The figures published by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and carried out by City Hall, showed that there were an increase of 10 pubs from 2017.

A total of 11 boroughs also saw an increase in pub numbers after years of decline and 74 per cent of Londoners think pubs are important for the capital's cultural heritage.

The news was welcomed by UKHospitality and chief executive Kate Nicholls said: "It is great to see London pubs thriving, despite economic pressures and political uncertainty.

"Pubs in London have shown great resilience and ingenuity to continue to prosper and cater for constantly-changing customer tastes. The fact that over a quarter of customers' main reasons for visiting a pub was for a meal shows how the sector has evolved to meet demand.

"The Mayor has shown himself to be a great supporter of pubs, and the wider hospitality sector, with action to help businesses grow. There are legislative pressures such as the late-night levy, however, that threaten to undermine the good work that London pubs have managed to do in recent years.

"We hope that local authorities in London follow the Mayor's lead and support pubs in their boroughs, rather than looking to squeeze them further with additional taxes and restrictions."

 The boroughs to see an increase were:

 

  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Croydon
  • Hackney
  • Harrow
  • Islington
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster