Our beloved capital is packed full of boozers and bars – in fact we’ve got over 3,500 to choose from – and many of them offer pub quizzes where you can test your random knowledge, your creativity, your dirty mind, your drinking skills and all the rest too. So if you’re looking for a fun night out with mates or are looking to spice up a date, take your pick from this roundup of the best pub quizzes in London:
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Best pub quizzes in Central London
1. The Duke of Wellington
Kicking off our best pub quizzes in London roundup is The Duke of Wellington – an LGBTQ+ friendly spot situated right in the heart of lively Soho. Great for after-work drinks or a chilled pint or two, they also offer a fun pub quiz every Wednesday at 8pm which is MC’d by drag queen Lola Lasagne. Called ‘Didn’t They Do Welly’ and just three quid to enter, you’ll get to put all your random knowledge skills to the test and will have the chance to win big old cash prizes. Winner, winner.
You’ll find The Duke of Wellington at 77 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6QB. Nearest station is Piccadilly Circus. The pub quiz runs every Wednesday at 8pm.
2. Retro Bar
Tucked down a narrow alleyway just off The Strand, the Retro Bar is another LGBTQ+-friendly boozer famous for its Rock’n’Roll themed ‘gallery walls’, its raucous bingo nights and all-around welcoming atmosphere. They’ve also got an excellent pub quiz every Tuesday called ‘Carry On Quizzing’. Hosted by a whole host of fun drag queens, there are cash prizes to be won and it costs just three quid – so get the pints in and best of luck!
You’ll find the Retro Bar at 2 George Court, London, WC2N 6HH. Nearest station is Charing Cross. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday at 8pm.
3. O’Neill’s Wardour Street
More of a bar than a pub, O’Neill’s is billed as the ‘original Irish bar in Soho’, so you can expect a lively atmosphere and one hell of a good evening here. They’ve got live music – including Jazz – every night of the week here, as well as DJs, comedy nights and regular sports on the old TV. Add in their monthly ‘Not Another Quiz Night’ – which includes live versions of classic game shows, prizes from Argos catalogues and d-list celeb appearances – and you’re onto a real winner here.
You’ll find O’Neill’s at 33-37 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6PU. Nearest station is Piccadilly Circus. The pub quiz runs once a month on a Wednesday at 6.30pm.
4. Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen
Just a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road station, Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen is a rustic cocktail bar with a neighbourly pub atmosphere. Their happy hour – which runs from Wednesday to Saturday – is legendary, and a DJ spins tunes until the wee hours on the weekends. They’ve also got a bottomless brunch here – and you know how much we love them – as well as their music-themed quiz ‘Sounds Familiar’ which runs once a month. Expect over a hundred killer tunes from the 60’s right up to the current day, all wrapped up in one epic pub quiz.
You’ll find Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen at 33-34 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JN. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road. The pub quiz runs once a month and you can find out more here.
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5. The Old Queen’s Head
Every Tuesday The Old Queens Head goes above and beyond anything you should ever expect from an ordinary pub quiz, throwing in some dirty doodle rounds and some serious brain testing questions. There are big prizes to be won, including drink giveaways, and a whole host of beers, cocktails and burgers to keep you going throughout. It starts at 7.30pm – perfect for a post-work game!
You’ll find The Old Queens Head at 44 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LN. Nearest station is Angel. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday at 7.30pm.
6. The Lexington
A classic London pub here, The Lexington is famous for its live music scene and regular gigs, but they also do a killer pub quiz called ‘Pop Quiz With Paul Guided Missile’ every Monday. Just two quid to enter, it’s themed to music (what else?) and there’s a 60 quid cash prize, booze and crisps to be won. Now if crisps don’t sell it to you, then we don’t know what will.
You’ll find The Lexington at 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB. Nearest station is Angel. The pub quiz runs every Monday at 8pm.
7. The Boogaloo
The quiz at The Boogaloo, ‘Who Killed Bambi?’ is proud to be the longest running music quiz in London. There’s a league and a rolling jackpot so people take it verrrrrry seriously. It happens at 8pm every Tuesday and they also offer a comedy club every Wednesday, DJs at the weekend and drag bingo to boot too.
You’ll find the Boogaloo at 312 Archway Road, London, N6 5AT. Nearest station is Highgate. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday at 8pm.
8. The Charlotte Despard
Tuesday night is pub quiz night at The Charlotte Despard – another beloved boozer based in the Highgate area of town. In their own words – ‘it’s a little bit challenging, a little bit bizarre, but always good fun, and never taken too seriously’ – and best part of all it’s free to enter! It usually kicks off around 8.30pm, and chances are the resident three-legged cat ‘Legz’ may be around to help see you complete it!
You’ll find The Charlotte Despard at 17-19 Archway Road, London, N19 3TX. Nearest station is Archway. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday at 8.30pm.
Best pub quizzes in East London
9. The Star Of Bethnal Green
There are plenty of popular East End boozers, but The Star of Bethnal Green is definitely pretty near the top of that list. They’re known for their legendary parties – even Idris Elba has been behind the decks here – as well as their themed brunches, drag bingo, raucous karaoke nights and various different drink tastings too. They also do a mean pub quiz here, which is hosted by the epic drag queen Margarine. You’ll start off doing regular rounds of general knowledge questions and picture recognition, before moving on to more out-of-the-box activities such as dress-up and dance-offs. Sign us up!
You’ll find The Star Of Bethnal Green at 359 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6LG. Nearest station is Bethnal Green. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday at 7pm.
10. The Three Compasses
A proper local Hackney boozer, The Three Compasses is one of the best places in East London to find authentic pub grub, craft beer and banging burger pop-ups too. They also do a great pub quiz here every Tuesday, which has music rounds, general knowledge questions and more. There are a range of spot prizes, a 50 quid jackpot for the winning team, bottles of wine up for grabs and more – what more could you ask for hey? It usually sells out so is worth booking ahead for – entry is just two quid per person.
You’ll find The Three Compasses at 99 Dalston Lane, London, E8 1NH. Nearest station is Hackney Downs. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday and the 3rd Sunday of every month.
11. Lord Napier Star
Covered head to toe in graffiti, the Lord Napier Star is one of Hackney Wick’s most identifiable buildings, and thankfully for us it reopened its doors after a 26-year absence in the latter half of last year. With an excellent rooftop offering panoramic vistas over towards Stratford, regular DJs, fine food and cocktails, it’s a cracking spot to be, and they have a weekly pub quiz here every Tuesday. It’s just two quid to enter and there’s a fifty quid bar tab up for grabs.
You’ll find the Lord Napier Star at 25 White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN. Nearest station is Hackney Wick. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday at 8pm.
12. The Grapes
This classic East London pub is owned by all-around legend and Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellen. There’s also a cool statue semi-submerged in the river that looks like it’s walking on water, and the pub itself is one of the oldest in town. The pub quiz is pretty bloody great too (and McKellen himself has even been known to host it in the past)! It runs every Monday and costs just £1.50 to enter. Prizes include a 50 quid bar tab and a bottle of house wine too.
You’ll find The Grapes at 76 Narrow Street, E14 8BP. Nearest station is Limehouse. The pub quiz runs every Monday at 8pm.
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13. Vaulty Towers
This wacky boozer is owned by the people behind The Vaults, Waterloo’s incredible hidden arts venue which has regular cabarets and theatrical performances. Adorned with props from previous ventures, this drinkery is about as mad as they come. Think treehouse tables and comically high bar stools, as well as espresso martinis and negronis on tap. You could visit Vaulty Towers a thousand times and still find something new each time you’re there. Their quiz is hosted by pub quiz maestro Amy Bee Sting and includes a 100 quid – yep, seriously – bar tab for the winning team. But beware – there are punishments and forfeits for losers at this one!
You’ll find Vaulty Towers at 34 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, SE1 7RG. Nearest station is Waterloo. The pub quiz runs every Monday at 7.45pm.
14. Queen Adelaide
Next up on this pub quizzes in London roundup is the Queen Adelaide in Wandsworth – a charming, dog-friendly spot in Wandsworth which offers great Sunday roasts and an excellent beer garden too. Their pub quiz runs every Wednesday at 7.15pm and runs until around 10pm. There’s a whole host of beers on tap and plenty of lovely wines too.
You’ll find Queen Adelaide at 35 Putney Bridge Road, London, SW18 1NP. Nearest station is East Putney. The pub quiz runs every Wednesday at 7.15pm.
15. Hope & Anchor
Another Wednesday quiz night here – this time in Brixton at the lively Hope & Anchor pub. A trendy spot, there’s everything here from succulent burgers to excellent cocktails, and they’ve got a pretty banging beer garden here too. They show regular sports fixtures here on over 20 TV screens outside – so if you’re looking for somewhere to catch the F1 or the Premier League then this is the place to come. Wednesday is pub quiz day, and they tell you to ‘expect the unexpected’. Sounds pretty darn intriguing to us!
You’ll find the Hope & Anchor at 123 Acre Lane, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 5UA. Nearest station is Brixton. The pub quiz runs every Wednesday at 7.30pm.
16. The Honor Oak
One of South East London’s most beloved pubs, The Honor Oak takes its name from an oak tree nearby where it was rumoured that Queen Elizabeth I had a picnic with Sir Richard Bulkeley of Beaumaris. So you’re in good company here then! They whip up some pretty delicious food here – and the spacious beer garden ain’t bad either – but it’s the events where this one really wins out. They’ve got drag brunches once a month, Friday DJ nights, weekly comedy nights and a pub quiz every Wednesday night. Just two quid to enter, expect music rounds and trivia questions galore.
You’ll find The Honor Oak at 1 St German’s Road, London, SE23 1RH. Nearest station is Honor Oak Park. The pub quiz runs every Wednesday.
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17. The Hawk’s Nest
Just down the road from the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire lies this frankly excellent pub, which boasts a heated, covered garden, bottomless pizza with prosecco, pimms or spritzes and even a ‘doggy day out’! Hosted by the comedian Jamie Allerton, it’s a bloody good time and you’ll find yourself laughing through a mashup of loads of different topics and mystery rounds that will really put your general knowledge to the test. Oh – and the top prize is a £150 bar tab! Winner, winner.
You’ll find The Hawk’s Nest at Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush Market, London, W12 8DF. Nearest station is Goldhawk Road. The pub quiz runs every Tuesday at 7pm.
18. The Aeronaut
Billing itself as the ‘best night out in West London’, The Aeronaut doesn’t exactly hold back when it comes to bigging itself up. But then why would it? It’s got two sunny beer gardens, an outside bar, firepits, a coconut shy, a hook-a-duck – you name it, it’s here. However, arguably the jewel in this West London establishment’s crown is the indoor arena, which is the setting for a whole range of events, including acrobatics, gymnastics and circus show classics. That’s before we’ve even got to the weekly pub quiz, which has a rolling jackpot each week and is only three quid to enter. Heck you can even win a night at a flashy London hotel if you win this one – what’s not to love?
You’ll find The Aeronaut at 264 High Street, London, W3 9BH. Nearest stations are Acton Town and Acton Central. The pub quiz runs every Wednesday at 8pm.
19. The Crown & Sceptre
Our penultimate addition to this best pub quiz in London roundup is The Crown & Sceptre – a spacious Shepherd’s Bush-based boozer tucked down a quiet little side street. It’s well worth finding it, as they’ve got a seven-round pub quiz each Monday from 8.30pm here with a cash prize up for grabs. They’ve also got a monthly gig by ‘Richards Got The Blues’ – expect a mix of Reggae, Soul, Rhythm & Blues and a whole lot more.
You’ll find The Crown & Sceptre at 57 Melina Road, London, W12 9HY. Nearest station is Shepherd’s Bush Market. The pub quiz runs every Monday at 8.30pm.
20. The Alexandra
Rounding off this best pub quizzes in London roundup is The Alexandra – a large and popular spot right next to Wimbledon station which has two different bars, live sports and weekend DJs spinning their tunes on the covered roof terrace. Billed as having the ‘best burgers in Wimbledon’, they’ve also got a ‘best of British’ menu, melt-in-your-mouth roasts and an extensive wine list too. Their pub quiz is on a Monday and it’s hosted by local legend ‘Mic’. Bear in mind that it gets extremely busy, so make sure you book ahead!
You’ll find The Alexandra at 33 Wimbledon Hill Road, London, SW19 7NE. Nearest station is Wimbledon. The pub quiz runs every Monday at 8pm and is free to enter.
So there you have it – a roundup of 20 of the best pub quizzes in London. So grab your mates or a date, get the pints in and put your knowledge to the test! There’s cash and booze to win, remember…