Where to Eat and Drink Like a Local in London

London is one of those cities you just need to visit at least once in your life.  If you are spending some time there this winter, staying at our new London location opening in a few days, and want to be right there in the midst of local life we got you covered. From pubs, pie shops, old time cafes and watering holes, these local hangs are the perfect landscape to feel the vibe, check the crowds and keep oneself warm. Order your pint and start a friendly chat – Londoners are open-minded and despite the British fame of grumpiness they are actually rather friendly!

Soho, Mayfair and Chelsea are still the main suspects for a good time, yet other neighborhoods such as Hackney, Clerkenwell and Nottinghill have great spots for local experiences – get ready to jump into hipster land in some neighborhoods with
craft beers galore, organic coffee shops, and plenty of welcoming pubs. Don’t be afraid to explore the back streets and find the endless mews full of spaces to sit, to talk and to work from. Winter is a great season to experience this city, so here is an insightful list of cozy places to enjoy London in winter like a local.


To go British

F. Cooke

9 Broadway Market, Borough of Hackney, London E8, 2004

This traditional pie and mash shop from 1862 is an east London institution! Order the delicious pies, or if you really want to go all the way local, try the jellied eel & mash.

Lord Nelson Pub Southwark

This pub is so full of character – full of trinkets, great music and a very friendly crowd. The burgers are the starts – considered the best in town. We love the chicken burger with halloumi cheese, hummus and chips with a pint of Camden Gentlemen’s wit – a wheat beer with bergamot.

Duck Soup Soho

Raw Duck photographed by Jamie Lau for Time Out

Duck Soup is trendy and fun – a bit of a mix of British, European and Middle Eastern food and with a young vibe – this is a place to enjoy your hipster side.


For a fancy dinning experience and great British & European food, the ambience is cool yet casual. A Hackney gem, Ellory always has spaces for on the spot walk-ins.

To go Organic

CoCo Maya

This fine artisan bakery is a treat. Here you can find petit gateau’s galore, chocolates and excellent coffee. Head to CoCo Maya for a sweet treat, when in posh Mayfair.

Farm Girl Café


As the name implies, this is the place to dwell in farm produce – the cakes are gorgeous and the coffee great. The pumpkin porridge is delicious and the fruit bowls plentiful.

The Detox Kitchen


Power to all things raw, organic and healthy. The Detox Kitchen menu is delicious and fresh. An ever-changing array of salads, organic meats and raw options on offer make this place always exciting to visit.

To get Friendly Drunk

Crate Beer

Crate Beer is one charming converted warehouse located by the canal in Hackney. It is a great place for convivial vibes, great beer and superb pizzas. There are seasonal shows, a fine tour of the brewery and plenty of local folk to chat and
share travel stories.

Whistling Shop

Located on a former whistle shop, this is a top-notch mixologist’s dream. The cocktails are superb and they have an amazing selection of spirits, wine and beer. A fun night guaranteed.


Nightjar is an old school, very hip jazz & cocktail bar. Its hipster credentials will please the more style-oriented punters.

ECC Chinatown


The Experimental Cocktail Club is a very discreet bar in atmospheric Chinatown – cocktails here are serious business and the crowd made of an elegant bunch.

Portobello Star

The local hang of Nottinghill – Portobello Star is your picture-perfect British Pub: full of quirk, loud patrons and great beer. Not to be missed.


Make this life a wonderful adventure.

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