London Bridge has some of the best pubs in the capital – provided you know where to go. 

Enter Square Mile. Our guide rounds up the best pubs in and around the London Bridge area. 

Yes, Borough and Bermondsey pubs are represented as well. You've got to be thorough about these things. 

And that's not all... We've also included the vital information on the beer selection, food menu, outdoor seating and opening hours – everything you need to know, basically, plus the odd bonus tidbit thrown in.

(Please note: the pubs are arranged geographically – they're not being ranked by quality! All are great in their own way.) 

Don't simply drink in the best London Bridge pubs – drink in the best pubs for you. We'll be updating this list regularly so be sure to check back and see what's new.  

Cheers!

Small but perfectly formed, The Rake in Borough Market is a beer lover's paradise. Plus it offers the most extensive food menu in London: as drinkers are welcome to bring food from the adjacent market. 

What's the beer selection like?

Copious. There are 14 keg taps and four cask pumps, which apart from a few staples, rotate on a keg-by-keg or cask-by-cask basis. 

The Rake aims to always offer a variety which should have something for everyone and also showcase some of the best beers from breweries all over the world.

Similarly the top-shelf spirits change by the bottle, again with an aim to cover all bases at all times but also to provide something new every time you visit.

How's the food?

Without a kitchen The The Rake only offers bar snacks, but more importantly you are welcome to bring in food from Borough Market (the pub sits just on the edge of the hot-food dedicated Jubilee Place in the market).

Lunchtime at the Rake is a selection of everything and anything Borough Market has to offer, alongside the world-famous beer selection.

Is there a beer garden?

Yes there is a beer garden, although it's not much bigger than the bar.

Don't expect any other amenities like pool tables, darts, sports, music, etc. The motto is very much "where the beer comes first" – but when the beer is this good, it's a motto to live by. 

Anything else to note?

The Rake isn't much of a place for promotions but the pub keeps a packed events calendar.

Generally during regular times they will host a Tap Take Over or Brewery event each week, sometimes more than one, when the brewer (and only the brewer) is allowed to sign the walls.

These sometimes come with raffles or giveaways of sorts and are very much worth checking out. 

What are The Rake's opening hours?

  • Monday-Thursday: 12–8pm
  • Friday 12–9pm
  • Saturday 11am–9pm
  • Sunday 12–7pm

Borough Market, 14A Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG; The Rake

The Market Porter is another fine London Bridge pub that’s situated in the ever-busy Borough Market.

What’s the beer selection like?

The Market Porter has a varied selection of beers across the taps, offering 16 different lagers, pale ales and ciders. This includes four hand pumps offering real ales on constant rotation.

The wine and spirit selection also is broad with no less than 12 different gins to choose from at any time.

How’s the food?

The pub prides itself on the home cooked food, with a menu celebrating traditional and modern British pub fare. All ingredients are sourced from British farmers and suppliers.

Portion sizes are generous – try the popular ‘Pie of the Day’, or the Steak & Ale pie served with creamy mash, greens and gravy.

There’s also the Sunday Roast: beef, pork, chicken and vegan roasts all served with a medley of trimmings. 

Is there a beer garden?

No but there are outside tables looking onto the market. It’s a great spot for people watching while enjoying a cold pint.

Anything else to note?

‘Happy Monday’ is a real treat of an offer .... fresh beer-battered haddock and chips with a pint of beer for £14, served all day every Monday.

What are The Market Porter’s opening hours?

  • Monday-Friday: 11am-11pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-11pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-10:30pm

9 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA; The Market Porter 

Known as 'the hidden pub under the bridge', the Wheatsheaf is worth seeking out. Not to be confused with the Sheaf, another London Bridge pub with a very similar name. (The owner of The Sheaf used to run the Wheatsheaf before it temporarily closed in 2009.) 

What's the beer selection like?

The Wheatsheaf aims to have something on hand for everyone.

The pub stocks both premium European lagers and those brewed closer to home. The craft beers range from the more recognisable London brewed fair on the taps to some slightly lesser known in cans and bottles.

The real ale range is limited but high quality. 

How's the food?

The food is traditional pub classics with a twist – be it lager battered cod and chips with fried capers to new favourite the plant based burger.

However the staple is the famous sausage roll, which is home baked daily and a firm favourite with the regulars.

Pile up the sausage rolls the Wheatsheaf served last year, their height would be 2.5 times the height of The Shard. (We’re taking the pub’s word on this: we didn’t count them all.) 

Is there a beer garden?

The pub is nestled under a ThamesLink railway bridge so as a result the beer garden is a little different. It’s entirely covered and heated in the winter. Music is always playing so it’s a lot like being in the pub itself with a bit more of a breeze!

Anything else to note?

Most of Borough Market is closed on a Sunday but the Wheatsheaf is still very much open and serving a pretty great roast! Couple that with some great music and the house Bloody Mary and you’re all set for a great Sunday in London Bridge. 

What are the Wheatsheaf's opening hours? 

  • Monday–Saturday: 11am–11pm
  • Sunday: 11am–10.30pm

6 Stoney Street, Borough, SE1 9AA; The Wheatsheaf

The 'other' Sheaf, minus the Wheat, The Sheaf is an underground bar that shows live sport and a good time. It's connected with Katzenjammers, the German beer hall – but not the Wheatsheaf.  

What's the beer selection like? 

Currently The Sheaf only has two real ales on draught, around six draught lagers and six draught craft ales. Expect these numbers to rise once the pub is back up and running.

There is a selection of more than 20 gins from all over the world, although The Sheaf isn’t currently offering cocktails. There is normally a happy hour and two-for-one lunch on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesday.

How's the food? 

The Sheaf serves proper pub food; burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, loaded fries, although the menu has been cut back for the initial reopening. The homemade nachos are definitely one to try!.

Is there a beer garden? 

Due to the pandemic the loading bay out back has been transformed into a pop up beer garden. It’s mainly undercover so even nice on a rainy day.

Anything else to note? 

There are several TVs inside that show all major sporting events, plus a couple of dartboards for you to play on. The Sheaf is only allowing seated guests at the moment and only groups of up to eight people.

What are The Sheaf's opening hours? 

  • Monday-Thursday: 5pm-11pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 12pm-11pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-10.30pm.

24a Southwark St, London SE1 1TY; The Sheaf

Few pubs have their own Wikipedia page but then few pubs boast The George’s storied history. It dates backs to at least 1543 – a contemporary map marked it as ‘Gorge' – and is the only surviving galleried London coaching inn.

What’s the beer selection like?

The George is run by Greene King so while craft beer connoisseurs may prefer its neighbour The Rake, the drinks menu is pretty expansive. There is wine, spirits, cocktails, and plenty of beer on tap.

How’s the food?

Again, Greene King, so expect the standard pub fare – burgers, fish and chips, etc – and a variety of sharing plates. If you fancy something a bit more exotic, Borough Market is right across the street.

Is there a beer garden?

Yes, and how! The George’s huge outdoor courtyard is a major selling point and the perfect location to drink away a sunny afternoon. You’ll rarely find it empty.

Anything else to note?

The George is a very popular watering hole right on the high street and you’ll want to book to be sure of a seat. Charles Dickens – a regular patron – never had to worry about such things.

What are The George’s opening hours?

  • Sunday-Thursday: 12–10pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 11am–10pm 

75 Borough High St, London SE1 1NH; The George

Tucked down an alley off Borough High Street, this friendly, no frills London Bridge pub is the perfect stopoff for a quick one before you head to the station.

What’s the beer selection like?

There’s a decent range of ales (including Harveys of Sussex & St Austell Tribute), lagers, and wine.

How’s the food?

Traditional pub food but it’s off the menu for now – watch this space.

Is there a beer garden?

No, but King's Head Yard on front doubles up as one – chairs outside and everything. You can even watch the football there!

Anything else to note?

There’s an upstairs function room equipped with two TVs, a pool table and a dartboard. Use it wisely.

What are the Old King's Head opening hours? 

Monday-Sunday: 11-12am

King's Head Yard, SE1 1NA; The Old King's Head

There are a number of Draft Houses scattered throughout London, but this concerns the Tower Bridge iteration. Like its siblings, it’s a place of style and soul.

What's the beer selection like? 

There are 20 beer taps, with some exclusive house beers that are made for Draft House with some top breweries from around the UK and further afield.

There’s also a steady rotation of fresh craft beers, sourced locally from London, mainly from round the corner on the Bermondsey beer mile.

How's the food?

Modern twist on a traditional pub food menu. The menu changes seasonally, as you would expect.

Order the Fish Pie: salmon, smoked haddock and king prawns in creamy leek sauce, served with tenderstem broccoli.

Is there a beer garden?

No, but there is a great little cellar bar, which is a lovely spot to host a private party. 

Anything else to note?

A lot of great food promotions, as well as 2-for-1 Cocktail Happy Hour between 4pm – 8pm every day.

  • Monday is half price burgers. 
  • Wednesday 2-for-1 Wings.
  • Thursday 2-for-1 on the Plant Based Menu.
  • Sunday Roasts with unlimited Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

What are the Draft House's opening hours? 

  • Monday-Saturday: 12–11pm
  • Sunday: 12–10:30pm

206-208 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP; Draft House

Look up ‘pub’ in the dictionary and you might see a picture of The Horseshoe Inn. Gorgeously traditional, the pub has been in the same hands for 24 years.

What's the beer selection like?

A selection of lagers, many of which are served in the garden bar. Plus three real ales that are changed each month. 

How's the food? 

Pub food that uses best quality products. Get this: the honey and herbs come from the rooftop beehives and garden.

Is there a beer garden?

Yes, a big one, plus a seating area out front, and two rooftop terraces. There’s also a function room and two dart boards.

Anything else to note?

Look out for the bear and the two rescue cats. The bear may be a sculpture but the cats definitely aren’t.

What are The Horseshoe Inn's opening hours? 

  • Tuesday-Wednesday: 12–11:30pm
  • Thursday-Friday: 12pm–12am
  • Saturday: 12–11:30pm
  • Sunday-Monday: 12–10pm

26 Melior St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QP; The Horseshoe Inn

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This lovely independent pub has been in its current incarnation since 2013 – although the building dates back far earlier (the above photo is from 1951). After a short stint as a French restaurant – hey, we’ve all experimented – The Rose is now a quality neighbourhood watering hole that won the latest Time Out award for best pub/bar in SE1. 

What's the beer selection like?

Craft beers and continental favourites. Think Beaverton, Brooklyn, Peroni, Estrella, plus guest crafts from the likes of Kernel, BBNO, and Magic Rock. 

(If you like Fosters, Stella, Strongbow et al, you best go elsewhere.) 

There are also barrel-aged cocktails, and a craft gin range. 

How's the food?

The Rose is famous for its parmos, and burgers (especially the truffle burger), as well as an amazing Sunday Roast.

Is there a beer garden?

Yes, there’s a Boutique Beer Garden – in other words, it’s very small but perfectly formed. 

Anything else to note?

There’s a Street Fighter 2 arcade machine set to free play. Say goodbye to your afternoon.

What are The Rose's opening hours? 

  • Monday-Saturday: 12–10pm
  • Sunday: 12–9pm

123 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, London SE1 3ST; The Rose

This intimate family-run pub dates back to the nineteenth century (with a rebuild in the 1920s). It even gets a mention in The Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens was once a neighbour.

What's the beer selection like?

Strong. The Gladstone Arms is a craft beer pub, featuring an ever-changing selection of more than 13 beers on tap, sourced from local breweries like Gipsy Hill, Hammeton and London Beer Factory.

From IPAs, real ales, lagers to cider, there is a great selection of beers to sate even the most discerning of palates.

The pub also boasts a diverse gin selection. One of the most popular is the rhubarb gin by Warner Edwards, paired best with Fever Tree tonic.

How's the food?

The Gladstone specialises in Anglo-Indian food, featuring a great selection of small plates, pies and a unique Anglo-Indian Sunday roast.

The most popular items are the chicken kara-age, chicken tikka masala pie and of course the roasts (served with Bombay potatoes).

Is there a beer garden?

No but there’s a roof terrace and a private function room with a dartboard.

Anything else to note?

Plenty if you’re the socialising type. Choose from:

  • Pub quiz on first Monday of the month.
  • Open mic nights on Wednesdays.
  • Live music every weekend (blues / jazz / electronica / alt-folk / pop).

What are The Gladstone Arms's opening hours? 

  • Monday-Thursday: 12–11pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 12pm–12am
  • Sunday: 12–10:30pm

64 Lant St, London SE1 1QN; The Gladstone