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Best Pubs in London

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The Harp is the locals' favorite, and for good reason. Located in the bustling Covent Garden, The Harp brews a selection of delicious real ales and ciders that would be perfect to pair with their homemade baguettes and sausages. The interior is small in size and perpetually brimming with people, so meeting new friends won't be difficult. The bar staff is extremely knowledgeable and won't hesitate to answer your questions or make drink suggestions.

Located in Walham Grove, The Harwood Arms strives to provide a relaxed setting to the locals with British dishes. With a variety of outside-the-box meats like catfish, deer and crayfish, the culinary team successfully delivers tasty treats which can be paired with your choice of beers or wines. Enjoy your lunch, breakfast or quick grub options at The Harwood Arms!

If you're looking for a traditional Victorian pub in the heart of London, then the Princess Louise is the lady to track down. Behind her modest exterior, the Princess is one of the most interesting pubs in London. Completely renovated in January 2008, this pub features original glazed tiles with beveled and engraved mirrors. Around the oval bar, the space has been divided into areas with dark wood and etched glass partitions. You can enjoy a fine pint of Samuel Smith's, a glass of red wine, or solid pub grub in one of the little booths within.

Rebuilt after the great fire of 1666, the Cheshire Cheese has probably changed little since Charles Dickens, Doctor Johnson, and Arthur Conan Doyle used to drink at the upstairs bar. The basement and sub basement offer endless nooks and crannies for a quiet drink, serving organic German lager and a range of Adnams ales. Lawyers mix with city office types on weekday lunchtimes, and it's standing room only. Evenings are quieter, though, you have to arrive before eight to get a seat on a wooden bench on Friday nights. St Paul's Cathedral is a 10 minute walk up Ludgate Hill, and Dr Johnson's House is five minutes away, clearly signposted from Fleet Street.

The centuries-old Lamb and Flag is one of London's oldest, and coolest, pubs. It earned its title of 'Bucket of Blood' from the fistfights that were once common on its grounds, though the atmosphere is more cheerful nowadays.'The Lamb' has upstairs and downstairs seating that fills up quickly, so be sure to grab a seat early. Enjoy local beer and unusually good bar food, and think about the famous fighters and writers who graced The Lamb in centuries past.

The Queen's Head is charming Victorian pub a little bit off the beaten path, offering finely brewed beers and ales. Visitors can enjoy light snacks, with the cheeseboards coming highly recommended. Wooden interiors, flower pots, and a little striking color lend the place a stylish, yet relaxing atmosphere. If you would like to visit a pub that isn't pretending to be a traditional London pub, but actually is, this one is definitely for you.

Encompassing all the glory of the English countryside, The Rising Sun Inn with its Inglenooks Restaurant is a wonderful place to cozy in for a meal or a weekend. The 16th century Inn forms a traditional B&B with warm rooms overlooking green fields and English breakfast served at 7a each day. The Inglenooks Pub and Restaurant presents a familiar sight with locals sipping favorite brews and families sharing treats by the fireplace. You'd think it'd be easy to save yourself a room here, but being close to the ever buzzing Brands Hatch Racing Circuit, advance booking is definitely a must. Check out the website for more on offerings and room rates.

Serving a nice collection of beers on tap and from the bottle, some of which are from local cask brewers, The Angel Inn Highgate is a smallish pub that is popular among locals. Visitors can spend a late afternoon next to a fireplace, enjoy game and quiz nights, or watch live music performances on most Fridays. Enjoy the beer with great pub food that is on offer all day, along with dishes from a Thai food menu.

The Raven is a warm, comfortable local pub in Hammersmith, situated directly opposite the Stamford Brook tube station and on the edge of Ravenscourt Park. It consists of three rooms, with the main room featuring a bar, a nice low ceiling with wooden beams and, most pleasingly of all, an open fire. A small passageway with a few tables and chairs, and access to the patio area, takes you to the main dining room where tasty, traditional pub food is served.

If you're in London and looking for a joint to get a plate of fish and chips and a Guinness to wash it down, there are two options on the table. Either you hop on a Dublin bound ferry, or you head down to the Tipperary on London's Fleet Street for an authentically Irish experience. The Tipperary was established over 400 years ago and has earned the distinction of calling itself the oldest Irish Pub in London. Amongst time-tested standards like Fish and Chips, and Bangers and Mash, the menu includes a wide array of Irish Pub food favorites. The bar also stocks other English Ales and is included in The Good Beer Guide's annual list of high quality pubs.

Right in the heart of things, a short stroll away from the Houses of Parliament, this pub and ale-house radiates history. The Clarence is popular with visitors to the capital for its impressive collection of ales. The Clarence is named after William IV, who was once the Duke of Clarence and later became the King of England. In case you feel hungry you can enjoy some scrumptious British delicacies. Besides, you can also hire this venue to celebrate your special events.

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The Hampshire Hog is a beautifully decorated gastro-pub that offers several different menus for different parts of the day and week. All of the food is assembled with a real passion for good eating. During the early evening, you can order whole-grilled bream, crisp duck confit, and savoy cabbage from the dinner menu. In the mornings, brunch is served, and on Sundays, traditional roast with all the trimmings is up for grabs. Everything you eat or drink here is organic. The pub also has alfresco dining in a lovely garden. For special events, private dining, and parties please check the website for more information.

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