Christmas is a time for relaxing and socialising with friends, and where better to do it than in one of London’s fantastic pubs? If you’re new to the city, or want to stray from your usual favourite drinking spot, here’s a list of 10 of London’s best pubs:
- The Harp in Charing Cross
The Harp is situated just outside Charing Cross underground station, in the popular Covent Garden area of London. Don’t let its central location put you off, however, as this pub is a far cry from the typical tourist traps you’ll find around here. The pub prides itself on its passion for real ale and cider, boasting an impressive range of 10 different real ales, which vary seasonally. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) declared The Harp as their National Pub of the Year in 2010/2011, so it’s not to be missed!
- The Ape and Bird in Soho
If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a drink after a trip to the theatre, The Ape and Bird, situated on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue, is a great shout. It’s been designed as a “pub for people who don’t like pubs”, and boasts four bars spread across three floors. It’s a welcoming space, hidden among the hustle and bustle of Soho and Leicester Square. If you’re looking to grab a pint with a friend in this busy area of London, you’ll struggle to find something better than The Ape and Bird.
- Craft Beer Co in Clerkenwell
For fans of craft beer, Greene King’s Craft Beer Co in Clerkenwell shouldn’t be missed. The pub contains an incredible selection of beer, including the UK’s largest collection of craft keg beer. If you do decide to stop by, be sure to save some space to try the fabulous selection of traditional bar food – the pork pies are a personal favourite!
- Sager and Wilde in Shoreditch
Based in London’s trendy Shoreditch area, Sager and Wilde is a popular choice – so get there early if you want to get a seat! As well as the great range of beer on offer, this friendly bar also offers an incredible wine selection and arguably the best bar food in Shoreditch.
- Stane Street Syndicate in Clapham
The Stane Street Syndicate opens on November 27th, and promises to be one of the best places to get a pint during the festive period. Based in Clapham, the pub promises to be a welcome retreat from the cold streets of London this winter, with a fantastic selection of beer and an array of board games to keep its punters entertained.
- Ye Olde Mitre in Holburn
If you’re a film buff, you might already recognise Ye Old Mitre in Holburn, which has featured in films such as Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. It’s a traditional British pub with a rich history, dating back to 1546. It’s won several awards for its commitment to Real Ale, holding regular beer festivals throughout the year.
- The Jugged Hare in Barbican
The Jugged Hare is a traditional gastro-pub, based in Barbican. Not only does it offer a fantastic selection of British ales, but it’s also responsible for the delicious Jugged Hare pale ale, which is brewed in partnership with Sambrook’s Brewery.
- The Hatchet in Garlick Hill
The Hatchet is another fantastic pub, part of the Greene Kings chain. It’s located opposite Mansion House underground station, and serves traditional British pub food along with a great selection of cask ales. It’s a busy pub with a fantastic atmosphere, especially during the lunchtime rush or early evening – the perfect spot for a post-work pint.
- The Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden
The Lamb and Flag, in Covent Garden, is another traditional British pub that’s steeped in history. It first opened its doors in 1772, and is well known as one of Charles Dickens’ favourite London pubs. It remains popular to this day, and is well known for its monthly jazz night on the first Sunday of each month.
10. 06 St. Chad’s Place in Kings Cross
Historically, the Kings Cross area of London was popular for all the wrong reasons. However, it’s since ditched its seedy reputation and is home to some fantastic pubs and bars. 06 St. Chad’s Place is one of the best, and is just as popular with locals as it is with tourists. It hosts regular live music events, making it a great choice for people looking for a little festive entertainment.