When travelling to London there are a few things you can expect to encounter: unpredictable weather, being offered a cup of tea at least three times a day and an inviting pub on every corner.

All part of the London experience, The Great British Pint is a delicacy that can’t be missed. With thousands of London pubs and bars to choose from, we’ve chosen some our favourites so you can wet your whistle like one of the locals.


Best for: family fun

For traditional British food and drink in an idyllic setting, look no further than The Lighterman. First, work up an appetite exploring Kings Cross, borrow a book from The British Library and then replenish with a hearty meal afterwards. With a menu that’s designed to be shared, this spot is great for large groups and families looking for delectable English cuisine.

Try one of their delicious burgers followed by sticky toffee pudding or go over the weekend and enjoy their legendary Sunday Roast.

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Best for: couples

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Embankment, Gordon’s is a hidden gem for you to discover. Offering a delicious selection of wine from across the world and an assortment of cheeses to indulge in, it’s no wonder this place is perfect for a romantic date night.

For an atmospheric evening that can’t be beaten be sure to check out the candlelit cellar, or for daytime drinks, soak up the sun with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio on the terrace.

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Best for: a picturesque beer garden

If you’re looking for something quirky and different, head over to The Ship. Located on the banks of the River Thames this gastropub has been serving thirsty shipmates since 1786. Enter and you’ll be met by the familiar relaxing surroundings of a London pub. Then head outside to their riverside terrace for a real treat, where scenic views and an outdoor barbeque await you. Get there early to beat the crowds on a summer’s day.


Best for: a historical landmark

First opening its doors in the 1520s, the Prospect of Whitby is a strong contender for the title of London’s Oldest Pub. Dating back to the days of Henry VIII, this historic venue is ideal for travellers wanting to find out more about London’s days of old.  

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Best for: finding your favourite pint

With a daily menu of beers, ciders and ales, the Craft Beer Company have a drink for every palette. Whether you’re already a beer connoisseur or about to try your first pint there’s 45 different options to choose from. Make a day of it by walking around the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, stop for a picture outside The Royal Opera House and then pop in for a cold brew, or two.

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Whether you opt for just one of the above or choose to visit them all, pubs are a huge part of British culture. Enjoy them as part of the London nightlife or anytime you’re feeling thirsty, the locals sure do! And once you’ve worked your way through this list be sure to check our guide to the best cocktail and rooftop bars in London.