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Anchor Inn

34 Park Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9EF Tel: 020 7407 1577
Back to top MAP Excellent Ale Overlooking the Thames 'Real' Olde Worlde Real Fires The River Thames Children Welcome Highly Recommended London Bridge
Where did all those Germans Come From ?A great London inn, opposite the Vinopolis wine museum and close to the new Tate Gallery, Shakeseare's thatched Globe theatre and the Clink Museum (the former Prison which gave the name 'the Clink' to all prisons) The Anchor serves great ales and good food and overlooks the River Thames where John Eveyn witnessed the Great Fire of London.
"I took my wife & son to 'Bankside' in Southwalk where we behold the whole city in dreadful flames near the waterside" - John Evelyn Sept 1666.

The Audley

41-43 Mount Street, London, W1Y 5RB Tel: 020 7499 1843
Back to top MAP Very Comfy Children Welcome Bond Street
Too Posh for Copey !The Audley decor oozes quality from the magnificent ceiling clock to the timber panelling & chandeliers. Food is good wholesome carvery type with the fish 'n' chips being popular for their home made batter. Located in the plush Mayfair part of London.

The Blackfriar

174 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EG Tel: 020 7236 5650
Back to top MAP The River Thames Blackfriars
Located next to Blackfriars station, this extraordinary pub, built in 1903, is a riot of marble and bronze, all designed around a theme of friars celebrating the delights of a tipple or two.

The Bull

4-5 Devonshire Row, London, EC2M 4RH Tel: 020 7247 6792
Back to top MAP Liverpool Street
Typical London drinking inn with a selection of traditional ales located opposite Liverpool Street Station.

The Castle

30 West Street, Harrow On The Hill, London, HA1 3EF Tel: 020 8422 3155
Back to top MAP Very Comfy Harrow
Very comfortable and welcoming inn, tucked away down a back street. Great for relaxing conversation with a pint in comfy sofas and armchairs.


29 St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ER Tel: 020 7836 1401
Back to top MAP Very Comfy Charing Cross
Good food is served in this lovely traditionally English inn close to Trafalgar Square with timber panelling in the downstairs bar and comfortable sofa seating areas in the luxurious first floor.

Citte Of Yorke

22 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6BS Tel: 020 7242 7670
Back to top MAP Classic Old English Chancery Lane
Citte of YorkeHaven't You Got Work to go to ?A wonderful 15th Century London Inn located in High Holborn between Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn. Popular with office workers during the week. There are huge vats & a walkway above the bar and a line line of enclosed pews which makes it feel as though you're drinking in a confessional box !

Coach & Horses

5 Bruton Street, London, W1X 7AF Tel: 020 7629 4123
Back to top MAP Excellent Ale Green Park
Get the Beers in Copey !Small half timbered inn with a triangular bar located close to Berkely Square, an area named after Lord Berkeley. Queen Elizabeth II was born just around the corner at no. 17 Bruton Street on 21st April 1926.

Dickens Inn

St. Katharines Way, London, E1W 1LB Tel: 0171 488 2208
Back to top MAP Close to St. Katherine's Dock and the Thames Tower Hill
What the ?Very popular pub in St. Katherines Dock - a short walk from Tower Bridge. Great ales and food.

Founders Arms

52 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH Tel: 020 7928 1899
Back to top MAP The River Thames Great Views of St. Pauls Blackfriars Nominated by Knut Solem
The FoundersNot a pretty pub to look at but the ales are kept extremely well and it's worth a visit as the inn is located next to the new Tate Gallery and the new footbridge over the River Thames which links the Tate to St. Paul's Cathedral. The views of the Thames and St. Pauls are wonderful.

The George

77 Borough High St, Southwark, London, SE1 1NH Tel: 0171 407 2056
Back to top MAP London Bridge
Where's the slag gone ?London's only remaining galleried coaching house dating back to 1676. Owned by the National Trust and Popular with locals and tourists. The George gets a mention in Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit.

George & Vulture

3 Castle Court, London, EC3V 9DL  Tel: 020 7626 9710
Back to top MAP Bank
The George & Vulture is one of three inns all located amongst the alleyways opposite the Royal Exchange. Also close to The Lloyds Building and the Bank of England. Very popular with City office workers during the week.

The Grenadier

18 Wilton Row, London, SW1X 7NR Tel: 020 7235 3074
Back to top MAP Great Beer Superb Atmosphere Excellent Food Highly Recommended Hyde Park Corner
Where's the Ghost ?An absolute gem, tucked away but close to Belgrave Square in Knightsbridge, the Grenadier was formerly the Duke of Wellington's Officers' mess. Now it serves great ales, mess food at lunchtime and restaurant food in the evening. There is all sorts of currency stuck to the ceiling and the character remains with military memorabilia. Where else in London could you get a sausage on a stick for a pound !


22 Holly Mount, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SG   Tel: 020 7431 2200
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Old London inn with cosy gas lamps and labyrinth of glass-partitioned drinking areas.

Jamaica Wine House

St. Michaels Alley, Cornhill, London, EC3V 9DS  Tel: 020 7626 9496
Back to top MAP Bank
Welcome to Mobile Phone Alley !The Jamaica Wine House is one of three inns all located amongst the alleyways opposite the Royal Exchange. Also close to The Lloyds Building and the Bank of England. Very popular with City office workers during the week.

The Lamb

94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LZ  Tel: 020 7405 0713
Back to top MAP Superbly Well Kept Ales Wonderful Green Leather Seating Russell Square
Is that Dog Allowed in Here ?Wonderful BarFull of history the Lamb has not only seen Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Kingsley Amis, and the Bloomsbury Group amongst its' customers but has also seen the Queen Mother behind the bar testing the wonderfully served ales ! The seating is green leather and the central bar has some very intersting eye level opening windows. Located next to Great Ormond Street childrens hospital.

Lamb & Flag

33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9EB  Tel: 020 7497 9504
Back to top MAP Covent Garden
Very Busy at TimesThe site dates back to 1035 but in 1772 was first recorded as an inn, the Coopers Arms. In 1883 it was renamed the Lamb & Flag. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, the inn can be very busy.


117 Rotherhithe Street, London, SE16 4NF  Tel: 020 7237 4088
Back to top MAP Children Welcome The River Thames Rotherhithe
Wonderful Tudor tavern by the Thames, formerly known as 'the Shippe' and the 'Spread Eagle'. The captain of the Mayflower was supposedly in the inn when he received his commission to transport the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World and it is believed that 'the Mayflower' sailed from outside the inn.

Old Thameside Inn

Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG  Tel: 020 7403 4243
Back to top MAP Good Ales Thameside Balcony The River Thames London Bridge
Good Coffee !Size Doesn't MatterLocated close to Southwalk Cathedral the inn has a balcany where in good weather you can sit with a pint of real ale watching the boats go by on the River Thames. The inn also serves a variety of good coffee's. A full size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's 16th Century Golden Hinde galleon sits opposite the Old Thameside inn.

Orange Brewery

37-39 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NE  Tel: 020 7730 5984
Back to top MAP Excellent Ales Slone Square
Orange BreweryThe Orange Brewery is located close to Victoria Coach Station and has the capacity to brew 6000 pints a week. There are flags hanging in the bar area and tours of the brewery can be arranged. Along with award winning ales, wholesome food is also served.

Phoenix & Firkin

5 Windsor Walk, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8BB  Tel: 020 7701 8282
Back to top MAP Excellent Ales Nominated by Kathy Mitchell
One of the famous ‘Firkin’ home-brew pubs, the Phoenix literally arose from the ashes of fire-gutted Denmark Hill station. Still retains many railway touches including an enormous railway clock. Located next to Maudsley and Kings College Hospitals

Red Lion

2 Duke Of York Street, London, SW1Y 6JP  Tel: 020 7930 2030
Back to top MAP Piccadilly Circus
Amazing Victorian London inn, with beautiful engraved mirrors, an exquisite mahogany panelled bar counter and ornate glass chandeliers. It’s very small so don't take a coach party with you !

Simpsons Tavern

38 Ball Court, London, EC3V 3ND  Tel: 020 7626 9985
Back to top MAP Bank
Excellent LocationThe Simpsons Tavern is one of three inns all located amongst the alleyways opposite the Royal Exchange. Also close to The Lloyds Building and the Bank of England. Very popular with City office workers during the week.

Star Tavern

6 Belgrave Mews West, London, SW1X 8HT  Tel: 020 7626 9985
Back to top MAP Real Fires Excellent Ale Hyde Park Corner
Oh, There it is !Tucked away in the North West end of Belgrave Square, the Star Tavern was supposedly where the Great Train Robbers planned their crime- Friendly atmosphere with Excellent food and traditional cask ales.

White Horse

1 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL  Tel: 020 7736 2115
Back to top MAP Excellent Ale Parsons Green
Large red brick, marble, and wrought iron Victorian inn facing the Green serving excellent food, wines and variety of ales. Located halfway between Chelsea football club and Putney Bridge with regular beer festivals held at the inn.

Williamson's Tavern

Groveland Court, Off Bow Lane, London, EC4  Tel:020 7248 6280
Back to top MAP Mansion House
willtav.jpg (29569 bytes)In the shadow of St. Pauls Cathedral, Williamsons Tavern is 17th Century and boasts the oldest excise licence in London. The inn is accessed from a small alleyway off Bow Lane and serves a good range of real ales.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

145 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2BU  Tel: 020 7353 6170
Back to top MAP Excellent Ale Traditional Olde Worlde Real Fires Highly Recommended City Thameslink
Is that Charles Dickens ?A fabulous old English inn dating back to 1667. Wood panelled interior with narrow corridors and low staircases, frequented over the years by Dickens, Johnson, Thackeray and other literary giants in search of good food, good drink, and good conversation. Step inside and step back in time !

Ye Olde Mitre

1 Ely Court, London, EC1N 6SJ  Tel: 020 7405 4751
Back to top MAP Excellent Ale Real Fires City Thameslink
Check Out the Barmans Pinny !Built by Bishop Goodrich of Ely in 1546 to house his London servants, this tiny, secluded pub was leased out to Sir Christopher Hatton. Oak panelled walls and timber beamed ceilings give a real Elizabethan feel. A cherry tree marks the boundary and the welcome is as original as when Dr Johnson drank there.