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Cost of a pint in London is £2.50 higher than the global average (almost double!)

  • The average price of a pint in London is £5.18, compared to the global average of £2.63 and the UK average of £3.70.
  • Maputo, Mozambique is the cheapest spot for beer at 39p a pint, while Doha, Qatar breaks the bank at £10.30.
  • Of the 42 UK cities analysed, Preston offers the cheapest price at just £3.06, while Brighton is the second most expensive at £4.53.
  • The price of a pint in London has risen by 42p since November 2017 – 29% above the global average price rise.

1 August, 2019, LONDON-

The price of a pint in London is almost double the average price around the world, according to new research by money comparison site,

By comparing the price of a beer in 165 of the world’s most populated cities, London ranks as the 20th most expensive, where locals are forced to pay around £5.18 on average. This is almost double the global average, which sits at £2.50 a pint.

While this will come as no surprise, what’s alarming is that prices are actually rising 29% faster than the global average*. By comparing these recent figures against the same study carried out by in 2017, it was found that the price of a London pint has risen by 42p from £4.76.

So, it certainly isn’t cheap to head to a London pub, but there are numerous cities that will burn a larger hole in your pocket. A pint in Oslo, Zurich, New York and Reykjavik will cost between 82p to £2.77 more, but the dearest pint was found in Doha, Qatar at an eye-watering £10.30.

In contrast, the cheapest pint in the world is found in Maputo, Mozambique at a very affordable 39p. This is closely followed by Caracas in Venezuela at 42p, while tourists heading to Pyongyang can enjoy a pint for only 70p.

When it comes to the UK, London is the least affordable city for drinking in, but the cost of booze in Brighton isn’t far off, where locals pay £4.53 for an ice cold pint.

Whereas, the cheapest UK city to drink in is Preston at £3.06 for a pint, which is 41% cheaper than the capital and 64p less than the UK’s average of £3.70. Preston is closely followed by Perth (£3.07) and Sunderland (£3.25).

For a full breakdown of the research, including data for all countries and an interactive world map, visit:

* The average price rise from the 2017 research is 6.8%. In contrast, London’s price has risen by 8.8%, which is 29% higher.


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