LONDON IS HOME TO SOME OF THE COSIEST PUBS IN THE COUNTRY – HERE ARE OUR BEST PUBS IN LONDON FOR COSY VIBES…
Words by Kaeah Sen
As summer draws to a close and the weather gets chillier, there’s nothing better than tucking into a hearty pub meal by a roaring fireplace, or sipping a pint under the warm glow of the beer garden heaters as the auburn leaves fall all around you. We found ten of the best pubs in London that are sure to give you that cosy Autumn feeling.
The best London pubs for cosy vibes
THE DOVE, HAMMERSMITH
Situated on the banks of the River Thames, this seventeenth-century public house has played its part in British history. It is said that King Charles II romanced his mistress Nell Gwynne here, and most notably it was here that the poet James Thomson composed the famous Rule, Britannia!. The Dove is also home to the smallest bar room in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records! Aside from its rich history, The Dove is renowned for its distinctly local feel, delicious pub grub, and a fantastic selection of ales and beers.
Read more about The Dove here.
THE PLOUGH, EAST SHEEN
Nestled at the edge of the Richmond Park, this bucolic 18th century pub feels like a slice of the countryside right here in London. With its rustic interiors and bustling beer garden, The Plough is the perfect place to enjoy a pint after a stroll through the leafy suburb of East Sheen. Savour a dish from their menu crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Read more about The Plough here.
THE CHURCHILL ARMS, KENSINGTON
You’ve almost certainly seen pictures of The Churchill Arms on Instagram – with its exterior walls that burst with ivy and flowers in every hue, it is quite hard to miss on a stroll through Kensington. However, the inside is equally fabulous – with its homely wooden interiors and walls filled with Churchill memorabilia, this old haunt of Churchill’s grandparents makes for a perfect place to savour real ales as the weather gets colder. While you’re there, try their delicious and authentic Thai food to really warm yourself up from the inside.
Read more about The Churchill Arms here.
THE GEORGE INN, SOUTHWARK
Built in 1676 and now owned by the National Trust, The George Inn is London’s only surviving ‘galleried inn’ – an old tradition where inns would have outside balconies, allowing guests to watch plays performed in the courtyard below. William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens are among the many who have enjoyed the excellent food and fine drinks at the George Inn over the centuries, and this sense of history is preserved in the pub’s roaring fireplaces and low-beamed ceilings, lending to that cosy autumnal feeling.
Read more about The George Inn here.
THE HOLLY BUSH, HAMPSTEAD
Situated on a quiet street just a stone’s throw from Hampstead Heath, this Grade II-listed pub is known for its hearty English meals served by roaring fires, as well as the excellent selection of local beers, ales, and wine from the cellar. Best of all – they’re dog friendly!
Read more about The Holly Bush here.
THE CANTON ARMS, STOCKWELL
With its dark wood-panelled walls, mismatched furniture, and intimate lighting, The Canton Arms is ideal for a cosy autumn pub trip in London. Enjoy a wide selection of beers alongside some classic bar snacks, and come on a Sunday to sample their excellent Sunday roast – so good it secured them a spot in the Top 50 Gastro Pubs in the UK.
Read more about The Canton Arms here.
THE OWL AND PUSSYCAT, SHOREDITCH
Situated in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch, the vintage décor and laid-back interiors of The Owl and Pussycat lend to its cosy charm. Enjoy their seasonal pub grub and wide range of drinks in the heated beer garden, catch the latest sports matches on their big screen, or (if you’re not ready to head home just yet) head upstairs to their cocktail bar ‘The Jago’ for some delicious, handcrafted cocktails.
Read more about The Owl and Pussycat here.
THE GUN, DOCKLANDS
This Grade II-listed building takes its name from the cannon fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Import Docks in 1802, and this rich history is prevalent throughout the pub’s interiors. Savour classic pub dishes on candlelit tables in their wood-panelled 19th century dining rooms, or sip on craft beers and cocktails on their terrace which offers some of London’s best views over the river towards the O2.
Read more about The Gun here.
THE FOX AND PHEASANT, CHELSEA
Founded in 1846, this snug London pub brings a slower, countryside mentality to bustling Chelsea. With three fireplaces, a dartboard, and plenty of armchairs to snuggle up in in the autumn months, the Fox and Pheasant is the best place to unwind as the weather gets colder. Delight in dishes from their à la carte menu, which also serves pub classics such as fish and chips.
Read more about The Fox and Pheasant here.
THE ALICE HOUSE, WEST HAMPSTEAD
With its intimate brick and wooden interiors, cosy lighting, and relaxing sofas, The Alice House is an excellent location for catching up with friends after work on an autumn evening. Their delectable sharing plates will have you coming back for more, and their selection of beers and wines is fantastic. Be sure not to miss their weekly events, such as Tuesday Quiz Nights, and Saturday DJ Nights.
Read more about The Alice House here.