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Top 5 Pubs in London

London Pubs

London has become one of the world’s hot spots for travellers, with everything from economy to business class flights being offered at great rates in recent times. Whatever your reason for flying in to London, you must take part in one of Britain’s best traditions – the local pub. For all the new construction, conversions and up-market makeovers, this city still holds hundreds of splendid locals, ranging in atmosphere from delightfully dingy to Victorian plush. Each establishment is one of a kind, making the hunt for one’s favorites a matter of exhaustive research.

Bull – 13 North Hill

The Bull in Highgate is a prime example of that new London phenomenon, the brewpub. An on-premises micro-brewery serves up a variety of ales, along with a well-balanced selection of local and international beers. As with the wine list, beers are chosen for their compatibility with menu items, which combine local British ingredients with American-influenced flavorings.

Princess Louise – 208 High Holborn

Stunning Victorian décor is the chief attraction here, and for good reason. A recent restoration has returned the 1872 Princess to her original splendor. Gleaming woodwork, etched glass panels, gilt mirrors, artisan tile work and secluded booths are faithful to the era. With inexpensive beer and the best interior in London, this public house is a true gem.

Royal Oak – 44 Tabard Street

A frequent winner of Pub of the Year awards, Royal Oak, this classic Victorian establishment is famous for serving both year-round and seasonal ales in the peak condition aficionados demand. Despite its lofty reputation, Royal Oak is refreshingly unpretentious. Simple but well-prepared food draws a loyal local following, and the overall ambiance is relaxed and friendly.

Southampton Arms – 39 Highgate Road

The spirit of pre-War London thrives at Southampton Arms, a pub that sells only products from U.K. micro-breweries. The wide variety of chilled ciders is hard to beat and menu offerings such as pork pie and Scotch eggs emphasize hearty and well-prepared fare. Simple but well thought out décor and a friendly local clientele help re-create the look and spirit of a less-hurried era.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – 145 Fleet Street

Delectably dark, with a maze-like warren of nooks and passageways, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese serves up a rich slice of history, and one-time regular Charles Dickens would feel tight at home with offerings like steak and kidney pudding, braised pheasant, and locally brewed beer. In business since the first Queen Elizabeth was a gleam in her father’s eye, this well worth a visit.

With new categories like brewpubs and gastropubs arriving on the scene, it’s unlikely that pubs will become extinct anytime soon. However, instead of choosing just one local, it’s likely that pub enthusiasts will find a different favorite for each occasion and mood.

One Response to Top 5 Pubs in London

  1. Siegfried Reply

    December 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Nice list, will give them a try!!!

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