Crackling fires, seats you can sink into and plenty of comfort food – that's what a good cosy pub is all about. So grab a drink, order the pie and mash, and settle in.
Many of London's hospitality venues, including pubs, bars and restaurants, have reopened for outdoor drinking and dining only, following the phased easing of coronavirus restrictions. However, indoor dining and drinking will not resume until 17 May at the earliest – be aware some venues listed may not reopen on that date, and many venues require booking in advance.
1. The Anglesea Arms
Fight the urge to head straight for the riverside pubs in Hammersmith and you will be rewarded with The Anglesea Arms, a cosy pub tucked away just outside the green space of Ravenscourt Park. The wood-panelled bar and warming fire are the fitting accompaniments to a traditional British menu, featuring five rotating real-ale pumps, draught beers and cider.
2. The Churchill Arms
3. The Dove
4. The French House
5. The George Inn
Former coaching house The George Inn is the only National Trust-owned pub. Tucked away down an alley near London Bridge, this sprawling pub maintains its rustic beams, beautiful gallery and cosy interior. The courtyard area also has heaters and old-fashioned lamps to cater for the often-heaving crowd of drinkers.
6. The Holly Bush
7. The Plough
8. The Southampton Arms
9. The Spaniards Inn
10. The Stonhouse
11. The Trinity Arms
For an update on the traditional London pub, head to Brixton's Trinity Arms. This buzzy local, set in a pretty square, serves large portions of British favourites such as fish and chips, chicken pie and Sunday roasts. As one of the few pubs with fireplaces in London, make sure to grab a seat by the fire.
12. The White Horse
Mix with the smart set at The White Horse, a favourite of the well-to-do Chelsea and Fulham crowd. This cosy pub is the whole package with an always-impressive selection of real ales, good food, roaring fires and Chesterfield sofas. Expect a posh crowd in a pub that has earned the nickname “The Sloaney Pony” over the years.
13. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Step back in time at Fleet Street institution Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, one of many cosy City of London pubs. Rebuilt in the 17th century, it's welcomed Charles Dickens, Dr Johnson, Alfred Tennyson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through its doors. As you'd expect of one of the oldest pubs in London, it's small and cosy with an open fire adding to the time-warp feel.
14. Ye Olde Mitre
Brush up on your history at Ye Olde Mitre, a tavern once frequented by Queen Elizabeth I. It’s a bit tricky to find this Holborn Circus spot, which has housed a pub for more than 500 years, but it's well worth the effort for its maze of intimate rooms to hole up in with friends.
15. The Coach & Horses
Spot this mock-Tudor pub nestled between more modern neighbours in swanky Mayfair. Dating back to the 18th century, The Coach & Horses retains a traditional feel and offers a range of cask ales to sample.