London’s Best Pubs

Pubs are everywhere in the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics: They're meeting spots for friends, destinations for evening meals and Sunday roasts, and great places to sample the range of beers, ales, and ciders that Britain has to offer. As Chowhounds in London are quick to point out, there are some pubs with great food, others with great beer, and still more with great atmosphere—qualities that don’t always converge.

This list of 10 London pubs (listed alphabetically) offers a balance of all three: Each is in either Zone 1 or 2, is walking distance from a Tube station, and has been recommended by multiple hounds within the past six months. While lots more pubs show up on the U.K./Ireland Chowhound board, these 10 are a great start for visitors and locals alike.

ANCHOR & HOPE
36 The Cut, SE1 8LP
020-7928-9898
Closest Tube: Southwark

More a gastropub than a traditional one, but it’s got a nice bar area and delicious food.

THE BREE LOUISE
69 Cobourg Street, NW1 2HH
020-7681-4930
Closest Tube: Euston

Longtime favorite for real ales near Euston Station

THE EUSTON TAP / THE CIDER TAP
190 Euston Road, NW1 2EF
020-3137-8837
Closest Tube: Euston

A favorite for craft beers, and now a destination for cider fans too.

THE GRENADIER
18 Wilton Row, SW1X 7NR
020-3603-9192

Closest Tube: Knightsbridge
Heaving with "welcoming and well-mannered" locals.

THE HARP
47 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS
020-7836-0291
Closest Tube: Leicester Square

A great pub for cask ales, but gets packed due to its central location.

THE MARKET PORTER
9 Stoney Street, Borough Market, SE1 9AA
020-7407-2495
Closest Tube: London Bridge

A wide selection of beers, and a convenient location in Borough Market.

THE ROYAL OAK
44 Tabard Street, SE1 4JU
020-7357-7173
Closest Tube: Borough

Nothing glamorous—just a true neighborhood pub with great ale.

THE SOUTHAMPTON ARMS
139 Highgate Road, NW5 1LE
07958-780073
Closest Tube: Tufnell Park

This might be London's all-around best craft beer pub; delicious sausage rolls too.

THE VICTORIA
10A Strathearn Place, W2 2NH
020-7724-1191
Closest Tube: Lancaster Gate

An old-fashioned pub with well-kept beers.

THE WHITE HORSE
1-3 Parson's Green, SW6 4UL
020-7736-2115
Closest Tube: Parsons Green

Situated on a beautiful green, with popular cookouts on weekends.


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