesting decor. Glass of Beyond The Pale was £3. Very good.
25 Mar 2017 10:58
Reopened under new management this week. Deceptively spacious with a raised bar area to the front and good use of a railway arch to the rear which has been fully incorporated into the building. The fire escape map shows a large function room as well but I haven't seen it. Good range of beer including local brewery Southey, some Adnams and London Beer Factory. Slightly controversially serves in 2/3rd glasses rather than pints but I have to say I like that. Tres European. Absolutely rammed the first time I went in, like a crèche in the early afternoon but a really great locals atmosphere in the evening. Feels like a real destination place at the moment. They will be serving food but the kitchen isn't finished yet. They seem to be growing a large number of plants under the railway arch which makes for interesting decor. Glass of Beyond The Pale was £3. Very good.
25 Mar 2017 10:58
CLOSED, but scheduled to reopen in January 2017 to be run by Late Knights
20 Nov 2016 10:00

More information

Want to find out more about pubs in South East 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.