The living room of the nation, the center of British culture, the Public house or ‘Pub’ for short is more than a place to eat, drink and be merry, it’s an institution. If an Englishman’s home is his castle, the pub is his church, one that is worshipped in more than biweekly. And Though if you ask a Londoner to recommend their favorite pub out of the 35,000 in the city, they will always say their local, here is a list of Ten of the best pubs you need to check out while you’re staying in the Big Smoke. (We highly recommend you also stop by you’re local too)
Note: Narrowing down the thousands of incredible pubs in this city to the best ten hasn’t been easy for us but here they are.
1. The George Inn
Nestled behind borough market and in an area swarming with historic watering holes picking a top spot was a tough decision, but for historic value and charm, The George Inn is well worth a visit. Frequented by Charles Dickens this medieval Coach Inn has been serving drinks to travelers to London for over 400 years. A perfect place to stop for a drink before exploring the rest of this bustling area
75 Borough High St, London SE1 1NH, United Kingdom
2. Ye Olde Mitre
Another historic gem in the city center. Don’t expect a seat but rather to rub elbows with thirsty city slickers chasing those after-work pints in this dinky historic boozer. Tucked away behind an alleyway Ye Olde Mitre is a perfect stop for a beer while exploring the fascinating and hidden passages of the Temple district.
1 Ely Ct, Ely Pl, Holborn, London EC1N 6SJ, United Kingdom
3. The Mayflower
Full of nautical memorabilia, cozy quaint, and of course ancient. Not only is this pub beautiful inside but from its decked outside terrace overlooking the River Thames, you can (as the name suggests) see the exact spot the Mayflower was moored at before heading to Plymouth and then of to America!
117 Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF, United Kingdom
4. The Churchill arms
Covered head to two in flowers and plants the Churchill Arms has won awards at the prestigious London Chelsea Flower Show. More than that, it’s a great place for a good beer and witnesses quiet the party for the annual commemoration of Sir Winston’s Birthday. In true British pub fashion, it also served great Thai food.
5. The Hollybush, Hampstead
As cozy as pubs get, this is often voted as London’s favorite, with a ‘leave your boots at the door’ country feel its the perfect spot for a fireside post-walk pint around charming Hampstead. The place can fill up quickly, for a summer alternative with a larger beer garden check out The Spaniards inn.
6. Pub on the Park
Real London. While we love a cozy historic inner city pub for Londoner’s summer means one thing, big beer gardens. Many flocks to London’s greener northeast for just that. With a giant garden overlooking even bigger London fields park, large projectors for spots, and DJs keeping it going till late, this gem is the sort of pub most people associate with their local. With so much to see and do in trendy hackney, it is a miracle it’s not on most tourists’ agenda.
7. The Dove Hammersmith
With a great beer terrace right on the river, this historic boozer was an old haunt of the funloving King Charles II and is supposedly where ‘Rule Britiannia’ was first penned.
8. The Kings Arms, Waterloo
Past the train arches and down a row of historic terrace houses, this old workers pub feels unchanged since the 19th century and could be a film set. with a great selection of English Ales and strolling distance to the station, it’s a popular spot for after-work pints.
9. The Edinboro
Castle one of Camden Towns hundreds of pubs this is a great spacious place with plenty of picnic benches in its beer garden for the warmer months, great for a beer and a meal before heading out for a night of live music in the home of British rock music, Camden.
10. Mr Foggs Tavern, Covent Garden
Wonderfully eccentric and ever so British this Olde Worldy pub is full of trivial references to Phileas Fogg on his adventures around the world in 80 days. Tankards of ale, mugs of gin, and a deliciously classic British menu, a cracking spot in Covent Garden before heading to a show.