Posted on Monday, October 28, 2019
With autumn most definitely here, it’s time to swap al fresco for drinks around the fireside. Here are five central London pubs for a cosy night out - or for warming up after a brisk autumn walk.
A Soho institution that’s definitely cosy, not least because it’s often packed to rafters. Full of memorabilia, the French House has earned its place in history - general de Gaulle used it as his wartime office, and regulars included poet Dylan Thomas and artist Francis Bacon. Wine is usually the drink of choice and there’s a reasonably-priced selection available by the glass. Click here to find out more.
Snug, warm and welcoming, the Running House is the oldest pub in Mayfair, dating from 1738. Following a refurb, it’s heavy on the horsey theme, with a tiled bar and racing green interiors, making it perfect for dark evenings. The food menu promises locally sourced seasonal fare, including its signature chopped burgers and lobster croissants. Grab a seat on a comfy chesterfield sofa or a spot near the roaring fireside and enjoy. Click here to find out more.
A pub which is also a piece of fine Victorian craftsmanship, tucked among the canals of Little Venice and close to Warwick Avenue station. You’ll find plenty of original features, included stucco ceilings, frosted windows and elaborate tiling, as well as the wood panelling that partitions off its cosy snugs. The pub’s Formosa Dinging Room specialises in fish as well as British pub fare and afternoon tea. Click here to find out more.
Compact boozer with a roaring fire and plenty of board games, that’s tucked away down a back street. This Kentish Town treasure was saved from the brink by locals who campaigned to have it listed by English Heritage. You’ll find a changing menu of craft ales and Thai food on the menu. Click here to find out more.
Another tiny establishment with bags of atmosphere, offering jazz round the piano and dominoes. The Queen’s head promises an eclectic and changing selection of ales, lagers and ciders, plus an ever-expanding whiskey list - should you really need warming up. Click here to find out more.
Find more cosy options across London in this Time Out story.