14 Of The Best & Most Popular Gastropubs In London

From fish and chips to meat pies, these London gastropubs won’t disappoint in menu or mood.

The term “gastropub” was coined in London in 1991, effectively transforming traditional pub culture into what it is today. Mixing the food focus of gastronomy with the beloved casual atmosphere of classic English pubs has established a common ground, a place to watch the game with friends or play trivia over a pint, but with better, higher quality food options. Gastropubs still serve the classics, but in a more sophisticated way, without making pubs inaccessible or pompous. To make sure you get the best of both worlds, here are some of the best and most popular gastropubs in London.

The Pig and Butcher

Neighborhood: Islington

80 Liverpool Rd, London N1 0QD, United Kingdom

The Pig & Butcher pub
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The Pig and Butcher is a country style pub that opened in 2012 with all local grub from meat to veggies. There’s a butcher on site, expertly crafting famous steaks to share and a private dining room if you want a quieter atmosphere. The menu changes every day based on what meats they currently have, but the wine and craft beer are always in abundance.

The Anchor & Hope

Neighborhood: Waterloo

36 The Cut, London SE1 8LP, United Kingdom

The Anchor & Hope pub
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Opened in 2003, The Anchor & Hope boasts modern British cuisine that won’t break the bank in a pub with classic London vibes. Outdoor seating is available, a breath of fresh air when the weather is right. Local ingredients are plentiful here, and everything on the menu is guaranteed fresh and delicious. Try the vanilla cheesecake that comes with a raspberry sauce for an extra special sweet treat you won’t regret.

The Crabtree

Neighborhood: Hammersmith

Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA, United Kingdom

The Crabtree pub
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In West London, near the Thames and situated on a quiet lane between the Hammersmith and Putney bridges is The Crabtree, an iconic pub offering drawing classes and beer-pairing workshops among Tuesday quiz nights and evenings full of live music. Sit out in the large beer garden and peruse the barbecue menu, featuring bar snacks and plates to share, or tuck into a traditional roast and take advantage of the large wine list every Sunday.

The Ladbroke Arms

Neighborhood: Notting Hill

54 Ladbroke Rd, London W11 3NW, United Kingdom

The Ladbroke Arms pub
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Located on a residential street, The Ladbroke Arms is popular among locals as well as tourists, with a nice terrace to sit out on when the weather permits. A verifiable gastropub, the establishment offers upscale dining and delicious food from miso glazed aubergine for the vegetarians to dry aged rib-eye steak sure to please even the pickiest meat lovers. The pub is also host to holiday events throughout the year, featuring special menus and festivities, so don’t miss out on the fun.

The Harwood Arms

Neighborhood: Fulham

54 Ladbroke Rd, London W11 3NW, United Kingdom

The Harwood Arms pub
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Opened in 2009, The Harwood Arms is the only Michelin starred pub in London, speaking to its truly superb quality. The menu offers classic British fare with a focus on game meat and local produce from the pub’s very own rooftop garden. Share some bar snacks with friends and order off the international wine list in this award-winning rustic establishment, the epitome of the London gastropub.

The Fox & Pheasant

Neighborhood: Chelsea

1 Billing Rd, London SW10 9UJ, United Kingdom

The Fox & Pheasant pub
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Founded in 1846, The Fox & Pheasant is currently under the ownership of the famed English singer James Blunt, who often refers to the ghost he believes harmlessly haunts the establishment. Wood floors and leather armchairs gives the interior that authentic pub vibe, complete with several fireplaces throughout: the perfect winter weather haven. Check out the a la carte and bar snack menus, including beloved classics like shepherd’s pie and beer battered fish and chips. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the homemade Twix or toffee apple soufflé to end the night right.

The Hunter’s Moon

Neighborhood: South Kensington

86 Fulham Rd., South Kensington, London SW3 6HR, United Kingdom

The Hunter’s Moon pub
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The Hunter’s Moon is a modern pub, its name referring to the phase before winter when early humans would hunt and collect all the food they would need to get through the cold nights they weren’t able to go outside. This sentiment, paired with the pub’s homey yet sophisticated atmosphere, makes The Hunter’s Moon the perfect place to hole up during winter weather. The menu changes daily featuring modern European cuisine meant to be enjoyed in the bright dining room bustling with friendly staff. Saturday brunch is a must if you have the time, The Hunter’s Moon doesn’t hold back on the full English breakfast.

The Hunter’s Moon

Neighborhood: Southwark

1 Gladstone St, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6EY, United Kingdom

The Albert Arms pub
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Housed in an old Victorian building, The Albert Arms is a welcoming oasis in Southwark most would describe as a “proper pub.” This is the place for comfort food, from French onion soup to smoked macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget the large wine list and countless ales on tap for the full London pub experience.

The Eagle Farringdon

Neighborhood: Clerkenwell

159 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3AL, United Kingdom

The Eagle Farrington pub
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Holding the title of first gastropub of its kind in London, The Eagle Farringdon opened in 1991 with Mediterranean style cuisine and a dream. The owners wanted to raise the bar for pub food, which they felt was severely lacking. Their success is evident, as business is still booming 30 years later, under the same management no less. Drink options include The Eagle Farringdon’s very own IPA and well-loved beer from Hackney Brewery, so don’t miss out on this favored local pub.

The Guinea Grill

Neighborhood: Mayfair

30 Bruton Pl, London W1J 6NL, United Kingdom

The Guinea Grill pub
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Known as London’s original steakhouse, The Guinea Grill is a traditional style pub in Mayfair with separate entrances to the bar and restaurant inside. The building itself has been around since 1423, a true historical monument of the city. Start out in the pub and make your way to the formal restaurant in the back after you’ve had a pint. Everyone loves the steak, but don’t overlook the meat pies or oysters either.

Lore of the Land

Neighborhood: Fitzrovia

4 Conway St, London W1T 6BB, United Kingdom

Lore of the Land pub
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Owned by famous film director Guy Ritchie, Lore of the Land is a Victorian manor style pub located in Fitzrovia. The establishment features an open kitchen where you can sit at the bar and watch the magic happen, with countless plates to share if you’re there with friends. Beer is from Wiltshire brewery, also operated by Ritchie, and sure to please your palate.

The Harp

Neighborhood: Covent Garden

47 Chandos Pl, London WC2N 4HS, United Kingdom

The Harp pub
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Located in Covent Garden, The Harp is an award-winning pub known for its great ale and atmosphere. The intimate space shuns TVs and music, encouraging conversation among guests. The building’s stained-glass windows give it a whimsical feel before you even step foot inside. While The Harp is a certified haven for beer lovers, the sausage sandwiches and pork pies aren’t to be missed either. Check out the lounge upstairs if the ground floor is crowded, as it tends to get as the night goes on.

The Albion

Neighborhood: Islington

10 Thornhill Rd, London N1 1HW, United Kingdom

The Albion pub
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Islington’s The Albion is the perfect place to watch a game or grab after-work drinks with friends. There’s a back garden where you can enjoy beers and cocktails when the weather is nice. The menu features traditional English fare made with seasonal ingredients that keep things fresh. Make sure to book a reservation if you’re looking to have dinner or Sunday roast, as it can get quite busy around this time.

The Culpeper

Neighborhood: Whitechapel

40 Commercial St, London E1 6LP, United Kingdom

Gastropubs in London
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Located in Spitalfields, The Culpepper was voted the best rooftop bar in Europe, complete with a pub, restaurant, boutique hotel, and rooftop garden. The top floor offers unmissable views of the London skyline as well as a greenhouse where fresh ingredients are grown. The spot is also host to astronomy nights, meant for stargazing with a cocktail or a craft beer. The menu changes weekly but it’s consistently vegetarian friendly, which isn’t always commonplace in pubs. The Culpepper is big on sustainability and minimizing food waste, making it a favorite among the more eco-conscious.

Meghan St. Pierre

Content Editor Associate

Meghan is a native of South Florida who loves nature and landscape photography. Her favorite travel activities are getting lost in new cities and trying local desserts. She has been to 22 countries, and her favorites have been Sweden and Denmark so far.

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