Best South-East London Bars

Discover the best pubs and bars in South East London with this SquareMeal list of the very best South East London bars. Probably the most popular and well known destination in South East London is Greenwich, with its fabulous Royal Park and beautiful riverside setting. Greenwich Market with its unusual art and craft stalls and food stalls form around the world is a buzzing place to be on weekends and the famous Cutty Sark is always a crowd pleaser. Just down the road New Cross is a prime drinking destination for students from the local Goldsmith’s College whilst Dulwich plays host to an upmarket crowd. If you’re stuck for somewhere to go for a drink in South East London then take a look at this SquareMeal guide to the best South East London bars and get some great ideas. 

Updated on 18 April 2018

Every one of the bars and pubs in London with al fresco drinking featured in SquareMeal’s list of London’s best bars and pubs for alfresco drinking have been tried and tested by critics and our own customers. For more drinking inspiration, see our recommendations for the best bars in London. Each SquareMeal listing features an independent review, as well as reviews from those who have visited, together with unique special offers such as free drinks and discounts.

The Amersham Arms

The Amersham Arms

388 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6TY

This imposing, scruffy boozer opposite New Cross station scores top marks for effortless cool. The Amersham Arms houses a random assortment of antique radios, binoculars, kitsch crafts & old radios. It appeals to a motley crowd of Goldsmiths students, young artists, & media professionals priced out of more salubrious areas. Proper ales & draught lagers compete with £6 cocktails at the bar; order two of the same & pay only £1.50 extra (Mon-Fri 5-10pm & all day Sunday). Cheap bar food includes burgers, sandwiches, Saturday breakfasts & Sunday roasts. The large back room & upstairs gallery play host to regular DJs, monthly ska nights, film screenings & exhibitions. Every month there’s a jumble sale of vintage clothing & bric-a-brac, accompanied by DJs, live bands, tea, cake &, of course, booze.

The Trafalgar Tavern

The Trafalgar Tavern

Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW

It’s hard to beat the riverside location of this historic Greenwich boozer (dating from 1837). At high tide, take a seat in a bay window projecting over the Thames – ideally with a pint from the choice of guest ales – & you’ll feel like you’re practically in the water. The atmospheric bar, with its dark-green walls & oil paintings of naval battles, seems to have changed little since Charles Dickens & William Gladstone drank here. By contrast, the large Collingwood Restaurant (fish is a forte) feels rather corporate, packing in tourists & displaying special offers on wine. All this history comes at a price; whitebait with paprika mayonnaise, the house special, costs £7 & you’ll pay upwards of £15 for mains, including baked haddock & Welsh rarebit, or spiced leg of lamb.

£30 - £49
The Old Brewery (bar)

The Old Brewery (bar)

The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, London, SE10 9LW

With around 60 beers to choose from, the stylish café-bar at the historic Old Brewery is an ale-lover’s paradise. Owner the Meantime Brewing Company supplies draught lagers, stouts, IPAs & porters – some produced at the brewery next door – but you’ll also find bottled beers from afar. The choice is helpfully listed by style, so you can decide between hoppy ales, fruit beers, Trappist brews & sour lambic beers from Belgium, among others. The double-height, brick-lined interior contains a scattering of tables; on fine days, the popular courtyard garden outside is a good bet. The short bar menu has been designed with beer matching in mind, so try some fish & chips with a crisp Meantime Helles lager.


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