4 Cool Pubs in London


What do you like about pubs… watching sport? A Sunday roast? Good old fashioned pub grub? Drinking where the famous have? Here are 4 cool pubs I have been to that I recommend trying if you are solo in London…

Each of these 4 pubs in London are great for different reasons. Click on the links to read the full solo dining review of each one…

1. Lamb & Flag, Covent Garden

33 Rose Street, London WC2E 9EB

Best for Sunday roast and open mic comedy nights

Lamb & Flag, Covent Garden, one of the great pubs in london
The Lamb & Flag

The Lamb & Flag is the oldest pub in Covent Garden. It is nestled in a tucked away position with an alleyway to the side which was said to be a crime scene in 1679. The area at the entrance to the pub has a small section with high stools and counter top dining making it great place to dine if you are solo. Sunday roasts are large with the most amazing Yorkshire puddings and in the evenings their open mic comedy nights will keep you entertained.

Superb yorkshire pudding with the Sunday roast
Sunday roast at the Lamb & Flag

2. The Horniman at Hays, London Bridge

Hays Galleria, Unit 26, London SE1 2HD

Best for pub grub in a riverside location

The Horniman at Hays, English Pub, London Bridge, Riverside Pub, Hays Galleria, food, London, pub grub
The Horniman at Hays

The Horniman at Hays is a lively and friendly English pub which is part of the Nicholson Group. There are plenty of small tables inside ideal for solo dining by the bar area. However sitting outside overlooking the river on a warm summer’s evening is appealing too. The menus offer some good old fashioned pub grub but if you are a lover of fish, maybe order one of their daily fish specials. If you order one of the fish specials a donation of 50p is made to the RNLI . I chose the Gloucester Old Spot sausages which come highly recommended served with creamy mashed potato and rich caramelised onion gravy.

Gloucester Old Spot Sausages with mash and caramelised onion gravy
Sausages with mashed potato and caramelised onion gravy

3. The George, Southwark

75-77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH

Ideal for those with a big appetite!

Pubs in London - The George, Southwark
The George, Southwark

Do you fancy eating where William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens used to drink? Have you got a big appetite? Then this is the place for you… Generous portions of fantastic food with outstanding service. The George is the only galleried coaching inn that has survived in London. It has several bar areas, a courtyard and a restaurant with plenty of areas suitable if you are by yourself. I highly recommend ordering the sweet potato wedges as a starter… soft with a crisp exterior served with a rich, sour cream and chive sauce, guacamole and splashes of hot sauce sprinkled with spring onions.

Starter at The George, Southwark
Sweet potato wedges

4. Waxy O’Connor’s, Piccadilly

14-16 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DD

Great for sports and whisky lovers

Waxy O'Connor's - one of the pubs I recommend in London
Waxy O’Connors, Piccadilly

Waxy O’Connor’s was voted Irish pub of the year Europe 2018 and was named after a famous candlemaker from Dublin. There are lots of nooks and crannies in this pub which are super for the solo diner. Whisky lovers will enjoy choosing from the extensive whisky menu. Food includes pub favourites such as fish finger or chip doorstop sandwiches. This lively pub has 3 large screens showing a variety of sporting venues and live music takes place 4 nights a week.

Waxy O'Connor's, London, whisky
The extensive whisky selection…

As well as these 4 pubs in London, have a look at the following links to read reviews of other recommended places if you are solo in this city.

Suggested Further Reading:

London Hotels – recommended places I have stayed at by myself

Other London Restaurants – places I have enjoyed dining at solo

Things to do in London – recommended solo activities

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