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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 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:

Any real ale lover visiting London and especially the West End needs to drop in to The Harp.
A fine range of real ales all well kept. There are normally a few Dark Star beers available along with four or five others.
The clientele is a large and varied one. Despite the pub almost always being busy I never have to wait too long to be served.
As with several pubs around London the space created for the toilets seems to have been an afterthought!
30 Jul 2017 06:09
For real ale enthusiasts, as good as anywhere in central London. The capital's beers are well represented by Sambrook and others while Brighton's Dark Star brewery is also prominent via the excellent Hophead and American Pale Ales. The only snag is its bijou size - even of weekday afternoon it was getting crowded
19 Feb 2017 06:58
I like this small pub. good selection of well kept beer. Upstairs (at the back) there is a small lounge area which is often empty, even when down stairs is heaving. Sadly no bar upstairs. Service is always quick and you get a full pint which seems to becoming increasingly rare in many pubs recently.
12 Nov 2016 12:46

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

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.

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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 Kings Arms, Waterloo

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Address: 25 Roupell Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8TB
Phone: 020 7207 0784
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Nearest tube stations: Southwark (0.2 miles), Waterloo (0.2 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:

Old fashioned corner pub with the bar divided into two parts. Eight different real ales available, four in each half of the pub. Have to say that apart from the Wadworth 6X I didn't recognise the beers.
Unfortunately due to time I could only stay for the one. Will definitely visit this place again!
One word of caution though. It gets very busy! On my visit I it was still early in the evening and there were people all over the pavement. (Not in an overly inebriated way!)
30 Jul 2017 05:11
Lovely traditional boozer that had real fires burning on both sides of the bar when we went in last week. Didn't try the Thai food but there was a very good selection of ales, most of which were very good. I couldn't see a list of ales anywhere though so you have to have a wander round to the other side to see what is available on the hand-pumps there.
Was very busy when we were there but the bar staff were still managing to serve everyone quickly with little waiting. Very nice place.
16 Jan 2017 11:54
Excellent free house in a time warp street a few minutes walk of Waterloo station. 8 real ales on, all from small micros and the three we had were on good form.
16 Nov 2016 22:21

The Cask and Glass, Victoria

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Address: 39, Palace Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5HN
Phone: 020 7834 7630
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Nearest tube stations: Victoria (0.3 miles), St James's Park (0.3 miles), Green Park (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Victoria (0.3 miles), London Charing Cross (1 mile), Vauxhall (1.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Still a proper street corner local but the ale (Whitstable IPA) was a bit insipid.
4 Dec 2016 12:05
A bit of a hidden gem in the area: a friendly pub with well kept cask ales and a traditional interior. Well worth a visit.
10 Nov 2016 18:17
Great pub, a hidden gem and much the best pub in the area. It is very very small though so you probably need to pick your time
26 Oct 2016 15:42

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 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 Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

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Address: 29a Enford Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 1DG
Phone: 020 7402 2189
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Nearest tube stations: Marylebone (0.2 miles), Baker Street (0.3 miles), Edgware Road (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Marylebone (0.2 miles), London Paddington (0.7 miles), London Euston (1.5 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I can't say I've ever noticed this pub before. It's tucked down a fairly narrow side street to the south side of the Marylebone Road. The interior feels a bit dark. But it's decked out with a fair bit of rugby memorabilia, as this is apparently a rugby pub. There was an impressive range of 6 ales on - Three Brewers Golden English Ale, Three Sods Mon Cheri, Rebellion Zebedee & Angel, Dorking Pilcrow Pale & Vale Fork Handles. After I'd ordered, I then noticed a sign stating they also had Mr Whitehead's Rum Cask. So I ordered one of those too. There was no food being served during my afternoon visit. More people were enjoying the tables outside in the sunshine, than were inside. A TV was on with the sound low in one corner and music was playing. I'm told this pub used to be a bit of a dive. But it's certainly worth a visit these days.
27 May 2017 19:02
Absolutely superb pub less than 5 minutes walk of Marylebone station. 5 real ales on from micros and a small regional ranging from pale ale to stout and all in top notch condition. Highly recommended.
16 Nov 2016 22:00
Good selection of ales all were in decent nic. Does Thai Food which is okay if nothing exceptional though it is relatively reasonably priced. Still feels like a pub unlike so many in the vicinity.
5 Feb 2016 22:55

The Tipperary, Fleet Street

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Address: 66 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HT
Phone: 020 7583 6470
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Nearest tube stations: Blackfriars (0.3 miles), Chancery Lane (0.4 miles), Temple (0.4 miles)

Nearest DLR station: Bank (0.9 miles)

Nearest train stations: City Thameslink (0.2 miles), Blackfriars (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.5 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Returned to The Tipperary for the first time in 9 years. Still a fine Irish pub and it had to Harveys beers on taps which makes bonus points kids.

Friendly service and a charming interior.

I believe an episode of New Tricks was filmed in this pub. Write the theme toon sing the theme toon.
23 Jan 2017 10:51
An Irish pub as in Dublin, Cork or Dungarvon, not as the London chains imagine them to be. Nice late Victorian décor. The bar is narrow so it suits slim people, as does the function room upstairs. A sufficient number of handpumps which we gave a good seeing to; not sure why the barman didn't seem happy about this but oh well..........
17 Nov 2016 18:19
Before the smoking ban and when James and his colleague ran it I loved this pub - it has a real Irish feel (including the menu). Since then it has had a number of landlords (I suspect I may have missed some no longer being a regular visitor to the area). Anyway I popped In for old times sake. Guinness was not up to scratch and it just feels like a rather cramped pub rather than slightly unique. I read a book once called "Never Go Back" once - maybe it was right!

Enough reviews for a day. Time for my meds, supper and bed. zzzzzzzzzzz
23 Sep 2016 18:26

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:

There was a crowd of us who popped in after visiting the Christmas market. When we walked in it was pretty empty and dark. The beer were ok but the service for the bar staff was very miserable and the manager I presume (a guy) was very miserable and wouldn't make eye contact with you and basically ignored you and before last orders was clearing up and when asked if the pub was closing he just grunted yes, still not making eye contact, it was like he just didn't want us to be there. I wouldn't recommend wasting my time or money in going back again as there are a lot more happier pubs around who are willing to take time in greeting this customers and actually showing an interest in them rather than just taking their money!
21 Dec 2016 17:06
The last poster didn't have a drink - but opines that it probably is a good beer pub!

Why not try it, and tell us after?
4 Nov 2016 17:45
Walked in but didnt stay for a drink. Looked messy and not inviting. But its probably still a good beer pub if waiting for a train
4 Nov 2016 15:56

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 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

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.

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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

Wetherspoons, Victoria Station

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Address: Unit 5, Victoria Island, Victoria Station, Victoria, London, SW1V 1JT
Phone: 020 7931 0445
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Nearest tube stations: Victoria (0.1 miles), Sloane Square (0.6 miles), St James's Park (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations: London Victoria (0 miles), Vauxhall (1.2 miles), Battersea Park (1.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

The Wetherspoon on Victoria platforms is the best! Slerpy IS senile - and has never been in the Opera House, Tunbridge Wells. Or so many others..
21 Jul 2017 22:05
The best 'spoons i've found other than the George Croydon,A decent range of ales,the service is rather random and none to speedy.
21 Jul 2017 19:00
Yes - a football match in London (or even numerous concerts/parades and exhibitions/royal events etc.) will affect Victoria pubs.

Commuters, shoppers, international travellers, tourists, residents - see to that. But this Wetherspoon is busy, well run and bright and airy.

And you can see the station train information boards - as well as having pub screens providing similar information on the Wetherspoon pub screens.

Toilets in the station are a nightmare - in terms of locations, turnstiles, cost etc.

But this Wetherspoon has a free/clean gents - just inside the main door. Used by many people who aren't customers.
10 Jan 2017 18:22

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