Anyone who’s pulled up a barstool at a watering hole in London shouldn’t be surprised that the British capital is home to some of the best pubs in the world. After years of offering Food & Beer Tours in London we assembled a lineup of in-the-know bloggers to give us their two cents on which is the best pub in London. This list is includes the best of the best, from traditional British pubs to quirky, queer bars. We’ll drink to that!

Lord Wargrave has a selection of over 230 whiskies. (Photo credit: Lord Wargrave)

1 – Lord Wargrave, Marylebone

Chosen by: Victoria – Fashion’s On Vacation
What do you like most about this pub? 

I love this pub because it has a around 150 whiskeys from around the world behind the bar and it serves the most delicious ribs in London! Definitely get the Jacob’s ladder beef ribs, they’re incredibly meaty.

What are you drinking?

Whiskey or a Beavertown Neck Oil IPA.

2 – The Albion, Islington

Chosen by: Frankie ThompsonAs the Bird flies

What do you like most about this pub? 

The main reason I like this pub is the beer garden. It’s a cosy, but spacious green space tucked away from the main drag and any traffic. During the day it’s great for families, but later on in the evening there’s a definite party atmosphere. The same goes for inside The Albion, and the food is excellent!

What are you drinking?

I’m partial to a nice Italian red with my Sunday roast, but The Albion has a fine cocktail menu and over ten different types of gin to choose form.

3 – The Glory, Dalston

Chosen by: Adam GroffmanTravels of Adam

What do you like most about this pub? 

The Glory is a gay pub in East London – super quirky, bright, cheery and always a lot of fun. With regular drag shows and other fun events, there’s a social atmosphere inside and it’s easy to make friends or meet new people — a definite must visit pub for East London!

What’s your favourite drink to enjoy in this pub?

Just a cheap beer!


The Spaniards is a traditional British pub with a cosy atmosphere. (Photo credit: The Spaniards)

4 – The Spaniards, Hampstead Heath

Chosen by: Yisheyne – SMALLCRAZY

What do you like most about this pub? 

It’s near the park, has a large outdoor space and garden, good variety of beer, and feels tranquil as it is out of the city. They also have fires in winter to keep you warm. The indoor space is cosy and I love the wooden walls.

5 – Rutland Arms, Hammersmith

Chosen by: Neil BarnesBackpacks and Bunkbeds

What do you like most about this pub? 

Located right on the river, so perfect for afternoon relaxing in the sunshine (on the occasion that London actually sees the sun), and/or for watching the sun go down as you enjoy an evening jar. Accessible only by foot, it has a nice selection of guest ales, and does a mean burger too. A really chilled and relaxing atmosphere inside and out.

What’s your favourite drink to enjoy in this pub?

Guest ales – whatever is on tap

If you’re in London’s Soho area, have a pint at The Ship. (Photo credit: The Ship)

6 – The Ship, Soho

Chosen by: Emma CreeseAdventures of a London Kiwi

What do you like most about this pub? 

Tucked away down a Soho side street, the Ship has such a great atmosphere we can’t helping returning time and time again. Playing a great indie/rock music playlist, serving delicious Scotch Eggs and a cracking pint of Fullers to the varied and always friendly regulars, this is our favourite London pub.

What are you drinking?

A pint of London Pride.

7 – The Sun of Camberwell, Camberwell

Chosen by: Lucy McGuireThe Travel Journo

What do you like most about this pub? 

The Sun of Camberwell has a cool, shabby chic vibe which I love, but the biggest draw is it serves up a delicious roast. It’s perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon and a glass of red wine with friends. After dinner, you can delve into their collection of retro board games. Buckaroo or Monopoly anyone?

What are you drinking?

Red wine.

The Duke of Cambridge is Britain’s first organic Certified pub. (Photo credit: Ents Weekly)

8 – The Duke Of Cambridge, Islington

Chosen by: Ceri Jones Natural Kitchen Adventures

What do you like most about this pub?

The pub is run by Organic Food Company Riverfood, the food is outstanding, mostly sourced from Riverfood in Devon and the UK, and has such a foodie atmosphere to it. Plus its beautifully decorated inside.

What are you drinking?

Gin and tonic (same anywhere!)

9 – The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead Heath

Chosen by: Turner BarrAmerican Travel Blogger

What do you like most about this pub?

The best thing about this pub is it’s dog-friendly, so you can take your dog for a walk on Hampstead Heath and then take them to the pub. In summer it’s nice to sit out in the beer garden, where they serve up a BBQ on the weekends. They also do a mean Sunday roast!

What are you drinking?

You can spice your own Bloody Marys to help kick-start your Sunday.

Ye Olde Mitre was build in 1546! (Photo credit: Ye Olde Mitre)

10 – Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn

Chosen by: PaulTravMonkey

What do you like most about this pub?

If you want a proper old style pub in London, you can’t go too far wrong with a visit to the Ye Olde Mitre. It’s a real challenge to find, hidden down a narrow alley, inside there’s a cosy atmosphere, good real ales and old skool bar snacks. If the weather is good you can drink in the courtyard area outside.

What are you drinking?


Visit The Mayflower on our London Old Docks – Historic Pubs, Food & Beer Tour

Bonus Pub – The Mayflower, Rotherhithe

Chosen by: The Eating Europe team

What do you like most about this pub? 

When you enter The Mayflower you’ll step back in time. It’s hard to find a pub that’s more character-packed than this gem which has barely changed since it was built in 1550. Look forward to oak beams, wooden pews, an open fire and a wooden deck at the back with one of London’s best view of the Thames. You can visit The Mayflower on our London Old Docks – Historic Pubs, Food & Beer Tour.

What are you drinking?

A pint of Scurvy, the pubs very own real ale.


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