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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 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 Ivy House, Nunhead

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Address: 40, Stuart Rd, London, SE15 3BE
Phone: 020 7732 0222
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Nearest train stations: Nunhead (0.6 miles), Honor Oak Park (0.8 miles), Crofton Park (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Have heard a lot about this place so thought I'd combine it with a trip down to Nunhead Cemetry. Great interior, really well preserved. Ale very average - I've had much better kept pints of Brockley Pale. Worth visiting if your are in the area but not worth an expedition.
13 May 2016 12:05
Ordinary? My word this is almost a preserved 19302/40s pub with much of the original decor still in place. I'd turf the diners out and have the billards tables back in again. http://www.ivyhousenunhead.com/about.php
On the downside service has slipped and has put me off going more regularly. I think it is also on the pricey side and (odd as this sounds) stocks too many ales and far far too many keg beers. But judging by the weekend crowd the latter brings the 20-30s in in droves, something it couldn't do before us old farts saved it. Also ironic that us old farts saved it to have a refuge from the creches that many other local pubs have turned into, yet what do we see during the day times at weekends? Oh well, it has to bring serious money in.
Still loads of community stuff going on.
28 Apr 2016 12:10
A brilliant pub. A huge range of fantastic ales. The only reason I am not giving it a ten is because the food is a bit ordinary. It has an attractive wooden paneled event room at the back where they have live music. If you love real ale you will love the Ivy House.
8 Nov 2015 16:04

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 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 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 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 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 Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

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Address: 139, Highgate Rd, London, NW5 1LE
Phone: 020 7485 1511
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Nearest tube stations: Gospel Oak (0.2 miles), Tuffnell Park (0.4 miles), Kentish Town (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: Gospel Oak (0.2 miles), Kentish Town (0.5 miles), Kentish Town West (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Fully agree with the previous report. Actually, a nice trad pub busy for Sunday night, blues music, murmur of conversation from a mixed bunch. Initial view of 12 pumps on the bar and 6 on the counter behind. As it happened, 8 of these were cider, which would not be an issue except when I asked for a traditional copper bitter, I was told that they don't tend to stock bitters! A taster was offered for as many of the citrus pale ales or dark brown or porters that I wanted to try, but with 10 available pumps on in an old fashioned British pub, why oh why would they not stock bitters? Camra are so far away from saving real ale, do not contemplate changing your focus now. We need it more than ever!
The Running Beer brown ale was well kept, but won't be staying for another, nor returning any time soon.
10 Apr 2016 21:01
All a bit much for me - too busy, too small - lots of choice of beer but nothing in the English Bitter category - all seemed to be pale ales and porters.

An experience, but one I would only repeat at a quieter time.

Photos at my walking blog - http://bit.ly/21Jz75P
4 Mar 2016 12:33
A return visit on Sunday, 5 years after the first, and again I loved the traditional boozer feel as much as very good Tiny Rebel and Millwhite cider. I've been lucky to get a seat, as the pub needs high footfall tomaintain quality over so many casks. Next time I'll eat - the meat counter is part of the appeal.
16 Nov 2015 09:18

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 Queens Head, St Pancras

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Address: 66 Acton Street, kings cross, London, WC1X 9NB
Phone: 02077135772
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Nearest tube stations: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.3 miles), Russell Square (0.5 miles), Angel (0.6 miles)


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


Reviews by BITE users:

Have to say I was a little disappointed on my visit recently. I had been recommended this place as a good real ale pub but on my visit there were only 2 ales available.
Having said that the Mama Knows Best was fine and the pint my colleague had was good as well.
The staff were friendly and the pianist was belting out a tune with some enthusiasm considering it was an afternoon session!
The pub has a small local feel to it though the toilets are somewhat cramped.
Would visit again as it's handy for Kings Cross or St. Pancras and maybe next time the range of ales will be greater.
25 Apr 2016 10:45
A good unassuming pub with several real ales and antique furniture salvaged from churches, offices etc. The food is mostly cold: cheese, chorizos etc., nice but not if you're supposed to be on a diet!
28 Oct 2015 12:36
A decent pre-gig alternative for the nearby Scala prior to a Alanna McArdle-less Joanna Gruesome show (other pubs are closer, but are rather hit-and-miss), even if there does seem to be a little too much emphasis on the craft beers. On my return post-show, a mouse was scurrying in and around the floor, much to the bar staffers' amusement.
23 Sep 2015 09:58

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

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 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 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

All Inn One, Forest Hill

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Address: 53 Perry Vale, Forest Hill, London, London, SE23 2NE
Phone: 0208 699 3311
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Nearest train stations: Forest Hill (0.1 miles), Honor Oak Park (0.8 miles), Sydenham (0.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Still my top pub in the area. Great chef, beer well kept, a local pub for local people who welcome everyone else. Basil and Sybil are doing a great job here!!
20 Jul 2016 16:22
An ordinary pub to look at but the beer is always on top form,Tiny Rebel and Gypsy Hill breweries seem to be a priority plus Deuchars. The spotlessness is striking.
9 Feb 2016 20:54
All Inn One is a pub/bar on the eastern side of the train tracks in Forest Hill. This is a much quieter area than the other side of the station and this was reflected in the fact that I walked in to find only one other customer. Live football was being shown on the TV. 3 real ales were on - Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Burning Sky Plateau & Brains SA, with Gipsy Hill Bounder "coming soon", following the annoying Wetherspoons trait of displaying beers that aren't actually on yet! But I was quite happy to see Rich's Legbender cider on a 5th handpull. There is a larger room for dining at the back. But the bar area in 2 sections is reasonably large too.
8 Nov 2015 17:27

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