Editors’ Picks: London’s Literary Libations

Add a literary element to your next night out with our top picks of literary pubs where you can enjoy both a celebration of books and maybe a small glass of wine!


Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese


145 Fleet Street, on Wine Office Court, City of London, EC4A 2BU

The literary figures Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, P. G. Wodehouse and Dr. Johnson are all said to have been ‘regulars’, making Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese of London’s most famous literary haunts.


The Sherlock Homes


10 Northumberland St, St James’s WC2N 5DB

Traditional pub celebrating everything on the infamous Arthur Conan Doyle detective character. Enjoy Holmes-themed memorabilia, traditional pub grub and a Sherlock Holmes Birthday Party!


The Book and Record Bar at The Gypsy Queen


20 Norwood High Street, London SE27 9NR

Love books and music? Who doesn’t?! Browse the vast select of second hand, collectable books and vinyl collection at this fantastic converted old pub. A social hub, The Book and Record Bar hosts regular events with a licensed bar and guest DJ’s.


The Gorringe Park Pub


29 London Road, Tooting, London, SW17 9JR

Boutique Cinema – tick! Library themed dining room – tick! Delicious food and a variety of drinks – tick! This has LBSW lovers written all over it!



Something a little different….


Draughts, Board Game Café


337 Acton Mews, Hackney, London, E8 4EA

London’s first board game café and proclaimed ‘haven for gamer lovers’, Draughts adds an interesting dynamic to a normal evening at the pub!


Evans and Peel Detective Agency


310c Earls Ct Rd, Kensington, London SW5 9BA

Not actually literary themed but book an appointment at this 1920’s themed speakeasy and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a mobster world.



If all else fails….


London Literary Pub Crawl

Enjoy an interactive guided tour around London’s most famous haunts following the footsteps of literature!


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