Best Bars in London

114 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Speakeasy-style subterranean bar with live jazz and blues. Rated third best in the world for cocktails. Booking strongly advised.

Speakeasy-style jazz bar with live music on most nights and gorgeous 1920 style decor. Booking is essential to get a table here. The cocktails are original and delicious.

Jazzy cocktail bar with live music every night. Do not attempt to get there without a reservation. You might actually need to book quite in advance. Music is great but often you will not be seated ... read more

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

"Housed in an 18th century pub in the heart of De Beauvoir Town, Duke’s Brew and Que combines Logan Plant’s obsession with authentic American BBQ and great beer."

London's best bbq restaurant created by Robert Plant's son! Duke's has an exceptional selection of craft beers from all over the world (as well as beers brewed by Beavertown Brewery also owned by y... read more

Deep South barbecue in a brick-walled pub conversion with extensive craft beers on tap.

94 local Airbnb hosts recommend

MIDRANGE: More Belgian beers than you can shake a stick at, good food I'm told though not eaten there for yonks...

A great and popular local pub. A huge selection of craft and Belgian beers especially, as one as nice food and outdoor seating.

Traditional London pub, but with emphasis on Belgian beers (sadly, not as many on draft as before). I like Sunday lunch in the restaurant (usually need to book ahead) with roast chicken dinner for ... read more

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Upmarket restaurant and bar with amazing views of the city from the 38th floor. Open 24 hrs. Best to book in advance. Smart dress code. On the same building is SushiSamba, which requires booking mo... read more

Open 24 Hours a Day. 7 Days a Week. This is The Highest Restaurant in London with great views. Duck & Waffle offers a playful take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences emp... read more


The Westbourne

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$$· 101 Westbourne Park Villas·Map·Hours·Website·

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just across the road from the Cow. Lovely outside seating area at the front, which catches the sun directly. Funky decor inside. Good selection of beer and food. The haunt of many celebs (apparently)

Gastropub with bistro tables and outdoor seating, popular with young media types.

Gastropub with bistro tables and outdoor seating, popular with young media types. This is a very popular spot during summer evenings.

92 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Historic pub across the street. It lays claim to being the site of the oldest riverside tavern, dating from around 1520. The food is not outstanding, but it is nice for a drink.

Laying claim to the prestigious title of 'the oldest riverside pub in London', this large, nautically-themed traditional english pub serves great beer, a wide variety of wines & spirits and freshly... read more

The Prospect of Whitby is a historic public house on the banks of the Thames at Wapping in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It lays claim to being the site of the oldest riverside tavern, datin... read more

92 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A true local pub with great atmosphere and interesting decor but can be very crowded at popular times. Tiered garden that must be seen. Thai food, live music on Sundays and a quiz on Mondays (which... read more

Great pub to go, specially during the summer mainly because its amazing beer garden split in several floors. Drinks are reasonably priced, the Thai food is good and it’s a sport-watchers paradise,... read more

Frequently touted as the best pub in Finsbury Park, the Faltering Fullback is a charming Irish pub filled with three floors vintage furnishings. It’s main selling point is the huge garden which is ... read more

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Airy traditional pub with sofas and standard lamps, park-side beer garden, boules and weekend DJs.

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great pub with a nice outside area and do amazing Sunday roasts. Make sure to get there before 3pm though - as they sell out fast!

A hipster destination, if you like that kind of thing.. Decent selection of beers, good Sunday roast and a sizeable beer garden

Massive venue with a stylishly downtrodden feel, a terrace and a range of hard-to-find craft beers.

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our favourite boozer. A gastro pub with an excellent menu, beers on tap and an outside area which is lovely to sit in during the warmer months. Nice crowd, a bit older which suits us better.

This gastro pub has steak at its heart; its prime beef sourced from Smithfield market and grilled to perfection. This is a meat-lover’s dream with an extensive range of steaks including a 500g t-bo... read more

Gastro Pub, great food, and lovely restaurant at the back of pub that opens out onto terrace in summer. We recommend the Provencal Rose and the Chicken Pie, delicious!

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This local pub in Bow won the Evening Standard Pub of the Year Award a few years ago but the standard of service, quality of food and general "feel good" factor are still well above average

The food here is so good that it's in a couple of restaurant guides. Nice beer and atmosphere. Closes at 11pm most nights and 10.30pm on Sunday. (See the Coborn Arms.) Food served until 9pm.

A typical British gastropub with good quality pub food and lots of seating for enjoying a pint of beer. No hipsters here - just local people who enjoy a peaceful and civilised drink.

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Traditional British pub serving food. Excellent beer garden. Swing dancing with live band and lessons every Tuesday. Live Jazz on certain Thursdays. Go to website for what's on.

Pub with bright bar and wooden floors, serving British food prepared from carefully sourced produce.

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A popular & friendly diverse gay venue with stylish decor. The venue is split over two floors and offers a range of food and drink, a vibrant atmosphere and occasional DJs.

Eclectic gay bar/cafe with cocktails, comfort food & a full calendar of art shows & music events. The music events in basement are worth checking out!

Eclectic gay bar/cafe with cocktails, comfort food & a full calendar of art shows & music events

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Grapes is an old pub currently owned by Ian McKellen, e.g. Gandalf. In this pub Charles Dickens has been a patron. He even made reference to the pub in his novel 'Our Mutual Friend'. “A tavern of d... read more

This pub is over 400 years old and used to serve the sailors coming in from trips from all over the British Empire. These days, it's a quaint little old pub, with friendly staff and good, hearty Br... read more

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Warm and inviting gastro pub with a lovely ambience serving high quality modern European dishes. I recommend all my guests to at least try their breakfast..

The good is excellent, the atmosphere is even better. A great place for traditional British Roast Sunday Lunch. But be sure to book as it's very popular.

Breakfast Served Daily 0800-1130 Our focus is on fresh British produce with the chefs changing menus frequently to highlight the best seasonal offering, sourced from local Bermondsey suppliers, and... read more


Bar Story

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$$· 213 Blenheim Grove·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

'Bar Story is a bit like a warehouse underneath Peckham Rye station, quite dark and bare with basic furniture, but it pretty much succeeds in what it's trying to do - be a trendy bar! '- Fancyapint

Young, dumb and full of fun. Cocktails so good, you’ll want two. Luckily, they’re 2-for-1 between 6pm and 7pm on weeknights. (This may result in a panicky over-purchase at 6.57pm, leaving with you... read more

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Low-lit Shoreditch bar with Lewis Carroll-themed interior and long menu of innovative cocktails. See if they let you through the wardrobe.

Love cocktails? Look no further than Callooh Callay. This international award- winning bar serves up some of the most inventive cocktails in London. Its Lewis Carroll theme makes it a quirky spot f... read more

Nestled in the heart of the East End, Callooh Callay has been on Rivington Street, Shoreditch for more than eight years and has won multiple international awards including 'world's best cocktail me... read more

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Offers cosy log fires in the winter & excellent pub garden for summer, has won Observer “Best Sunday Lunch 2009”, is one of The Independent’s “Top 50 SundayLunch Venues” & Guardian’s “Best UK Pubs"

Classic English Pub, almost country style. With a fantastic garden in the summer & amazing roast lamb. Go with a group of friends who enjoy eating & while away a lazy sunday afternoon!

A bit off the beaten track, but is one of my favorite pubs. It has cozy log fires in the winter and a huge outdoor space in the front and back in the summer. Great roasts, great drinks and perfec... read more


Crooked Billet

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14–15 Crooked Billet·Map·Hours·Website·

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lovely old pub in the corner of Wimbledon Common. Along with its neighbour, the Hand in Hand, this is the place to make for in the summer. And on a cold or wet day, the pub is ideal to get away fr... read more

Our local pub with a good range of beers, wines and spirits. It has a large beer garden and excellent menu including burgers, steak, fish & chips. The Sunday lunch menu is highly recommended.

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great local. Good food, a warm atmosphere, a back garden. It's all wooden tables and a gently hipster feel.

Very cozy and popular pub serving wonderful pub food and the usual adult beverages. A great place for a drink before catching a film at the Hackney Picturw House

Another nice pub on route to London fields park. Stop for refreshment as you walk to broad way market...

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A really lovely and lively local gastro pub in a residential area very close to central Islington. Menu has good variety but focus is on great organic food - vegetarian dishes and fish are superb.

Gastropub with stripped-down decor serving organic beer, wine and meat plus sustainable fish.

Gastropub with stripped-down decor serving organic beer, wine and meat plus sustainable fish. Bus 38 or 56.

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favourite gastro pub in London. It's pricey but worth it. Right next to Hampstead Heath. On weekends you will need to book.

One of the best gastropubs in London! Delicious food, lovely atmosphere, opposite the Heath. You need to book or there are a few small tables you can sometimes get if you turn up early.

This is a gastro pub right by the heath so before sunset it is great to have a drink outside.The food is lovely although pricey but you can have a drink and a plate of their delicious chunky chips ... read more

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

English pub on the canal, take your drink and sit outside, either order some food there as well or take your own picnic. Get there by walking along the canal from my house.

A charming pub along the canal - great for a burger or glass of wine, and a fun atmosphere on weekends when things spill out around the canal path and bridge

A cute little pub situated directly on Regents Canal in Islington, with views of the canal and serves good food.


The Churchill Arms

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$· 119 Kensington Church St·Map·Hours·Website·

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A 'Very British' Thai restaurant - in Notting Hill Gate! What more could you want? Fabulous pub setting decorated to the MAX inside and out - probably London's most famous Thai restaurant.

A big old pub turned into an mazing thai restaurant. Really fun, not expensive. Delicious food, and the best hanging plants to decorate the outside of any english pub I've seen in London. A real mi... read more

Come here for an after work pint and stay on for a bite from their interesting and exceptionally tasty Thai food menu. A great range of curries, noodles and rice dishes are whipped up and served in... read more

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hidden Cocktail Bar. There’s nothing quite like a speakeasy to make you feel in-the-know. Tourist or not, Happiness Forgets is one such bar that never fails to impress a new visitor. Tucked away i... read more

Tucked away in a small basement in Hoxton Square, Happiness Forgets’ deep red walls and candle-lighting create an intimate atmosphere for a date or pre- drinks with friends. The sounds of jazz, pop... read more

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Neighbourhood gastropub serving British meals made with locally-sourced ingredients. 84 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JL

Great food and wines. Fabulous background music, mostly jazz and opera in the toilets.

A beautiful pub that serves the best Beef Wellington (portion is for 2) you've ever had! Better to come in early on weekends to avoid disappointment.

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's small but perfectly formed. A brilliantly decorated, super smooth cocktail bar - it's always playing the very best old skool hip hop and serving up the finest cocktails. The food is good too.

8-minute walk. Exposed bricks and quirky taxidermy decorate this compact cocktail bar with a hip-hop soundtrack.

Don’t be put off by the unusual name – there are no devil-worshippers here, only cocktail lovers looking for the next great drink in this dark and moody bar with taxidermy on the walls and 90s hip-... read more

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar, nightclub, roof terrace, performance space and art gallery, Queen of Hoxton is a staple of the East End’s cultural fabric, complete with a delicious off the grill menu and inventive cocktail l... read more

Bar and club hosting dance DJs, live music and installations on 3 levels, with roof garden barbecue.

Bar and club hosting dance DJs, live music, cinema screen and installations on 3 levels, with roof garden barbecue, street food and slushies cocktails. Bus 149 or 21 or Dalston Junction to Shoredit... read more

59 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Funky, young and hip cocktail bar now serving decent Mexican food. Cocktails are fantastic, music is good and there is generally a good vibe to be found here.

Trendy repurposed wood bar and packing crate shelves in a drinks joint serving locally sourced food. Best bar in the area.

For the speakeasy vibe and the sense you’re in New York, The Shop is a chic yet rough-round-the-edges cocktail bar serving jam-jar drinks and some easy listening beats. The local hipsters who haven... read more

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Air BnB don't have a category for 'pub' but this is what this is - a proper old fashioned East End pub. No thrills and don't try to order any thing too fancy - beer, gin & tonic and crisps is the w... read more

The easiest way to get to Shoreditch is by bus. Catch the number 8 bus from Haverfield Green / Grove Road (Stop D). Get off at Brick Lane or Shoreditch Highstreet to explore the area. The bus run... read more