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Central London pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Central London - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

Tapping the Admiral, Camden Town

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Address: 77 Castle Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8SU
Phone: 02072676118
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Nearest tube stations: Kentish Town West (0.1 miles), Chalk Farm (0.3 miles), Kentish Town (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: Kentish Town West (0.1 miles), Kentish Town (0.4 miles), Camden Road (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Fantastic pub, great beer, cat-what more could you want. Wait a minute- it seems to have become the latest pub to fall foul of the adhorrent practice of reserving tables, it's a pub for Gawd sakes, I'm getting heartily fed up with going into half empty pubs with every table having a sign on "reserved for Tarquin and Jocasta 7PM" Oh you can sit there until they come, then you have to slink away like a 2nd class citizen cos the bright young things have arrived. This nonsense is going to kill off so many pubs, you go to a pub and take pot luck, that's the point, there may be a coach load of Canadian hairdressers, a chapter of Hells Angels or three regulars, that's the point of going to the pub. Rant over.
4 Feb 2017 00:22
After a quick beer in the Abbey I started ticking 3 of the 4 pubs in Kentish Town from the 2016 GBG, first stop this old fashioned corner plot pub in a residential area.

Apparently it has been saved by the community and is now a haven for good ale and conversation. I can certainly agree with the good ale part, with 7 ales on across the 10 hand pumps on my quick visit. The 2 pints of Acorn Barnsley Gold @ 4.3% were both excellent.

One side of the pub is rich in Navy memorabilia while the other side is decorated in a more traditional style with lamps and a privacy board. The ceiling by the bar is adorned with pump clips aplenty, far too many to count.

There’s a garden to the side and the pub’s black and white cat is also worth a mention, sleeping away on a stool by the door.

Decent pub that was fairly busy at 7.30 on a Tuesday evening.
3 Nov 2016 14:21
Yes, a truly great pub!

Not tried the food but the beer has been top-notch every time I've been here (only about 3 or 4 times but I'm working on it!).

Love the nautical-related decor, too!
18 Sep 2016 12:46

The Harp, Covent Garden

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Address: 47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
Phone: 02078360291
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Nearest tube stations: Charing Cross (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Embankment (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles), London Waterloo (0.8 miles), London Waterloo East (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Any real ale lover visiting London and especially the West End needs to drop in to The Harp.
A fine range of real ales all well kept. There are normally a few Dark Star beers available along with four or five others.
The clientele is a large and varied one. Despite the pub almost always being busy I never have to wait too long to be served.
As with several pubs around London the space created for the toilets seems to have been an afterthought!
30 Jul 2017 06:09
For real ale enthusiasts, as good as anywhere in central London. The capital's beers are well represented by Sambrook and others while Brighton's Dark Star brewery is also prominent via the excellent Hophead and American Pale Ales. The only snag is its bijou size - even of weekday afternoon it was getting crowded
19 Feb 2017 06:58
I like this small pub. good selection of well kept beer. Upstairs (at the back) there is a small lounge area which is often empty, even when down stairs is heaving. Sadly no bar upstairs. Service is always quick and you get a full pint which seems to becoming increasingly rare in many pubs recently.
12 Nov 2016 12:46

The Bree Louise, Euston

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Address: 69 Cobourg Street, London, NW1 2HH
Phone: 020 7681 4930
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Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.1 miles), Euston Square (0.1 miles), Warren Street (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.5 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Feels like a genuine local although service can be a bit hit or miss depending on who serves you.
A massive range of beers many of which are of the less common variety. Experience has found the beers from the pump are fine whereas the ales from the barrels behind the bar are more hit and miss.
More down to earth than some of the other nearby pubs sadly its future is in doubt due to the creation of the HS2 route.
30 Jul 2017 06:21
Little point in writing a review of this, my last visit.

Come November 2017, it will be the first notable victim of HS2.

Used to be my regular stopping off point before travelling home until I found the Doric Arch.

A real beer house - with half a dozen on pump and another dozen on gravity fed behind the bar. Not a fan of the gravity fed system, so I always went for a pump.

It was the place I discovered Titantic Plum Porter.

Last visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2ti9afK
3 Jul 2017 15:20
Visited the Bree Louise last Saturday, agree with some previous comments, a well worn Pub and a strange table layout but great selection of ales, excellent staff and a good outside seating area. Toilets were dire but nothing that a good clean and paint would not put right. It is a London thing to have great pubs with really bad toilets.

All in all, if in the area call in.
7 Mar 2017 16:26

The Cask and Glass, Victoria

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Address: 39, Palace Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5HN
Phone: 020 7834 7630
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Nearest tube stations: Victoria (0.3 miles), St James's Park (0.3 miles), Green Park (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Victoria (0.3 miles), London Charing Cross (1 mile), Vauxhall (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Still a proper street corner local but the ale (Whitstable IPA) was a bit insipid.
4 Dec 2016 12:05
A bit of a hidden gem in the area: a friendly pub with well kept cask ales and a traditional interior. Well worth a visit.
10 Nov 2016 18:17
Great pub, a hidden gem and much the best pub in the area. It is very very small though so you probably need to pick your time
26 Oct 2016 15:42

The Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

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Address: 29a Enford Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 1DG
Phone: 020 7402 2189
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Nearest tube stations: Marylebone (0.2 miles), Baker Street (0.3 miles), Edgware Road (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Marylebone (0.2 miles), London Paddington (0.7 miles), London Euston (1.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I can't say I've ever noticed this pub before. It's tucked down a fairly narrow side street to the south side of the Marylebone Road. The interior feels a bit dark. But it's decked out with a fair bit of rugby memorabilia, as this is apparently a rugby pub. There was an impressive range of 6 ales on - Three Brewers Golden English Ale, Three Sods Mon Cheri, Rebellion Zebedee & Angel, Dorking Pilcrow Pale & Vale Fork Handles. After I'd ordered, I then noticed a sign stating they also had Mr Whitehead's Rum Cask. So I ordered one of those too. There was no food being served during my afternoon visit. More people were enjoying the tables outside in the sunshine, than were inside. A TV was on with the sound low in one corner and music was playing. I'm told this pub used to be a bit of a dive. But it's certainly worth a visit these days.
27 May 2017 19:02
Absolutely superb pub less than 5 minutes walk of Marylebone station. 5 real ales on from micros and a small regional ranging from pale ale to stout and all in top notch condition. Highly recommended.
16 Nov 2016 22:00
Good selection of ales all were in decent nic. Does Thai Food which is okay if nothing exceptional though it is relatively reasonably priced. Still feels like a pub unlike so many in the vicinity.
5 Feb 2016 22:55

The Ship Tavern, Holborn

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Address: 12 Gate St, London, WC2A 3HP
Phone: 020 7405 1992
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Nearest tube stations: Holborn (0 miles), Chancery Lane (0.4 miles), Covent Garden (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.7 miles), London Charing Cross (0.7 miles), City Thameslink (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

It's a great looking pub with a decent outside area for the summer. The staff are also decent.

However I hadn't been here for a couple of years until last week. Used to rate this as one of my favourite pubs in London. Have to say in terms of the number of beers that were off and beer quality this place to me is living off it's past glories a bit.

The beer quality is to me by no means terrible, but not what it was, and no more than average now, which given the prices means I can't go above 6 for this place at the moment.
1 Jun 2017 14:10
Fantastic looking Victorian? pub with great range of beers. However, I assume that most of their clientele are in the legal profession and can put the bar bill on their expense accounts. £5 for a pint of Old Peculier is an absolute rip-off! One to avoid unless someone else is paying I feel.
29 Apr 2017 10:38
Nice pub and good beer, but as paul_d102 mentioned, a tad expensive. Even for London, £4.70 for a pint of bitter is a bit over the top......especially as a short walk along High Holborn will take you to The Cittie of Yorke, which is both a great building and a lot cheaper at £3.10 for Sam Smiths.
4 Jan 2017 19:43

The Lyric, Soho

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Address: 37 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7LU
Phone: 020 7437 3983
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Nearest tube stations: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.5 miles), London Waterloo (1.1 miles), London Waterloo East (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Hmmm, looks like this idiot manager is p*ssing a whole lot of people off looking at reviews on other sites (TripAdvisor, Google etc). Surely the pub company that run this place need to take heed and get rid of this waste of DNA.
19 Apr 2017 22:20
What to say about this place...? Apart from the absolute bellend of a barman that works here - glasses, beard, favours the checked shirt that is... Well, the beers were ok, the prices high, the interior nice. I have never felt urge to really slag the bar staff in any of my reviews, but have never, EVER had to hold in the urge to either punch one of them or just plain walk out before now either. Thank you for a whole new experience.
4 Apr 2017 00:48
A defiantly unusual selection of beers for this part of central London , this is a good stop-off but that's probably the only selling point. We came mid afternoon on a weekday having been foiled in our attempts to cross the threshold a couple of weeks' previously because of how busy it is. The music was shocking - that may not be representative.
19 Feb 2017 06:55

The Tipperary, Fleet Street

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Address: 66 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HT
Phone: 020 7583 6470
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Nearest tube stations: Blackfriars (0.3 miles), Chancery Lane (0.4 miles), Temple (0.4 miles)


Nearest DLR station: Bank (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: City Thameslink (0.2 miles), Blackfriars (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Returned to The Tipperary for the first time in 9 years. Still a fine Irish pub and it had to Harveys beers on taps which makes bonus points kids.

Friendly service and a charming interior.

I believe an episode of New Tricks was filmed in this pub. Write the theme toon sing the theme toon.
23 Jan 2017 10:51
An Irish pub as in Dublin, Cork or Dungarvon, not as the London chains imagine them to be. Nice late Victorian décor. The bar is narrow so it suits slim people, as does the function room upstairs. A sufficient number of handpumps which we gave a good seeing to; not sure why the barman didn't seem happy about this but oh well..........
17 Nov 2016 18:19
Before the smoking ban and when James and his colleague ran it I loved this pub - it has a real Irish feel (including the menu). Since then it has had a number of landlords (I suspect I may have missed some no longer being a regular visitor to the area). Anyway I popped In for old times sake. Guinness was not up to scratch and it just feels like a rather cramped pub rather than slightly unique. I read a book once called "Never Go Back" once - maybe it was right!

Enough reviews for a day. Time for my meds, supper and bed. zzzzzzzzzzz
23 Sep 2016 18:26

The Royal George, Euston

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Address: 8-14 Eversholt St, London, NW1 1DG
Phone: 020 7387 2431
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Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.1 miles), Euston Square (0.1 miles), King's Cross St. Pancras (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.3 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.4 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Have been coming in here on and off for years mainly to watch sport; has always probably as right next to Euston station been pretty busy down the years for Liverpool games (my team).

It has tidied itself up somewhat down the years. Less scruffy and probably less rowdy/loud as well. The beer quality has also improved quite a lot down the years. Always been happy with the service in here as well.

That said I am surprised it is in the GBG as well. Beer quality is reasonable, and range OK in my view; neither are amazing though. I also can't go above 6/10 as the prices are I agree taking the piss now for the sort of pub this is.

Doric Arch and Bree Louise are certainly better pubs in the area; for the sport/football to me it's a 50/50 between here and the Euston Flyer (which is no cheaper really beer price wise than here) in the area.
3 Jul 2017 16:32
The GBG throws up some surprises. Just how did a Chainy Greene King get in the Bible?

It had two extra beers over the usual Greene King range - and I went for a decent Sambrooks Junction but didn't appreciate paying £4.95 for the privilege.

Music far too loud, chainy feel and much better options in the area.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2ti9afK
3 Jul 2017 15:24
Lovely Veggie fish and chips here. Good pub, nice ales but at times terrible staff and a real lack of sitting space. Too busy most evenings.
22 Mar 2017 17:11

Wetherspoons, Victoria Station

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Address: Unit 5, Victoria Island, Victoria Station, Victoria, London, SW1V 1JT
Phone: 020 7931 0445
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Nearest tube stations: Victoria (0.1 miles), Sloane Square (0.6 miles), St James's Park (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Victoria (0 miles), Vauxhall (1.2 miles), Battersea Park (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

The Wetherspoon on Victoria platforms is the best! Slerpy IS senile - and has never been in the Opera House, Tunbridge Wells. Or so many others..
21 Jul 2017 22:05
The best 'spoons i've found other than the George Croydon,A decent range of ales,the service is rather random and none to speedy.
21 Jul 2017 19:00
Yes - a football match in London (or even numerous concerts/parades and exhibitions/royal events etc.) will affect Victoria pubs.

Commuters, shoppers, international travellers, tourists, residents - see to that. But this Wetherspoon is busy, well run and bright and airy.

And you can see the station train information boards - as well as having pub screens providing similar information on the Wetherspoon pub screens.

Toilets in the station are a nightmare - in terms of locations, turnstiles, cost etc.

But this Wetherspoon has a free/clean gents - just inside the main door. Used by many people who aren't customers.
10 Jan 2017 18:22

The Camden Eye, Camden

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Address: 2 Kentish Town Road, London, NW1 9NX
Phone: 020 7267 2622
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Nearest tube stations: Camden Town (0.1 miles), Mornington Crescent (0.4 miles), Kentish Town West (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: Camden Road (0.2 miles), Kentish Town West (0.5 miles), Kentish Town (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I wasn't planning to try this place. But I was a little too early for my planned pub in Camden. The Camden Eye enjoys a strategic place on the corner of Kentish Town Road and Camden Road, directly across from the tube station. Sitting in here is a good place for people watching. All manners of life stroll past and some of them stroll into the pub itself. It certainly has a varied clientele. Ales on were Watney's Pale Ale, St Austell Tribute, Wadworth Horizon & Camden Ale, which is actually Caledonian Edinburgh Castle re-badged and far from local!
22 May 2017 20:15
My annual visit was a on a Sunday night for quick pint just before closing time

6 hand pumps, I had a pint of Watney’s Pale Ale @ 4.2%. A decent pint but spoilt by the music being too bloody loud….and I mean seriously loud.

Even though it’s opposite Camden Town tube station it’s really not worth a visit unless you want to burst your eardrums!
9 Nov 2016 13:42
Used to be the Halfway House during the Britpop wars.

Not a bad pub, really. Yes the service is... random but the beer is OK (I went for the Tribute but it *just* went off so settled for the local Camden Eye Ale, which was serviceable).

Downstairs was very popular but upstairs was almost empty - perfect for what my friends and I wanted this time as we were catching up after a long time apart.
18 Sep 2016 12:31

The Shakespeare, Victoria

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Address: 99 Buckingham Palace Rd, London, SW1W 0RP
Phone: 020 7828 4913
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Nearest tube stations: Victoria (0 miles), St James's Park (0.6 miles), Hyde Park Corner (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Victoria (0.1 miles), Vauxhall (1.3 miles), London Charing Cross (1.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Called in to see if is as bad as people say.
It was ok but nothing special. Gave it a 5.
This Randolf anus is a multiuser that has slagged off this pub under several user names. He should be pitied.
22 Jul 2017 20:55
Awful place - by every analysis. So bad - hygiene, service, food/drink - it is a vile pub. Outside Victoria...
21 Jul 2017 22:25
I wouldn’t agree with the previous reviewer that this is the worst pub in London there’s certainly a lot worse than the Shakespeare.

It was packed with food being as popular as drink, lot’s of tourists plotting up here for lunch and to get out of the rain that was falling very heavily.

4 ales on the hand pumps, all fairly standard choice, I tucked in to a few pints of Westerham Breweries 1730 which is a decent session ale at 4.0%.

With no where to sit we stood at the corner of the bar for the next 90 minutes or so chatting and enjoying our drinks. The service was good, with all of the staff seemingly from Eastern Europe, you weren’t always guaranteed a smile 

As I say I have been in much worse pubs that this, it’s convenient for the station and sells decent real ale.
11 Jan 2017 13:21

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