Crackling fires, seats you can sink into and plenty of comfort food – this is what a good cosy pub is all about. Here we round up some of our favourites. So grab a drink, order the pie and mash, and settle in.
The Holly Bush
The Coach & Horses
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.
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 Trinity Arms
For an update on the traditional pub, head to Brixton's Trinity Arms. This buzzy local, set in a pretty square, serves large portions of British favourites such as fish and chips, chicken pie and Sunday roasts. If you're lucky, grab a seat by the fire; if you're not, the welcome from the friendly team is just as warm.
The Spaniards Inn
The Southampton Arms
The White Horse
Mix with the smart set at The White Horse, a favourite of the well-to-do Chelsea and Fulham crowd. 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.
Get here early to grab a coveted fireside sofa spot at The Antelope in Tooting. There are eight hand pumps with a rotating selection of regional and locally sourced real ales, and the food has a European twist (but it still serves a mean Sunday roast). The interior is an eclectic mix of banquette seating, wood panelling and etched-glass windows, all of which attract a young, trendy crowd.
The George Inn
Former coaching house The George Inn is the only National Trust-owned pub. 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.