Top 16 cosy pubs in London

When the chill really starts to set in, there’s nowhere better to while away an afternoon than a cosy London pub.

Crackling fires, seats you can sink into and plenty of comfort food – this is what a good cosy pub is all about.

There are lots of cosy pubs in London, but here are just some of our favourites. Grab a drink, order the pie and mash, and settle in.

The Coach and Horses

Spot this mock-Tudor pub nestled between more modern neighbours in swanky Mayfair. Dating back to the 18th century, The Coach & Horses retains a traditional feel and offers a range of cask ales to sample.

The Nags Head

Snuggle up at Belgravia pub The Nags Head (53 Kinnerton Street), a favourite drinking spot for celebrities and locals for generations. It maintains its friendly, welcoming reputation and – unusually for a London pub – has a "no mobile phones" rule, which helps to keep things quiet so you can focus on the Adnams beers on tap.

Ye Olde Mitre Tavern

Brush up on your history at Ye Olde Mitre, a tavern once frequented by Queen Elizabeth I. It’s a bit tricky to find this Holborn Circus spot, which has housed a pub for more than 500 years, but it's well worth the effort for its maze of intimate rooms to hole up in with friends.

The Anglesea Arms

Fight the urge to head straight for the riverside pubs in Hammersmith and you will be rewarded with The Anglesea Arms, a cosy pub tucked away just outside the green space of Ravenscourt Park. The wood-panelled bar and warming fire are the fitting accompaniments to a traditional British menu, featuring six rotating real-ale pumps.

William IV

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Find all the traditional must-haves of a cosy pub at the William IV. This Hoxton spot offers everything from a real fire, real ales, board games and newspapers, to Sunday roasts and comfy chairs. And, this being the East End, you can also get a craft beer and brunch on weekends.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Step back in time at Fleet Street institution Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Rebuilt in the 17th century, it's welcomed Charles Dickens, Dr Johnson, Alfred Tennyson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through its doors. As you'd expect of an old pub, it's small and cosy with an open fire adding to the time warp feel.

The Spaniards Inn

Shake the dew off your boots after a walk in Hampstead Heath at this warming pit stop. The Spaniards Inn counts literary royalty as ex-locals, including Dickens and Keats. Nowadays, its popular for its Sunday lunches, open fire and sprawling walled beer garden.

The White Horse

Mix with the "in" crowd at The White Horse, a favourite of the well-to-do Chelsea and Fulham set. This cosy pub is the whole package with an always-impressive selection of real ales, good food, roaring fires and Chesterfield sofas. Expect a posh crowd in a pub that has earned the nickname “The Sloaney Pony” over the years.

The Dove

Beat the winter blues at The Dove on Broadway Market, where board games, British microbrews and Belgian beers are the order of the day. Food covers all the classics, from fish and chips to pies and legendary Sunday roasts.

The George Inn

Former coaching house The George Inn is the only National Trust-owned pub, and it’s a good one to have. Tucked away down an alley near London Bridge, this sprawling pub maintains its rustic beams, beautiful gallery and cosy interior. The courtyard area also has heaters and old-fashioned lamps to cater for the often-heaving crowd of drinkers.

The Leather Bottle

Cosy up in a revamped shepherd's hut on the terrace of this south-west London pub, where in the winter, the BBQ is retired and the massive beer garden is kept nicely heated. The food at The Leather Bottle is well sourced and Young's provide the ales.

The Churchill Arms

Tuck into plates of warming Thai food at The Churchill Arms. Known for its highly Instagrammable hanging baskets outside, the pub's inside is also worth discovering for its quirky Churchill memorabilia. Visit during the festive season and be rewarded with the sight of hundreds of twinkling Christmas trees covering the pub.

The Plough

Take a walk among the deer in Richmond Park, then stop for lunch in this gorgeous East Sheen pub – you won’t feel like you are in London at all. The Plough maintains its traditional 18th-century inn look and there are open fires and British ales to enjoy inside.

For more inspiration, take a look at our 101 London pubs guide or soak up some history at the city's traditional pubs.