Thrillist takes your liver through 600yrs of beer

Published On 05/03/2013 Published On 05/03/2013
The Guinea
The Red Lion
The Prospect of Whitby
The Mayflower
The Lamb and Flag
Dirty Dicks
The Eagle of Hoxton
The French House
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1. The Red Lion 48 Parliament St, Westminster, SW1A 2NH

The Red Lion serves up great cask ales -- if you're lucky enough, you'll get to down one next to a member of the political elite. It boasts an impressive bar menu and a separate dinner menu for those looking to dine in a finer atmosphere.

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2. The Guinea Grill 30 Bruton Pl, London, W1J 6NL

Founders of the Scotch Beef Club, this unique London pub combines prime meats, tasty pies, and an extensive Scotch list to ensure a bloody good time. An impressive list of draft beers is also available, because without beer, this would be a terrible pub.

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3. The Prospect Of Whitby 57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, E1W 3SJ

The Prospect is London's oldest riverside pub, boasting views overlooking the River Thames. They proudly serve up quintessential British pub food alongside 50+ taps and a lot of killer historical references.

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4. The Mayflower 117 Rotherhithe St, London, SE16 4NF

Ya know that ship, with the same name, that set sail in the 1600s? It once docked here to pick up passengers en route to America. If that's not enough to get your attention, maybe their house ale, uniquely chosen wine, or delicious British cuisine will.

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5. De Hems 11 Macclesfield St, London, W1D 5BW

Their 25+ cask ales are catered to match the season of service and the food on the menu. Not to mention, it's acclaimed as the only Dutch Cafe bar in London. Grab a seat, a pint, and your entire afternoon and hang out at this historically stellar London pub.

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6. Lamb and Flag 33 Rose St, London, WC2E 9EB

Prideful of their location in the lovely Covent Garden and their long history (the foundations bricks were laid in 1958), this timeless British pub serves up local fresh fare and a dizzying selection of brews. Go on Sundays for their special roast.

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7. Dirty Dicks 202 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4NR

This tri-level pub boasts live music (check the schedule ahead of time to see who's playing), free wi-fi, beer, and tasty food.

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8. The Eagle 2 Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7LB

"Possibly the only pub you'll ever frequent that's famed for its name-check in a nursery rhyme: 'Up and down the City road, in and out The Eagle. That's the way the money goes. Pop goes the weasel...'" If this isn't enough to lure you in, at least pop in for a continental selection of lagers in their heated beer garden.

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9. The Blind Beggar 337 Whitechapel Rd, London, E1 1BU

For those who can't sit through a beer without a cig break, this pub was awarded Regional Winner for Best Smoking Area in London by The Great British Pub Awards -- pairs well with its trendy, young atmosphere and traditional British pub grub.

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10. French House 49 Dean St, London, W1D 5BG

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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11. The Hope and Anchor 207 Upper Street, London, N1 1RL

The Hope and Anchor was of the first bars in the area to embrace "pub rock", and it's still going strong: they've got a jukebox and a pinball table in the main room. The place's got an eclectic beer menu and solid bar food, so no visitor can go wrong.

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12. The Thirsty Bear 62 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LX

It's no wonder this pub is owned by The Robot Pub Group... each table is equipped with a self-service iPad to order drinks, choose music from an electronic jukebox, and select grub. Upon entrance, your credit card nabs you a swipe-able access card that lets you rack up that bill quite easily (the beer is measured per milliliter). Let your inner robot out and take a seat at the bartender-less bar.