Little Nan’s Bar, Deptford

The best of every nan’s living room, right on Deptford’s doorstep.

We’ve all been there – warm hues of scattered browns and golds, shabby trinkets, Bone China dinner sets, and worn – but equally as comfortable settees. I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say that the welcoming atmosphere of our grandparent’s house is one that we fondly remember. I remember well the days when I would stand in the kitchen with my nan and help her bake buns, cakes, and cookies. I remember thinking that nan’s buns were the best I’d ever tasted.

Little Nan’s Bar is a reprise of every single one of those memories.

Located a stone’s throw from Deptford station, Little Nan’s Bar is hard to miss with its eccentric outdoor seating, stuffed animals, and warm night mood-lighting. But it’s not until you enter its doors that you see how truly nostalgic the place actually is.


Attention to detail is a significant quirk of Little Nan’s Bar – I glanced around for the best part of an hour, and I’m not even sure I saw every last bit and bob.

Having just returned from a gruelling train ride from Essex, all I wanted was a nice, strong cup of black coffee, and Little Nan’s Bar was happy to provide – at a reasonable price too; £1.50 for a mug of filtered coffee big enough to keep me buzzing for the rest of the evening. It was quieter than usual, being a rainy Monday, which I was thankful for as it gave me the freedom to look around at my own pace without disturbing anybody. I can imagine that it can get incredibly busy, however, making for a night out that we all need to try. I mean, when’s the last time we had the opportunity to get absolutely bloody trollied on huge cocktails in a nan’s living room while propping ourselves up against a Daniel O’Donnell cushion?

I do regret not getting something bigger to eat, however. I’ve heard great things about the food, but I did treat myself to a small teacup of cheesy snacks to accompany my coffee, again at a very reasonable price of £1.

I fell in love with this adorable tablecloth

Little Nan’s Bar holds several awards for “Best Afternoon Tea” and “Best London Bar”, and rightfully so. I can’t say I’ve ever had such a whimsically kitsch, Alice in Wonderland-esque experience in the six years that I’ve lived in London, but here I was, sitting in awe of everything around me. I emphasise the word experience because that’s what good afternoon tea should be. It’s what sets Little Nan’s Bar apart from other similar establishments in London. You can really tell how much Grandson-Tristan cherishes his nan and experiences had with her. I would have loved to have met her, but I’m thankful for this insight into her home that Tristan has carried along with him.


Do I recommend? Heck yeah I do! Catch them right next to Deptford Station – you can’t miss them!


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