6 of London’s Best Pubs

In my humble, pub-loving opinion, the best bit about London is its pubs.

They know how to do them because they’ve been doing them for hundreds of years. Even the dingy old pubs are cool because a pint is the equivalent of about $8 and it’s a fucking pint. They don’t even know what the word schooner is. While this is a very limited list and by no means covers all the brilliant pubs London has to offer, these ones stood out the most in terms of their interiors, atmosphere, beer selection, menu and overall crowd. Even better when you can just catch the Tube home and not have to worry about stupidly expensive Ubers. Ah London, I love you.

Chesham Arms

Fondly known as the Chesh, this pub boasts one of the better beer gardens you get to in London. It’s especially good in the summer listening to Brits complain about how hot it is when you are standing there still wearing a hoodie.

The Harp 

Among the rough of the West End boozers, the Harp a neat spot to escape from the Covent Garden crowds. It’s won almost every award under the sun and has more framed portraits on the walls than your weird uncle does. An old-school vibe with glass-stained windows, perfect for nursing a pint and taking everything in.

The High Cross 

Formerly an old public law house, the High Cross is a cosy little local best known for its friend-making capabilities due to how close you’ll be sat next to your neighbour. Cross-table banter is encouraged and well received here. What it might lack in interior space it makes up for in its food proportions—my top recommendation is the fish and chips.

The Lady Ottoline 

Lady Ottoline Morrell, the Bloomsbury socialite and literary hostess, is thought to be the inspiration for D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley and is also the namesake of this pub; so you best believe it’s a little promiscuous. With over 50 gins to sample and meticulous interior design, it’s definitely a spot to check out if you’re into English history.

The Prospect of Whitby

Dating back to 1520, The Prospect is located on the banks of the Thames and is London’s oldest riverside pub. It even has its original noose still hanging up. A fairly touristy pub compared to the others, but you can’t really knock it in terms of its history and location.

Prince of Wales 

This one was my favourite because it was a pub that I don’t think you’d stumble across unless you knew about it. A quaint old pub nestled among Cleaver Square, brimming with eclectic artwork and a broad selection of ales. I would suggest coming in on a Sunday to get yourself a traditional Sunday roast because it is brilliant. Across the road is a park where you can bring across some takeaway pints and play an old UK version of lawn bowls called petanque from equipment hired at the bar.

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