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.
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.
If you're the one who avoids hippie and loud bars and prefers a quaint and quiet place to enjoy good ales then head to Southhampton Arms. The imposing 'Ale Cider Meat' on the wall outside the taproom will give you fair idea that this pub means business when it comes to sourcing some of the finest brews from in and around London. The ambiance is very British with barrels and taps alongside retro portraits, a coal fire and a brick-floor garden. Ascot, Brew Dog, Mighty Oak, William Bros and Windsor & Eaton are some of the regulars brews you can enjoy here.
This club is an old swinger, having played jazz since 1976. The venue plays host to well known musicians as well as up-and-coming artists. Entrance is reserved for members only, unless you happen to know the management or have booked a table for a meal. A typical basement jazz venue, the dim lighting and cozy table arrangement make for a perfect atmosphere. Dine on their delicious Mediterranean cuisine while you enjoy the music. Membership has a fee and to become a member you must prove that you have visited the club at least three times before.
Village Underground may be an establishment undertaken for a charitable cause, but nevertheless this fine venue holds its own in the entertainment scene of London. Every event at this venue is mainly based on various cultures, whether it's music, art or performing art. Underground has a gallery and spacious area for photography and film-making too. It's one of the finest entertaining spots in Shoreditch.
Located in one of the most expensive areas of London, The Bull is a small brew pub that knows the importance of beer and takes care to treat the drink with respect! The bar owner Dan Fox formerly worked in The White Horse in Parsons Green - one of the best beer bars in the city. This is enough to put to rest all doubts and hesitations about the quality of drinks here. While they make their own beer, they also have other popular alcohol from across the world. One can choose the Beer Street with a bitter taste or a malty Vista. There is also the slightly fruity Skyline and Highrise. The beer an be combined with the delicious food to complete the meal. There are soups, Angus Beef burger, Smoked Trout Rillette and Roasted Lamb Rump. The venue can be hired for private events too.
Usually referred to as the ICA, the Institute Of Contemporary Arts hosts everything from talks and art exhibitions to films and theatrical productions. Lesser known though, is the fact, that the bar & cafe that the institute houses, is one of the grooviest places to hangout in town. From wine and coffee, to snacks and lunch, ICA Cafe Bar boasts an impressive menu, designed to suit its patrons' mood. Chat with your friends on art and culture over a steaming cup of coffee, or enjoy a draught after a film at the Institute.
Experimental Cocktail Club is a trendy Soho establishment popular for its extremely well-mixed cocktails. It follows an open door policy wherein half the club is reserved and the other half is open to walk-ins. But, the door policy is pretty strict, so you might want to check yourself out before you head out. Apart from the eclectic cocktail list, you can choose from a variety of wines and beers along with snacks and food. The club is a great place to meet old friends and make new ones.
Tucked away in a quiet street just of the busy Strand, the Savoy Tup provides a great atmosphere and real-ales. A popular English pub with locals there is regular live entertainment, wide screen TV and a host of traditional British pub games such as pool and darts. The bar looks a bit rough and ready when you first enter, but there is always a friendly and lively atmosphere as it is most frequented by local office workers, thus gets quite busy around lunchtime and early evening. Good choice of fine real ales and a modest wine list.
Just like all other bars in the Nicholson's chain, the De Hems Dutch Cafe Bar has its own rare and vintage qualities. Located in the Soho neighborhood of London, this little bar has great Dutch connections and dates back to 1890. A traditional pub in character, this place serves some really good pub bites and alcohol. Drop by with a gang of friends and explore their menu for the classic and contemporary options.
Located in Fortnum & Mason, on the newly launched Fresh Food floor, the extremely elegant 1707 Wine Bar has been designed by David Collins. The menu by chef Shaun Hill is innovative and refreshing. While the bar itself has an excellent selection, patrons also have the privilege to order any wine from the huge selection in the wine department close by. Food menu is adventurous and features seafood delicacies, but goes quite well with the wine selection. Wine connoisseurs have an excellent opportunity to stock bottles from the tempting selection in the wine department;