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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 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

Euston Tap, Euston

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Address: 190 Euston Road, Euston, London, NW1 2EF
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Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.1 miles), Euston Square (0.2 miles), Warren Street (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.3 miles), London St Pancras (0.4 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Visited twice in the past week. It was quiet on Sunday with most punters being blokes having a swift half before getting the train. There was one lone female enjoying a beer which was great to see. Last Friday it was packed outside but even so service was very good. A good selection of different beers and worth a visit if beer is your thing.
30 Apr 2016 16:51
The great but unusual thing here is that the beers are clearly marked on a large blackboard along with strength and price. The beers are from smaller breweries and the price is remarkably reasonable for the area.

Downside is the first-floor one-person loo and the cell-like upstairs seating room.
1 Jan 2016 16:42
I must have walked past this place countless times and not realised it was a pub!

I visited on a Saturday afternoon when it was busy but not crowded. Not that it would take too many to fill the place out!
Thankfully there is plenty of space outside on the pavement though not too many seats available either inside or out.

The beer selection was excellent! Redemption Rock the Kazbek, Sublime Chaos and Quiet Riot from Anarchy, Mallinsons Brewers Gold and Siren Half Mast all on.
The two I had were very nice and the staff obviously knew and loved their job.

If you are looking for a comfortable place to sit down and drink then avoid, but if you just want a good no frills pub with plenty of decent real ales available then I recommend it.
31 Dec 2015 02:28

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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:

My first visit for several years before a trip to Wembley. This remains a hidden gem with a good selection of Fullers and guest beers aided by attentive staff. We were so impressed that we returned after the match to top up.

I can't think of a better railway station pub.
25 Apr 2016 18:57
Wot they all said below plus discount on pwopa beer for card carrying CAMRA members! What's not to love!
22 Jan 2016 14:59
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

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 Cavern, Raynes Park

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Address: 100-102 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park, London, SW20 0AY
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Nearest train stations: Raynes Park (0.2 miles), Wimbledon Chase (0.9 miles), New Malden (1.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I went to this pub last night, me and my party arrived and sat down. We was waiting for everyone to get in before get drinks (two were outside smoking). We were chilling out, enjoying the music, then suddenly the landlord comes up and says "you need to buy a drink or get out". I was shocked, we had been in there not 5 minutes.

I understand he expects people to buy drinks, it is a pub after all. But, we had literally just arrived and was nearly immediately asked to buy drinks. So, we got a few drinks, but one of my friends wasn't drinking; she wasn't feeling too good. He comes over and tells her to 'buy a drink or fuck off'. I said to him "hey mate, she's not feeling too good" and he replies to me "get out, fuck off".

I feel this is because we weren't locals, it looks like a local pub. But, that's no excuse for the landlord to be a complete bastard.
10 Jul 2016 17:20
This pub is a dive but does have great music. I went twice a week to see bands but never again. I had just finished my first pint when the landlord came over and aggressively said 'buy a drink this is a pub' I indignantly replied alright mate when he then threateningly said (close to my face) "get out my pub fuck off '. I have never been spoken to like that before so I was happy to leave. His loss four of us used to go there regularly and spent money.
19 Mar 2016 00:25
Good music, reasonable as a pub - London Pride and Doom Bar plus Wimbledon Common Pale Ale. Mostly a music venue I suppose and the more important now the Grey Horse and the Peel are gone.
12 Dec 2015 19:06

The George, Wanstead

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Address: High Street, Wanstead, London, E11 2RL
Phone: 020 8989 2921
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Nearest tube stations: Wanstead (0.1 miles), Snaresbrook (0.4 miles), Redbridge (0.8 miles)


Nearest train stations: Leytonstone High Road (1.3 miles), Wood Street (1.6 miles), Leyton Midland Road (1.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Has to be the best Spoon in the UK. Cavernous inside with 2 bars, decent selection of beers and decent (cheap) food.

Lots of famous 'Georges' on the wall (Orwell, Best, etc) but no picture of Peppa Pig's younger brother who shares the same name. Yet.

Look busy, here comes the Crow!
21 Jan 2016 15:18
Opened up the boneyard here in the upstairs bog, fella selling after shav downstairs.

Yeah, missus fanny got OWNED that night. Careful, or ill bone your bird an all.
20 Jan 2016 17:52
Personally I find the ceiling a bit low in the gents, causing me to bend double when I (was) entered. However I'm six foot six. But enough boasting. Does a nice fosters. And that's not boasting.
9 Dec 2015 11:33

The Blue Posts, St James's

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Address: 6 Bennet Street, St James's, London, SW1A 1RP
Phone: 020 7493 3350
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Nearest tube stations: Green Park (0.1 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.4 miles), Oxford Circus (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.7 miles), London Victoria (0.9 miles), London Waterloo (1.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Dreadful pub. £5.50 for a pint of Sambrooks Junction. Half the tables had "reserved" signs on them. Clearly get most of their customers from the Ritz Hotel round the corner who don't care what they have to pay.
12 Jun 2016 09:20
The old Blue Posts was demolished along with the whole block. Happily the block has been rebuilt and a new Blue Posts has arisen. It looks bright and spacious - alas when I went there to meet friends the entire pub was closed for a private party, much to my disgust and considerable inconvenience. It is common for rooms to be set aside for a private party but not the whole pub. I have no intention of ever setting foot in here again (not that I got further than the door anyway). A pub that won't let in paying customers is no use.
10 Feb 2016 13:35
My first visit to the newly re-opened and refurbished Blue Posts which is just around the corner from the Ritz.

5 ales and 1 real cider (Old Rosie) on the 6 hand pumps. I was drinking Tribute’s St Austell until it run out then I was on the GK IPA, both ales were decently kept but I’m not a GK IPA fan.

Monday night the week running up to Christmas and the pub was packed. The crowd were a mix of office workers and tourists. Service was good on my visit but you had to catch the eye of the bar person as they won’t that clued up on who was next in line, most of the bar staff were non English but that doesn’t bother me.

Nicely decorated and still has a new feel. Decent enough pub in a convenient location for Green Park station.
7 Jan 2016 14:01

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