The London pub (the name is short for 'public house') is an institution in its own right and you should find the time to visit a few while you are in London. After all, a lot of English people go to the pub and it can be a good way of meeting people and practising your English.

We often arrange some pub tours as part of the Social Programme.

Many pubs these days serve good food as well as alcohol, and also offer a wide selection of non-alcoholic drinks, so you can enjoy an evening in one without having to drink too much if you don't want to.

Remember that in pubs you have to go to the bar to get served - there is no waiter service unless the pub also has a restaurant (some pubs take orders for food at the bar; others may come to your table).

The English habit is for people to buy a 'round' of drinks - in other words they buy drinks for themselves and their friends all together. Then later another person buys a round.

All pubs and restaurants are smoke-free. 

It is illegal to buy or consume alcoholic drinks in a pub in the UK if you are under 18. Some pubs have a policy to ask for ID (identification) from anyone who looks under 21. It is a good idea to carry ID with you that proves your age, particularly if you look younger than 21 years old.


Below is a list of pubs that our students have enjoyed in the past. Most of them are near our schools, although there are a few that we recommend you try if you are exploring other parts of London.  If you have visited a pub that you think should be on this list email us and let us know.

Pubs near Notting Hill and Holland Park

Fashionable Notting Hill captivates visitors with its unique charm. Millions flock here every August for the Notting Hill Carnival, but there are also plenty pubs you can visit all year round. 

Hillgate, 24 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR

Castle, 225 Portobello Road, W11 1LU

Ladbroke Arms, 54 Ladbroke Road, W11 3NW

Sun in Splendour, 7 Portobello Rd, W11 3DA

The Earl Of Lonsdale, 277-281 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA

Pubs near Hammersmith and Chiswick

There are some brilliant pubs in this area, whether you want to sit by the Thames or stay away from the water.

Carpenter's Arms , 91 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG 

Stonemasons Arms, 54 Cambridge Grove, W6 0LA,

The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, W6 9TA

The Old Ship, 25 Upper Mall, W6 9TD

City Barge, 27 Strand-on-the-Green, W4 3PH

Belushi’s in Hammersmith, 28 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 7AB

Pubs and Bars near Central London & Soho

Find the perfect place to take a break with a pint or a cocktail in the City. And Soho has some of the best pubs in the capital.

French House, 49 Dean Street, W1D 5BG

Vertigo 42, Tower 42 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ

1 Lombard Street 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA

Counting House 50 Cornhill, EC3V 3PD


Rooftop Bars in London

Here are London's best rooftop bars — Get a taste of the high life with our pick of London's best spots to enjoy cocktails in the clouds.

Madison Rooftop BarOne New Change, EC4M 9AF

Vista at Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS

Big Chill House 257-259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL


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