Traditional London pubs you need to buy a pint in

Discover the traditional pubs of London, a world of vibrant culture, history and character. Take a journey with us through the cosy interiors and sunny beer gardens of these must-visit pubs – all a stone’s throw from YourTRIBE Peckham and YourTRIBE South Bermondsey.

So, where are the best spots to wash down a refreshing pint (or soft drink)? Where are the hidden gems? Read on to find out.

The White Horse, Peckham

“Proper boozer”, The White Horse, is a slice of history. Since the early 1800s, it’s been known as a ‘cornerstone of the community’.

Today, they keep the tradition alive by bringing the community together for sports events, pub quizzes and local DJs. 

Unwind with your pint in the stunning gallery, catch some sunshine in the beer garden, or grab a bite from Mike’s Barbacoa. Visiting on a Sunday? Then don’t miss Chef Mike’s Sunday Service lunch – with all the trimmings.

📍20-22 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR

🚌 19 minute bus from YourTRIBE Peckham

Grove House Tavern, Camberwell

Grove House Tavern, originally named Grand Union, opened its doors in 1826. Situated in the heart of Camberwell Grove, GHT is one of the best pubs in Peckham with its colourful interiors and a spacious outdoor area. 

Nip in for a pint or check out what’s on, from their free comedy nights (every first Thursday of the month, 8pm – 10pm), to pub quizzes (every Tuesday at 8pm), or their Jazz on Sundays live acoustic Jazz duo (every Sunday from 2:30pm). 

Feeling peckish? Grab a bite from Mondo Sando – they’re breaking out the BBQ for a month of Sunday cookouts (every Sunday from 1pm – 5pm) with new menus, collaborations with local chefs, smoke, fire and sunshine.

📍26 Camberwell Grove, London SE5 8RE

🚌 31 minute bus from YourTRIBE Peckham

The Old Nun’s Head, Peckham

Next on your must-visit list is The Old Nun’s Head, a 1930s brick and timber pub. There’s plenty of space to chill out with your pint. Grab a seat at one of the large wooden tables next to the central bar, in the back garden and facing Nunhead Green. 

Stop by for a pint and some amazing southern fried food with a twist from Licked (Monday – Saturday) or a roast on Sundays. Afterwards, dance the night away or enjoy a show in the function room – hosted by queer artists, comedy acts and other top-tier performers. 

TONH is also known for supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, with lots of queer-friendly events and a safe space for everyone to be their authentic selves. Head to the bar to find out what local and queer charities they’re fundraising for and how you can support them.

📍The Old Nun’s Head, 15 Nunhead Grn, London SE15 3QQ

🚌 28 minute bus from YourTRIBE Peckham

St James of Bermondsey, Bermondsey

“Pies, pints and pub grub”, nothing screams traditional pub more than this. St James of Bermondsey, formerly known as St James’ Tavern, has existed since the late 1800s.

Recently restored and refurbished, the pub is still packed with charm and, according to them, “the best pint of Guinness in Bermondsey”.

Stop by for the perfect pint partner… one of St James’ Tantalising Toasties! All while you catch your favourite sports on the screens, relax on the garden terrace or take the ‘W’ on quiz night.

📍72 St James’s Rd, London SE16 4QZ

🚌 19 minutes bus from YourTRIBE South Bermondsey

The Grange, Bermondsey

The Grange has been welcoming pint-loving patrons since the mid-1800s.

Nip in for a pint, stay for their wood-fired pizza and sun-soaked walled garden or grab a bite of their indoor dining. And if you’re missing your furry best friend from home, meet the maitre d’, Meryl the Irish Terrier who’s usually on hand to greet you. 

📍103, 104 Grange Rd, London SE1 3BW

🚌 18 minute bus from YourTRIBE South Bermondsey 

The Mug House, London Bridge

Welcome to London’s secretive pub, The Mug House. This 1800s pub is bursting with character from historic wine artefacts on display to candlelit tables.

Step inside to find old stone floors, draft ales, and deep leather armchairs calling your name. House ales are served in rustic tankards and the background music echoes around the chambers.

The best part? The secretive location means quick, easy service (even at peak times). The Mug House is located by London Bridge, close to the London Dungeons entrance.

📍1-3 Tooley St, London SE1 2PF

🚌 27 minutes bus from YourTRIBE South Bermondsey
🚌 26 minutes bus from YourTRIBE Peckham

The Mayflower, Rotherhithe

The Mayflower is one of London’s oldest pubs, dating back to 1620! This traditional boozer is known as the most special, most atmospheric Thames-side pub. It’s also a hidden gem, tucked away, with the best view of the river. 

Enjoy your pint on the outdoor decked jetty before enjoying a meal in the cosy, candlelit restaurant – you don’t want to miss the ‘best fish and chips in London’. 

📍117 Rotherhithe St, London SE16 4NF

🚌 32 minute bus from YourTRIBE South Bermondsey
🚌 27 minute bus from YourTRIBE Peckham

Raise your glass to these traditional London pubs! Immerse yourself in the history and unwind in their cosy atmospheres. Whether you’re searching for a cosy pub or a lively night out, there’s something for everyone here. Cheers

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