London's Best Pubs
The Domesday Book records that, in the 11th century, St. Paulís Cathedral brewed 67,000 gallons of ale a year. London has changed greatly since then but her spiritual heart remains the traditional English pub. Even when we spend an evening away from our local weíre glued to our televisions, watching the punters of The Queen Vic and The Roverís Return. Below, we tell you about some of LondonTown.comís favourite boozers.
The Sir Richard Steele97 Haverstock Hill, NW3
This is less a pub and more a treasure trove of obscure and amusing artefacts such as reindeer heads and dusty paintings. Named after Richard Steele (1672-1729), the famous Irish politician, essayist and Hampstead resident it boasts a relaxed and creative atmosphere.
The Effra38 Kellett Road, SW2
This traditional Jamaican pub doubles as a hang-out for bright young things. The Effra is the perfect place to soak up the distinctive South London vibe with regular live reggae and jazz nights a popular feature.
22 Holly Mount, NW3
The Hollybush is the quintessential London pub. Built in 1643 it has changed little over the centuries. Hidden in the attractive back alleys of Hampstead the Holly Bush is a cosy warren of small rooms, giving it a distinct homely feel. A roaring coal fire in winter, great beers and great gastro grub make this an ideal place to while away a weekend afternoon.
Cittie of Yorke22 High Holborn, WC1V
Medieval England comes alive inside this historic pub. The cavernous main bar is filled with carved oak panels, ornate metalwork and resembles a Tudor drinking hall far more than an inner city drinking den. The only give away being the crowds of city suits who flock there for lunch time and after-work boozing in the tiny booths.
The Dove19 Upper Mall, W6
The Dove is one of Londonís best loved riverside taverns. This charming seventeenth century inn is tucked away down a tiny alley and features the smallest snug bar in the country. Former regulars include the poet James Thomson who lived upstairs and wrote Rule Brittania in the bar.
The Bull and Gate389 Kentish Town Road, NW5
This North London dive is the epicentre of the capital's live music scene. Bands of all shapes, styles and sizes have graced its stage at various points in their careers from Blur to Interspace. New bands can tout their wares to the hoardes of A&R men who flock to the midweek gigs.
The Wenlock Arms26 Wenlock Road, N1
A mecca for Londonís beer connoisseurs, this pub, originally built in 1835, was reopened by real ale enthusiasts in 1994. Its award winning real ales, ciders, Belgian beers and pale ales are the perfect compliment to the traditional pub grub and roaring fire that give the pub its unique warmth.
The Bricklayers Arms63 Charlotte Rd, EC2A
This bohemian boozer was an integral part of the Shoreditch explosion. Tucked away down a cobbled East End alley it is was originally a mecca for local artists, loft dwellers and the odd genuine geeza. Everything about the Bricklayerís is alternative from the wackily dressed clientele down to the ecletic music policy.
Admiral Duncan54 Old Compton Street, W1D
This once staid gay pub has been the subject of much media attention in the wake of 1999ís tragic bomb attack. Today, it is a gathering place for the gay community and one of Sohoís most visited drinking spots. New additions include a small dancefloor, bright dťcor and funky live music nights.
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