Sunnier weather helped herd more people into pubs last month, though the restaurant sector saw sales continue to wilt.
Results from London Pride brewer Fuller Smith & Turner reveal that the capital's denizens continued to eating out and drinking out whatever the weather, though growth was not as strong as a year ago.
Bottles and cans of alcohol sold in the UK should be covered with graphic cigarette-style health warnings to highlight the risks of exceeding the recommended limit, the Royal Society for Public Health has demanded.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Monday that as part of his new 'London Plan' he would undertake extensive measures aimed at halting the "shocking" number of pubs closing their doors in the capital.
Pub operator and brewing company Fuller, Smith & Turner posted its financial results for the 53 weeks to 1 April on Friday, in what the board described as "another good year" with adjusted profit before tax rising 5% to £42.9m.
Restaurant sales dropped off last month after several months of growth, with flat sales growth for pub operators and strong performance in London helping the capital buck the trend.
In the normally quiet month for the pubs and restaurant sector, sales data for January was positive overall and showed casual dining chains enjoying a continued recovery.
UK pubs and restaurants enjoyed an equal uplift in trading over the Christmas and New Year period, as a bumper six weeks for London drove a second consecutive month's improvement.
London led a rebound for the eating and drinking out sector in November, with good growth in pub sales and a return to annual growth for restaurants, but it was a case of glass-half-full outside the capital.
Brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner posted a rise in first-half pre-tax profit as revenue grew, thanks in part to a strong performance in its managed pubs and hotels.
UK large pub and restaurant groups enjoyed better sales in August as Britain took advantage of better weather to eat and drink out.
Trading at larger UK pubs and restaurant groups slowed even further in May, with like-for-like sales down 1.4% year-on-year as a hefty decline at casual dining chains outweighed a small improvement for pubs.
Women's value retailer Bonmarché has turned in a lower annual pre-tax profit but bumped its total divided higher in a year that saw difficult trading conditions across the retail sector.
Shares in Fuller, Smith & Turner were down 3.26% in morning trading on Friday, after it reported positive growth for the last financial year but challenging conditions going into the current year.
Pub operator Fuller Smith & Turner is expected to report on Friday an 8.5% increase in full year pre-tax profits on the back of a rise in like-for-like sales.
The restaurants and pubs sector endured a further decline in like-for-like sales in April, as wavering consumer confidence mixed with inclement weather.
Trading at the UK's largest restaurant food-led pub chains saw an encouraging uplift last month, despite London falling behind its provincial cousins and casual dining outperforming pubs and bars in 'dry January'.
Fuller, Smith & Turner reported a 16% rise in first half pre-tax profit thanks to strong growth in all areas of the business.
Stocks will start the day higher after Fed chair Janet Yellen indicated overnight the US central bank was keeping all options on the table as regards a first hike in interest rates this year.
Fuller, Smith & Turner and Young's have lodged offers to buy Cubitt House, according to Sky News.