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Bar, table, chairs at the Dartmouth Arms, independent Kentish Town pub in London.

Dartmouth Arms

35 York Rise, London NW5 1SP

This Dartmouth den is a modern haven with sustainable meals and locally sourced drinks. Settle into the minimalist-chic interior and dive into one-of-a-kind delicacies that will certainly turn you into a foodie, even if you aren’t already. The gastro menu will be sure to make your mouth water...

Front of the pub with mural on the side at Lord Morpeth, independent Bow pub in London.

Lord Morpeth

402 Old Ford Road, Bow, London E3 5NR

This historic pub first opened in 1848 and served as a rallying point for the Suffragettes in the 1900s, as evidenced by the mural on the side of the pub. Here, the old world traditional wooden floor and bare walls meet a classy polished bar and vibrant orange walls. Surprisingly, this eclectic mix is a complimentary pairing!

Front of the pub, terrasse with customers at Lord Nelson, an independent Southwark pub in London.

Lord Nelson

243 Union Street, London SE1 0LR

This local spot is quirky and unusual, yet equally endearing - the perfect place for anyone who delights in the unorthodox. With its one-of-a-kind decor and inclusive community, Lord Nelson is sure to become your new favourite. Stop on by for some to die for burgers, you won’t want to dine anywhere else ever again!

Front of the pub with customers at Old China Hand, independent Clerkenwell pub, London.

Old China Hand

8 Tysoe Street, London EC1R 4RQ

With the modern Asian twist of this minimalist pub, you wouldn’t expect this place to meet all of the criteria of a traditional pub: two dart boards, amazing choice of beers on tap, crisps at the bar, sturdy wooden stools, and a friendly landlady. There will be no doubt that you’ve found the best pub in Clerkenwell! No food available.

Tables, bar, chairs and frames on the wall at Simon the Tanner, independent Bermondsey pub, close to Tower Bridge, London.

Simon the Tanner

231 Long Lane, London SE1 4PR

Situated in a quiet corner of Bermondsey, this hidden gem is perfect for music lovers, foodies, or anyone seeking an upscale pub experience. The dark interior, complete with wooden furniture contributes to the cosy atmosphere. There are even alcoved seating areas with curtains!

Front of the pub with view on London at Skehan's, independent Irish pub in Peckham, London.


1 Kitto Road, London SE14 5TW

One of the few remaining independent family-run pubs in South London. With over 200 years of history, Skehans is brimming with character, featuring a wood stove, a traditional front bar, and a beautiful hidden garden. Come for the odd pint, delicious Thai food or live music!

Front of the pub terrasse, tables and benches at the Angel of Bow, independent pub in Bow, East London

The Angel of Bow

171 Devons Road, Bow, London E3 3QX

Fresh local ingredients are the backbone of an ever-evolving menu, so a delicious meal accompanied by a cold drink is for certain. The kitchen provides an endless stream of delectable dishes spanning from fresh fish and chips to pita platters. The landlord Dominic even brews his own in-house lager!

Interior with tables, chairs and stage at the Birds Nest, independent pub in Deptford, South East London.

The Birds Nest

32 Deptford Church Street, London SE8 4RZ

Stop by for an evening of live music, in this local hatchery which serves as a platform for up-and-coming musicians. This artist’s haven is full of musicians and has hosted a number of famous bands, such as Squeeze, Fat White Family, and even Kay Tempest. This place propels musicians' careers to new heights!

Front of the pub at the Bow Bells, independent Bow pub in London.

The Bow Bells

116 Bow Road, Bow, London E3 3AA

Painted bright orange, The Bow Bells is hard to miss. Family-owned, you’ll be visiting a proper East End boozer. Unique to the pub, there is said to be a ghost that has lived here since 1974. Known as the ‘phantom flusher’, expect this cheeky ghost to flush the toilet just when you’re at your most vulnerable...

Front of the pub at Brondes Age, family run independent pub in Camden, London.

The Camden Brondes Age

28/30 Camden High Street, London NW1 0JH

This family-owned pub is the ideal place for those who want to take a break from the punk decor that envelops Camden. The green tiled bar, brick walls, and chic wooden floors are the perfect combination. Are you a sports fan? Don't miss out on the community atmosphere that is present during the games...

Fire place with table and chairs at the Cleveland Arms, independent Paddington pub in London.

The Cleveland Arms

28 Chilworth Street, London W2 6DT

Indulge in the kitchen’s gastronomical comfort food, with seasonal dishes. The vintage atmosphere of the pub, with its wood-panelled walls and beamed flooring, is enhanced by the contemporary charm of the artfully distressed walls. Once you’ve stopped by, you may not want to leave...

Pub facade with customers at the Colonel Fawcett, independent Camden pub in London.

The Colonel Fawcett

1 Randolph Street, London NW1 0SS

When you visit the Colonel Fawcett, you can expect a warm welcome, fantastic company, and all-around revelry. Enjoy a stunning collection of over 100 different types of gins along with an award-winning Sunday roast. You won't want to miss out!

Front of the pub with tables, benches and parasols at the Copper Tap, independent Peckham pub in London.

The Copper Tap

190-193 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5EG

Visitors who pass by the Peckham High Street will be rewarded with a rustic pub with old-school charm and a saloon bar.. The distressed wooden panelling transports you back into a simpler time, when the beer was cheap, and good company was as given. But at the Copper Tap, these traditions still hold true...

Front of the pub at the Crown, independent Hackney pub in London.

The Crown

418 Mare Street, London E8 1HP

The Crown is the absolute bee's knees when it comes to experiencing a slice of traditional London pub culture. Tucked away in Hackney, this dinky, pint-sized pub oozes buckets of charm and lashings of good old-fashioned fun. Enjoy the atmosphere whilst gazing at old black & white photographs that adorn the wall. No food available.

Interior with tables and chairs at the Crown, independent Hackney pub in London.

The Crown and Shuttle

226 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ

A Victorian Shoreditch institution degenerated into a strip bar and now reborn as an award-winning craft beer pub. Expect lively, indie vibes, with exposed brick and junkyard decor, craft beers and a large garden and terrace...

Front of the pub with terrasse, tables and chairs at the Devereux, independent Temple pub in Central London

The Devereux

20 Devereux Court, London WC2R 3JJ

This elegant pub is nestled on a quiet side street in the heart of Temple, making it an often overlooked treasure. Originally built in 1677 as a Grecian Coffee House, the Devereux saw many famous patrons, including Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Edmund Halley, and Hans Sloane...

Facade of the Dog, independent pub in Aldgate, East London.

The Dog

72 Back Church Ln, London E1 1LX, UK

When you spot the numerous books specialised in Guinness, it's hard to miss that you've entered a proper Irish pub! Expect to meet students, local regulars, as well as city workers who come to enjoy a delicious Guinness in the beer garden or get entertained with the well-known pub quiz!

Side facade of the pub and terrasse in front of the pub with tables and benches, parasols at the Dog & Bell, independent pub in Deptford, South East London.

The Dog and Bell

116 Prince St, London SE8 3JD

Casting an eye over the delightful mural on the side of the pub, there is no doubt about the favourite beverage of the place: Guinness! Play at one of the few remaining old billiards tables in London, chat with the cheerful regulars, or simply pet Monty, the famous resident dog which even stars on the pub sign...

Front terrasse at the Duke of Sussex, independent Peckham pub in London.

The Duke of Sussex

77 Friary Road, London SE15 1QS

With the ever-growing gentrification of Peckham, the local pubs that once were a part of the neighbourhood are frequently fewer and far between. However, the Duke of Sussex carries on the tradition of being a local community pub, serving local Peckham residents...

Front of the pub at the Easton, independent Clerkenwell pub in London.

The Easton

22 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DS

Leave the hustle bustle of lively Clerkenwell behind and discover this homely sanctuary, located in a quiet street. Here, patrons are in superb culinary hands as one of the owners is an experienced chef, always looking to let his creativity flow. It’s no wonder you’ll discover an ever-changing menu, boasting delectable dishes to relish!

Pub facade with ivy at the Faltering Fullback, an independent London pub in Finsbury Park

The Faltering Fullback

19 Perth Road, London N4 3HB

Discover a magical beer garden that spreads across various levels of the pub, with the enveloping greenery ideal for relaxing. Choose from a carefully curated drinks menu, and immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of this enchanting Irish pub adorned with ivy, where people come from all over London to gather...

Pub facade at the Gipsy Queen, independent Kentish Town pub in London.

The Gipsy Queen

166 Malden Road, London NW5 4BS

Settle into this treasure in Kentish Town, and take your pick from the wide selection of craft beers sourced from around the world. Whether you opt to sit outside in the bright and cheerful beer garden to make the most of the sun, or stay indoors next to the art deco bar, you won’t want to leave...

Pub front with sign at the Gladstone Arms, independent Borough pub in London.

The Gladstone Arms

64 Lant Street, London SE1 1QN

Known locally as ‘The Glad’, this independent family-run pub is affectionately named after four-time former prime minister William Gladstone. Located a stone's throw away from Borough tube station, expect Anglo-Indian dishes and a strong selection of British craft beer.

Front of the pub at the Good Mixer, independent Camden pub in London.

The Good Mixer

30 Inverness Street, London NW1 7HB

Following its refurbishment, it quickly transformed into a punk haven, becoming the pub of choice for a lengthy roster of musicians and celebrities. The pub continues to host live music, showcasing a variety of up-and-coming bands. No food available.

Front of the pub with flowers, tables and benches at the Hanbury, independent pub in Angel Islington, London.

The Hanbury

33 Linton St, London N1 7DU

Enjoy your drink while people watching in Arlington Square, or observe the kitchen preparing your meal. With a rotating selection of local craft beers and gins, along with some of the best Guinness in Islington, there’s always something new to try in the cosy atmosphere of this charming pub...

Terrasse with tables at the Hansom Cab, independent Kensington pub in London.

The Hansom Cab

84-86 Earls Court Road, London W8 6EQ

Once owned by Piers Morgan and named after the replacement for the Hackney carriage, this pub has been transformed into a craft beer house. Located near Kensington High Street, off the beaten path from Earls Court Road. Expect stylish décor, a friendly atmosphere, and a comfortable dining room with an open fireplace...

Beer garden at the Harlequin, independent pub in Clerkenwell, Angel Islington area, in London.

The Harlequin

27 Arlington Way, London EC1R 1UY

Nestled in a quiet street behind Sadler's Wells theatre, this hidden treasure brimming with history sees a cosmopolitan crowd gather including locals, theatregoers, dancers, musicians, actors and journalists. The Harlequin hosts PoliticsJOE celebrity interviews along with welcoming all types of visitors from across London and beyond...

Interior with tables and chairs at the Hawke, independent Victoria park pub in East London.

The Hawke

233-235 Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD

Soak up the local Victoria atmosphere whilst drinking a barrel-aged Negroni or one of The Hawke’s joyous Margaritas. Delight in a seasonal menu crafted from British ingredients prepared with care. And if your craving for the outdoors hasn't been fulfilled by the nearby Victoria Park, you can also relish the beer garden...

Front of the pub with tables and benches at the Hercules, independent Holloway pub in North London.

The Hercules

504 Holloway Road, London N7 6JA

The Hercules has stood as an integral part of Holloway Road in North London for nearly 150 years. The pub pays tribute to the past through reclaimed materials from historic pubs, churches, and courtrooms, that you can contemplate whilst unwinding after a hard day at work...

Beer garden with tables and benches at the Herne, independent pub in South London.

The Herne

2 Forest Hill Rd, London SE22 0RR

A Victorian building featuring an unaltered art deco interior from the 30’s, complete with original decorative glass panelling in the windows. The lush greenery of Peckham Rye Park extends into the Herne’s back garden, which boasts flourishing trees, hanging baskets, and blooming shrubs. Equipped with heaters for the winter!

Facade of the pub at the Horn of Plenty, independent Stepney Green pub in East London.

The Horn of Plenty

36 Globe Road, London E1 4DU

A traditional East End indie where you can palate a delightful selection of beers from local breweries such as Crate or Howling Hops. Expect a snug atmosphere where NHS workers indulge themselves with a pint after a busy day, and Masters and PhD students from Queen Mary University take a break from their lectures...

Facade of the pub at the Joiners Arms, independent pub in Camberwell, London.

The Joiners Arms

35 Denmark Hill, London SE5 8RS

This historic pub first opened in the 1800s and was frequented mostly by joiners. Since the 1920’s it has turned into an Irish pub and gained fame for its lively music scene. With a charming rooftop terrace, this local is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a drink, and socialise...

Drone view of the pub with adjacent street at the Kenton, independent Homerton pub in East London.

The Kenton

38 Kenton Road, London E9 6RQ

The vivacity of this pub’s brightly painted yellow exterior is equally matched on the inside. A magpie's nest of trinkets and memorabilia, this eccentric pub is old school with a Scandinavian twist. This gem in Homerton offers an extensive drinks menu which includes local craft beers, lagers, cocktails, wines, and even Norwegian schnapps!

Red front and door with tables and benches at the Lock Inn, independent Hackney Wick pub in London.

The Lock Inn

26 East Bay Lane, London E15 2GW, UK

Those who wander outside of the city will be rewarded. Here, you can enjoy the idyllic and tranquil setting next to the canal in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, while tasting the rotating beer lines featuring independent craft breweries. Hungry? Try the mouth-watering menu full of delicious pizzas and burgers...

Tudor facade at the Nelson’s, independent LGBTQ+ pub in Hackney, London

The Nelson's

32 Horatio Street, London E2 7SB

This quirky pub is certainly more than meets the eye. The Nelson’s classic Tudor exterior conceals a warm lively atmosphere adorned with an extensive array of NSFW decorations created by the community, guaranteeing that its patrons will spot something new each time they visit...

Bar and stools at the Newman Arms, independent Fitzrovia pub in London.

The Newman Arms

23 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NG

The Newman Arms is one of the few independent pubs left in the beating heart of Fitzrovia. This pub has seen many famous patrons come and go, including Dylan Thomas and George Orwell. Expect plush leather couches, vintage prints, and an overall atmosphere of a vintage sitting room. No food available.

Front door of the pub at the Old Ivy House, independent Clerkenwell pub in London.

The Old Ivy House

166 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DT

This classic pub in the heart of Clerkenwell is full of hearty food, delicious drinks, and great company. Drop by for live music, drag nights, or simply for a friendly chat. The pub is so beloved by its community that it even has a local football team named after it! After visiting a few times, you’ll be welcomed by name...

Drone view of the tudor facade at the Old Justice, independent pub in Bermondsey, London.

The Old Justice

94 Bermondsey Wall East, London SE16 4TY

This classic Tudor-style pub rose from the ashes, thanks to two publicans with a passion for preserving historical buildings. Situated right on the banks of the Thames, this local has witnessed centuries of London history pass by. Built in the 1750’s, the Old Justice has maintained its warm and cosy atmosphere. No food available.

Pub facade at the Pelton Arms, independent Greenwich pub in London.

The Pelton Arms

23-25 Pelton Rd, London SE10 9PQ

With the numerous Guinness decorations, dartboard, wood-panelled walls, and open fireplace, there will be no doubt in your mind that you’re in a traditional pub. The Pelton Arms is also renowned for live music and has hosted many famous musicians, including Squeeze and Dennis Greaves! No food available.

Front of the pub with windows, flowers and sign menu at the Pilgrim, independent Kennington pub in South London.

The Pilgrim

247 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5QU

Originally a glass factory that was damaged during the blitz, it was refurbished as a pub and has been owned by its current publican since 2009. Two brightly decorated beer gardens, complete with wooden tables and fairy lights, make it feel like you’ve walked into a neighbourhood barbecue.

Terrasse with flowers, tables, benches and parasols at the Pineapple, family run independent pub in Lambeth, London.

The Pineapple

53 Hercules Road, London SE1 7DZ

You’ll find this hidden gem just ten minutes away from Waterloo station. The Pineapple has the perfect amount of old-school charm. With wood panelling, vintage photos, brick fireplace, red cushioned seats, and classic carpet, you’ll find that the Pineapple checks off all of the essentials on your classic pub checklist...

Pub facade at the Prince Arthur, independent pub in Old Street Shoreditch, London

The Prince Arthur

49 Brunswick Place, London N1 6EB

This quaint pub is certainly a haven of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of Old Street. Originally built in the 18th century for the seamstresses and tailors who lived and worked in the area, ownership changed hands over the years, with one notable owner being the famous East End boxer Dixie Dean!

Pub facade at the Prince of Greenwich, independent Greenwich pub in London.

The Prince of Greenwich

72 Royal Hill, London SE10 8RT

Head to this wonderfully quirky pub where British and Italian cultures seamlessly blend, thanks to the jovial landlord Pietro and his delightful wife Paola, who have artfully preserved the establishment's quintessential character while infusing it with an eclectic assortment of trinkets and memorabilia!

Pub facade at the Princess of Wales, independent Primrose Hill in Camden, London.

The Princess of Wales

22 Chalcot Road, London NW1 8LL

A stone's throw from leafy Primrose Hill, this gastropub offers a tasty Sunday roast or mid-week meal. On tap is home-brewed lager, Princess Hells. The bar offers a series of infused gins that complement the cocktail menu. With 150 years of history, the Princess of Wales is a local favourite...

The Queens Head

15 Denman St, London W1D 7HN, UK

Venture away from the bustling main streets, and you'll discover this splendid traditional historic pub, which was built in 1738 and has witnessed the many tales of Piccadilly's streets. Settle down in this sanctuary of tranquillity, appreciate the Victorian features and indulge in one of their excellent selection of beers.

Pub facade at the Railway Tavern, independent Dalston pub in London.

The Railway Tavern

St Jude Street, London N16 8JT

This classic boozer has served its community as the local pub since the late 19th century. Settle into a cosy spot while you enjoy your drink and treat yourself to their lovely pizzas. Tucked away on a residential street, visitors will enjoy the sense of comfort that the Railway Tavern provides.

Interior with windows, wooden tables and red benches at the Raven Tower Bridge, independent South London pub.

The Raven Tower Bridge

218 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP

Sit back with a delicious drink on the terrasse and watch the tourists flock to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. If you fancy a bite to eat, dive in some traditional pub food from award-winning Pieminister pies, to good old-fashioned fish and chips...

Pub facade with tables and benches at the Rose and Crown, independent Kentish Town pub in London.

The Rose & Crown

71-73 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2SG

Don’t let the simple brick exterior deceive you, this unassuming pub is full of surprises, including a wonderful sunken beer garden. Best known for their selection of local craft beers from independent breweries, beer enthusiasts will be amazed by the unique labels available here...

Front of the pub with customers at the Royal Oak, independent pub in Marylebone, London

The Royal Oak

74-76 York Street, London W1H 1QN

A well-rounded menu which values quality local ingredients. Indulge in mouth-watering meals and devilishly delightful wines, carefully curated from the best vines. If you prefer a heartier beverage, you can select a beer or cider from a range of offerings by local London brewers...

Front of the pub at the Ship, independent Borough pub in London

The Ship

68 Borough Road, London SE1 1DX

If you’re in search of a cosy old-world pub, you need look no further than Borough Road. The Ship offers an enchanting beer garden, and mouth-watering Lebanese food. With its wood-panelled walls, wooden beams, and comfortingly creaky floors, you’ll truly feel as if you are embarking on a journey to distant shores...

Pub facade with terrasse, tables and benches at the Smugglers Tavern, independent pub in Central London, near Regent's Park.

The Smugglers Tavern

28 Warren Street, London W1T 5ND

After stepping into this Georgian gem, you’ll half expect to bump into a mariner in the heart of the city. While you won’t find any smugglers anymore, you will discover a charmingly decorated pub reminiscent of 18th century seafarers, with its wood-panelled walls, adorned with nautical maps and art...

Pub facade at the Star of Bethnal Green, independent pub in East London.

The Star of Bethnal Green

359 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6LG

This vivacious pub nestled in the heart of East London is a lively hub for the weird and wonderful celebrating the camp and colourful. Renowned for incredible DJ sets and dynamic nightlife, this local ensures a wide array of in-house entertainment, making it a favourite among fans...

Pub facade with sign, table and chairs at the Star of Greenwich, independent community pub in London.

The Star of Greenwich

60 Old Woolwich Road, London SE10 9NY

This recently reopened treasure is the result of the community's fight to prevent its closure and transform it into a community-led co-op pub. The pub prides itself on bringing people together from all parts of the community and great efforts are made to become the most inclusive pub in London. No food available.

Beer garden at the Victoria, independent Deptford pub in London.

The Victoria

177 Grove Street, London SE8 3QQ

The Victoria has a long history, at times operating as a pub and even as a Chinese restaurant in the past! Enjoy the charming pub’s quaint interior, with framed vintage prints on the wall, and fairy lights throughout the building. Expect a list of delicious wines, craft beers from local breweries, or a pub classic on tap...

Facade of the pub at the Waverley Arms, an independent Nunhead pub in London.

The Waverley Arms

202 Ivydale Road, London SE15 3BU

You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see a brick wall with a massive painted mural of angels emerging from a heavenly light. Relax and reflect with a pint after a tranquil walk through the Nunhead cemetery. Inside, expect a bright atmosphere, soothing green walls, and light wooden panelling at the bar.

Front of the pub with customers at the Windmill, independent pub in Lambeth, London.

The Windmill

44 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7JS

Be amazed by this historical pub, home to numerous wall decorations, an impressive rum selection, and stone-baked pizzas. One of the few remaining pubs with an in-house dartboard and pool table. If you’re uncertain whether you’re in the right place, be on the lookout for the giant ghost mosaic...

The Windsor Castle

The Walks, London N2 8DL, UK

A cosy establishment in the leafy backstreets of East Finchley, where patrons gather to indulge their taste buds in a delectable, fully homemade cuisine. Prioritising sustainability, the venue adheres to a minimal waste policy and strives to source produce locally, including Gins and vodka from the renowned Sacred Spirits in Highgate.

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