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5 Best Pubs in London

Below is a list of the top and leading Pubs in London. To help you find the best Pubs located near you in London, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

London’s Best Pubs:

The top rated Pubs in London are:

  • The Auld Shillelagh – is determined to create a traditional pub with a well-kept beer
  • Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn – is famous for having a cherry tree
  • The Mayflower Pub – is a secret gem in the heart of Rotherhithe, London
  • The Jerusalem Tavern – has won several awards as London’s best pub
  • Waxy O’Connor’s – has gained worldwide recognition

The Auld ShillelaghThe Auld Shillelagh

The Auld Shillelagh opened the doors of the Auld Shillelagh in 1991 it was just a tiny pub consisting of the bar, some bar stools, and a single toilet with a dartboard on the door. From the start, they are determined to create a traditional pub with a well-kept beer, a friendly atmosphere, professional bar staff, and to serve the best Guinness in London. For over 20 years the pub is now 3 times longer with a beer garden out the back that faces the sun for most of the day, The Auld Shillelagh has live music every week and shows all sporting events on multiple big screens.

The Auld Shillelagh also still takes pride in looking after its beers, the Guinness is regularly touted by reviewers and customers alike as the best in north London, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and they would put its bar staff up against the best of them.


Events, Reservations


Address: 105 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UD
Phone: 20 7249 5951


“Perfect pint of Guinness every time. The front of the pub is narrow and has a traditional Irish feel to it with rugby ephemera displayed behind the bar. Friendly service and worthy of a visit just to see the vintage Guinness bar font. Look no further if you’re a die-hard Guinness fan.” – Seth B.

Ye Olde Mitre, HolbornYe Olde Mitre, Holborn

Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn is famous for having a cherry tree, that Queen Elizabeth once danced around with Sir Christopher Hatton. The pub was actually a part of Cambridge (Ely being in Cambridge) and the license used to have to go there for their license. Set in a part of London steeped in history, it’s near where William Wallace was hung, quartered, and drawn at Smithfield, along with martyrs and traitors who were also killed nearby.

They are in the Good Beer Guide 2004 – 2019, Good Pub Guide 1982 – 2018, and voted by the society SPBW, London pub of the year 2013
included in Camra’s National Inventory of Historic Heritage.


Bar, Snacks, Private Events


Address: 1 Ely Ct, Ely Pl, Holborn, London EC1N 6SJ
Phone: 20 7405 4751


“Beautiful hidden spot in the heart of London. The Old Mitre is really well hidden and you must know where to go to find it. the place is really small. The atmosphere is just amazing and beautiful and I would recommend anyone to go there and have a pint of Beer.” – Mirko B.

The Mayflower PubThe Mayflower Pub

The Mayflower Pub is a secret gem in the heart of Rotherhithe, London. A traditional English pub enclosed by cobbled streets, the outside decked jetty and cosy candlelit restaurant has gorgeous river views. You can site the original 1620 mooring point of the Pilgrim Father’s Mayflower ship, warm yourself by the open fire and imagine who may have been sitting in your place 400 years ago.

Its food menu offers delicious, classic British dishes utilizing local and fresh ingredients and is complemented by a wide range of well-kept traditional ales, craft beers, local gins, and fine wines. Be sure to catch the sunset and try the best fish and chips in London.


Food, Drinks, Bookings


Address: 117 Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF
Phone: 20 7237 4088


“Our new favourite Friday evening pub! This pub is tucked away in such a beautiful corner of the Riverside. The service is excellent and if you’re lucky you can bag a seat on the patio above the Thames. They also have a good selection of crisps (Monster Munch!).” – Anya P.

The Jerusalem TavernThe Jerusalem Tavern

The Jerusalem Tavern has occupied numerous sites in the area since the 14th century and the current building dates from 1720. It is one of the finest pubs in London and is open every weekday for meals, coffee and, the full range of St. Peter’s beers and ales. The Jerusalem Tavern has won several awards as London’s best pub, plus TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence since 2016.  The Jerusalem Tavern has been featured in the BuzzFeed article ’25 Pubs You Must Drink In Before You Die.


Keg Beer, Cask Beer, Food Matching & Recipes, Export, Events


Address: 55 Britton St, Farringdon, London EC1M 5UQ
Phone: 20 7490 4281


“This back street gem is owned by St Peters brewery In Suffolk. It’s very cheap for London less than £4.50 a pint. The building dates back from 1700 and the shop front is from 1810. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Well kept ale. And great chance to taste this breweries beer in one place. Good selection of wines and ciders too. Highly recommended if only to check out the interiors.” – Greg D.

Waxy O’Connor’sWaxy O'Connor's

Waxy O’Connor’s is a labyrinth of four unique bars over six levels, each with its own atmosphere and personality, so there’s something for everyone at Waxy’s. Named after the famous candle maker from Dublin, Waxy’s has gained worldwide recognition for its warm hospitality, friendly staff, traditional homemade dishes, and an extensive range of beers, whiskeys, and spirits. With live music four nights a week, including Irish trad sessions every Sunday night at 8:30 pm, you couldn’t ask for a livelier atmosphere.

Book for drinks, dinner, or just walk in. You can even hire a private area with your very own bar for a birthday, leaving do, and a Christmas party coming up. Waxy’s offer set menus and buffet options as well as its usual bar food.


Menu, Parties, Bookings, Gift Vouchers


Address: 14-16 Rupert St, West End, London W1D 6DD
Phone: 20 7287 0255


“One of my go-to places to grab some food. fantastic location, always clean, and excellent service. I recommend this place!” – Albert H.

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