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Penmayne Picks: Log Fires & Cosy Pubs

It’s winter, it's cold and the days are short - what better way to spend an evening or weekend than in a cosy British pub. Here’s our pick of where to snuggle up and while away the hours fireside...


1. The Spaniards Inn  

Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ
+44 (0)20 8731 8406

Most Londoners know the Spaniards Inn – it’s been a feature of Hampstead Heath since 1585, with Keats and Dickens both former quaffers. Wonderfully atmospheric with dark panels and low beams, this is the perfect spot for a fireside Sunday roast after a wintery walk on Hampstead Heath.

2. William IV

 7 Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7QE
+44 (0)20 7490 3283

Big, comfy chairs, roaring flames, board games and newspapers are the order of the day in this Shoreditch gastropub nestled in the backstreets between City Road and Hoxton. An ideal place to bed down for a day - start your Sunday with a brunch of Bubble and Squeak and cancel any plans for the rest of it...

3. The Antelope

76 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG
+44 (0)20 8672 3888


This eclectic and quirky pub oozes warmth and charm and is a favourite with its South London locals. Hotchpotch trinkets decorate the walls and dressers, and add a sense of history to the place. Ideal of a cosy post-work drink but be sure to get there early for one of those coveted fireside seats.

 4. The Dove

The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA
+44 (0)20 8748 9474

Start the day with a walk along the river and end up in one of West London's best-loved riverside pubs. Aged beams, cosy corners and supposedly the smallest bar in London (there are other bars of course - don't worry), the beautiful view of the Thames is the icing on the cake. You won't want to venture back out into the cold once you are settled here. 

5.  The Gun

27 Coldharbour, London E14 9NS
+44 (0)20 7515 5222

An amazing waterside location which sits next to Admiral Nelson’s one-time home, The Gun is consistently voted among London’s very best gastropubs and the food and wine list are to die for. Several open fires punctuate nooks and crannies to cosy up in, and if you can brave the chill, pop out onto the terrace for impressive views over the Thames and Canary Wharf.