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 Argyll Arms
The Argyll Arms

18 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TR

You will find The Argyll Arms in Oxford Circus London within a short stroll of Oxford Circus Tube, Oxford Street and...Read more

Bars Nightlife Pubs Argyll Street Soho Carnaby Street

100 Club
100 Club

100 Oxford Street, Fiztrovia, London, W1D 1LL

The 100 Club is one of the most celebrated live music venue in Europe and one of the most famous in the world. ...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Fitzrovia Oxford Street Live Music Venues

Antelope
Antelope

22 Eaton Terrace, London, SW1W 8EZ

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Eaton Terrace Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Barley Mow
Barley Mow

82 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JF

Records show that an Inn was built on this site in the early 18th century. The current building was adopted as the...Read more

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Blackbird
Blackbird

209 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9AN

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Bloomsbury Tavern
Bloomsbury Tavern

236 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8EG

One of the most historic pubs in Holborn, The Bloomsbury Tavern was once the ominous final watering hole en route to...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Shaftesbury Avenue Covent Garden

Blue Posts
Blue Posts

18 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PX

A small pub with a big heartHidden away off Carnaby Street, we are a Traditional Pub serving Fresh Food with a...Read more

Eating Nightlife Gastro Pubs Kingly Street Soho Carnaby Street Bars Pubs

Bonds
Bonds

11-16 Dering Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1AR

We are a relaxed, modern bar based in the heart of Mayfair, and we offer the best food and drink service delivered by...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Eating Bars Gastro Pubs Dering Street Explore Mayfair

Bunch of Grapes
Bunch of Grapes

Bunch of Grapes, 207 Brompton Road, London, SW3 1LA

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CellarDoor
CellarDoor

1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DN

CellarDoor is an intimate cocktail bar beneath the Aldwych in a space just big enough for cats (both feline and...Read more

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Churchill Arms
Churchill Arms

119 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LN

Dripping in flowers and crammed with Churchill memorabilia, The Churchill Arms is one of London’s most recognisable...Read more

Kensington Church Street Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Coach & Horses (Bruton Street)
Coach & Horses (Bruton Street)

5 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 6PT

The Coach and Horses’ beautiful exterior stain glass windows marks this pub as one that is hard to miss. The pub was...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Bruton Street Explore Mayfair

Dalla Terra
Dalla Terra

St Martins Courtyard, 25 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9AB

A bounty of beautiful bubbles, selected seasonal whites & reds are always available by the glass, alongside...Read more

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Davy's at St James's
Davy's at St James's

20 King Street, London, SW1A 1EE

An atmospheric cellar bar, elegant private rooms and the original arches of the Champagne vaults offer endless...Read more

Nightlife Bars Pubs King Street St James's Crown Passage King Street

Duke Of York
Duke Of York

8 Dering Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1AF

The title has been created a remarkable eleven times, eight as "Duke of York" and three as the double-barrelled "Duke...Read more

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Elephant & Castle Public House
Elephant & Castle Public House

Elephant & Castle, 40 Holland Street, London, W8 4LT

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Holland Street Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Experimental Cocktail Club
Experimental Cocktail Club

13A Gerrard Street , Covent Garden, London, W1D 5PS

A great place for great cocktails.Read more

Nightlife Soho Pubs Gerrard Street Covent Garden

Finborough Arms
Finborough Arms

Finborough Arms, 118 Finborough Road, London, SW10 9ED

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Flight Club (Bloomsbury)
Flight Club (Bloomsbury)

55 New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury , London, WC1A 1BS

…a social experience like no other. We’ve lovingly created beautifully designed venues, serving bespoke cocktails...Read more

Nightlife Bars Pubs New Oxford Street Bloomsbury Oxford Street

Foundation Bar
Foundation Bar

5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JA

Welcome to the underground playground in the heart of Covent Garden. Foundation Bar offers the quirkiest cocktails...Read more

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Frames
Frames

265 Kensal Road, London, W10 5DB

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Gloucester Arms
Gloucester Arms

Gloucester Arms, 34 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4RB

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Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs Gloucester Road

Goat Tavern
Goat Tavern

3 Stafford Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4RP

Clarendon House was a town mansion which stood on Piccadilly from the 1660s to the 1680s. It was built for the...Read more

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Golden Lion
Golden Lion

51 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 5BH

The Golden Lion in Chinatown dates back to 1769. The pub has many original features including a carved oak facade and...Read more

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Laylow
Laylow

10 Golborne Road, London, W10 5PE

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Golborne Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Lots Road Pub & Dining room
Lots Road Pub & Dining room

Knowles & Christou Ltd, 114 Lots Road, London, SW10 0RJ

Lots Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Lyceum Tavern
Lyceum Tavern

354 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0HS

The Lyceum is a decent enough pub, especially given its touristy location, with the usual cheap-but-decent Sam...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Strand Covent Garden

Mall Tavern
Mall Tavern

Mall Tavern, 71 Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W8 4RU

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Palace Gardens Terrace Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf

41 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LJ

A Canadian sports bar and grill located in Covent Garden.Read more

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Marlborough Head
Marlborough Head

24 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6WD

It is thought that the pub owes its name to Duke of Marlborough John Churchill. The area of Tyburn was used for...Read more

Nightlife Pubs North Audley Street Audley Street Explore Mayfair

Masons Arms
Masons Arms

Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1PY

We are a traditional pub in Mayfair. We boast a warm and welcome atmosphere, always providing friendly service.Read more

Nightlife Pubs Maddox Street Explore Mayfair

Mimosa
Mimosa

86 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HR

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Fulham Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Montagu Pyke (Charing Cross Road)
Montagu Pyke (Charing Cross Road)

105-107 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0BP

The main part of this pub (fronting onto Charing Cross Road) was built in 1911 by Montagu Pyke as his 16th (and last)...Read more

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Old Coffee House
Old Coffee House

49 Beak Street, Soho, London, W1F 9SF

A traditional looking pub, with loads of knickknacks hanging from the ceiling and pictures on the wall to impress the...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Beak Street Soho

Old Swan
Old Swan

The Old Swan, 206 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4DP

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Kensington Church Street Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Princess Louise
Princess Louise

208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London, WC1V 7EP

The Princess Louise is a famous pub in Holborn, central London, known for its traditional Victorian interior. If...Read more

Nightlife Pubs High Holborn Covent Garden High Holborn

Princess Victoria
Princess Victoria

Princess Victoria, 25 Earls Court Road, London, W8 6EB

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Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Punch & Judy
Punch & Judy

40 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF

Built in 1787, this listed building and retains much of the original brick and stonework. It's known as being one of...Read more

Pubs Nightlife Henrietta Street Covent Garden

Riley's
Riley's

Riley Arms, 433 King's Road, London, SW10 0LR

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King's Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

Rose & Crown (Old Park Lane)
Rose & Crown (Old Park Lane)

2 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QN

Our pub was once used as the living quarters for Oliver Cromwell's bodyguards. It was originally named 'The Oliver...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Park Lane Old Park Lane Explore Mayfair

Round Table
Round Table

26-27 St Martin's Court, Soho, London, WC2N 4AL

In the 18th century, the neighbourhood of St Martin's Lane, where the Round Table sit, was the resort of ‘horse and...Read more

Nightlife Covent Garden Pubs St Martin's Court Soho

Shepherds Tavern
Shepherds Tavern

50 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7SS

The Shepherds Tavern is a handsome feature in the Shepherd Market landscape. Built in 1735 as part of the original...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Hertford Street Explore Mayfair

Spread Eagle
Spread Eagle

8 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, London, W1C 2AD

The Spread Eagle in Marylebone is a traditional London pub set over two floors and found just off Oxford Street. Our...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Woodstock Street Explore Mayfair

Star & Garter
Star & Garter

62 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7NX

For a cosy night in Soho, head to The Star and Garter on Poland Street. A favourite with post-production workers and...Read more

Pubs Poland Street Soho Nightlife Bars Cocktail Bars

Taittinger Terrace
Taittinger Terrace

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5

The Taittinger Terrace is the best kept secret in Covent Garden - overlooking the bustling streets...Read more

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Tamesis Dock
Tamesis Dock

Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP

A floating pub on the South Bank of the Thames between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge Read more

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Tattersalls Tavern
Tattersalls Tavern

1 Knightsbridge Green, London, SW1X 7QN

Tattersall Tavern is named after the famous Tattersall's horse market found by Richard Tattersall in 1766. The pub...Read more

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The Academy
The Academy

The Academy, 57 Princedale Road, London, W11 4NP

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Princedale Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Audley
The Audley

41-43 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2RX

The Audley was established in 1730 as The Bricklayers Arms and was rebuilt in 1888 on the instructions of the Duke of...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Mount Street Explore Mayfair

The Back Room
The Back Room

148 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QY

Few would expect to find an understated and music-orientated hangout in the heart of Mayfair. Tucked away on Old Park...Read more

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The Beer House
The Beer House

Charing Cross Station (next to platform 1), Soho, London, WC2N 5HS

Before Charing Cross Station was built, there was a village named Charing. People met there to drink on their...Read more

Nightlife Covent Garden Pubs Charing Cross Station Soho

The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker
The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker

292-294 Saint John Street, London, EC1V 4PA

Inauthentic chinese foodsustainability is often overlooked in the hospitality industry as venues seek to cut costs...Read more

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The Blue Posts
The Blue Posts

6 Bennet Street, London, SW1A 1RP

The Blue Posts pub has been given a lease of life following the demolition of the existing site to provide a bigger,...Read more

Nightlife Pubs St James's Bennet Street

The Bolton
The Bolton

326 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9BQ

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Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Breakfast Club (D'Arblay Street)
The Breakfast Club (D'Arblay Street)

33 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8EU

Ahh, good old Soho BC. Small but mighty, this is the cafe where it all began when we opened up on D’Arblay Street in...Read more

Nightlife Pubs D'Arblay Street Soho

The Britannia
The Britannia

1 Allen Street, London, W8 6UX

The Britannia is tucked away just off Kensington High Street, at No. 1 Allen Street, and has been looking after our...Read more

Nightlife Bars Pubs Kensington

The Builders Arms
The Builders Arms

1 Kensington Court Place, London, W8 5QE

With our distinctive green exterior, it's easy to spot The Builder's Arms on the streets of Kensington. But it's not...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Gastro Pubs Kensington

The Castle
The Castle

225 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LU

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Portobello Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Chequers Tavern
The Chequers Tavern

16 Duke Street St James's, London, SW1Y 6DB

Situated in the heart of London, in Duke Street St James, The Chequers Tavern  represent the oldest of our...Read more

Nightlife Pubs St James's Gastro Pubs Duke Street St James's

The Clarence
The Clarence

4 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4LB

Located in the bustle of Piccadilly, a short walk from Green Park tube, The Clarence in Mayfair offers a welcoming...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Dover Street Explore Mayfair

The Craft Beer Co.
The Craft Beer Co.

168 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London, WC1V 7AA

For The Craft Beer Co., it’s almost fair to say that they started that wave – they formed the idea way out at sea and...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Chinatown High Holborn Covent Garden High Holborn

The Cross Keys (Covent Garden)
The Cross Keys (Covent Garden)

31 Endell Street, Greater London, WC2H 9EB

The Cross Keys is testimony to Londoners love of old fashioned Victorian pubs. It is the perfect place to lose track...Read more

Eating Nightlife Covent Garden Pubs Endell Street

The Crown
The Crown

153 Dovehouse Street, London, SW3 6LB

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Dovehouse Street Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Devonshire Arms
The Devonshire Arms

37 Marloes Road, London, W8 6LA

A stone's throw from the boutique-lined streets of South Kensington, The Devonshire Arms has rustic character and...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Gastro Pubs Kensington

The Devonshire Arms
The Devonshire Arms

37 Marloes Road, London, W8 6LA

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Marloes Road Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Duck & Rice
The Duck & Rice

90 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0QB

The Duck+Rice is a Soho pub serving Chinese comfort food. Downstairs is a public bar, fronting onto the bustling...Read more

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The Earls Court Tavern
The Earls Court Tavern

123 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9RL

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Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Fitzroy Tavern
The Fitzroy Tavern

18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2LY

The Fitzroy Tavern is a public house situated at 16 Charlotte Street in the Fitzrovia district of central London,...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Charlotte Street Fitzrovia

The Flying Horse
The Flying Horse

The Tottenham, 6 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1AN

The Flying Horse is the last remaining pub on Oxford Street. Once known as The Flying Horse, its heritage can be...Read more

Nightlife Pubs Oxford Street Fitzrovia

The George
The George

1 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8DG

There’s no shortage of great pubs in Soho - but a visit to The George is special. Cross the threshold to a warm...Read more

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The Gloucester
The Gloucester

The Gloucester, 187 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9QR

Join us at Gloucester. The Gloucester is a traditional London pub in Knightsbridge and records show that there has...Read more

Sloane Street Kensington & Chelsea Nightlife Pubs

The Goat Tavern
The Goat Tavern

The Goat, 3A Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP

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