Food & Drink

We tracked down the best pub in every neighbourhood

Published On 05/20/2014 Published On 05/20/2014
The Best Pub in Every Neighbourhood
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London, noun:
A collection of pubs (loosely connected by shops, parks, and astoundingly expensive broom closets).

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The White Cross
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Churchhill Arms
The Admiral Codrington
The Windmill
Duke of Cambridge
The Lock Tavern
St. Peter's Brewery Co. Ltd
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The Haggerston
The Prince of Wales
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1. Princess Louise 208 High Holborn, Holborn, London, WC1V 7BW (Holborn)

This segmented Victorian-style pub has a variety of small rooms within it, which helps even out even the largest crowds to make it feel like comfortable environs to enjoy a cold pint.

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2. French House 49 Dean St, London, W1D 5BG (Soho)

Boasting over 30 champagne and wine options by the glass, this Soho hotspot is home to actors, artists, and British royalty alike. Rub shoulders with some of Soho's elite while noshing on pork rillettes and ogling at showbiz wonders.

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3. The White Cross Riverside, Surrey, London, TW9 1TH (Richmond)

This classy watering hole is a must-go during good weather; it sits right on the river, has a solid wine list, and a variety of brews. And epic roasts? Yep, they have those too.

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4. The Greenwich Union 56 Royal Hill, , London, SE10 8RT (Greenwich)

Helping to lift the bags… under your eyes this porter will be available tomorrow, and tomorrow only at the Greenwich Union; the product of a collb between Meantime & some Germans in from the famed Weyermann brewery, it's an ultra-smoky take on the classic London Porter, made w/ six different malts.

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5. The Bricklayer's Arms 32 Waterman St, Putney, London, SW15 1DD (Wandsworth)

Built in 1826, this award-winning drinkery is officially the oldest pub in Putney. How have they lasted so long? A solid ale list, a regular schedule of beer festivals, and a enjoyable beer garden in the Summer, that's how.

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6. The Churchill Arms 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London, W8 7LN (Notting Hill)

This old-school Notting Hill pub is absolutely covered with colorful flower arrangements on the outside (allergic folks beware), and the inside is even more enjoyable with their large selection of beers and classic pub ambience, which has managed to hang around since it was built in 1750.

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7. The Admiral Codrington 17 Mossop St, Chelsea, London, SW3 2LY (Chelsea)

This Chelsea establishment covers all its bases, whether you want a tasty burger, a glass of wine, a craft 'tail, or pint of cold beer.

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8. The Windmill 6-8 Mill St, London, W1S 2AZ (Mayfair)

There's plenty to love about this pub, but its best aspect is the pie. The Windmill serves up a variety of the golden brown buggers, the best of which is their steak and kidney pie, which has won numerous national awards.

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9. The Duke of Cambridge 30 St. Peter's St, London, N1 8JT (Islington)

Tucked down a side street away from the crowds of shoppers, this light and airy pub has always been ahead of the times: everything they serve is organic, sustainable, and seasonable. That makes for knock-out food, and (apparently) organic booze gives less of a hangover!!!

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10. The Lock Tavern 35 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AJ (Camden)

Located across from the stable markets, this pub has it all: a beer garden, roof terrace, amazing food, good selection of booze, and an upstairs live music venue.

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11. The Jerusalem Tavern 55 Britton St, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 5UQ (Clerkenwell)

Owned by St. Peter's Brewery (who specialize in using all British ingredients for their brews), the Jerusalem Tavern also has great food that is a cut above almost all else.

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12. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese 145 Fleet St, London, EC4A 2BU (The City)

There has been a pub at this location since 1538 and has served such famous patrons as Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. And the same things that kept them in business then keeps them in business now: a friendly atmosphere, cold brews, and tasty pies.

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13. The Commercial Tavern 142-144 Commercial St, Shoreditch, London, E1 6NU (Spitalfields)

Just on the trendy side of Spitalfields Market, this quirky pub has a decent beer selection, tasty 'tails, a pool table, and a brightly lit area for Summer or Winter alike.

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14. The Haggerston 438 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London, E8 4AA

This Dalston haunt has everything you could want in a pub: cheap and tasty pizza, and outdoor area, and kick-ass jazz on Sunday nights.

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15. White Horse 94 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1QN (Brixton)

An old favorite to the area, White Horse is one of those place that has a life of its own. It's great for chilled-out weekday drinking, which evolves into a bit more of a party atmosphere on the weekends, and the food always brings people coming back for more, and the crowd themselves are always good for a bit of people watching.

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16. The Prince of Wales 467-468 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 8HH (Brixton)

Loaded with a million bars, a huge terrace, great kitchen, DJ's live music, debauched dancing, and a mega late license, this is your one stop shop south of the river. Get stuck in for the long haul or sneak off to Sovereign Loss, the speakeasy hiding upstairs.