10 of the best pubs with open fires in London

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With autumn upon us and winter on the way, there’s no better time of year to pop into a cosy pub with roaring open fires, delicious hearty comfort meals, and the best drinks to melt away your winter blues.

Listed in no particular order, here are some of our favourite pubs with open fires in London to visit during the in the colder months, which will keep you warm, fed and watered this autumn and winter.

The best pubs with fireplaces in London - The Red Lion, Barnes

London pubs with real fire:

The Hollybush, Hampstead

The Holly Bush is a quaint centuries-old pub within a Grade II listed building in beautiful Hampstead. Inside the cosy traditional pub, you’ll discover a roaring open fire that sets a wonderfully homely feel. Venture upstairs into the dining room to enjoy fine food by the pub’s other open fireplace. With amazing food teamed with an excellent drink offering, you won't want to leave…

The best pubs with fireplaces in London - The Holly Bush, Hampstead

The Victoria, Paddington

A beautiful 180-year-old Victorian pub in Paddington, The Victoria is particularly charming in winter time. Fuller's Pub of the Year in both 2007 and 2009, it is steeped in history, offers a wonderfully friendly atmosphere, and serves some of the best beer and home-cooked food around.

The upstairs dining room has an open fire which creates a brilliant wintery ambience in the colder months – making it the perfect spot for a meal by the fire, including a delicious traditional roast on Sundays.

The best pubs with fireplaces in London - The Victoria, Paddington

The Star Tavern, Belgravia

The Star Tavern is an award-winning traditional London pub that has become a fan favourite for its emphasis is on great service, quality beers and home-cooked food. Its open fire is ignited in the colder months to add to its cosy, traditional charm – perfect for enjoying a drink or a meal within reach of its amber glow, and playing one of the pub’s many board games.

The best pubs with fireplaces in London - The Star Tavern, Belgravia

The Red Lion, Barnes

With roaring log fires inside and a heated decking area outside, you're always guaranteed a warm welcome at The Red Lion. It attracts a good crowd all year round, due to its beer garden being a main attraction in the summertime, but winter is also a particularly charming time of year at the much-loved pub.

A beautiful open fireplace is in the main dining area, which creates a warm, cosy feel. There’s also a modern outdoor fire pit in the garden, which is the perfect spot for enjoying mulled wine, warm gin cocktails or a big glass of full-bodied red…

The best pubs with fireplaces in London - The Red Lion, Barnes outdoor fire pit

The Dove, Hammersmith

A charming, much-loved pub with incredible history, The Dove has been a fixture of London life for centuries. Set right on the River Thames, with a a large open fireplace inside the dining room, it's the best pub in Hammersmith to enjoy a warm atmosphere, wonderful fresh food and a pint of ale by the fire.

Best London pubs with open fires - The Dove, Hammersmith

The Crown & Sceptre, Shepherd’s Bush

Tucked away in the quiet backstreets of Shepherd’s Bush, The Crown & Sceptre is a hidden gem serving up great beers and wintery drinks, as well as authentic Thai food.

The main bar is home to a large, open fire that creates a delightful homely feel, which, teamed with spicy Thai food and board games, makes for the perfect place to hide away from the weather. 

Best London pubs with open fires - The Crown & Sceptre, Shepherds Bush

The Castle, North Acton

A friendly, lively local in North Acton, The Castle is a traditional English pub that makes a great destination, rain or shine. While the beer garden is a popular attraction on sunny days, its large outdoor fireplace also attracts a crowd in the colder months. There’s a grand fireplace inside, too, which adds to its already homely and cosy atmosphere.

Best London pubs with open fires - The Castle, North Acton

The Admiral Nelson, Twickenham

A friendly traditional local, The Admiral Nelson has everything you’d wish for from a local pub and more. With tasty, hearty pub food and a great selection of drinks on the menu, teamed with a cosy atmosphere and a roaring open fire, it’s a great spot in Twickenham for snuggling up with a drink or a meal and watching live sport this winter. It also serves a particularly good Sunday roast.

Best London pubs with open fires -  The Admiral Nelson London

One Over the Ait, Kew

Perched right on the Thames in Brentford, One Over the Ait is lively place to eat and drink overlooking Kew Bridge. Home to the first ever indoor firepit, winter time is extra special at One Over the Ait. Perch around the firepit with a glass of red wine or mug of hot gin, and tuck into a hearty, winter meal from the best of British menu.

The best pubs with fireplaces in London - One Over the Ait, Kew

The Half Moon, Herne Hill

The Half Moon is a stunning Grade II listed pub, restaurant and hotel in peaceful Herne Hill in south London. It has a large outdoor firepit in its garden bar, which has plenty of seating around it for basking in the warmth while sipping your favourite wintery tipple. Retreat inside to tuck into some of the finest pub food in the area, with the pub’s Sunday roasts attracting a crowd each week.

The best pubs with fireplaces in London - The Half Moon, Herne Hill

Melt away your winter blues at a cosy winter pub

While summer is a wonderful time of the year, you can’t beat a cosy winter pub with an open fire in England.

Settle down in one of London’s best pubs with open fires to warm up this autumn and winter, with mulled wine, hot gin, hearty comfort food and delectable Sunday roasts. Winter doesn’t sound so bad, after all... 

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The best pubs with fireplaces in London - The Flask, Highgate

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