What could be more fun than rolling up to your local pub and annihilating everyone at the quiz? A pub quiz in London is a great way to get your (most intelligent) friends together, show off your brainpower, and enjoy a few drinks and laughs along the way. Plus you can usually find a pub quiz on most days of the week. We want to help you win that bar tab – we can’t tell you the answers but we can share with you our guide to the best pub quizzes in London.
The best pub quizzes in London
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Where to go for a pub quiz in London
- Escape Bar – Laid-back bar with entertainment
- The Old Queens Head – Lavish Islington favourite
- Lord Napier Star – A Hackney icon
- The Ten Bells – Riotous quiz in a historic pub
- Effra Social – New take on a social club
- The Lord Palmerston – Friendly and modern pub
- Dartmouth Arms – In-demand quiz night
- The Lexington – A quiz for music experts
- The Star by Hackney Downs – General knowledge and fun
- Duke of Wellington – Welcoming Soho gay bar
- Vaulty Towers – Quirky Waterloo bar
- Park Tavern – British pub meets South Africa
- The Honor Oak – Quiz with a rolling jackpot
- Retro Bar – Eccentric LGBTQIA+ bar
- The Exhibit – Lively Balham bar
- The Crown & Sceptre – Seven rounds of fun
- The Hawk's Nest – £150 bar tab up for grabs
- The Grapes – Get quizzing with Sir Ian McKellen
- The Charlotte Despard – Free pub quiz
- The Boogaloo – Highgate party destination
- The Rosy Hue Pub – Modern and authentic
- The Alexandra – Community pub in Wimbledon
- Fourpure Taproom – Craft beer and quizzing
- The Coat & Badge – Bustling pub in Putney
- The Aeronaut – A pub unlike any other
- Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen – Cocktail bar with pub style
- The Star of Bethnal Green – Energetic and fun
- The Prince of Wales – Top pub quiz prizes
- The Three Compasses – Buzzy quiz twice a week
- The Montpelier – Quiz with a drag queen
- The Queen Adelaide – Modern and welcoming
- Hope & Anchor – Heaps of pub events
Where to go for a pub quiz in London
Laid-back bar with entertainment
There's loads going on at Escape, including a popular pub quiz every week. This is a laid-back venue where you can unwind with a fun and welcoming atmosphere. The quiz is hosted by the bar staff and there's a bar tab to be won, plus prizes for the runners-up.
Lavish Islington favourite
Known for its lavish decor and lively atmosphere, there’s always something exciting going on at The Old Queens Head. Come in on Tuesdays for the weekly pub quiz with challenging questions and lots of added silliness thrown in. There’s a full range of drinks plus burgers and bar snacks to keep you going.
A Hackney icon
Lord Napier Star’s graffiti-covered exterior is a Hackney landmark. Come here for fantastic views of Hackney Wick, tempting food and drink, and activities like the pub quiz. Battle it out to win a £40 bar tab, plus the weekly cash prize rollover. There are also other exciting events like cocktail nights.
Riotous quiz in a historic pub
Join a riotous pub quiz in a classic East End boozer, The Ten Bells. This historic venue dates back to 1666, with three floors to enjoy. The quiz is on every Tuesday with some enticing prizes and mad bonus rounds. A full range of drinks is available to keep the team going, from draft beer to cocktails.
Friendly and modern pub
North London's The Lord Palmerston is a classic British pub with a friendly and modern approach. Remote workers are welcome, there are private spaces, and a full range of food and drinks. Test your brainpower at the weekly quiz where the top prize is a £50 bar tab.
In-demand quiz night
Tuesday is quiz night at Dartmouth Arms but it's a popular one - booking in advance is essential. There's a cool atmosphere at this laid-back venue. Retro speakers line the shelves and there's an undeniable passion for vinyl. An extensive range of drinks is availble to enjoy whilst you thrash the competition.
A quiz for music experts
Award-winning Islington pub The Lexington is full of down-to-earth charm. There’s regular live music and on Mondays you can take part in the long-running music-themed Pop Quiz. Demonstrate your music knowledge, fuelled by an extensive choice of bourbon and American craft beers. Authentic Mexican cuisine is also served at the pub.
General knowledge and fun
On-trend and eclectic pub The Star by Hackney Downs has a welcoming atmosphere and various events, including the weekly pub quiz. Conquer this general knowledge quiz and win a bar tab if your team finishes in the top three. It has fun bonus rounds too – answer the fastest to win a drink.
Welcoming Soho gay bar
Duke of Wellington has been serving Soho's LGBTQIA+ community for over 20 years and has a reputation as a friendly local pub. Lots of events go on including a lively LGBTQ+ pub quiz with a drag queen host. There are four rounds and a cash prize to play for.
Quirky Waterloo bar
Take part in the pub quiz at Vaulty Towers and you could win a whopping £100 bar tab. This quirky bar in Waterloo is dog-friendly and packed with theatrical props and decor. There's a big choice of drinks on offer, including fine cocktails, plus vegan burgers and street food.
British pub meets South Africa
Head to Wandsworth's Park Taven for a unique pub experience. Originally a 19th century coaching inn, this is classic pub culture married with South African flavours, with food cooked on a traditional braai. Lots of entertainment goes on, including a weekly pub quiz that's free to enter and has some big prizes.
Quiz with a rolling jackpot
The quiz at The Honor Oak in Forest Hill has a rolling jackpot so you could be in for a major prize if you win. This pub has a classic feel and plush leather sofas to settle into. There's a full range of drinks plus signature dishes from the kitchen.
Eccentric LGBTQIA+ bar
Hidden down an alleyway, Retro Bar is an LGBTQIA+ bar with some real eccentricities. Marvel at the star-studded gallery walls of the bar, enjoy drinks ranging from beer to cocktails, and take part in fun events like the regular quiz. Other events take place too like DJ sets and comedy nights.
Lively Balham bar
Vibrant venue The Exhibit is a top bar, restaurant, and party destination in Balham. A whole host of fun events take place like karaoke, life drawing, and quiz night every Wednesday. This one is loud, fun, and interactive. It takes place in the garden but don’t worry, it’s heated and covered.
Seven rounds of fun
Enjoy seven rounds of action at The Crown & Sceptre's pub quiz. This is an inviting pub with a garden full of flowers and aromatic herbs plus a typical pub interior. The quiz is on every week and you can compete to win cash prizes or a bottle of wine for the runners-up.
£150 bar tab up for grabs
If you fancy winning a £150 bar tab for you and your friends, get down to the pub quiz at The Hawk's Nest. This bar and restaurant centres on an elegant outdoor terrace that's both heated and covered. Whilst you play, enjoy sourdough pizza and a wide choice of drinks, including cocktails.
Get quizzing with Sir Ian McKellen
The Grapes is partly owned by Sir Ian McKellen, and whilst we can't promise you'll bump into him he has been known to pop in and host the pub quiz. This relaxed pub has a friendly atmosphere and is one of the oldest in London. There are varied drinks options and international dishes.
Free pub quiz
North London pub The Charlotte Despard is an airy and comfortable venue with a resident three-legged cat. There's lots to entertain you including board games, darts and pool, and a weekly pub quiz that's free to enter. The pub has a large choice of beers, real ale, and wine to keep you going.
Highgate party destination
The Boogaloo is well-established in North London and even has its own radio station broadcasting from the garden. It's understated and comfortable with coffee and a full range of alcoholic drinks available at the bar, plus food all-day. Check out the weekly pop culture quiz - the longest-running one in the capital.
Modern and authentic
The Rosy Hue Pub is an updated version of a classic British pub; it's welcoming and authentic. Dogs and children are welcome. The bar is fully-stocked and classic British dishes are served. There's a lively pub quiz with lots of fun bonus rounds like mystery voices, spot the music, and the picture round.
Community pub in Wimbledon
Head to The Alexandra in Wimbledon, a lively community pub with a warm atmosphere. There are various areas where you can relax here, including a spacious garden. Every Monday is quiz night but book ahead - spaces fill up quickly. Entry is free and food and drinks are available whilst you're competing.
Craft beer and quizzing
Check out Fourpure Taproom in Bermondsey if you love both craft beer and quizzes. This vast and spacious tap room has a lively atmosphere, 43 beer taps, and street food from weekly-changing vendors. There’s a Friday night quiz every two weeks with bar tabs and other prizes to be won.
Bustling pub in Putney
You'll easily recognise The Coat & Badge with its intriguing cow statues overlooking the garden. It's a lively pub with a full range of drinks and classic British cooking. There's a buzzing atmosphere and a variety of events, including the quiz, which features musical bingo during the break to keep the fun going.
A pub unlike any other
The Aeronaut might be a pub but it has a unique circus theme, complete with dazzling live performers. The typical pub interior becomes a glitzy arena at night, hosting a range of events including live shows, games, and a quiz. You could win some top prizes including stays in swanky London hotels.
Cocktail bar with pub style
There's lots happening at Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen. This is a cool basement cocktail bar with the feel of a friendly pub. It hosts a unique music-themed quiz that's part quiz, part party, part ultimate playlist. Test your musical knowledge whilst enjoying a wide choice of drinks and hearty pub grub.
Energetic and fun
The Star of Bethnal Green has the looks of a classic East End boozer but the atmosphere is very modern. This vibrant place has lots happening and every week you can join the pub quiz with your glamorous host. It’s not just about general knowledge – expect dressing up, dance-offs, and drinking challenges.
Top pub quiz prizes
In the heart of Putney there's The Prince of Wales, a welcoming and traditional pub with a cosy fireplace. Every Sunday there's a pub quiz that's a great end to the weekend, with a £60 bar tab up for grabs and a bottle of prosecco for the team that comes in second.
Buzzy quiz twice a week
If you’re looking for a lively pub quiz, The Three Compasses is popular. So popular that you’ll have to book your team’s place in advance – it fills up fast! There are loads of prizes both for the winners and the runners-up. Best of all, the quiz at this buzzy venue runs twice a week.
Quiz with a drag queen
The Montpelier in East London is a bustling local pub with a traditional style and colourful walls, curated drinks options, and lots of vibrant events. Amongst the options is the weekly pub quiz hosted by an award-winning drag performer. There's a £50 prize for the team that lands the top spot.
Modern and welcoming
If you're looking for a modern, dog- and family-friendly pub, check out The Queen Adelaide in Wandsworth. It's a homey and welcoming environment with a weekly pub quiz every Wednesday. If you want to make a night of it this is a great option - the quiz lasts for almost three hours.
Heaps of pub events
South London's Hope & Anchor attracts a buzzy and youthful crowd. This lively bar has a spacious garden with summertime tiki huts. It's full of colour and style and has a busy events programme, including the weekly quiz featuring fun rounds. Expect the unexpected if you're joining in with this quiz.