Best Bars

Here's the ever-growing selection of bars and pubs around the borough that have already signed up to the Best Bar None scheme.

Note: The descriptions are from the venues themselves and are in no way endorsed by the council

28 West | Backyard Cinema | Big Chill bar | Boisdale Canary WharfCafe 1001 | Draper Bar & GrillLondon Cocktail Club Bethnal GreenLondon Cocktail Club Shoreditch |  East London Liquor companyHawkmoor Spitafields | Henry Addington | Hilton Canary Wharf | Horn of Plenty | Ivory Vaults | Manjal | Old GeorgePepper Saint OntiodQMUL Griff Inn | Silver SturgeonSports Bar & GrillThe Galvinisers UnionThe Holiday Inn London WhitechapelThe Star of Bethnal GreenThe Ten Bells | The Tower HotelThe White Hart |Wilton's Mahogany Bar


28 West

28 West Bar insideWhether it's laid back drinks after a long day in the office, or a full blown corporate party for up to 300 guests, we've done it all. From casual business drinks with colleagues, to product launches, private parties, weddings and even filming TV shows...You name it, we've done it, and we've done it with style.


Backyard Cinema

Backyard cinema Russell HowardThe Backyard Comedy Club has been one of London’s top professional comedy venues for the past twenty years; providing East London with the very best in stand-up comedy and entertainment. Regularly hosting the biggest names in the business, including recent appearances from Harry Hill, Russell Howard, Jo Brand, Alan Carr, Frankie Boyle, Reg D Hunter, Sara Pascoe, Dara O’Briain to name just a few.


Big Chill bar

Big-Chill-Brick-Lane-Seating Area 2Big Chill Brick Lane is a destination to drink, eat work and play in the heart of East London. Providing quality craft drinks, tasty bar snacks, friendly service and DJs every Thursday – Sunday





Boisdale Canary Wharf

A lively restaurant and music venue serving modern British food as well as a whisky bar, terrace, oyster bar and grill and cigar library, overlooking the city skyline. 


Cafe 1001

Dancing Cafe 1001Café 1001 is a combined café and club, intrinsic to the Brick Lane area and a focal point for most.

Though an established entertainment venue, we see ourselves as a creative playground for both well-known and up & coming artists. We put acts on every night in two rooms ranging from live bands and DJs to all night raves

Drapers Bar & Grill

Drapers Bar & Kitchen provides food and drinks at affordable prices, with a recently updated menu. It is also home to on-campus events including the Hail Mary nights, Mondays' Calling, Poundstretcher, Frat & Bat, E1 and ABC.

By day you can enjoy a relaxed environment and take a break from work to socialise with friends. They have an improved menu with good quality food including options for those with special dietary requirements.

Food is served from 12-8.30pm, Monday to Friday. You can also play pool table and watch live sport.

East London Liquor company

ELLC Restaurant_Bottle ShopOriginally a glue factory in Bow Wharf, we found our home in the disused industrial space and repurposed the venue to begin distilling in July 2014, producing and importing a range of spirits, including gins, vodka, rum and whisky.  For those who want to know more, our passionate team at East London Liquor Company are on hand for any questions about the distillation process of our exceptional spirits, more details about the producers we work with and to offer spirit tastings.

Hawkmoor Spitafields

Interior Hawksmoor SpitafieldsHawksmoor Spitalfields has now reopened on Commercial Street, following a major refurbishment. The restaurant was the original site of Will Beckett and Huw Gott’s British steak restaurant and cocktail bar.

Just over a decade ago, in 2006, Will and Huw launched Hawksmoor with the aim of sourcing the best British ingredients they could find and cooking them simply over charcoal.  The restaurant was an almost instant hit at a time when the London restaurant scene was dominated by fine dining establishments.  The simplicity and quality of the food, wine and cocktails along with the casual professionalism and hospitality of the staff saw Hawksmoor at the forefront of a big change in how London ate. 

Henry Addington

Bar area Henry AddingtonThe Henry Addington is located right in the heart of Canary Wharf, and is just a short three-minute walk from Canary Wharf Underground Station on the Jubilee Line, West India Avenue, and One Canada Square.

This popular Canary Wharf pub can be found near to many of London’s finest attractions, including the The O2 Arena, Olympic Park, Sky Ride, Greenwich Village, Stratford Westfield, Canary Wharf, and West Ham United’s football ground at their new home the London Stadium, which was converted following the London Olympics in 2012.

 For a quieter way to spend the day, there are also a whole host of river and canal walks near you.

Hilton Canary Wharf

Hilton Lounge AreaSet in the heart of London's commercial centre and only 15 minutes from the city centre via transportation links, Hilton London Canary Wharf is the ideal venue for business and leisure stays. Enjoy easy connections to London's main attractions, ExCel Exhibition Centre, The O2 and the Olympic Park. Our hotel offers stylish rooms and suites, fantastic dining options, onsite fitness centre with gym, steam room and sauna.

Horn of Plenty

Main pub area'Best Pub in Whitechapel and Stepney' Time Out Love London Awards 2015 and 2016.  Quiz night:  A quiz with a difference. The winners can gamble for our super jackpot. If they lose the gamble question it rolls over to next week.   Birthday Drinks:   Book a table to celebrate your birthday and we will spoil you with a free bottle of bubbly.   Rock, Paper Scissors:   On Friday's beat the bartender at Rock Paper Scissors and get your drinks half price 6-7pm. Sunday Roast:  Sunday's for us mean two things. Roasts and bloody Mary's.

Ivory Vaults

LSMB Table View (Hall)The Ivory Vaults is an exclusive location situated within the historic vaulted cellars of the Grade II listed Ivory House at St Katharine Docks.

Sitting between the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Ivory Vaults are close to the city and benefit from fantastic transport links to central London, Excel, London City Airport, the 02 and London’s newest quarter, the East Village.

The 10,000 sq ft venue is available for private hire for groups of 100 – 450, devised of nine intimate vaulted private dining areas, interlinked by a vast open passageway.

The 200 year old structure exudes charm and individuality, perfect for a bespoke event unique to your company.

Our on site events and theatrical production team are experienced in delivering interactive and memorable events to a wide range of clientele. 

London Cocktail Club Bethnal Green

Nestled under the train tracks of Paradise Row, LCC’s very own Cuban cocktail carnival meets the quirkiness of East LDN in a big way. Think totally tiki vibes out front on the Bacardi terrace, where bright colours & neon signs pop from an array of flowers entwining the rising archway. Enjoy your favourite bevvies & beats on an artwork adorned swinging bus stop or up top on the techno-coloured seated steps. In a playful nod to its location, inside you’ll find snug sofas & eclectic antiques inspired by an old-skool tube station, with plenty of room for the inevitable dancing on the tables. With all the usual LCC banter & bubbly bartenders in tow, taking home a ‘Hangover on Board’ badge is advisory. 

London Cocktail Club Shoreditch

Just spitting distance from Box Park, this biker themed bar is a rebellious blend of British Americana with split-level booths and Jack Daniel’s pool tables.

Follow the industrial metal staircase down and get hit with the imposing 40ft x 60ft wide biker hell inspired wall mural, designed by Prefab 77! Downstairs in the basement you’ll find a Mods & Rockers mash-up of amazing biker jacket themed couches, think black leather, studs, chains, green velvet and plaid.


Manjal dining spaceManjal is a fine dining restaurant specialising in authentic North and South Indian cuisine of the best quality and extreme care to use the very best ingredients by our chefs who has experience of more than 35years.


Old George

Inside Old GeorgeLocated near Bethnal Green Underground station and a short walk from Shoreditch Overground station, in the heart of Bethnal Green Road, The Old George is a beautifully restored London pub, dating back to the 1700s.

Reopened by Antic in the summer of 2013, we are a friendly and charming local, boasting five real ale taps, two t-bars as well as a wide selection of craft cans and bottles, offering something to suit every drinker. We serve an ever-changing selection of Cask Marque certified local and regional ales, fine spirits and bottled beers.

Pepper Saint Ontiod

Nestled away in the heart of the Docklands, this hidden gem has become the place to find on the Isle of Dogs. Overlooking the beautiful Inner Millwall Dock, this warm and friendly pub will have you coming back time and time again – if not for the food, real ale and wide drinks selection then for the relaxed atmosphere and stunning view; you will struggle to find a venue with this much character so close to Canary Wharf. Our quirky interior and fantastic staff make this a venue like no other in the area.

QMUL Griff Inn

Hall spaceThe Griff Inn Bar & Kitchen provides a relaxed and easy-going environment to socialise with friends and colleagues. Pop-in for a morning coffee or enjoy lunch with our new food menu options. We also offer numerous choices for those with special dietary requirements. The Griff Inn is also home to our monthly Griff Inn Pub Quiz, special events and our regular Final Whistle, Poundstretcher and Tables club nights. 

Silver Sturgeon

Silver Sturgeon - Upper Deck -  Bar furnitureSilver Sturgeon's interiors and decks have been created by leading British designers and architects as light, luxe, relaxing spaces in warm, natural colours featuring pure white, oak, grey bird's eye maple & chestnut. Offering the perfect venue for 50 to 550 guests.

Sports Bar & Grill

At Sports Bar and Grill we are passionate about sport and food, our bars will immerse you in the action, whether you’re watching your team on our screens at every viewpoint or taking on your friends in our games rooms. We specialise in creating the best sports viewing environment, it’s the perfect place to get together and grab some food, like our super sharers, big game burgers and legendary grills. Be a part of the action here at sports bar & grill. 

The Galvinisers Union

Dating back to 1872, the once Duke of Wellington has played a pivotal role in London’s East End community.

Rebuilt in the 1920’s by social housing redevelopment, the newly titled Galvanisers Union is Bromley-by-Bow’s newest public house. Located only a short distance from Devons Road Station in the heart of an ever increasingly developing Olympic fringe, The Galvanisers Union offers a wide and carefully selected array of local and regional craft beers, real ales, spirits and wines.

One can also expect delicious and freshly prepared traditional British pub cuisine with a contemporary twist. 

The Holiday Inn London Whitechapel

Friendly service and inclusive Wi-Fi in a smart London hotel near City of London and East End attractions. 

Holiday Inn London – Whitechapel, formerly known as Holiday Inn London – Commercial Road, is located less than 10 minutes' walk to the London Underground stations of Whitechapel, Aldgate East and Shadwell. Shadwell has a DLR and Overground station, with historic Tower Bridge and the trendy Shoreditch less than 10 minutes' ride away.

Business guests are only minutes by Tube or DLR from banking and corporate headquarters at The City of London and Canary Wharf with ideal links to ExCEL London Convention Centre. The hotel's four event spaces with all natural daylight are easily adapted for boardroom meetings and social occasions.

The East End is a cultural hotspot with a cutting-edge art and fashion scene. A browse through Old Spitalfields Market will catch you up on the latest trends, while a spicy curry on Brick Lane is just the thing after a Jack the Ripper or Street Art Walking Tour.

Get your morning caffeine jolt at Starbucks in the hotel lobby and enjoy fresh seafood sourced from Billingsgate Market at Traders Restaurant. The Fitness Centre lets you squeeze in a workout at your leisure. For anything else, just ask our friendly staff – whose service has been recognised with an IHG Hotel of the Year award.

The Star of Bethnal Green

The Star of Bethnal Green, is quite literally, what it says on the tin. Amongst a road of predominantly traditional, East London boozers (not to say there’s anything bad about these) is this little gem, quiet and relaxed during the daytime, with an array of DJ’s and disco nights in the evening.

As well as a selection of locally brewed beers, The Star has a kitchen and food menu to challenge any Gordon Ramsay establishment. From delicious burgers served by exciting kitchen pop-ups to their legendary Sunday Roast and Bloody Marys’, a meal here will not go forgotten.

Karaoke booth, big screens on the first floor and a locals loyalty card, you cannot go wrong with this quirky little hotspot. Unlike no other.

Don’t miss Workers Wednesday for 20 per cent off all food drinks and 2 for 1 cocktails on Thursdays!

The Ten Bells

Downstairs BarSmack-bang in the middle of Spitalfields lies the institution that is The Ten Bells. Alive with history this bustling candle lit boozer still serves as a social hub for an ever-changing community. Beyond the listed tile work lies a well curated selection of quality beers, a handsome wine list, a serious gin menu and the promise of a good time. Venture up the creaky, candle-lit staircase to make the most of long, balmy evenings and grab a refreshing glass in our very own botanical oasis that feels a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the city streets.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to escape the midsummer drizzle for post-work drinks or cool down during a hot date: we can’t wait to see you!

The Tower Hotel

Choose from our suites and rooms near Tower Bridge, all with one of London’s finest views at your window.

The Tower was built with its stunning vistas in mind, so all our bedrooms offer breathtaking views over the River Thames, Tower Bridge or the quaint St Katharine Docks marina.

Designed to reflect the individual style and character of The Tower, whose interiors are infused with Art Deco flair, our rooms are all non-smoking and include free fast Wi-Fi. Every room also benefits from its own safe, iron and ironing board, complimentary toiletries in your en-suite bathroom and access to the gym.

The White Hart

The White Hart is a vibrant East End pub offering a great selection of real ales handcrafted by our One Mile End Brewery, imported draft lagers, world wines, spirits and cocktails.

Whether you want to book an area to dine or take advantage of our brilliant private room, we make sure that visiting The White Hart is always something special.

Come and see us for early evening drinks, or book in for a brunch, light lunch or delicious Sunday roast.

Wilton's Mahogany Bar

Wilton’s Music Hall is a gem in the heart of London and the oldest grand music hall in the world. It presents a year round programme of exceptional live music and world-class productions alongside learning and participation work that engages the local community and schools.

The Grade 2 Star listed building recently completed a 4 year capital project with support from Heritage Lottery Fund and numerous trusts and individuals. This project, designed by Tim Ronalds Architects, recently won a RIBA 2016 National Award, RIBA London Award 2016, RIBA London Conservation Award 2016 and RIBA London Building Of The Year 2016.