Pubs I’d be seen dead in . . .

This is a list of decent pubs should you be in London ever. It’s not exhaustive and I’ll add and update it with a few more details.  I like pubs for many different reasons – beer, architecture, food, location, mix of people, type of night out, conversation, music, community links etc – each pub may not have everything but I’m not the only one who likes them.


The Hope – Carshalton, Greater London, Surrey.

The Trafalgar – South Wimbledon

Zero Degrees – Blackheath

Bunch of Grapes – London Bridge

The Florence – Herne Hill

The Sultan – South Wimbledon

The Cock and Bull – Sutton

The Antelope  – Tooting Broadway

The King’s Head – Tooting Broadway/Bec

Euston Tap – Euston

The Market Porter – Southwark, Borough Market

Rake – Southwark, Borough Market

The Charles Dickens – Southwark

The Falcon – Clapham Junction

The Lord Clyde – Borough

The Royal Oak – Borough

The Harp – Charing Cross

Prince of Wales – Clapham Common

Rose and Crown – Clapham Common

The Spread Eagle – Wandsworth

The Black Friar – near Blackfriars station

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – Fleet Street

The Antelope – Sloane Square

The Argyll Arms – Oxford Circus

The White Horse – Parsons Green

Edward Rayne – Raynes Park (Wetherspoons yes, but it’s OK should you be in the area)

The Counting House – Bank

The Alma – Wandsworth Old Town – food

The Grapes – Wandsworth Old Town

The Ship – Wandsworth

Cask and Glass – Victoria/St James’s Park

The Red Lion – Whitehall

The Cockpit – Blackfriars

The Viaduct Tavern – Opposite the Old Bailey

The Devereux – Temple (because it is down an alley)

The Old Bank of England – Fleet Street (Sweeny Todd connections)

The Seven Stars – Behind the Royal Courts of Justice

The Cittie of York – Holborn

The Princess Louise – Holborn

The Coal Hole – The Strand

The Porterhouse – Covent Garden

The Salisbury – Covent Garden

The Lamb and Flag – Covent Garden

Newman Arms – Fitzrovia (pies)

The Tottenham – Tottenham Court Road

The Dog and Duck – Soho

The John Snow – Soho

The Museum Tavern – British Museum

The Clachan – Oxford Circus

The Red Lion – Oxford Circus

The Grenadier – Belgravia

The Horse and Groom – Belgravia

The Nag’s Head – Belgravia

The Star Tavern – Belgravia

The Fox and Hounds – Sloane Square

The Red Lion – Piccadilly (Duke of York Street)

The Guinea – Mayfair (Steak and Kidney Pies)

The Coach and Horses – Bruton Street

The Pride of Spitalfields – Off Brick Lane

The Trafalgar Tavern – Greenwich

The Old Brewery – Greenwich

Richard I – Greenwich

Greenwich Union – Greenwich

Zero Degrees- Blackheath

The Sun Inn – Carshalton

The Dove – Hammersmith

The Mawsons Arms – Chiswick

Ye Olde Mitre – Holborn Circus

Butchers Hook and Cleaver – Smithfields

The Hand and Shears – Cloth Fair

The Olde Red Cow – Smithfields

The Fox and Anchor – Charterhouse Square

The Sutton Arms – Charterhouse Square

The Hope – Smithfields (Great breakfasts)

The Duke of Cambridge – Islington (Organic Pub

Bierodrome – Clapham Common

The George Inn – Borough (Living museum)

Katzenjammers Bierkeller – London Bridge (under the Hop Exchange building, which is the photo header for the blog)

The Draft House – London Bridge

Brew Wharf – Borough Market

The Dean Swift – London Bridge

The Churchill Arms – Notting Hill

The Windsor Castle – Notting Hill

The Lamb – Bloomsbury

The Hole in the Wall – Waterloo station

Kings Arms – Roupell Street

Bunch of Grapes – Knightsbridge (Just for the woodwork)

Paxton’s Head – Knightsbridge (Just for the glasswork)

Fox and Grapes – Wimbledon Common

Le Gothique (AKA Royal Victoria Patriotic Building) – Wandsworth

The Eagle Ale House – Clapham Junction, Northcote Road

The Draft House – Clapham Junction, Northcote Road

The Holly Bush – Hampstead

The Spaniard’s Inn – Hampstead

The Horseshoe – Hampstead

The Betjeman Arms – St Pancras Station ( You have no choice)

The Bricklayers Arms – Putney

The Half Moon – Putney (Good for gigs)

Belgos – Covent Garden (Restaurant really but good choice of Belgian beers)

The Crown Tavern – Clerkenwell

The Dove – Broadway Market

The Doric Arch – Euston Station

The Edgar Wallace – Temple

The Cheshire Cheese – Temple

The Golden Eagle – Marylebone (Thursday night sing-a-longs)

The Jerusalem Tavern – Clerkenwell


The Kingston Arms – (locally sourced food, games and great beer)

The Cambridge Blue – (great selection of beer, old world charm and nice garden)


10 Responses to “Pubs I’d be seen dead in . . .”

  1. Andy Tabernacle April 8, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    A splendid list. Lots of favourites including two pubs from my old stomping ground Royal Hill in Greenwich. Can you think of two better pubs next door to each other than the Union & Richard I?

    Have you been to the Lowlander Cafe on Drury lane? I think you’d like it.

    Lovely blog and you take a good picture.


    • Profesor April 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm #


      It’s not a bad situation at all when you have 2 decent pubs next door to each other, in a nice area too. Yes, I’ve been to Lowlander Cafe. I had a very nice plate of gammon and eggs there, if I recall correctly. I also had my first taste of Mort Subite (Original) Geueze, which was a great introduction to that style of ale.

      • Andy Tabernacle April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

        Lowlander is a great introduction to many things. I’ve tried many new beers there but the best bit is the table service.

        I’m organising a stag day/night in London which takes in Lowlander and many of the pubs you feature. I particularly like the Seven Suns; a proper back street London pub.Any recommendations for pubs around WC2, Holborn, London Br & Tower Br?

        Cheers, Andy

      • Profesor April 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

        I’d second that about table service, especially when you are savouring decent beer.

        It’s a bit difficult to know where to start. I’m not sure what the brief for your stag do is but I think the Draft House and the Dean Swift are good for beer near Tower Bridge. I’m sure you know but there are loads of Sam Smith’s pubs in Central London, if you like a bit of wood panelling. The Princess Louise in Holborn is the obvious one for its interior. Sam Smith’s pubs can be cheap for those who like the rubbish stuff but a bit more pricey for the decent bottled range or the wheat and pure brewed lager. You’ve also got loads of Nicholson’s pubs. They can over-reach themselves with the quantity of ale they have on but are usually nice looking pubs. There’s the Nell Gwynne, which although isn’t that exciting beer-wise, is quite a cool little place, between the Porterhouse and the Coal Hole.

        London Bridge has plenty of pubs and as good a variety of beer as anywhere – The Horshoe, Bunch of Grapes (Young’s), Southwark Tavern (you can see the remains of gaoler’s cells downstairs), Katzenjammers (German), Rake (Everything), Brew Wharf (Everything), Market Porter (12 casks from microbreweries), George (History), King’s Head (if you want to cosy up to Millwall fans), Royal Oak (Harvey’s) and Lord Clyde (proper boozer) down the road in Borough

        Difficult to narrow it down really and remember the names of the Soho pubs. Brodie’s have a pub on Beak Street, I think, and another in covent garden that is a nice little pub, Cross Keys.

  2. Andy Tabernacle April 11, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Wow. Thanks for the reply. Lots of info there. I have a plan for the Stag route but you’ve suggested a few gems. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Next time I’m in London and not on a Stag do do you fancy a beer? We can exchange beer blogging war stories…

    Cheers, Andy

    • Profesor April 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Good luck with the stag.

      Just give us a shout and I’ll see if I’m free. If I’m available, I’m not usually averse to a beer.

      • Andy Tabernacle April 12, 2012 at 7:20 am #

        Hello sir. Do you know if katzenjammers has closed down? They do not answer the phone and I’ve had no reply from their website. Think it would be a great place to finish our night out.

      • Profesor April 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

        I don’t think so. I ‘might’ be in the area at the weekend. If so, I’ll look in and double check. This place is next door.

      • Profesor April 15, 2012 at 2:00 am #

        Definitely open but it shuts at 12.

      • Andy Tabernacle April 17, 2012 at 11:44 am #

        thanks – sorry for tardiness, been busy with kids. Will let you know how stag weekend goes – 19th – as I’m visiting a few of your pubs!

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