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107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is dubbed one of the best speakeasy bars in London. Certainly a little gem, with live music and awesome cocktails. Just remember to dress accordingly and it's pretty busy, so you may wanna book.

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

Nightjar was ranked in the top 5 bars in the world for number of years. It is speakeasy style bar with live jazz music and great cocktails. It is very popular, so check availability and book in adv... read more

94 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.

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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, dating from around 1520.

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

#4

The Westbourne

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

81 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.

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Stroud Greens best secret. Great local boozer, always buzzing, Pool table, Live Sports, Thai food (nothing amazing), secret garden out the back, unofficial live music on a Sunday night.

Rambling pub with bric-a-brac and vintage posters, plus spacious beer garden and menu of Thai food.

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

81 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!

Pub that does a great Sunday lunch There is a garden area at the back of the pub. Good veggie and vegan options as welll as many meat options.

This trendy pub is part of Clapton's legend and history. It is vast and with a really nice atmosphere. You will find good food and ales there.

78 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

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great place for breakfast - nice place to chill and people watch. You may need to book!

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.

72 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 lovely old fashioned local pub set in the heart of beautiful Highbury, less than ten minutes walk away. Good varied menu with huge outdoor garden at the back. Booking at weekends essential.

69 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.

This upmarket gastropub offers an excellent Modern European menu, bar food, mismatched furniture and outdoor terrace. Very spacious and welcoming, well worth a visit!

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Can be a bit hipster central but I love it as it's 2 minutes from my house. Good for Sunday Roast/food too - gets rammed at weekends. Keira Knightley usually knocking about the place too.

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

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the cosiest and nicest pubs in the area - great selection of beers, wood panelling, candles, board games, good food (chips in a pint glass).

Cosy candlelit pub serving a huge range of Belgian beers and hearty Belgian food. They have board games too! One of our favourites

The Dove is a relaxed pub and restaurant on Broadway Market with probably the widest selection of beers in East London. They have a ‘beer menu’ which lists over 100 beers from all over the world.

63 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.

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

Gastropub next to Hampstead Heath with wood-panel walls and stuffed animals, serving British menu.

#15

The Narrow Boat

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119 Saint Peter's Street·Map·Hours·Website·

63 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.

#16

Churchill Arms

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

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Built 1750, lots of Churchill memorabilia. Famed for beautiful flowers and hanging baskets, real Ales and Thai food served in the conservatory (book in advance).

The Churchill Arms lays a genuine claim to being London's most famous watering hole. It was once frequented by Winston Churchill's grandparents and it's now the preferred haunt a many celebrities.

This old english pub is definitely a must see! The outside facade is covered in flowers and regularly wins floristry awards. The inside is full of weird British trinkets and photos of Winston Churc... read more

59 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Cosy dog-friendly pub with great food & all sorts of nods to Ernest Hemingway.

This excellent pub does great food and is right next to Victoria Park if you fancy a stroll.

#18

The Captain Kidd

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$· 108 Wapping High Street·Map·Hours·

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pub withn a wonderful restored wooden decor, with stone floors and low beam ceilings, and a fantastic riverside terrace which is superb in the summer.

One of the best places to go along the river on a sunny day for a nice drink. Get there early if you want to get a sunny table outside!

Serving organic beer to sip on a sunny London day and affording a garden directly overlooking the Thames. Many a pirate fantasy has been regaled in this public house.

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Cool bar and club at the weekends, with a rooftop terrace. It's a all in one venue, hosting live music and insane parties too.

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

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

From the outside it looks like a down-and-out dive bar. Inside though is a smartly modish setting, vintage French posters on the wall and hip hop music. Young mixed crowd, great cocktails and snacks!

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.

57 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.

We love this restaurant, their food is really tasty and 100% organic. The atmosphere is very nice. Expect to pay around 16 pounds for a main. Booking is advisable.

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

53 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Quirky Kiwi run bar and cafe offering traditional Kiwi breakfast in the mornings, burgers in the afternoon, and cocktails in jam jars in the evening. Plus a big screen in the back for the footie!

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

#23

The Book Club

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$$$$· 100-106 Leonard Street·Map·Hours·Website·

53 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Spread over two floors, they offer great food (particularly the brunch menu), club nights, life-drawing classes, ping-pong tournaments, live bands, talks, and many other forms of entertainment. The... read more

Want to relax, have a bite to eat or try amazing drinks? The book club is your place. Make sure you check out their random events too from yoga dance to short film festivals!

Lively bar in a converted warehouse. The have an excellent menu serving breakfast, lunch and bar snack platters. They also have a ping pong table. Downstairs they have art and music events

#24

The Jolly Butchers

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$$· 204 Stoke Newington High Street·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Within 5 mins walk from the property, this cosy pub & bar has a huge range of Real Ales, Ciders, Craft Beers, Stouts and World Class Lagers on offer. Very busy evenings & weekends.

Great variety of beer on offer, as long as you do not want regular mainstream beer that is. No TV to spoil the atmosphere...a great place to meet mates for a good beer and chat.

Pub well known for its brilliant selection of real ales and beers (along with good food - listed as offering one of London's best Sunday roasts by Londonist.com.)

#25

The Three Crowns

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175 Stoke Newington High Street·Map·Hours·Website·

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gastropub with inspiration taken from across Europe – a cured meat plate of chorizo Iberico, prosciutto crudo & Milano salami, or Orkney salmon with aubergine Provençal & baby gem.

Great restaurant that has fish & chips night on a Tuesday, Catch of the Day on Wednesday, and steak night on Thursday, quite apart from serving excellent food the rest of the time. Also has a music... read more

Nightclub downstairs, fabulous dinners in the dining area, or have a few drinks and bar snacks in a candlelit, yet buzzy setting. Dj's on both floors Downstairs offers free/ or £5 entry to some exc... read more

#26

Canton Arms

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177 South Lambeth Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

53 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place might not look very attractive from the outside but it is definitely a hidden gem, the chef cooks outstanding cook every day! Worth a try!

Local boozer turned gastropub, with a dining room serving an upscale British menu. -

This is our lovely local pub, only a five minute walk away, but it also has a fantastic restaurant serving really high quality, seasonal British food (yes, British food can be good!). They don't ac... read more

#27

Off Broadway

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63-65 Broadway Market·Map·Hours·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing cocktail bar half way down Broadway market. Lethal cocktails and Mexican Food.

Cocktail bar serving rather tasty and reasonably priced cocktails. The bar itself is quite small with a 40s New York-esque interior. Gets pretty busy on most nights.

Very unique lists of cocktail & craft beer from all over the world, Open Mic is on every Monday evening from 8 pm for the most talented local musicians to show their magic. Feel free to join in for... read more

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Waterside pub where Charles II and Nell Gwynne once dined, with the smallest bar room in the world. Beautiful location right on the River Thames

One of the oldest pubs in London, founded in the 17th century. King Charles II entertained his mistress Nell Gwynne here. It has the smallest bar room in the world. Try to get a river terrace seat.

Sitting next to the fire, or out on The Dove's riverside terrace, you are not just sitting in any old local – you are a part of London’s rich history. A public house has stood on this site since t... read more

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cool pub popular with locals, quiz nights and more, good crowd and good pub food. Also, attached to little theater - The curtains up! A little local gem.

Nice gastro pub, always pretty lively (if a little bit 'Made In Chelsea' at times) and a rep theatre attached. Great burgers (w/ awesome onion rings)

Bar & Restaurant, 2min walk. Bright pub mixing traditional and modern styling, offering Sunday roasts and a barbecue menu.

#30

Ruby's

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76 Stoke Newington Road·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cozy basement cocktail bar ... It has a certain run down charm and the drinks are pretty good (though not on par with 69 Colebrooke Row or Happiness Forgets)

Romantic, original subterranean bar with stylish retro details, serving cocktails and craft beers.

Subterranean Cocktail Bar, retro details, with disco music on weekends.