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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 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:

If you love real ales and want a good selection this is a great pub. The lived in no frills look works for me too,good beer and company should be sufficient entertainment. The client's consist of worker's, passing trade from London Euston and real ale buffs all of which add to the hustle and bustle atmosphere of this busy pub. Recommended
16 Mar 2016 18:15
A great pub with an ale and cider selection as eclectic as the customers. The staff are friendly and they have always been asked if I was a CAMRA member when being served. Lots of other London pubs that offer this discount usually leave it to you to ask for.

Once in a blue moon I have had a bad pint but the staff are knowledgeable enough to know it has gotten to the end of the barrel and have given me a replacement free of charge.

The only down side is the tired state of the décor of the pub and toilets but there again its lived in look has a refreshing appeal.
18 Feb 2016 15:28
Used to be a semi-regular here. I've not been since the landlord moved a group of us to serve food to a tourist family in a spectacularly rude and aggressive manner.
1 Jan 2016 16:27

The White Lion, Clerkenwell

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Address: 37, Central St, London, EC1V 8AB
Phone: 020 7689 4313
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Nearest tube stations: Barbican (0.4 miles), Old Street (0.4 miles), Farringdon (0.6 miles)


Nearest DLR station: Bank (1 mile)


Nearest train stations: Old Street (0.3 miles), London Barbican (0.4 miles), Farringdon (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I've spent many a Thursday night sipping ales in this fine establishment and after suffering it's closure — however brief — once already over the last couple of years, I'm gutted to hear that it's once again fighting for it's life.

It's a fantastic example of what I'd consider a 'proper' pub — warm, friendly staff, with the additional bonus of darts, jukeboxes and tv screens available for a bit of light entertainment. The area certainly wouldn't be the same without it.
24 Nov 2015 21:48
I've spent many a Thursday night sipping ales in this fine establishment and after suffering it's closure — however brief — once already over the last couple of years, I'm gutted to hear that it's once again fighting for it's life.

It's a fantastic example of what I'd consider a 'proper' pub — warm, friendly staff, with the additional bonus of darts, jukeboxes and tv screens available for a bit of light entertainment. The area certainly wouldn't be the same without it.
24 Nov 2015 21:48
Excellent memories of post-match drinks in this most welcoming of boozers. I understand it is on the verge of closure once again so I would urge anyone who has enjoyed a sherbet or two in this fine establishment to rally round in its hour of need. To the regiment...
23 Nov 2015 10:25

The Eagle Ale House, Clapham

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Address: 104 Chatham Rd, Battersea, London, SW11 6HG
Phone: 020 7228 2328
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Nearest tube station: Clapham South (0.7 miles)


Nearest train stations: Wandsworth Common (0.6 miles), Clapham Junction (0.8 miles), Balham (1 mile)


Reviews by BITE users:

A bit too right on for its own good. But nice ales and a friendly welcome. Don't know what my problem is really, other than a general sense of unease at the self satisfaction oozing out of every pore of staff and punters alike,
25 Mar 2016 22:14
I see that it's been over 4 years since I'd last been here. It's appeared on the front cover of the Good Beer Guide since I was last here! So we finished our evening tour of Clapham & Battersea here yesterday. The Eagle is pretty much unchanged from what I remember. It's a cosy backstreet local that can get busy at times. But the ale selection has diminished since my last visit, with only 5 on during this visit - Surrey Hills Greensand IPA & Shere Drop, Trumans Attaboy, Brodies Bethnal Green Bitter & Downton Four Corners. There were 3 or 4 vacant handpulls. That surprised me considering how busy it was. Ciders are still keg or bottle only. I may have over-rated this pub last time I was here. It's good. But London has so many better pubs.
17 Jan 2016 17:34
What a find. Absolutely superb. Excellent range of real ales, not the boring main stream but a milk stout, Greensand IPA, Hackney Golden and others. Friendly atmosphere, a real community pub.
4 Jan 2016 14:00

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 Blackfriar, Blackfriars

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Address: 174 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 4EG
Phone: 020 7236 5474
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Nearest tube stations: Blackfriars (0 miles), St. Pauls (0.3 miles), Mansion House (0.5 miles)


Nearest DLR station: Bank (0.7 miles)


Nearest train stations: Blackfriars (0.1 miles), City Thameslink (0.1 miles), Farringdon (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Our second pub on our pub crawl of London. The Victorians certainly went to town with sheer decadence, and The Blackfriar is no exception. Magic copper carvings surround the place above the bar and on the walls. The fireplace taking centre stage and outstanding feature.

Had a couple of Yuletide Christmas Stouts, which tasted bang on, but the prices reflected the area we were in (Central Business District.)

Place was heaving with many eating, and seating was at a premium. We eventually found a spot.

Exceptional.
22 Nov 2015 14:57
Another quick Saturday night visit on the way home and like the last time it’s very busy when I arrive at 8.45pm.

My choice of ale was Redemption’s Rising Sun @ 5.0% and it was in very good form.

I took my pint and stood outside as the evening was still warm and killed the time between my trains with this decent pint. I’m sure it won’t be too long before I make another Saturday night visit.
12 Oct 2015 13:49
Dropped in just after 10pm on a Saturday night at the end of August for a quick pint.

Busy inside but I was served pretty quickly after opted for a pint of Berkhamsted Brews Wild Boy @ 3.7% from the decent selection on the pumps.

I stood at the side of the bar and enjoyed my pint.

As has been mentioned on numerous occasions on this site the Blackfriars is a stunning building but it’s also decent pub with a good choice of ales and is very handy for Blackfriars station.
5 Oct 2015 14:48

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:

Since Fullers took over this pub they have left the landlord to get on with it.

Fantastic ales and great atmosphere.

Well done Carl, your doing this place proud.

9/10
25 Aug 2015 22:24
Back again in the Harp to kick off my 2015 UK & Europe pub crawl. Not a noticeable change to this gullible foreigner, the welcome was warm & genuine & the Sambrook Wandle (£3.95) delicious after a long flight. The friendly bar lady kindly a photo of me. Not many in at around 11.00am, but all received great service & good beer at a reasonable price.
3 Aug 2015 07:49
In the Harp yesterday,still a great selection of beers available, I had London Fields Hopspur and Brick Blenhim Black, both good.
28 Jun 2015 08:31

The Doric Arch, Euston

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Address: 1 Eversholt Street, Euston, London, NW1 1DN
Phone: 020 7388 2221
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Nearest tube stations: Euston Square (0.3 miles), Euston (0.4 miles), Mornington Crescent (0.4 miles)


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


Reviews by BITE users:

Surprisingly good pub that overcomes two obstacles - it's part of the expanding (and expensive) Fullers chain, and it's a railway station pub (in the courtyard of Euston station). Good choice of real ales, bar staff are always efficient and well trained, prices are more reasonable than some nearby pubs. Always a pleasure to visit.
1 Jan 2016 17:01
Pumps: 14/08/15 - http://i.imgur.com/DOTKkHm.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/wauCJuC.jpg
23 Aug 2015 13:18
Very close to Euston, good selection on tap, friendly staff, nice food, nice and plentiful seating. Maybe a bit expensive, but it's worth it as you get a pleasanter all round experience than at other local pubs.
28 Nov 2014 16:47

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 Park Tavern, Eltham

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Address: 45, Passey Place, Eltham, London, SE9 5DA
Phone: 020 8850 2416
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Nearest train stations: Eltham (0.5 miles), Mottingham (0.8 miles), New Eltham (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

just to give a shout that there's a beer & cider festival this weekend ..... called in on my annual visit to family in the area and was thrilled to see that I (and some cousins) will be enjoying an interesting ale or 5 this weekend !!
would recommend it !!
28 Aug 2015 14:54
Had a low expectation when last visited due to the area and lack of options but was pleasantly surprised - well stocked range and attentive bar staff, will certainly not be the last time we go there for a few jars
19 Aug 2015 12:43
3rd pub of the day and this is the first “proper” pub we visited.

I haven’t been here for around 20 years and it’s changed considerably.

Busy on the Saturday afternoon with plenty of people eating, the food looked pretty good.

Several ales on the hand pumps with my choice being Castle Breweries Harvest Rock, a very decent pint.

Mixed clientele, but very much locals and of all ages. The bar is slightly bizarre I’m unsure if it is original or not, but it doesn’t look original.

Overall a nice pub but slightly soulless to be perfectly honest.
3 Jul 2015 17:12

Charles Holden, Colliers Wood

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Address: 198 High St, Colliers Wood, London, SW19 2BH
Phone: 0208 540 1918
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Nearest tube stations: Colliers Wood (0.1 miles), South Wimbledon (0.6 miles), Tooting Broadway (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: Haydons Road (0.7 miles), Tooting (0.8 miles), Wimbledon (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Nice building, except for the very dirty toilets. However, the beer is excessively overpriced for a very mediocre pint - I tried three different beers including the Holden, each was a bad as the other and all wsere well over £4 a pint. As for the bar staff...I've never seen a more disinterested bunch than those who were on duty last Saturday night.
I'm told the pub is popular for it's garden and outside area...it certainly doesn't deserve to be popular for it's beer or its service.
21 Dec 2015 08:44
This is a modern and airy pub which sells several beers and has its own 'house' brew. Quite expensive and I wonder how much demand there is for somewhere like this in Colliers Wood. Build it and they will come perhaps.
30 Jul 2015 17:24
Pub opposite Colliers Wood tube station.
There was a man standing in the alleyway.
I wouldn't go in there if I were you, he said.
I'll be the judge of that, I said.
I went in there. It was a large space in the currently fashionable dark grey scheme lit by large subtle windows giving onto a back area that is a garden filled with plants of many kinds. I had a pint of admittedly quite good beer which is the local brew and I was charged the appropriate amount for it.
Good God, I said.
I went outside.
The same man was standing in the alleyway.
I said I wouldn't go in there, he said. Now what are you a judge of?
I left.
29 Jul 2015 23:04

The Blind Beggar, Whitechapel

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Address: 337 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
Phone: 020 7247 6195
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Nearest tube stations: Whitechapel (0.2 miles), Stepney Green (0.5 miles), Bethnal Green (0.5 miles)


Nearest DLR station: Shadwell (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: Bethnal Green (0.3 miles), Cambridge Heath (0.9 miles), Limehouse (1 mile)


Reviews by BITE users:

A surprisingly long walk from the nearest tube station. Famous for the Kray twins. And watch out for the ginger cat at the bar! No doubt better than the people working there.
20 May 2016 15:30
A surprisingly long walk from the nearest tube station. Famous for the Kray twins. And watch out for the ginger cat at the bar! No doubt better than the people working there.
20 May 2016 15:30
A surprisingly long walk from the nearest tube station. Famous for the Kray twins. And watch out for the ginger cat at the bar! No doubt better than the people working there.
20 May 2016 15:30

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:

Popped in tonight for a quick half whilst waiting for a train from Euston. I ordered a Southwark Bankside Blonde with what I thought would be more than sufficient spare change. It wasn't. After an awkward minute or two I spotted a barely visible CAMRA 10% discount sign on a column alongside the bar, obscured by a punter. I was then able to purchase the beer with the change that I had. I worry that the CAMRA discount is a bit of a price rhetoric, as the non-discount price seemed grossly over-inflated.

Nevertheless, the beer was particularly good, which I suppose is what it's all about, really.
9 Sep 2015 21:12
Popped in on Sunday tea-time after my train back from Preston. The George as I have always known it is busy outside with a few groups but it’s empty inside however it still took too long to be served !

6 hand pumps with 4 ales on, 3 of them were locales. I went for Hackney Breweries Red Ale @ 4.1%, it’s a decent drop of ale.

Now a Taylor Walker pub and has recently been added to the Camra GBG, it’s not bad but not much better than the last time I was here which was several years ago.
2 Sep 2015 17:07
I had a couple of pints here on a very wet day while waiting for my hotel check in time. It appears this year's fashion is to offer early check in for an extra 10 quid & I figured that 10 quid worth of beer was a better proposition. London Pride @ 4.50, friendly & efficient bar persons in a mildly busy pub. Pint price was a bit high for the location & ambience but at least I was dry & Premier didn't get an extra tenner.
28 Aug 2015 23:13

The Grove, Battersea

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Address: 279, Battersea Park Rd, London, SW11 4NE
Phone: 020 7720 5198
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Nearest train stations: Queenstown Road Battersea (0.3 miles), Battersea Park (0.4 miles), Wandsworth Road (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

The Grove has had a complete facelift and looks amazing for it! There's artwork all over the exterior and inside is now filled with cool furniture and prints covering the red walls. There's no pool tables and flat screens, just a really nice atmosphere and friendly staff. It's the kind of place you can visit with a group of friends or just rock up to solo. The food is amazing and the portion sizes are huge, very good value for money. 100% recommend this place.
3 Aug 2015 14:00
This place has certainly changed! Havent been back in a few years, but the new exterior decor caught my attention, and i had to investigate.
i was astounded by the change, now enblazened with an eclectic collection of art and prints, warm red walls and extremely friendly staff.
the drab atmosphere and sports are a thing of the past.
now with a kitchen serving all homemade food, this pub has really come back with a bang, needless to say, this could very quickly become my local again very soon
24 Jul 2015 20:03
I really like this place. Such a hidden Gem in the middle of the best city in the WORLD!!!
24 Jul 2015 11:58

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 Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street

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Address: Unit 32, The Concourse, Liverpool Street station, London, EC2M 7PY
Phone: 020 7247 3579
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Nearest tube stations: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles), Moorgate (0.3 miles), Aldgate (0.4 miles)


Nearest DLR stations: Bank (0.5 miles), Tower Gateway (0.7 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Liverpool Street (0 miles), Moorgate (0.4 miles), Fenchurch Street (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

A quick beer on my recent Saturday morning visit before my train departed at 10am.

Fairly busy as it always is here, quick attentive service from the manager. I somehow always seem to be served by this chap.

10 different ales on the pumps with several festive offerings. I went for a pint of Everards Nutcracker @ 5.0% to set the day up nicely.

Lovely building & a decent ‘spoons that always has a good choice of well kept ales.
24 Dec 2015 12:36
Not a bad Wetherspoons. It's certainly an impressive interior and it's very handy if you're catching a train. But it's always busy. Even at 8am yesterday, the main bar area was busy. But there is a much smaller quiet room at the back and an upstairs seating area too. Service at the bar was indifferent on my latest visit. Ales were Banks's Driftwood, Daleside Santa's Progress, Everards Nutcracker, Jennings Red Breast, Nethergate Old Growler, Black Country Fireside, Titanic Eight Bells, Marstons Revisionist Sardinian Bock & Elgoods Hickathrift. Cider was Westons Wyld Wood. We ordered breakfasts before our train journey to East Anglia and these all came very quickly.
13 Dec 2015 14:54
Mozz is quite right... typical Wetherspoons apart from there being less tables to pack 'em in even more. Saying that the ale is usually credible and it is handy for platform 15.
1 Nov 2015 21:35

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