Guide to Pubs in London

London pubs are replicated in major cities around the world but they will never be able to compete with the best pubs in London. Whether you are looking for a gastro pub for a bite to eat; or a sports pub to watch the biggest sports events at; or looking for a quite local style pub to enjoy a peaceful pint at we have lots of recommendations in our pub guide.


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Covent Garden has some great pubs which is no surprise as it is such a great area of London to meet in. Particularly if you like traditional pubs you are spoiled for choice as Covent Garden has some of the oldest and most traditional pubs to be found anywhere in London.

There are lots of pubs that serve Sunday lunch and traditional British pub grub too so if you are looking for a reasonably priced place to eat and drink one of the best gastro pubs in Covent Garden is well worth considering as a destination.

For a list of Covent Garden pubs you can view our Covent Garden pub guide (https://forbidden.london/london-guide/covent-garden/pubs) we have also recently created a blog post about our top picks for the best pubs in Covent Garden (https://forbidden.london/london-blog/best-pubs-covent-garden).




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The Hercules Pillars
The Hercules Pillars

18 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5DG

The Hercules Pillars is a charming traditional English pub that can be found minutes away from Holborn Station. This...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Covent Garden Queen Street

The Hereford Arms
The Hereford Arms

Hereford Arms, 127 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4TE

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Gloucester Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Hour Glass
The Hour Glass

The Hour Glass, 279-283 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2DY

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Brompton Brompton Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Iron Duke
The Iron Duke

11 Avery Row, Mayfair, London, W1K 4AN

The Iron Duke is a small, friendly pub in Mayfair - right at the heart of London's West End. Something of a hidden...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Avery Row Explore Mayfair

The Italian Job
The Italian Job

The Pelican, 45 All Saints Road, London, W11 1HE

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All Saints Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The King's Head
The King's Head

10 Stafford Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4RX

You will find The King's Head in Mayfair London within a short stroll of Piccadilly, Old Bond Street and Green Park...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Stafford Street Explore Mayfair

The Lyric
The Lyric

37 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London, W1D 7LT

Welcome to The Lyric, a beautiful little Victorian pub in central London that offers more than expected: An excellent...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Great Windmill Street Soho

The Market Tavern
The Market Tavern

7 Shepherd Street, London, W1J 7HR

Combining the best in British pub hospitality with individuality, character and quirky charm, The Market Tavern is...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Sheperd Street Explore Mayfair

The Marquis
The Marquis

51-52 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS

The Marquis The Marquis’ history is as colourful as the people who drink here. The name The Marquis is rooted in...Read more

Pubs Chandos Place Nightlife Bars Cocktail Bars Covent Garden

The Phoenix Pub and Dining Room
The Phoenix Pub and Dining Room

23 Smith Street, London, SW3 4EE

Reserve a table at Phoenix, London on TripAdvisor: See 87 unbiased ... Pub. 23 Smith Street | Chelsea, London SW3...Read more

Smith Street Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs Eating Restaurants

The Porterhouse
The Porterhouse

21 – 22 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA

OK, so we might be one of the largest bars in London, but it does not feel that way. The bar is split over three...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Tottenham Court Road Maiden Lane Bars Cocktail Bars Covent Garden

The Prince of Teck
The Prince of Teck

161 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9RQ

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Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Running Horse
The Running Horse

50 Davies Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 5JE

Established in 1738, The Running Horse is the oldest public house and kitchen in Mayfair. A collaboration between...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Davies Street Explore Mayfair

The Salisbury
The Salisbury

90 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AP

We've been providing the best British pub food and drink to the people of our great cities for over two...Read more

Nightlife Pubs St Martin's Lane Covent Garden

The Sherlock Holmes Pub
The Sherlock Holmes Pub

10 Northumberland Street, St James's, London, WC2N 5DB

We're a traditional pub in London offering great food and drink, whilst you admire memorabilia from one of the...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Northumberland Street St James's

The Ship
The Ship

116 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TT

The best nights out in Soho always start at The Ship - a lively local at the heart of the Soho music scene. A relaxed...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Soho Wardour Street

The Star Tavern
The Star Tavern

6 Belgrave Mews West, London, SW1X 8HT

Recognised as one of the best pubs in Belgravia, The Star Tavern is an award-winning, traditional London pub. Our...Read more

Nightlife Belgravia Pubs

The Toucan
The Toucan

19 Carlisle Street, Soho, London, W1D 3BY

The Toucan is a cosy little pub in the heart of soho. The bar was set up by Colin Taylor and his business partner to...Read more

Pubs Carlisle Street Soho Nightlife Bars Cocktail Bars

The Wellington
The Wellington

351 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0HS

Our pub dates from 1903 and is well known for featuring an attractive neo-gothic exterior. We retain many lovely...Read more

Pubs Strand Nightlife Bars Cocktail Bars Covent Garden

The Whip
The Whip

1st Floor, 50 Davies Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 5JE

Mayfair's newest cocktail bar.Read more

Nightlife Bars Pubs Davies Street Explore Mayfair

The White Hart
The White Hart

191 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5QD

The Old Bailey archives reveal this corner to be the first and oldest licensed premise in London, dating back to...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Drury Lane Covent Garden

The Wigmore (at The Ritz)
The Wigmore (at The Ritz)

Langham House, 1C Portland Place, London, W1B 1JA

The Wigmore, a new modern British Tavern is now open. Located on Regent Street, The Wigmore is set to become a new...Read more

Nightlife Bars Pubs Marylebone Portland Place

Part of The Langham Hotel

The Worlds End Market
The Worlds End Market

Worlds End, 459 King's Road, London, SW10 0LR

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King's Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Trafalgar
Trafalgar

The Trafalgar, 200 King's Road, London, SW3 5XP

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King's Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Ye Grapes
Ye Grapes

16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London, W1J 7QQ

Ye Grapes is a handsome old building set in a corner of Shepherd Market, containing an eccentric collection of olde...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Shepherd Market Explore Mayfair Eating Thai Restaurants

Zetland Arms PH
Zetland Arms PH

Zetland Arms, 2 Bute Street, London, SW7 3EX

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Bute Street Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Bavarian Beerhouse (Tower Hill)
Bavarian Beerhouse (Tower Hill)

9 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AR

Bavarian Beerhouse Tower Hill closed permanently on October 22, 2018Read more

City of London Nightlife Pubs

Molly Moggs
Molly Moggs

2 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4TA

Friendly bar on the corner of Soho, live drag entertainment 7 days a week.Read more

Pubs Old Compton Street Soho Nightlife Bars Cocktail Bars

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