The Handbook
The Handbook

As the nights draw in and our wooly hat collection comes out, all we really want to do is spend our time in an oversized jumper (maybe your classic Rudolf one if you’re starting early) eating and drinking our favourite things and getting all warm and fuzzy inside. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best cosy pubs in London for us to do just that. But be warned… you’ll be so cosy you won’t ever want to leave.


Country pub in the hustle and bustle of Islington

Winner of ‘Best Pub in the UK’ and ‘Top Sunday Lunch Venues’ this modern gastro-pub covered in wisteria ticks all the cosy boxes for us. It reminds us of a proper country pub you would stumble upon after a long ramble, in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing more heartwarming than sitting by an open fire listening to its sharp and soft crackles, while you warm your cockles and enjoy a pint or two.

Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street (0.1 miles)

The Crown Tavern

Legendary local

This old Victorian pub is rustically charming, with loads of character. You may recognise their distinctive golden “Apollo Lounge” upstairs from British film ‘Notes on a Scandal’, featuring Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. The pub downstairs however is where you want to go for cosy, with so many warm and inviting nooks and crannies. Order the roast here – it’s full to the brim with all the trimmings and enjoy with a huge glass of Merlot.

Where: 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0EG

The Leather Bottle

300 years old serving the best Mulled Wine in town

Why the Leather Bottle? Apparently it dates from a time before glass was widely available, when leather was used instead to drink your pint from. Sort of like the early version of drinking out of your shoe like you do when you lose a bet at university. Starting out as a small inn with a blacksmith attached at the side, you can sip their delicious mulled wine (in a glass) next to the fire and absorb this wonderful historical place.

Where: 538 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW17 0NY

The Plough

Warm and comforting, inside and out

Walk through the crisp, autumnal leaves in Richmond Park trying to spot deer and work up the appetite to properly indulge afterwards. This gorgeous East Sheen pub has various open fires to huddle round and a heated beer garden to make sure you’re all toasty. Enjoy your favourite comfort food here, for us it’s the Chicken & Chorizo Pie with gravy and mash followed by the sticky toffee pudding with custard. Oh yeah.

Where: 42 Christchurch Road, East Sheen, SW14 7AF

The Antelope

Comfy and nostalgic gem

If the walls could speak here we’re sure they would tell a pretty good story. This old building has been around since the 18th century. Just imagine the range of people and conversations that have graced its cosy corners. Gather your mates and head down for the quiz on a Monday, where you can join in with the fun, community spirit and create more history.

Where: 76 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9NG

The Holly Bush

A stones throw from the beautiful Hampstead Heath

There is a steep climb up to this Grade II listed building but well worth the huffing and puffing when you get to the top. With low ceilings, open fires, worn oak flooring and original gas lamps hanging from the ceiling, this place has managed to remain ‘untouched by the ravages of the modern world.’ If you’re looking for a really cosy private space, book the 10-seater Lady Hamilton Suite for a dining experience to remember.

Where: 22 Hollymount, Hampstead, NW3 6SG

The Pear Tree

Quintessential Victorian Pub hidden in the backstreets of Hammersmith

‘On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me’… a snuggly tartan blanket, great food and fires and a board game in The Pear Tree. A home from home, you won’t ever want to leave this quaint English watering hole. Get into the festivities by huddling around the fire, sharing the cured meats platter with hummus, and deciding who is going to buy Mayfair and who is going to go bankrupt.

Where: 14 Margravine Road, Hammersmith, W6 8HJ

The Clapton Hart

New and old 'harty' boozer

This is one of the cosiest pubs out there by far, despite it being slap bang in the middle of urbanism. All you really need here is good company as the rest is sorted. With fairy lights that drape over rickety furniture, hollow pianos, old sewing machines, open fires and a football table, there’s a lovely irreplaceable atmosphere. If you love your craft beers and ales, you’re in luck as they have an ever-evolving range.

Where: 231 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, E5 8EG

The Joker of Penton Street

Bar influenced pub/pub influenced bar

We really do love it here. To blues dancing to comedy nights to a flaming flamingo supper club, this place has it all and more. Our favourite place to be is in the cosy room upstairs with funky patterned wallpaper and big church candles on vintage wooden tables. The ‘Connected Supper Club’ (creative peeps discussing emerging digital technologies) recently had their first meeting here and they apparently loved it just as much as we do.

Where: 58 Penton Street, Angel, N1 9PZ

Corinthia London

Cosy drinking den with attitude

Ok so we know this isn’t a pub as such and turning up here in your muddy walking boots and bobble hat probably wouldn’t go down too well, but we couldn’t resist including it. This is the place to go if you’re looking for an extra classy cosy evening. With bespoke cocktails, fine champagnes and boutique spirits all served in elegant glassware, you can enjoy the finer things in life in front of their ‘wow’ factor fire. As you listen to the live music on the grand Roland Piano, you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the 1920’s.

Where: Whitehall Place, Westminster, SW1A 2BD
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)