A popular chain of Irish pubs. O’Neill’s has several pubs across London, with their Soho and Kings Cross bars among the liveliest, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. O’Neill’s guarantees you a great atmosphere no matter what time of day you arrive, and is a popular hangout for hen and stag parties and larger groups. With a food menu that has everything you would expect from pub grub, and a familiar selection of Irish beers, ciders and alcopops, O’Neill’s never fails to disappoint. If you’re looking for a quiet drink, especially over the weekend, then O’Neill’s is probably not the pub for you.
London’s oldest Irish pub dating back to 1700, The Tipperary is a stunning Grade II listed building on the bustling Fleet Street. The history of the bar and the building is perhaps the biggest attraction to visitors of The Tipperary, but the bar that served up London’s first pint of Guinness is still serving up great food and drink all these years later. In fact, The Tipperary was the first bar outside Ireland to serve a pint of the black stuff! There are few Irish pubs outside of Ireland that can match the history of The Tipperary, so get yourself along to Fleet Street and find out more.
The sister bar of another on our list (Waxy O’Connor’s), Waxy’s Little Sister is a great bar to escape to if you just want to chill out and relax in much quieter surroundings. With an open fire that is roaring most of the year and a great selection of sofas to lounge about it, Waxy’s provides all the hospitality you would expect to find in an Irish bar but allows you to take a step back and rest from your London exploits. A little Irish oasis in the heart of London town!
Located in London’s West End, Waxy’s comprises of four bars spread over six floors, with everything from a Gothic Church Bar to a fairytale Tree Room to keep you entertained. Founded by an Irishman, most of the contents in Waxy’s have been shipped directly from Ireland, including a 250-year-old Beech tree from the Midlands of Ireland. The Cottage Bar is a favourite for many who just want a quiet drink by the fire, with the interior in general something you must see. The bar is often packed out for Irish rugby and football games and has live music all weekend.
This quintessential Irish pub will take you back to your own corner of Ireland thanks to its traditional wooden interior. The Boston Arms has a beer garden that is busy during the summer months, all the Guinness and Murphy’s you could want, and a regular lineup of live music acts. A short walk from the Tufnell Park tube station, the happy hour deals attract locals and visitors alike.
Ganley’s is a modern Irish pub in Morden, which has built up a reputation for great service, and a mean carvery. The steakhouse menu is also a hit with locals, while the selection of beer, cider and wine on offer won’t disappoint. With live music across the weekend, and live sports throughout the week, you’re sure to have a cracking time in Ganley’s. If you enjoy taking in live music gigs on your travels, then Ganley’s is a bar worth getting along to.
A previous winner of the Irish Times award for the most authentic Irish pub outside of Ireland, The Auld Shillelagh is a real hidden gem in London’s Stoke Newington District. This is an uncomplicated Irish pub that draws a crowd throughout the week thanks to its themed music nights, famous trad sessions, amazing pints of Guinness (the best in North London according to many) and general great atmosphere. The beer garden is a lively area during the summer months, and if you’re looking for somewhere to catch a game of Gaelic Football or Hurling while in London, then The Auld Shillelagh is just what you’re after.