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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 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 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 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 Sekforde Arms, Clerkenwell

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Address: 34 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0HA
Phone: 020 7253 3251
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Nearest tube stations: Farringdon (0.3 miles), Barbican (0.4 miles), Chancery Lane (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.3 miles), London Barbican (0.4 miles), Old Street (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

A recent report in the Islington Tribune says that it's been bought by a local barrister who is building a residential property at the back of the pub, and will then refurbish the toilets, kitchen and basement before opening the Sekforde up again.
24 Aug 2015 13:12
Was in here yesterday. It will be a gastro type pub as opposed to a all out restaurant. For how long though?
29 Jun 2015 10:22
Gutted and disgusted that this proper old school cockney clerkenwell pub is closing. Because we really need another restaurant ,don't we,eh?
We are killing all that's good about this great city of ours
23 Jun 2015 11:34

The George And Dragon, Acton

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Address: 183 High Street, Acton, London, W3 9DJ
Phone: 02089923712
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Nearest tube stations: Acton Central (0.4 miles), Acton Town (0.5 miles), Acton (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: Acton Central (0.4 miles), South Acton (0.6 miles), Acton Main Line (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Two of theirs on yesterday which I didn't find that exciting but we were told that two others came from the same brewer under the Clouded Minds Brewery of Warwickshire name. The Golden was really good . Superb coal fire in the middle of the pub gives this pub a wonderful atmosphere.
19 Mar 2016 09:35
Really interesting pub with an enormous brewery in the back room. Only one of their own brews on handpull but 3 others from other breweries along with trad ciders. I'd like to see more of their own on real but another great place to visit in Acton.
11 Jan 2016 11:24
A historic pub with a shiny new 9 barrel brewery in the back room. The ales were on top form, real cider on hand pump. Also a good range of craft beers for those who like bubbles. There is a list of the landlords going back 250 years in the front bar. The night I visited there was a band on if you sat in the wood panelled middle bar you could hear the music without needing ear defenders. A great place for a pint, you even have to cross the courtyard (now roofed over) to get to the gents what could be more traditional than that?
21 May 2015 17:56

Red Lion, Ealing

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Address: 13 St Marys Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RA
Phone: 020 8567 2541
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Nearest tube stations: South Ealing (0.5 miles), Ealing Broadway (0.6 miles), Northfields (0.8 miles)


Nearest train stations: Ealing Broadway (0.5 miles), West Ealing (0.8 miles), Drayton Green (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I've been going into this place for 40 years now, & I can certainly say it has increased radically in size, probably X 3! In the mid-seventies, it was a tiny L-shaped thing, with no extension beyond the bar, nor garden access. Anyway, quite aside from quibbling about square footage, what's been said about staff, regulars, prices, beer quality & the gastro syndrome stands as far as I'm concerned.
6 Oct 2015 14:48
I should hope the Red Lion has been refurbished from time to time but I am sure it has not "trebled" in size. Anyway, I have always found it a pleasant little pub when walking from Ealing Broadway to South Ealing.
8 Jun 2015 12:29
I totally agree with Snarling Mallard's post of 3 Jan. I somewhat reluctantly popped in on Sunday evening, & all the staff negatives he lists- & more- were in place. The place was dingy, dirty & untidy away from the bar, & ESB was both well-expensive yet of unexceptional quality. I think the rot set in when the pub was refurbed & trebled in size, changed hands, & was gastroed up by Fuller's. Shame, but true...
19 May 2015 16:19

The Plume of Feathers, Greenwich

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Address: 19, Park Vista, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LZ
Phone: 020 8858 1661
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Nearest DLR stations: Cutty Sark (0.4 miles), Island Gardens (0.6 miles), Greenwich (0.7 miles)


Nearest train stations: Maze Hill (0.1 miles), Greenwich (0.7 miles), Westcombe Park (0.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Another infrequent visit to this good locals pub. Service a bit slow as usual.
HopStuff Single on tap along with the Brockley Brewery, Harveys and Damned Doomed Bar. Had the Local HopStuff which was good.
29 Aug 2015 16:28
Only discovered this pub recently. I concur, it's far and away the best pub in Greenwich; friendly, good character and well kept good value beer. Very handy for the park.
24 Jun 2015 13:50
Thanks again for making a great pub crawl extra special .James and Anna your the tops guys. This is truly a special pub and iimplore one and all to come take a look . Sorry by the way if we were all a bit noisy but we all do feel at home here .RIP dave a very nice man you will be missed
21 Jun 2015 17:40

The Calthorpe Arms, Holborn

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Address: 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR
Phone: 020 7278 4732
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Nearest tube stations: Russell Square (0.4 miles), Chancery Lane (0.5 miles), Holborn (0.6 miles)


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


Reviews by BITE users:

A proper, and very reliable, street corner boozer seeling Youngs beers (and guests). I confess to being a Youngs fan and I haven't had a bad pint in there yet.
Long may it continue without being gentrified
22 Jul 2015 19:54
One of the very few central london (or indeed London) pubs which has not been turned into a gastropub/effectively a restaurant (though the once I ate here the food was fine).

The beer here is always very well kept (Young's range including all the bottles as oldandmild says) and couple of others (usually including Tribute). Old time landlord, he wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but he keeps a good pint and runs a good pub in my view.
22 Jul 2015 17:00
If you are near King's Cross/st.Pancras Station donot miss this one.Friendly locals pub with an old time landlord.Stocks young's bottles including their light ale.How nice in 2015 to be able to go into a London pub order a pint of "light and bitter" and be understood.Long may it survive.
7 Jun 2015 04:58

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

The Chandos, Trafalgar Square

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Address: 29 St. Martins Lane, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4ER
Phone: 020 7836 1401
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Nearest tube stations: Leicester Square (0.1 miles), Charing Cross (0.2 miles), Covent Garden (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.2 miles), London Waterloo (0.8 miles), London Waterloo East (0.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Samuel Smith’s pubs are fairly nice, and this one is no exception (even more so as it is now smoke free) - as long as you accept the choice of 1 - one - cask ale, and several beers from the SS range on keg or bottle.
14 Jun 2015 17:57
Visited on a Friday evening a couple of weeks ago and this is yet another pub that I haven't been to for over a decade

For as long as I can remember this has been a Sam Smiths pub and has also been really decent

Full range of Sam Smiths ales, lagers & their own cider on the taps, with plenty of bottled options also. I had 4 very good pints of Sovereign Bitter in the upstairs bar which was not as busy as the downstairs bar.

Good bar staff meant that getting served was never a problem.

Cracking pub with a lovely interior, a real pub in the centre of Central London.
12 Jun 2015 14:59
Nice pub, an oasis of reasonable calm in the maelstrom that is central London. You know what you're getting with Sam Smith's - cheap prices, good service and a choice so limited it seems like you've walked into a seventies theme bar, but what they do serve is of good quality. This could be a regular haunt should the Harp drop its standards.
3 Jun 2015 22:20

The Hole In The Wall, Waterloo

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Address: 5 Mepham St, London, SE1 8SQ
Phone: 020 7928 6196
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Nearest tube stations: Waterloo (0.1 miles), Lambeth North (0.4 miles), Southwark (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Waterloo (0.1 miles), London Waterloo East (0.1 miles), London Charing Cross (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Returned to the Hole in the Wall after a few years' absence yesterday. It's still as dingy as ever, but still has a range of ales - Greene King Abbot & IPA, Youngs Bitter & Special, Oxfordshire Triple B, Hogsback Tea, Nethergate Growler Bitter & Sharps Doom Bar. Although I'm not sure all were available. Rosies Pig was the cider. The first time I've sat in the front bar. This is decorated with many rugby shirts. Had a quick snack too, that did the trick. Very handy for Waterloo. But it's worth the extra effort to go to the Kings Arms.
18 May 2015 19:58
In view of my last posting, would someone who uses the HITW regularly like to let the manager know about it? Then perhaps something might happen!
3 May 2015 15:27
Agree with the last posting. Went in yesterday. The beer was well kept, BUT:

The front steps, which are cracked, now seem to move dangerously under your feet.
No-one ever seems to serve in the front bar.
The outside area was littered with broken glass.
A lady buying crisps gave the money to a barmaid, who dropped it. Because she couldn't find it on the floor, she asked for it again. Needless to say, the lady declined. The barmaid then went off on one with her colleagues, who told her to get her act together.
I'm sure I recognised the graffiti in the Gents from last year.
The tables are always sticky.

This pub is a local institution, and handy for the station. It would be a shame if this noted decline continued. Please, Mr. (or Mrs. or Ms) Manager, read this, and get the pub back to how it once was. I have been going there since about 1994.

Thank you.

PS. I was only in there for 30 minutes! And all this was noted!
3 May 2015 15:24

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