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Sometimes (almost always), you can’t beat an evening in a good boozer. Those blistering winter nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping twofold, so to offer you a place of refuge and an excuse to delay your tube journey home, we got in touch with DesignMyNight. From toasty places with roaring fires to snug spots with views of Battersea Park, here are London’s top 10 cosy pubs to while away in.

The Flask - Highgate 

Immersed in history, The Flask in Highgate (which is not to be confused with The Flask in Hampstead) is as old as the hills. Dating all the way back to 1663, this watering hole was visited by Byron, Shelley and Keats back in the day, and is rumoured to be the place of one of London’s very first autopsies. With a hearty menu of venison casserole, Fuller's Frontier battered fish and chips and a vintage ale sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream for dessert, this pub is a must-visit come the winter months.


The Old Queen’s Head - Islington 

Not your typical boozer, The Old Queen’s Head is one of Islington’s most popular hangouts, and for plenty of good reason. They host a pub quiz every Tuesday, all cocktails are £5 on Wednesday (make sure you try the grilled peach old fashioned) and they have their very own karaoke room. With a kitchen residency from Lucky Chip, you can soak up your booze-fuelled evenings with a tasty selection of burgers, hot dogs, and meaty roasts come Sunday. 


Catford Constitutional Club - Catford

Left unoccupied for 20 years, The Catford Constitutional Club reopened its doors as a pub back in 2013 and is now a South London gem for British-inspired food and a few cheeky drinks. With original features from its heyday - gleaming chandeliers and loos that are rumoured to be haunted - the place has buckets of charm with vintage trinkets, colourful bunting and walls adorned with picture frames. 


The Prince Albert - Battersea

The Prince Albert is a dreamy den of large Chesterfield sofas, carpet sprung floors, shelves stuffed with books and a pretty view of Battersea Park. Boasting a seasonal cocktail menu alongside an impressive wine list, this South London pub has a dribble-worthy food menu of chicken, ham and leek pie, southern fried chicken supreme with Devon blue sauce and fries, and one of the best Sunday roasts around.


The Marlborough - Richmond 

Finished strolling through Richmond Park with your pooch? Quench your thirst at The Marlborough. This dog-friendly boozer is a stone’s throw from the park and it’s the perfect place to pitch up after your winter walk. Decked out with taxidermy, kitsch wallpaper and bottle green armchairs, they have been penned as one of the best spots for a vegan nut roast and their root vegetable pie is just as good, packed with fresh veggies, served with an extra jug of gravy.

 

The Dog and Fox - Wimbledon

Living in London has its downfalls, like the severe lack of fireplaces in your £1,500 per month flat, but we’ve got the next best thing - The Dog and Fox. This cosy pub has a log burning fire that will fool you into thinking you’re chilling in the comfort of your parent’s sitting room. Snuggle up and get warm with a glass of red or go all out with some grub from their vegetarian-friendly menu. 


The Mayflower - Rotherhithe 

The Mayflower is the oldest pub along the Thames and it’s not shy of a story or two: the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from behind the pub in search of the New World in 1620. Featuring a bar packed with maritime ornaments, latticed windows in the upstairs dining room and as many original beams as the building will allow, it’s one for your London to do list if you’re a sucker for cosy pubs with a colourful history.


The Bull & Gate - Kentish Town 

The Bull & Gate ain’t no one trick pony. A buzzing atmosphere, a smashing selection of craft beers and a seasonal menu are what make its regulars come back time and time again, but it’s the Boulogne Bar that is its crowning glory. Taking inspiration from gentleman’s clubs of a bygone era, this upstairs cocktail bar is a plush affair of velvet armchairs, twinkling crystal chandeliers and homely comforts. With sharing boards of gigantic Scotch eggs and a selection of British favourites for mains, you’d be a right fool to miss it this winter.


The Holly Bush - Hampstead 

Pouring pints since 1807, The Holly Bush is another one of London’s oldest and cosiest pubs. This Grade II listed building has tonnes of snug candlelit corners alongside a roaring fire to toast your toes after the harrowing five minute journey from the tube. Ideal for date night, the menu is laced with flavoursome dishes, from Peruvian sea bass ceviche to a gooey, truffle-laced mac ‘n’ cheese.


The Old Bank of England - Embankment 

Who ate all the pies? Anyone who’s ever been to The Old Bank of England, that’s who. This grand pub is housed in the former Law Courts branch of the Bank of England, showing off mahogany staircases, sky-high ceilings and ginormous windows, but it’s the menu that will really take your breath away. This joint is so into its pies that they have a sharing board with three different kinds, all of which are matched with award-winning ales. 



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