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London pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of 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.

The Cock and Bottle, Notting Hill

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Address: 17 Needham Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2RP
Phone: 020 7229 1550
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Nearest tube stations: Notting Hill Gate (0.4 miles), Westbourne Park (0.5 miles), Bayswater (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Paddington (1 mile), Kensington Olympia (1.4 miles), Queens Park - London (1.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Formerly the Swan, and this motif shows up in the splendid mirrored bar-back decor. The rest of the pub is also unruined and is a cosy and proper pub. I had Portobello Spring Ale which was very palatable.
1 May 2016 20:38
Popped in for a swift Beck's Blue (£3) for the first time since re-furb. They haven't done too much vandalism thankfully, although some bar stools would be nice. Richard, the guv'nor of many years, has retired and gone back to Ireland; perhaps he took the portrait of him with him (?) Seems the staff of a few years back have also moved on too. Four real ales, including Sambrook's Wandle. No London Pride. TV just shows rugby and whatever is on terrrestial channels.
2 Mar 2016 21:38
Next on my Camra Pub Guide and an improvement on the Prince Edward.

Interesting two room pub, laid out for dining in one and drinking in the other. Pretty busy on a weekday night.

Nothing too memorable about it.
7 Feb 2016 12:58

The King Charles I, Kings Cross

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Address: 55-57 Northdown Street, London, N1 9BL
Phone: 020 7837 7758
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Nearest tube stations: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.2 miles), Angel (0.6 miles), Russell Square (0.7 miles)


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


Reviews by BITE users:

Only worth a visit if you are a local or you know the staff. If you don't expect to be asked to leave at some point.

Bad attitude from the owner towards a group of big spenders was disappointing to see.

A good time was being had until the owner turned up and decided that are time was up by aggressively approaching one of our party and without introducing himself accused my friend of being up to no good.

Cant see the pub being open for long if this attitude continues. Very disspointing
27 Jun 2016 10:59
Great pub a short walk from the main drag. Got that magic quality that is difficult to create but you know it when you feel it. Decent beer - usually a couple of locals on. If you like pubs you'll like this one.
22 Jun 2016 12:36
Lovely little gem of a boozer. Be prepared for some loud music that is hard to evade on some evenings, but provided you can handle that, it's well worth seeking out.
24 Feb 2016 18:24

The Pride of Spitalfields, Shoreditch

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Address: 3 Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ
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Nearest tube stations: Shoreditch (0.3 miles), Aldgate East (0.3 miles), Aldgate (0.4 miles)


Nearest DLR stations: Tower Gateway (0.6 miles), Shadwell (0.9 miles), Bank (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Liverpool Street (0.5 miles), Fenchurch Street (0.7 miles), Bethnal Green (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:


Another Saturday evening visit after a day in Suffolk watching football.

On arrival around 8pm it was packed with the now to be expected locals and hipsters.

The ale selection was good but I stayed on Truman’s Budburst all evening as it’s a cracking session ale.

The pub cat was comfy on a stall and was hardly bothered at all.

Another good Saturday evening had in the Pride.
2 Jun 2016 14:09
A proper East End boozer that miraculously survives mid the gentrification of Brick Lane. I very much enjoyed a pint of Brewer's Gold and the atmosphere was relaxed of a Saturday afternoon. Norwich v Man United was on TV with the sound turned down when the winner takes all, Middlesbrough v Brighton match might have been a better choice but overall, an essential stop off amid the hipster magnets of the neighbourhood.
8 May 2016 13:10
A gem of a place, easily missed by the curry hunters and hipster beard types. I only discovered it by walking up Brick Lane at night time! I tried the Brewers Gold and wasn't disappointed. My only disappointment was that I had to travel back to Euston to catch a train. Seemed to be full of people from up north, especially Liverpool on Sunday. Nothing wrong with that just strange being in the East End of London!
30 Apr 2016 16:55

The Flying Scotsman, Caledonian Road

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Address: 4 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DU
Phone: 020 7837 8271
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Nearest tube stations: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.1 miles), Euston (0.6 miles), Russell Square (0.7 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Kings Cross (0.1 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.1 miles), London St Pancras (0.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Rainlght is spot on with his review. Have been popping in over last couple of months for great beer choice and friendly service. This pub is gem.
10 Jul 2016 11:06
Rainlght is spot on with his review. Have been popping I over last couple of months for great beer choice and friendly service. This pub I a gem.
10 Jul 2016 11:05
Now the Scottish Stores, several beers on and a friendly welcome at time of visit from the lovely Taylor who does the barmaid thing with style. Landlord is a gent also as are the customers.
9 Jul 2016 20:26

The Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common

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Address: 14 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 4RQ
Phone: 02089464942
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Nearest train stations: Wimbledon (1 mile), Raynes Park (1 mile), Wimbledon Chase (1.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

really nothing to choose between this and the crooked billet.

Even the prices are the same.

Youngs Special comes without a head.

More info and photos at my blog - http://bit.ly/1Tf0AGO
15 May 2016 13:45
Friendly enough pub, busy with mainly locals and their dogs and in some cases offspring - this is a well heeled area and the prices are corresponding. It's a Youngs pub and I had Youngs Ordinary which was ok, and sausage and mash which was very pleasant.
9 Apr 2016 09:35
Friendly, helpful service, good beer and a decent location. Seemingly more down to earth than it's neighbour a few doors up.

5 Oct 2015 09:18

The Lamb, Bloomsbury

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Address: 94 Lambs Conduit St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3LZ
Phone: 020 7405 0713
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Nearest tube stations: Russell Square (0.3 miles), Holborn (0.4 miles), Chancery Lane (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.6 miles), London St Pancras (0.6 miles), Farringdon (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Visited for the first time in many years. The beer range was the normal Youngs and was in excellent condition. The place was starting to get a bit tatty and one serving area had been taken over by (wine?) boxes which reduced the space to order from. It's not really been the same since Youngs stopped brewing and changed its focus but still one of the best pubs in the area.
13 Jul 2016 07:54
Good beer, good service, interesting unspoilt decor and reasonable prices.

Can't fault it though it is usually very busy.
28 Apr 2016 17:21
Long time since I've been in here and pleased to report its exactly as remembered. Vanity screens in tact. Very, very busy.

Managed to get a seat on this visit and on noting they did food and I was starving, thought I would give it a ok.

Really good service and the meal was excellent value. So, pleased with that.

Beer was decent - £4.05 for Youngs Special.

Worth checking out.

Some photos on my walking blog - http://mappiman.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/200116-jubilee-walkway-camden-loop.html
22 Jan 2016 12:10

The Duke of Wellington, Hoxton

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Address: 71 Nile Street, London, N1 7RD
Phone: 020 7490 7850
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Nearest tube stations: Old Street (0.2 miles), Moorgate (0.8 miles), Barbican (0.8 miles)


Nearest train stations: Old Street (0.3 miles), London Barbican (0.8 miles), Moorgate (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Very friendly local pub with great beer and resonably priced too.
26 Jan 2016 17:34
Great pub lovely pub, and them Kray twins, they weren't that bad after all, only killed their own ...
24 Jan 2016 21:17
Great pub. Great people pub been here since I was born. Blinding night to start off. Lovely landlady. Top pub
24 Jan 2016 20:03

The Skinners Arms, Kings Cross

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Address: 114 Judd St, London, WC1H 9NT
Phone: 020 7837 6521
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Nearest tube stations: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.2 miles), Russell Square (0.4 miles), Euston (0.4 miles)


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


Reviews by BITE users:

This will make you laugh (a bit!). Ordered a glass of Malbec wine. The bartender was new and served it, only to find it wasn't available by the glass on the till. She was told by the staff that only Shiraz, Merlot and Tempranillo ( a miserable offering) could be served by the glass. Having already poured it I said 'firstly, you've got to be the only pub in London not serving this NOW very popular wine by the glass'...and 'don't throw it down the sink' ..'I'll pay for a Merlot and save mindless waste'. But no, down the sink it went bizarrely because one can only buy this wine by the bottle here!! I would add that the choice of Ales was also a bit odd .. with IPAs out numbering real ales by 3-1! It's a nice pub apart from these oddities!
21 Apr 2016 19:20
This will make you laugh (a bit!). Ordered a glass of Malbec wine. The bartender was new and served it, only to find it wasn't available by the glass on the till. She was told by the staff that only Shiraz, Merlot and Tempranillo ( a miserable offering) could be served by the glass. Having already poured it I said 'firstly, you've got to be the only pub in London not serving this NOW very popular wine by the glass'...and 'don't throw it down the sink' ..'I'll pay for a Merlot and save mindless waste'. But no, down the sink it went bizarrely because one can only buy this wine by the bottle here!! I would add that the choice of Ales was also a bit odd .. with IPAs out numbering real ales by 3-1! It's a nice pub apart from these oddities!
21 Apr 2016 19:19
Street corner boozer close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, popular with commuters in the early evenings and tourists at all times of the day. Reasonable food and a good selection of real ales, better than most in this area.
6 Apr 2016 17:48

The Dog and Fox, Wimbledon Village

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Address: 24 High St, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5DX
Phone: 020 8946 6565
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Nearest tube station: Wimbledon (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: Wimbledon (0.6 miles), Wimbledon Chase (1.1 miles), Haydons Road (1.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Can't match the review below. Superb!

Sixth and last of the Wimbledon 8. That stat tells its own tale.

I quite like this place - big, airy, full of paraphernalia , great location and beer as indifferent as the other six pubs.

Photos and more info at my walking blog - http://bit.ly/1Tf0AGO
15 May 2016 13:53
Nice building and interior, great location, overpriced (4.20) and indifferent pint of Special; clientele a noisy bunch of pampered, gilded upper middle-class arseholes. Never again.
3 May 2016 16:01
It's a long while since I've been served such short measures without the barman automatically offering to top them up. 3 pints of Ordinary, one must have been an inch short of the brim and the other two about 1/2 & 3/4 inch short. People in the area probably so well off they don't care.
Sunday roasts looked good but expensive.
11 Apr 2016 16:03

The White Hart, Waterloo

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Address: Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8TJ
Phone: 02079289190
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Nearest tube stations: Waterloo (0.2 miles), Southwark (0.3 miles), Lambeth North (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Waterloo East (0 miles), London Waterloo (0.2 miles), Blackfriars (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I really like this place. Haven't eaten here; but it's a great place to go for a few beers. Good atmosphere, nice decor, good choice of beers. Pricey I guess... but welcome to London!
10 Jul 2016 14:32
Prefer the Kings Arms or the Hole in the Wall: it feels like the refurbishments of this place have taken away some of its character. Still, a good choice of beers
27 Jan 2016 10:38
Some of the adverse comments about this pub are very old and it deserves a much higher rating than it has. It's a well-run, unassuming back street place with a good selection of beers, well worth a visit.
23 Jan 2016 12:20

London Beer Dispensary, Brockley

Address: Brockley Road, Brockley, London, SE4 2PH
Phone: 02086946962
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Nearest train stations: Honor Oak Park (0.5 miles), Brockley (0.7 miles), Crofton Park (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

A visit last Thursday night with the wife for a few beers and food.

My pints of Brockley Brewery’s Red Ale were all on good form however I was a little disappointed to find only 3 ales on cask, but they did have another 5 on keg
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I haven’t eaten here since they added to the burger menu, both of our burgers were excellent.

Stayed for 2 and a half hours and it got quite busy, food was popular.

Still my local favourite.
27 Jun 2016 12:39
Popped in on a Saturday afternoon recently and enjoyed a couple of pints of Late Knights Peckham Rye IPA @ 6.3%.

Filled up during the hour I spent here, mainly with “hip” young groups and couples.

A great bar, cracking beer and a stone’s throw from my house. If you haven’t been it’s a must visit.
23 May 2016 15:06
Dropped in twice on a Saturday a few weeks back, once at 2.30pm and the other at 6pm at both times it was pretty busy.

It’s been a short while since I’ve been in, reliable if some what uninspiring ales on during this visit, my choices were Brick Brewery Red Brick Rye @ 5.1% & Late Knights Morning Glory….the morning glory is always a dependable pint.

Rugby being shown on the tv in the back seating area and burgers being served in the front bar.

The LBD is going from strength to strength and is a welcome addition to Crofton Park.
7 Mar 2016 16:39

The Vanbrugh, Greenwich

Address: 91, Colomb St, London, SE10 9EZ
Phone: 020 8305 1007
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Nearest DLR stations: Cutty Sark (0.8 miles), Island Gardens (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: Maze Hill (0.3 miles), Westcombe Park (0.5 miles), Charlton (1.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Back once again, a year later. Nice Sunday lunch, beef in red wine sauce . The beef fell apart to the touch, lovely. Had a pint of pale ale on draught, which was good. I think they`ve improved the gents toilet during the ensuing year, which was letting the side down. Good service , good food , nice atmosphere. Downside, a glass of wine for £8.50!!! and a 12.5 % service charge that no-one mentioned when WE LEFT A TIP. Disappointing.
23 May 2016 21:14
duster ...

How about the King's Arms in Greenwich?

A pretty obvious (but not very good) "K" pub
20 Apr 2016 13:03
Going to the Vanbrugh tonight on my A-Z of pubs tour. Just W, X, Y and Z to go (and K as i couldn't think of any pubs beginning with K). Please feel free to join me. I will be wearing a blue t-shirt and white jeans. My trainers are from the Adidas brand
20 Apr 2016 10:52

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