With the weather now getting colder we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the best pubs in London, after all when exploring everything London has to offer we all need a break, and where better than a good warm pub with a great selection of drinks and a nice atmosphere!
The Trafalgar Freehouse
This pub is one of London’s best kept secrets, we’ve no doubt that as you first approach it you might wonder what you’re letting yourself in for but don’t let it’s worn down façade and location put you off, for there is a reason this pub was the 2017 CAMRA South West London Branch Pub of the Year, having also won the ballot in 2015, 2011, 2009 and 2007, not to mention being the 2008 Winner of the CAMRA London Regional Pub of the Year award!
Expect to find an everchanging list of rather special beers and ales, a great atmosphere, nice regulars, a pub cat and the odd dog asleep under a chair. The Trafalgar is a short walk from South Wimbledon Tube station. It’s small, but perfect for a great pint.
The Irish Times once said this is the best Irish pub outside of Ireland in the world, and they aren’t wrong. Situated on Church St in Stoke Newington this pub is well worth a visit but be warned it’s quite skinny and can get busy, but if its atmosphere you’re after we recommend visiting just after a rugby match – expect it to be lively and expect lots of Guinness!
Go for the atmosphere, the fun, and the music. For more info check out the Auld Shillelagh’s website here.
The Finborough Arms
Earls Court is renowned for its pubs and beer festival but just past the edge of Earls Court in West Brompton tucked away at the side of a busy road is a rather nice and friendly pub that also houses an underground theatre, wood fired pizzas can be ordered from the pizza shop next door and you’ll find a good selection of real ales and real ciders.
You’ll find live music, open mic nights, plays, comedy gigs, and live sports. The Finborough Arms is also a stones throw from the world famous Troubadour Coffee Shop which we also recommend visiting – in fact why not just make a day of crawling around all the local pubs in Earls Court and the surrounding areas!
The Bricklayer's Arms
The Bricklayers Arms sits snuggly within Putney, not far from the river Thames on a quiet side street. Above its doors sit signs showing off it’s many varied awards, many from CAMRA, and inside you’ll find an old British boozer at its best – plenty of fine real ales, a cosy atmosphere, a warm fire, and perhaps an ongoing game of bar skittles. It’s no surprise to find that this pub was once voted one of the best in England.
This one is well worth the visit, especially after a nice walk along the Thames River Path.
The Palm Tree
For a proper East End Cockney atmosphere get yourself over to Mile End and seek out the Palm Tree, this pub sits by itself on the edge of the Regents Canal next to the towpath – so perfect after a nice long walk. Stepping inside is like going back in time, who cares what the drinks taste like when you can still have an old-fashioned knees up round the piano. Expect some impressive Jazz music at the weekends, and a history lesson on the walls by way of photographs.
The atmosphere is welcoming, and the pub is comfortable, the perfect place for you to relax after a long day of walking; expect old locals, regulars, and a spattering of local East London Hipsters.
It’s been hard to curate a list of our favourite pubs, simply because we’d really like to list another fifty to a hundred, but alas there simply wasn’t the room. What are some of your favourite pubs in and around London? Let us know on our Facebook page.