If there’s one thing Londoners do well, it’s drinking. To be fair, they do a lot of things well, both individually and together. But as drinking is the unofficial national pastime of England, you’ll want to join in on the action when you visit. From my time studying in London and my various trips there since, I’ve rounded up my favorite after work bars in London. These bars are guaranteed to be full of interesting people and have cheap drinks on tap! At the end of the work day, head to these after work bars in London to relax in good company!
Best After Work Bars in London
The Queens Larder – This 18th century pub has been pouring beers for many years and they certainly know what they’re doing. Join the crowds that gather after work for a pint.
Flying Horse – This pub is exactly what you would expect from a British pub. No frills, just good beer and good people. Stop in and enjoy!
The Nellie Dean – In the hip Soho neighborhood, this staple pub brings together the newest trends and the classic favorites.
The Ship – Want a pub that’s even older? The Ship is a 17th century pub in the center of London and is the perfect spot to enjoy happy hour drinks with friends.
The Blue Posts – On a sunny afternoon, the bar spills out onto the sidewalk and threatens to take over the street with its crowd of happy hour patrons.
Understudy – Head to the South Bank for views across the river and ample patio seating at the Understudy bar. For more South Bank fun, check out my guide here.
Philomena’s Irish Bar – Don’t let its proximity to Covent Garden fool you, Philomena’s is a local’s pub. Stop in for a pint and get to know your neighbors here.
214 Bermondsey – Gin lovers rejoice at this hide-away bar. They’ve got drinks to please the masses too, though, so all are welcome!
London Cocktail Club – You’ll find these cocktail clubs all around the city, so head to this one or whichever is closest by and you know you’ll get a classic English drink here.
The White Swan – When you want to take your pub experience up a notch, check out this gastropub for a more sophisticated British menu offering.