The Best Pubs in London

If you travel to London and don’t drink a pint in a pub, were you ever really in London?

The pub culture in London has become part of the nation’s fabric, so much so that there are pubs on practically every street corner. Whether you prefer beer, wine, a classic Sunday roast, or some cheesy fries (a must-try — they’re much better than the American iteration), there are plenty of ways to spend an afternoon in one of the UK capital’s many public houses. For a little inspiration, check out this list of the top three pubs in London.

The George

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If you’re looking for a traditional London pub, look no further than The George. This must-visit hangout spot dates back to the seventeenth century and is part coaching inn, part pub. The wooden, old-fashioned interior is as cozy as can be in the wintertime, giving way to an outdoor courtyard in the summer, so you can sip and relax under the sun. The George is on the south bank of the River Thames, not far from Borough Market or the Shard. Here you’ll find all your classic pub fare: scotch eggs, chicken wings, baked potatoes, burgers, fish and chips, sausage and mash, and a steak and ale pie that is simply to die for. In other words, be sure to go here on an empty stomach! Beyond the food, The George has a wide range of beer, but is also known for its cocktails and selection of spirits.

The Churchill Arms

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There are plenty of reasons to love The Churchill Arms, but our favourite might actually be the exterior. A stone’s throw from Notting Hill Gate tube station is where you’ll find this lively and colourful pub, always adorned with a myriad of hanging flower baskets, no matter the season. If that isn’t enough to bring you in the door, consider what’s on the inside: Winston Churchill memorabilia (for all the history lovers) and an eclectic menu that includes Indian curry and Thai noodles. As you might expect, Fuller’s is always on tap, but is complemented by Kronenburg, Peroni, Carling, and a surprisingly extensive wine list. The Churchill Arms is an example of British eccentricity at its finest, making even the most homesick tourist feel at home.

The Porterhouse

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The Porterhouse, an Irish bar in the heart of Covent Garden, happens to be one of the largest pubs in the city, spanning a total of three floors. What we love about this pub is the fact that it’s part bar, part club, so if you’re looking for a place to transition into evening without travelling to another location, this is the spot to do it. Unlike your traditional pub, The Porterhouse is spacious and gets lots of natural light; it has a terrace in the summer, a clear roof on the top floor where the main bar is located, a Dingle Whisky Bar, and the basement, which is where you’ll find a club-like atmosphere in the evenings. Draft beer is the specialty here, and there are eight different types of Porterhouse Brewing Company beers available (Porterhouse is the largest independent brewery in Ireland), so this is a great spot for all beer connoisseurs.

Emily Southey
Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.