5 Pubs & Bars in London For The Cheapest Pints Around

If there’s one thing us Londoners know how to do best, it’s enjoying a few pints in some of the city’s bustling pubs and bars, even when it’s not always the most affordable option. There’s no denying that the price of alcohol is increasing in London lately, but what if we told you there were still plenty of places to enjoy a cheap pint out? From cosy pints of Guinness for less than £4 to 2-4-1 tasty tipples, here are the best budget-friendly pours just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend. Eager for more? Download Bindy Street to see the rest of our recommendations.

1. The Nags Head, Peckham 

traditional english pub

Fans of Only Fools and Horses may recognise the name of this pub (warning: it’s not actually related to the hilarious sitcom as far as we’re aware), but this cheery local’s favourite does pull a good pint and for an even better price too. Nominated for the TimeOut Love Local Awards in 2021, The Nags Head is a friendly, old-fashioned boozer nestled along Rye Lane that offers affordable drinks, live sport screenings, and a sun-soaked beer garden. We recommend trying their Guinness for only £3.70 a pint.

Location: 231 Rye Ln, London SE15 4TP

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2. The Euston Tap

the euston tap interiors with bar stools, chalk board, and pints

Pouring beer since 2010, The Euston Tap is the spot to go for beer, beer, and well, even more beer. With 18 kegs and 7 casks from some of the best breweries in the UK, you can sip your way through German, Czech, and British beers. And, as with any good drinks list, they offer these on a sliding scale that starts at only £4.50 for a pint of cask beer. The coolest bit? It’s housed in two separate lodge buildings, so you can pop between either for a quick and easy pub crawl. 

Location: 190 Euston Rd., London NW1 2EF

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3. Friend at Hand, Bloomsbury

exteriors of the friend at home pub with barrels

This unpretentious 18th century pub may be located right in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bloomsbury, but that doesn’t mean you need to loosen those purse strings for a drink. Alongside real ale pints and classic pub grub - the fish and chips in particular - the Friend at Hand also offers a delightful Happy Hour Pints deal every Monday to Thursday from 4pm - 7pm. After-work drinks have never been more enticing.

Location:  2-4 Herbrand St, London WC1N 1HX

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4. Islington Sports Bar & Grill

table and decorated wall of the islington sports bar & grill

Sports lovers unite, for you can now watch any of your favourite games with a pint in hand on a budget. The Islington Sports Bar & Grill is the prime spot for catching all the well-known (and even lesser well-known) games with up to 11 screens that show 10 different games at the same time. From personalised booth screens to huge 3D TVs and hearty breakfasts to mouth-watering burgers, this gem is not to be missed. Don’t forget to check out their daily offer, with 3 bottles of Budweiser for only £10, all day long. 

Location:  2-4 Herbrand St, London WC1N 1HX

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5. The Escapologist

quirky interiors, wallpaper and hanging photos of the escapolgoist bar

Escape the hustle and bustle of London with Escapologist, an underground basement serving tantalising cocktails and unique creations. Based in the headquarters of London’s most secret societies, the bar is styled as part ‘modern day Victorian men’s club’ and part 'Masonic lodge’. Although all of this sounds like the kind of place where you wouldn’t grab a cheap pint, don’t be fooled by the lavish surroundings. Their Happy Hour deal offers £4 beers every Monday to Friday at 4pm - 9pm, Saturday at 1pm - 7pm and all day Sunday. We’ll cheers to that!

Location: 35 Earlham St, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LD

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