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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 Sultan, South Wimbledon

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Address: 78, Norman Rd, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1BN
Phone: 020 8542 4532
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Nearest tube stations: Colliers Wood (0.3 miles), South Wimbledon (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: Haydons Road (0.6 miles), Wimbledon (1 mile), Tooting (1.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Even more glowing... the Sultan is the S.W. London P.O.T.Y. The five ales on the board have recently included Haka what the New Zealand rugby pre- match ceremony has to do with the Six Nations i'm not quite sure,anyway it is a great beer.A proper pub in every respect.
26 Feb 2017 09:36
Strange, no reviews for over a year then 2 glowing reviews in as many days.
3 Feb 2017 13:46
The management currently running the Sultan are doing a great job after something of a hiatus. The beer Is cheap,try Monday or Wednesday between 6p.m. and 9p.m. The food is usually a selection of soup and sandwiches at knock-down prices.The pub has a nice garden,a conservatory but probably best of all it is a "proper pub" with a wonderful welcoming crowd of regulars. On my last visit they had five ales from Hop Back including Winter Lightning and Entire stout, and Citra also Elderquad from Downton. The beer is always very close to perfect. Probably the best pub In London.
31 Jan 2017 11:11

Beer Rebellion, Gipsy Hill

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Address: 128 Gipsy Hill, Gipsy Hill, London, SE19 1PL
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Nearest train stations: Gipsy Hill (0 miles), Sydenham Hill (0.6 miles), Crystal Palace (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Nothing not to like about Beer Rebellion. Good beer good music and friendly service. No board games, no distressed furniture and no Jus.

20 Feb 2017 08:25
If you like real ales this place is a must. The first time i drank in here there was a a good selection of ales, I sampled a traditional English Bitter, a Milk Stout and a Porter. The second time I visited I opted for the same but different brewers and all the beer was well kept. There was the usual multitude of Pale Ales, Hoppys as every real ale pubs seem to have these days so it's refreshing to drink in a place where you have a good choice. No tv's, no slot machines. A thoroughly ejoyable experience but pricey.
15 Jan 2017 19:27
Decent, small place opposite Gypsy Hill train station. Run by Late Knights, but oddly had no Late Knights beer when I visited. Had a Milk Stout instead (can't remember vrewery sorry). Toilets are a little odd.
31 Dec 2016 12:16

The Bricklayers Arms, Putney

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Address: 32 Waterman Street, London, SW15 1DD
Phone: 020 8789 0222
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Nearest tube stations: Putney Bridge (0.4 miles), East Putney (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: Putney (0.4 miles), Barnes (1.1 miles), Wandsworth Town (1.4 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Yes, the toilets are a disgrace and the outside patio no longer exists. However, beer range focuses on Windsor & Eton, plus Twickenham breweries. You cant fault this beer range at all. Just at times the lack of it!
20 Aug 2017 10:23
Really good and their approach to beer seems to be novel in that they'll showcase a brewery or an area of the country's ales. On our visit, it was Twickenham that was represented and a fine set of brews they provided too, with friendly service thrown in to boot. The interior is also very nice although one suspects the back door was left open to conceal the smell from the loos.
5 Mar 2017 12:32
Pre & post Fulham games, this is still the best pub in Putney, providing there are enough beers on (not always the case). Desperately needs some TLC - fix the toilets, the leaking taps, more regular ales, draft cider/lager & bring the kitchen back into play. It wouldn't take much to ensure this place remains as the only traditional one left in Putney.
18 Dec 2016 09:45

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 White Horse, Parsons Green

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Address: 1-3 Parson's Green, London, SW6 4UL
Phone: 020 7736 2115
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Nearest tube stations: Parsons Green (0.1 miles), Fulham Broadway (0.5 miles), Putney Bridge (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: West Brompton (1 mile), Wandsworth Town (1.1 miles), Putney (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Pleasant pub with an excellent range of ales at reasonable prices. Only drawback as referred to before is the loud braying clientele but they are quite easy to ignore if you wish.
10 May 2017 10:21
A great range of ales including Oakham Scarlet Macaw and JHB and some good local ones. Rumour has it that they employ a professional cellar man and it shows. Service was also good and they also, interestingly, have Pilsner Urquell tank beer on tap. The issue is the clientele which is well heeled in the extreme and all the baggage that comes with that - rugby, jobs as brokers etc. - still if you get over your prejudice, those we sere sat next to were perfectly pleasant.
5 Mar 2017 12:39
I was impressed that though the pub was very busy they served me quickly. Good range of ales (I had Dark Star Pale) and, whilst mine was being fetched by one bar tender, no fewer than three others asked if I was being served. I also ordered a fish & chips that came very quickly despite the crowd. An expensive pub (£4.50 for a pint, £14 for fish & chips) but very well run.
27 Dec 2016 11:05

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 Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

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Address: Unit 8 Shared Service Yard, Goods Way, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AH
Phone: 02077137258
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Nearest tube stations: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.2 miles), Euston Square (0.6 miles), Euston (0.6 miles)


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


Reviews by BITE users:

A decent station pub at the far end of Kings Cross with a good selection of well kept cask ales. It''s pricey, but I suppose that''s not unexpected at a London terminal.
10 Sep 2017 19:53
It's a bit higgledy-piggledy and the ale is usually decent but the thing that grates me is the tendency of barstaff to leave your change on a little silver plate (expecting the change). Maybe okay if you are served at a table but not if you buy at the bar. It's one of those annoying 'foreign' things that should be outlawed in British pubs.
1 May 2017 19:34
Friday teatime visit with 2 hours to kill before my train north.

Its been a while since I've been here but it is one of my favourite train station boozers, just it is pricey but its almost Central London and that's something you just have to put up with!

Being a Fuller's pub there range takes precedence but they also have a decent range of guest ales, my 3 pints of Butcombe Best were excellent, again it ain't cheap but when the beer and surrounds are good I'll pay it.

Packed between 4.30 and 6.30pm and probably is the same every Friday night.

I like this place and would recommend a visit.
6 Feb 2017 14:12

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:

We chose it as it was equidistant from St Pancras and the Albert Hall, but a beautiful/historic interior makes this a place worth seeking out. Beers were in very good condition. St Peters Golden, Fyne Jarl, Great Heck Christopher - and a wild oat stout that I can't think of the name of - all tried and enjoyed. Customer service pretty good. Prices the higher end of London rip-off.
6 Mar 2017 18:13
All is still ok at the Blackfriar. Very busy on a Saturday late afternoon but service was prompt and friendly.

Bernie from Scunthorpe was giving out relationship advice and that must be treasured.

Quality pub.
23 Jan 2017 11:06
Busy on a Saturday night with not too raucous younger crowd who seemed to be enjoying the ale. had a decent pint of a Thornbridge winter brew. Worth dropping by - ornate interior and a few ales on. Across the road from Blackfriars station.
4 Dec 2016 12:12

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 Charles Dickens, Southwark

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Address: 160 Union Street, London, SE1 0LH
Phone: 020 7401 3744
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Nearest tube stations: Southwark (0.2 miles), Borough (0.3 miles), Blackfriars (0.6 miles)


Nearest DLR station: Bank (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Waterloo East (0.5 miles), Blackfriars (0.6 miles), London Waterloo (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

This photo is out of date. It is no longer the Charles Dickens and the advertising they are currently putting outside says it will be for Irish beer and Thai food
19 Aug 2017 20:10
This photo is out of date. It is no longer the Charles Dickens and the advertising they are currently putting outside says it will be for Irish beer and Thai food
19 Aug 2017 20:08
The 19th century author and social critic probably never visited this pub.
26 Feb 2017 16:14

The Clachan, Soho

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Address: 34, Kingly St, London, W1B 5QH
Phone: 020 7494 0834
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Nearest tube stations: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.4 miles), Bond Street (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.8 miles), London Marylebone (1.3 miles), London Euston (1.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

It really is quite ironic that the members who really give a shit about this site , either get their posts deleted or membership revoked whilst the garbage that appears on here on a daily basis largely remains on view. Good move guys.
27 May 2017 14:29
Built in 1898, this lovely Victorian pub retains many original features, including rich wood carvings and structural ironwork. Formerly The Bricklayer's, The Clachan was a local for the firemen of Station No. 13 and police officers of the Special Constable Reserve in King Street. It was once owned by the family-run department store, Liberty..Clachan is Gaelic for 'meeting place'.
13 May 2017 13:34
Built in 1898, this lovely Victorian pub retains many original features, including rich wood carvings and structural ironwork. Formerly The Bricklayer's, The Clachan was a local for the firemen of Station No. 13 and police officers of the Special Constable Reserve in King Street. It was once owned by the family-run department store, Liberty..Clachan is Gaelic for 'meeting place'.
5 Mar 2017 13:54

The Exmouth Arms, Euston

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Address: 1 Starcross Street, Euston, London, NW1 2HR
Phone: 020 7387 5440
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Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.2 miles), Euston Square (0.2 miles), Warren Street (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.6 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Met up with 6 friends here on our way to the Cup Final...had excellent burgers and craft beers...sat outside on a pleasant sunny day..good pub off the beaten track..will return
30 May 2017 17:52
This used to be my favourite pub in central London. Busy, friendly, good beer and once the after work crowd had gone there was the feeling of a genuine local. Sadly it's now been taken over and "improved" Noisy, expensive and full of people who want to be seen to be cool and having a good time. Very tedious and very disappointing. It's still a convenient pub with good beer so I will be going back, but it's far from my favourite now
17 Jan 2017 12:33
This is the best pub in the area for sunny lunchtime beers. Its position at the end of the road means it isn't in the shadows and unlike the local Bree Louise or the Queens Head and Artichoke that also sit on the sunny side, the road it is on only sees cars once every 5 minutes+ so its ore outside drinking friendly.

Also since it was done up 12months+ ago, the beer, food and service has certainly improved leaps and bounds. Back in 2010 I rated this a 3, now its a healthy 7.
22 Dec 2016 19:41

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:

Everyone knows the Krays connection , but Bobby Moore , England's World Cup winning captain was briefly the landlord here.
26 Feb 2017 16:34
Slerpy - on the white powder again.

Typos even make him even more odd.

Old age is catching him badly...
14 Feb 2017 21:30
Wealdman, Never behind a BAT before-Boycott,Root, Cook? What the fcek is that about and who made him EMPY? Emetic? Humpy? upset,sexually aroused? A foreign language? Has seen better times-so have your shite posts,it has to be said.
14 Feb 2017 21:05

Kings Stores, Bishopsgate

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Address: 14 Widegate Street, London, E1 7HP
Phone: 020 7247 4089
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Nearest tube stations: Liverpool Street (0.2 miles), Aldgate (0.3 miles), Aldgate East (0.3 miles)


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


Nearest train stations: London Liverpool Street (0.2 miles), Fenchurch Street (0.5 miles), Moorgate (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Popped in again a week or so ago. A Greene King pub but one with a large variety of real ales. Redemption Rock the Kazbek, Bedlam IPA, & Truman Swift were some of those available alongside Greene King IPA.
A large corner pub with bare floorboards, a dining area and a separate function room upstairs.
Despite being busy service was prompt.
30 Jul 2017 05:32
Was a bit concerned about this one being a GK pub actually it was quite impressive. Decent size with some good ales on, and only one GK, the IPA. I had an Aylesbury Brewing Company mild from the selection of 6. Several more unusual brewers featured and a range of beer styles too. Good service too.
8 Jul 2017 17:05
Greene King pub on a street corner in an area of narrow streets. Despite being a Greene King pub, only their IPA was on. So there is a decent range of guests - Aylesbury Brewhouse Company Supersymmetry, Bedlam Porter, Trumans Swift & G2 Orion. Only a stone's throw from Liverpool Street station. So it may be quieter than other local pubs. Worth knowing about.
23 Apr 2017 11:59

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

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