Choosing where to enjoy your favourite tipple can

first_imgChoosing where to enjoy your favourite tipple can be a tough choice in this pub-loving city. Don’t worry, we’ve done all the hard drinking for you and come up with our list of the top ten pubs in London. Let us know if you agree with our selection and any of your favourites we’ve missed. 1. Temple Brew House, West End LondonHome to Essex Street Brewing Company, this is London’s most central micro-brewery and the place to come for a proper local ale in the city. Because the brewery is in the middle of the bar your pint will travel all of about 15ft to reach your glass, and there are always two ales brewed in-house plus three guest ales. Quality is a top priority so you won’t get a bad pint, and an entire evening can be spent happily supping the session ale brewed in-house, a smooth red-tinged tipple called Temp-Ale.Where: 46 Essex StreetNearest station: TempleOpening hours: Mon–Wed: 12pm–11pm, Thur: 12pm-11:30pm, Fri & Sat: 12pm–12am, Sun: 12pm-10pm 2. Ye Olde Mitre, East LondonFeel the weight of history at this ancient boozer, standing here on this narrow laneway since 1546. Henry VIII got married next door and his daughter, Elizabeth I is said to have danced in the cherry tree at the door with Sir Christopher Hatton. This is a Fuller’s pub so there’s always London Pride on tap, but real ales from all over are often available, especially during the three annual beer festivals. Pork pies and Scotch eggs are served too, but no chips – the friendly staff will recommend a toasted sandwich instead. Where: 1 Ely PlaceNearest station: Farringdon or Chancery LaneOpening hours: Mon-Fri 11am–11pm, Sat & Sun closed 3. The Mayflower, South East LondonLondoners have been drinking here since the sixteenth century and although the view out over the Thames from the riverside terrace may have changed a bit over the years, the bar barely has, still featuring stained glass windows, wooden bench seating and candlelight. The four guest ales change regularly and there’s always the malty Mayflower Scurvy and hoppy Darkstar Hophead on tap too. Not to mention plenty of lagers and a full menu of classic pub grub, such as sausage and mash and pie of the day. Where: 117 Rotherhithe Street Nearest station: Rotherhithe or Canada WaterOpening hours: Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 12pm–10.30pm 4. French House, West LondonOnce the wartime workplace of Charles de Gaulle and a favoured haunt of both Dylan Thomas and Francis Bacon, this Gallic pub in the heart of Soho still pulls in the showbiz big names. Don’t expect autograph books and selfies though, this is a traditionally low-key pub, with a ‘no music and no mobile phones’ rule. Let the conversation flow instead, along with a few glasses of French Chablis, Picpoul de Pinet or Fleurie. Where: 49 Dean StreetNearest station: Leicester SquareOpening hours: Mon–Sat 12pm–11pm, Sun 12pm–10.30pm 7. The Palm Tree, East LondonThis proper East End boozer is the place to come for a Cockney knees-up. All gold chintz and cabaret style red lighting, this may not be the place for the best pint or the smiliest service, but it sure is the spot for a good old-fashioned sing-a-long or an impromptu spin around the makeshift dancefloor. You’re out east here but this is no hipster hangout, this is one for the regulars. There’s nowhere more fun for a night on the tiles though – and no neighbours within singing distance to be disturbed by the raucous shenanigans you may well become a part of. Cash only. Where: 127 Grove RoadNearest station: Mile EndOpening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm-12am, Fri & Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm–1am 8. The Betsey Trotwood, East LondonFarringdon’s media types love the Betsey, and there’s almost always live music here, in the basement or upstairs in the acoustic room. You’ll find Shepherd Neame’s Spitfire and Bishops Finger ales on tap, as well as pitchers of Bloody Marys and a fine whisky selection. Despite its popularity there somehow always seems to be a seat to be had in the bar, and even if you’ve never heard of the bands taking to the stage, it’s worth sticking around – the pub’s events team really knows its stuff when it comes to music. Where: 56 Farringdon RoadNearest station: FarringdonOpening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun closedcenter_img RelatedUK’s top 10 craft beer pubsProp up the bar in one of these best boozers for craft beer in the UK.10 cheapest pints in the UK (and where to find them)Here are some of the cheapest pints in the UK – yes, you can find a pint for £2.85 in London.7 cities where you’ll find the cheapest beer in EuropeFrom cheap ales in Budapest to free wine in Paris, in honour of National Beer Day (15th June) we’ve got seven ideas for city breaks in Europe where your pounds will buy you more pints. Beer we go, then! 9. The Churchill Arms, West LondonThere’s nowhere quite like Churchill’s, a flower-covered pub that somehow manages to pull some of the best pints in London, as well as serving fiery and very good value Thai food in the conservatory-style restaurant area, which drips with plants. The bar itself is covered in Churchill related memorabilia (his grandparents used to drink here) and jammed with tiny tables that tend to prompt random conversation with total strangers. A friendlier atmosphere would be hard to find, and there’s always well-kept London Pride on tap.Where: 119 Kensington Church StreetNearest station: Notting Hill GateOpening hours: Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thur-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 12pm-10.30pm10. Gordon’s Wine Bar, West LondonOk, so this is really a wine bar – but it’s an unmissable one, and London’s oldest. For 125 years Gordon’s has been serving not only a wide-ranging wine list packed with premier varieties but also more than 20 cheeses. Order a board-full along with a glass or bottle of wine from an Old World staple or even Macedonia, India or Lebanon and take a seat in the candle-lit tunnel beneath cobbled Villiers Street. This is a family affair, owned and run by the Gordon family since 1890, only serving wine and refusing to change even one little bit since its opening. Where: 47 Villers StreetNearest station: Charing CrossOpening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pmLooking for more things to see and do in capital? Check these out:Top 10 things to see and do in LondonObvious choices include the Tower of London, Harrods and Buckingham Palace, but there are hundreds of amazing experiences to be had away from these well-trodden tourist routes.What to see and do this Christmas in LondonTwinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice rinks, the capital knows how to do Christmas. 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Historic railway memorabilia and a ‘glamorous age of steam’ theme runs throughout the decor, while the beer (and whisky) selection provides plenty of choice. There’s a decent food menu too – it’s another Fuller’s pub – served both in the main bar downstairs and upstairs in the more restaurant-style dining room. There are views of the platforms and screens with live departures information for those waiting for a train, but don’t expect a waiting room style environment, plenty of Londoners drink here with no intention of travelling.Where: inside Kings Cross stationNearest station: Kings CrossOpening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 9am-10.30pm Time for dinner? Check out our guide to London’s best skyscraper restaurants for a really memorable meal.5. The Harp, West End LondonA bar covered with beer mats and pump clips hints at what this pub does best – real ale. There’s a choice of ten hand pumps, with an ever-rotating range of beers, and although perpetually packed the staff somehow always get you served speedily and with a minimum of fuss. Seats here are hot property but there’s plenty of space on the pavements outside, and the ‘no music’ rule means the hum of conversation is the only noise. Head upstairs if you want a quieter drink.Where: 47 Chandos PlaceNearest station: Charing Cross or Leicester SquareOpening hours: Mon-Thur 10.30am-11.30pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am-12am, Sun 12pm-10.30pmlast_img

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