Lewisham's Top Bars To Enjoy

Cheering with beer
Cheering with beer | Photo by Elevate on Unsplash
Trudie Carter

Known for being invisible to those who are not in the know, bars in Southeast London have a converted reputation even Shoreditch can’t match. Thanks to the regeneration efforts of Antic London and the entrepreneurial spirit of local breweries, Lewisham’s hot spots are an unassuming yet unique mixture of old and new. Here in Lewisham, you can sample innovations in pale ale whilst enjoying vintage décor and excellent live music — all for a fraction of East London’s prices.
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London Beer Dispensary

Award-winning IPA

London Beer Dispensary is heading up London’s micro-pub revolution. Serving up ales brewed in SE by Late Knights Brewery, you can always count on the award-winning Worm Catcher IPA to be on the menu. The space itself is dimly lit and trendy, with stacks of casks lined up against exposed brick walls.

The Job Centre

The Job Centre

This rather controversial Deptford hot spot is actually an old job centre resurrected as a hipster watering hole. The company’s signature vintage style involves preserving old buildings and making a quirky feature out of their history. The Job Centre has been given a splash of blue paint, but inside, the sprawling space has an industrial feel, with exposed rafters and odd cutlery sourced from bric-a-bracs.

Marquis of Granby

Marquis of Granby is a beloved local institution. Affectionately described as ‘spit and sawdust,’ this traditional Irish pub has a no-nonsense, no-frills aesthetic and a lively atmosphere. On Friday evenings, Goldsmiths students gather outside, clinking glasses and setting the world to rights.

The Natural Philosopher

A chic and fashionable cocktail bar nestled in the lively heart of East London, The Natural Philosopher will make you step into a bygone era as you immerse yourself in the charming and artful 1920s-style decor. This unique venue is dedicated to delivering an unmatched drinking experience for those who appreciate the finer aspects of mixology and aesthetics.

The Joiners Arms


This traditional pub offers a warm and inviting ambiance, with a classic British pub decor that exudes charm and character. The interior features cozy seating areas, wooden furnishings, and a well-stocked bar that offers a wide selection of beverages to cater to every taste. The Joiners Arms is not only a great place to enjoy a refreshing pint of beer or a glass of wine, but it also offers a range of delicious pub fare to satisfy your appetite. From hearty British classics to tasty snacks and sharing platters, the menu offers a variety of options to suit different preferences.

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