As one of Europe’s largest cities, the English capital is home to a huge variety of bars and clubs located in popular London neighbourhoods including Soho and Camden. We asked you about some of your favourite London bars over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page and here’s what you told us.
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Jenna Paseur says:
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - one of the oldest pubs in London on Fleet Street. :-)
Cailin O'Neil says:
I was going to say Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese too! Such great beer for a cheap price and the bar itself is really cool separated into various rooms with various bars on different floors - be careful not to lose your friends in there! haha
Chris Richardson says:
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on fleet st. great little waterhole and a old as the hills
Helen Hopkins says:
I too, like Old Cheshire Cheese. The Black Friar's quaint!
Located inside a building dating back to the 17th century, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese definitely is an old-school English pub. Boasting a classic exterior, the interior is a real warren of rooms with various different bar areas down staircases and along corridors. A selection of different beers are served up alongside lots of traditional pub grub.
Location: 145 Fleet Street.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-7pm.
Diana Predrag says:
My favorite bar in London is The Tottenham, on the corner of Oxford St and Tottenham Court Rd. I went there when I first visited London four years ago, and that was the place I had my first English pint at. It was everything I imagined a London pub to be, small, crowded place with great music, bunch of mirrors and friendly folks and I instantly fell in love with the place. After getting tired from all the shopping on the Oxford St, it is really a great place to hide from the chaos, relax, but still not be too far from the mesmerizing hustle and bustle :)
Close to the Tottenham Court Road tube station, The Tottenham is situated on Oxford Street which is London’s top shopping drag. It’s a traditional pub with a welcoming atmosphere and a great selection of real ales. Wines, whiskies, gins and lagers are also available at the bar.
Location: 6 Oxford Street.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-11pm.
The Lamb and Flag
Kepa Lesmes says:
The Flag and the Lamb
This is the oldest pub in London’s popular Covent Garden area, with a licence dating all the way back to 1623. Situated across a couple of different levels, this bar also has its own courtyard which is a very popular spot on sunny summer days. Real ales are served up by the friendly bar staff, and there’s a great selection of bar food if you’re feeling peckish.
Location: 33 Rose Street, Covent Garden
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
The Sherlock Holmes
Anchieta Júnior says:
The Sherlock Holmes, 10-11 Northumberland Street, Westminster. The place offers a bar on the ground floor and on the first floor, an intimate, covered roof garden and a restaurant. Very good!
Amelie Arrer says:
Sherlock Holmes Pub
One of the coolest things about this spot is the collection of Sherlock Holmes-related artefacts dotted throughout the interior. There’s even a replica of the sitting room and study used by Holmes and Watson. Operating as both bar and restaurant, The Sherlock Holmes is spread out over two levels and also has its own covered roof garden.
Location: 10-11 Northumberland Street, Westminster .
Opening hours: Mon-sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
Garlic & Shots
Lennard Ramone says:
The cellar bar at Garlic&Shots. Weird shots, dark, psychobilly music. Excellent!
Garlic & Shots is an unusual bar and restaurant. All the dishes on the menu include garlic, even the desserts! 101 different vodka-based shots with names like ‘Spider Woman’s Kiss’ and ‘I Shot the Sherriff’ are available from the bar.
Location: 14 Frith Street, Soho.
The Camden Head
Lianne 'Lena' C says:
The Camden Head!!!
Not just a pub, The Camden head is also a great venue if you’re looking to listen to live music or laugh at a comedy gig. Established back in 1787, it’s still a really popular bar in London’s much-visited Camden neighbourhood. Pub food is available and the newly-decorated bar boasts a pool table, open fire and free WiFi. On Friday and Saturday nights, DJs provide the music in the main bar area.
Location: 100 Camden High Street, Camden Town.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11am-1am, Thurs 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am, Sun noon-1am.
Charlie Wright’s International Music Bar
May Anita Ertvåg says:
Charlie Wright`s International Music Bar :)
Undeniably cool, this jazz bar hosts live music acts from the UK and all over the world with performances taking place regularly throughout the week. Drinks served up at the bar include draught and bottled beers, wines, spirits and more. A menu filled with Thai food is also offered here.
Location: 45 Pitfeld Street, Hoxton.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed noon-1am, Thurs-Fri noon-4am, Sat 6pm-4am, Sun 6pm-1am.
Koke Kun says:
Ku Bar! :)
One of the best gay bars in London, Ku Bar is located right at the heart of the action in the bustling city centre. Offering a great selection of beers and cocktails, this funky venue also hosts a regular programme of entertainment including Retro Sexual, an 80s-themed night held every Thursday. Spread out over three floors, this award-winning bar also has a club downstairs with live DJs providing the tunes every night.
Location: 30 Lisle Street, Leicester Square.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs noon-3am, Fri-Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-10.30pm.
The World’s End
Jaroslaw Dec says:
The World's End - Camden
Tiago Toledo says:
The World's End - Camden
Located opposite the tube station in Camden, The World’s End has two different bars as well as a balcony seating area. Attracting an interesting mix of locals and visitors, this cool bar serves up plenty of draught and bottled beers, wines, spirits and more.
Location: 174 Camden High Street, Camden Town.
Heather SW says:
Ruba at the Hilton Tower Bridge.
This chic hotel bar serves up a wide variety of drinks including colourful cocktails, alongside both bar and à la carte menus. If you’re thinking of checking out this sophisticated spot, keep in mind that a smart casual dress code is enforced.
Location: Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, Tooley Street.
Aleksandra Mladenovic says:
The Albany on Great Portland St.
With a couple of different levels and outdoor seating, there are plenty of places to enjoy a drink at this newly redecorated spot. Entertainment is provided on a regular basis, with both comedy gigs and club nights held downstairs. A wide variety of drinks are available from the bar including a great selection of craft beers, while a tasty menu of bar food is also offered.
Location: 240 Great Portland Street.
Stefanie Vishab says:
The Church! For those in the know...
Especially popular with travellers from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, this weekly event takes place every Sunday. Drinks are served in cans and there’s a whole range of unusual entertainment and party games to enjoy.
Location: 12 Crane Mews, 32 Gould Road, Twickenham.
Opening hours: Sundays from noon-3.30pm.
The Witness Box
Clint Heine says:
The Witness Box, just off the embankment. Cold beer, great homemade food and free live entertainment every Friday. It's a place where staff remember your name and you will always make a new friend.
Arrive at this bar and you can sample guest ales, beers, fine wines and more. A great selection of food is also offered. On top of that, you can enjoy regular live entertainment.
Location: 36 Tudor Street, Blackfriars.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 6am-11pm, Fri 6am-11.59pm, closed Saturdays and Sundays.
The Royal Oak
Colleen O'Sullivan says:
The Royal Oak in Southwark! Classic, proper English pub.
Offering a wide variety of different drinks and an interesting bar menu, The Royal Oak attracts locals and visitors with its welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.
Location: 73 Columbia Road.
Opening hours: Mon 4pm-11pm, Tues-Thurs 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm.
Chee Huijie Angeline says:
Archangel at high st ken..
Archangel is divided into two different levels, with a basement-level club and a ground floor cocktail bar. There’s a huge selection of cocktails available in the bar area, from classics like martinis to their own signature Archangel concoction. Shooters, spirits, wines and beers also appear on the comprehensive drinks menu.
Location: 11-13 Kensington High Street.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4.30pm-2am, Sat noon-2am, Sun noon-12.30am.
Lau Roquicholi says:
Both bar and nightclub, Zoo offers a huge selection of drinks including cocktails served by the glass or jug. If you’re heading on a night out to Zoo, keep in mind that there is an admission charge.
Location: 13-17 Bear Street, Leicester Square.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-3am, Fri 4pm-3.30am, Sat noon-3.30am, Sun 3pm-2am.
The George Inn
Anamarija Bargeld says:
The George Inn in Borough High Street, a centuries old pub with fantastic food, a great atmosphere and a great mix of patrons ranging from Londoners to tourists. :)
This cosy pub is London’s only surviving ‘coaching inn’, meaning it was an inn with stables housing teams of horses used by coach travellers. Today, visitors to the pub can enjoy a drink in the historic interior or sit at one of the tables outside. Along with a great selection of drinks, the George Inn also serves up a nice selection of pub grub.
Location: George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, Southwark.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
Sarah Robertson says:
Pix bar, Neal Street. A beautiful little tapas bar with gorgeous hand crafted treats to eat.
Located right in the heart of London, Pix is a ‘pintxos’ bar. It serves up tasty tapas-like food as well as a great selection of drinks.
Location: 63 Neal Street, Covent Garden.
Jarrett R. Wøods says:
The Winchester in Islington...
Situated close to the Angel tube station, The Winchester offers a fantastic array of cocktails with very creative names like ‘Willy’s Wonka’ and ‘Peary Mason’. Hot cocktails such as the ‘Choc Work Orange’ are also available. If you’d like to share one of the hot or cold cocktails, check out the ‘Tea Tails’ served up in a teapot. The long drinks menu also features wines, champagnes and spirits.
Location: 2 Essex Road.
Janine Mullett says:
Black Friar has great food...try their pie!
A nice variety of real ales can be sampled at this traditional English pub which dates back to 1875. With lots of marble and other interesting features in its interior, the Black Friar also has a very warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Location: 174 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs & Sat 10am-11pm, Fri 10am-11.30pm, Sun noon-10pm.
Kate Plata-Navia says:
Favela Chic! In Old street...
Favela Chic operates as a bar, restaurant, club and live entertainment venue. There’s always something going on including performances by live bands, DJ sets and more. This cosmopolitan spot attracts large crowds who come to sip caipirinhas and enjoy the cool Brazilian vibe.
Location: 91-93 Great Eastern Street.
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am, closed Mondays.
Margaret Thomas says:
Three Compasses, Hornsey. Great atmosphere and service.
Housed inside a building dating back to the late 1800s, Three Compasses is an award-winning community pub. Drinks on offer include a selection of ales and lagers, while tasty pub food including Sunday roast is also served up. Free WiFi is available.
Location: 62 High Street, Hornsey.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun noon-11pm.
The Crown and Cushion
Ania Wysowska says:
Crown and cushion Westminster bridge road - a real pub!
Lots of beers and ales are available in this traditional English pub. As well as having its own beer garden, The Crown and Cushion also provides lots of enjoyable entertainment including quiz nights.
Location: 133-135 Westminster Bridge Road.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
And many more...
Paulie Jones says:
?For some of the best cocktails and most entertaining barstaff it has to be LAB in the heart if Soho, for a quiet pint in an original old school pub: the coach and horses on Stoke Newington high street N16 and to get low down and dirty and boogie the jazz bar off Shoreditch high street E5.
Fernando Nogueira says:
Worlds end (Camden); red pub (Finsbury Park); the flag and the lamb (cg)
Meri Mupa says:
To eat something and drink a beer after work 6 St Chad's Place (Kings Cross). To have some drinks a night out Cuban (Camden)
Natxo García says:
The church is AMAZING on Sunday morning!!! Waxy O'Conors and Waxy's little sister is also great!!
Louis Francis Monroy-Santander says:
The World's End or the Dublin Castle in Camden.
Andrew Munro says:
My favourite(s) are Princess Louise, Cittie of York and the already mentioned Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. All are amazing historic pubs and best of all only a few blocks apart. Great way to spend an evening
Tessa Ellen says:
THE LOCK TAVERN, CAMDEN.... And Koko.... And The Lyttelton Arms...
If you’re visiting the English capital, hopefully these suggestions will come in handy on nights out in London. To get a real taste of nightlife in London, all you have to do is check out some of these great London bars.