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Whether it's for proper pints and dodgy locals or craft beers, hidden cocktail bars and insane roast dinners, pubs are a British institution, the stuff of legends. No matter what part of town you're in, you're never far from a bl**dy good pub, here are some of the best in London (and let us know if we've missed any epic ones!)

Central

Soho

The Toucan This Soho institution packed with posters and toucans is pretty miniature and usually overflowing onto the streets. We like to perch on one of the Guinness glass bar stools with a plush cushion for a head and hit the bar snacks (spicy olives and peanuts). This place is known not just for its Guinness, but also for its oysters which are sourced from Rossmore County Cork. Not into oysters? Opt for an Irish stew or baked beans. Solid. 19 Carlisle St, London W1D 3BY Shaston Arms Friendly pub sticking to tradition with regional family brewers at the helm. Keep your eyes open for the fire engine red and there’s your portal; think good old ‘wooden round table two stool’ formula alongside some framed memorabilia, red galore and booths and that’s that.  The crowd are old school Soho, and crowds don't get better than that. 4-6 Ganton St, London W1F 7QN The French House No music, no machines, no television and no mobile phones at this Grade II listed watering hole. Just booze, chatter and b&w photos of people from bygone eras. It’s a bit of a literary haunt, so if you’re an Archbishop of Banterbury this’ll suit you just fine. Although it deviates from the standard pub in that you’ll only get served a half pint if you fancy a beer cos they’re more about their vino, we still say it’s proper and no doubt a bucket list cert. 49 Dean St, London W1D 5BG

City

Ten Bells This Georgian public house covered in original tile is apparently associated with Jack the Ripper, but those days are long gone. You can drink your 5 quid pint in peace now. Mostly...They’ve even got their own session lager called Belllend that BarChick rates. They’ve got food locked down here as well with a brunch offering, basic bits and bobs and unusual cuts. If you’re in need of a change of scenery, head upstairs to the killer cocktail bar set on bring Warsaw to East London. 84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY Water Poet Wicked beer garden, hog roasts, craft beers (Meantime to Camden), pool tables and a weird *ss mannequin by the bar throwing up the rock on hand sign. The crowd’s a little less wanky banker and a little more country lad meets urbanite, but they’ve got a room to match any kinda human. They’ve even got a barn out back with mismatched fittings and painting clusters if you wanna booze like you’re at nan’s local in the heart of the country. 9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX

Holborn

Princess Louise Ornate Victorian pub with Samuel Smith beers, etched glass panels, oak furnishings and a helluva lot of other intricate decor. Sidle up to the island bar or one of the frosted glass booths, get an ale in you saloon style and get stuck. 208 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EP Ship Tavern 16th century mahogany pub that used to serve as a safe haven for Catholics during the reign of Henry VIII. Some say the screams of unfortunate priests who were executed after being discovered in hiding in a tunnel in the cellar can still be heard today. Creepy. Make like captain and sit yourself at one of the burnt orange booths closest to the ‘galley’. Pewters of real ale, cockles, mussels and sausage rolls beside the glow of a candelabra? Yes mate. 12 Gate St, London WC2A 3HP

Clerkenwell

Jerusalem Tavern This 90s baby with 18th century decor gets rammed, so don’t go rocking up at 11 pm. If you do, you’re guaranteed to not snag a seat by the roaring fire or any seat for that matter, but you’ll be generously welcomed to a pint and such. St. Peter’s brewery is at the helm, so take advantage of a proper premium-strength IPA. Wanna take the party home with you? Opt for a five-litre mini-keg on your way out. But if you plan to stay a while, match it up with some smart pub snacks. 55 Britton St, London EC1M 5UQ Betsy Trotwood Four-storey revamped Victorian boozer with a bar at street level, a pint-sized stage in a cavernous cellar (think cosmic country blues played by ledges like The Goat Roper Band) and an upper-level acoustic room/bar. Booze wise you'll be drinking Shepherd Neame ales, special Bloody Marys for under a fiver and filling up on solid pub food. Get into the mix of suits skiving off work and twenty/thirty somethings who dig music. 56 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL betsey.000

East 

Shoreditch

Owl & Pussycat Gastropub in Shoreditch with all the trappings of gentrified but not soulless local: chesterfields, caged pendant bulbs, light teal paint and frame clusters. Nab a seat by the fire in winter or the terrace all year round. Downstairs gets rammed as that’s where you’ll find the pumps, but upstairs is more sit down Victorian dining room style. 34 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP The Crown & Shuttle It’s not a stock-looking pub equipped with roaring fire and stained glass, but that’s no matter cos you’re going to this one for the massive garden and craft beer. They’ve got a rotating selection of cask ales, but they’re well into their IPAs so don’t limit yourself. Inside is all exposed brick, high ceilings, vibrant fittings and scattered white and blue enamelware filled with burgers, wings, chilli cheese fries and the like. They’ve even got a secret cocktail bar upstairs if you’re feeling a bit naughty. 226 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PJ crownshuttle Well & Bucket Take an old leather shop, strip back the dodgy décor, throw in a couple of oysters and you’ve got yourself an East London boozer with a bit of edge. Inside is super spacious and fitted with shiny brass piping, polished tiles and portraits of skeletons in suits...so it might be something granddad or nan will scoff at but you probs won’t be bringing them here anyway. It’s a place for mates. They’ve got a decent selection of beer from craft ale and local lagers to cask classics and the menu’s pretty grand as well with an epic oyster list, Louisiana hot wings and chilli fries. 143 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG The Birdcage This green tiled Victorian gastropub at the end of Columbia road sits snug and pretty on the fringe of the Sunday flower market, but even on other days it’s still a beaut. Hit The Birdcage up for karaoke on the weekends and you’ll find yourself in the midst of slightly wonky locals and East End cool cats or drop by anytime for proper game of pool with your mates. 80 Columbia Rd, London E2 7QB

Bethnal Green

Sebright Arms

Tarted up with wood, crimson paint and stained glass, this boozer’s got epic Bunsmiths burgers, a bit of a grotty basement venue and craft ales from top notch micro-breweries. You might find the kind of lads who use beard oil here, but it’s all good vibes. 31-35 Coate St, London E2 9AG Sun Tavern The dudes behind Discount Suit Company refurbished this Victorian pub and made it look like New York diner with red bar stools, bare brick and pendant filament bulbs. The menu’s dominated by a short cocktail list, Irish spirits and ales from local microbreweries. They’ve even got a selection of poitin (v. potent) if you’re serious about your gaelic roots or your booze. 441 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN

London Fields

Cat & Mutton This revamped 300 year old boozer right by London Fields is epic.  Keep it classic on the ground floor (think gastropub meets saloon meets diner) where you’ll find a lengthy bar, ale and craft beer, tin ceilings plus some wacky taxidermied muttons; or leave your pint downstairs (seriously, rules are rules) and wind your body up the spiral staircase to Pearl’s for cocktails. Weekend nights are when the party happens; expect retro disco and soul to be spinning. 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ The Dolphin If you haven’t woken up with a Dolphin stamp on your face or *rse, you haven’t lived. R. Kelly is played every hour alongside other RnB bangers, there are no locks on the loos, it’s carnage in the garden and on the dancefloor and the staff are f*cking cool as. Do a shot, eat a greasy burger and forget who are and where you came from. The English way. 165 Mare St, London E8 3RH The People’s Park Tavern The stuff of legends. Wicked huge beer garden, traditional pub fare and a range of their own beer brewed on site.  Yeah, it sounds like your basic public house by a park, but the garden thrusts it into a different caliber. It’s massive, on the edge of Victoria Park, equipped for all seasons and drenched in green. To seal the deal they’ve also got hearty roasts and fire pits. Wanna do like BarChick? Commandeer one of the cabanas outside and stick it out till the end like a champ. 360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT peoplespark

Hackney

The Hemingway Taxidermy, old portraits of crooners and Chesterfields adorn this pub that’s well into meat and bourbon and looks a bit like a saloon-cum-brothel. Get the Jenga or board games out, tuck into the burger or home-made Scotch eggs and check out the loo with gaping red-lipped urinals and tasteful illustrations of sex organs set to a heady soundtrack of Mozart and Beethoven. Epic. 84 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JL The Hunter S The Hunter S is a bad *ss boozer, named after the main man Hunter S Thompson himself so you know it’s gonna be slightly screwy. Settle into a leather couch under the copper ceiling amongst taxidermy and get stuck into the cocktails. You’ll have to go off menu but they’ll happily whip you up a Negroni or an Old Fashioned; just don’t go asking for a Pina Colada otherwise they’ll show you the door. Alternatively, opt for an ale and some gastro locally-sourced pub grub with a Pan European twist. 194 Southgate Rd, London N1 3HT

South 

Peckham

Montpellier Peckham’s twenty-something artists’ meets thirty-something freelancers’ haunt. Turquoise and blue walls, back room cinema playing independents, Flock & Herd pork scratchings 2-4-1 burgers on Monday and friendly (enough) staff. At the weekends they get DJs in and it gets rammed so beware. 43 Choumert Rd, London SE15 4AR The Gowlett This one’s a damn proper local boasting a healthy dose of cockney with a trickle of the bearded t*ts. There’s a terrace, a pool table, wood-fired pizza oven that does epic pizzas, resident dogs (big up Dallas), chesterfield sofas and football on the telly. On Thursdays, you could bring your own vinyl for Lucky 7s night and spin your fave tunes for 15 mins. Try not to be sh*t. 62 Gowlett Rd, London SE15 4HY

Battersea

Magic Garden This one looks like where you’d go to shroom with someone from the Balkans. Magic chips with truffle & parmesan, weird and brilliant live music and an outdoor garden decked out with Indian fabrics and fairy lights. Not a geezer’s pub, but if you like Glastonbury you’ll dig this. 231 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LG

Brixton

Prince of Wales A 1920s Art Deco Dancehall with a wooden dance floor, famous for it's two-tier terrace, world renowned DJs (think Giles Peterson etc.) and Turbosound system to soundtrack your day or night of absolute carnage. Not ready for what their 24 hour license has in store? Hit up the gastropub on the ground floor for wood-fired pizza and craft beer or find the speakeasy hidden on a secret floor that churns out the best cocktails in south London. 467- 469 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8HH Duke of Edinburgh This one’s got one of the biggest beer gardens in South London equipped with BBQ pit and bar so it gets ridiculous in the summer when some kinda big sports game hits the outdoor screen. The inside's all about loads of sofas for sprawling, ale, cask beer and pool table. The decor’s a bit common, but that’s not what you’re here for anyway. Hungry? They’ve got you sorted with a daily changing menu/catch-of-the-day. 204 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8AG beer.garden_cp.1024x682

Clapham

The Avalon With a raucous front bar, this pub has got some serious party feels from the second you walk in but hidden through the back door is an oasis-like garden with booths, beanbags and an outdoor bar. If you’re looking to get fed, park up in the Victoriana vibe dining room and get your fill of the big food that flies outta the kitchen. 16 Balham Hill, London SW12 9EB

 Camberwell

The Camberwell Arms The guys behind Waterloo's Hope and Anchor got hold of this place so the food's gone next level. The restaurant in the back is where you'll find BarChick getting a Sunday roast fix, but the old school boozer out front is where to hang with the locals and work the local beers.  Friday/Saturday nights have a bit of twenty/thirty-something party vibe but if it gets too much sneak up the stairs at the back of the pub into their speakeasy where killer cocktails await. 65 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR

Rotherhithe

The Mayflower For those lethargic 16th century evenings and hardcore pub enthusiasts. It was the original mooring point of Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower, but now it’s a boozing haven. Come for Blackout Sundays, which means no electricity past 6, or Wednesday Pie Nights. Perch by the latticework windows with real ale in hand and maybe hit up Sands Film Cinema beforehand to make it into a night. Views of The Thames are epic from here. 117 Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF 5712_160043_large

Nunhead

Ivy House It's housed in a 1930s Grade II listed edifice, it's London’s first co-op pub, it’s got loads of charming and pervy punters and it’s a stomping ground for all the local dogs. But the clincher is the gold and wood music room that rocks with endless bizarre entertainment. Although massive supporters of the craft beer market (Brockley Brewery to Beavertown), they’re still keeping it proper with Guinness and Truman’s Runner for grandad. 40 Stuart Rd, London SE15 3BE The Old Nun’s Head They’ve gone ahead called themselves the ‘Ryan Gosling of Pubs’. Not sure what they’re on about, but we’re into it. Here’s the home of Burger Bear so Saturday nights are when you wanna hit it for insane burgers, Cask Mondays (3 quid pints of cask ale), craft beer and a tiki back garden that could go either way of the chill--->insane spectrum. Always good times. 15 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QQ

Dulwich

Great Exhibition Local Victorian boozer near Yummy Mummy Lane (Lordship Lane) with a mixed Dulwich crowd: mums, professional twenty-somethings, local shop owners and those who wanna cram as much booze into their Saturday afternoon as poss with an unlimited boozy brunch. Everyone’s chill, so probs not the place for you if you wanna get rowdy. They’ve got jazz on Sundays, 2-4-1 burger Mondays, bottomless brunches, Lucky Wednesdays (roll the dice and get a 6 and your meal’s on them) etc. All the gimmicky bullsh*t we all love. 193 Crystal Palace Rd, London SE22 9EP East Dulwich Tavern They’re all about their real ale, beers from South East breweries, fireplaces, skylights, jazz nights and monthly film nights. Come Summer, folding glass walls part and it turns part al fresco. No need to eat elsewhere cos they’ve got modern British pub fare, which you could eat whilst watching all the football. Whoever you are, you’ll fit right in. 1 Lordship Ln, London SE22 8EW EDT.004d

 New Cross

Royal Albert Victorian freehouse with velvet curtains, chesterfields, fairy lights and live jazz. This is where you’ll find London’s league of musicians and oddball characters. Grab a real ale or cider and join them. No need to migrate for dinner either as they’ve got far more than mum’s meat and two veg special. Think seasonal gastro dishes like creamed savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke gratin and game terrine. 460 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6TJ RoyalAlbert.1

Montague Arms

Medieval-looking pub in New Cross with low ceilings, taxidermy, cordage, sunken seats and other random memento mori and steampunk curios. It used to be a famous music venue, but now it’s where slightly sh*t but fun bands play. They’ve got craft beers on deck (including their very own brewed onsite) as most South London pubs seem to, but they’ve also got cracking guest ales from around the country. Come hungry as they’ll be sorting you out with American hot dogs, spit-roasted chicken or pies if you’re willing.

289 Queen's Rd, London SE14 2PA

West 

Notting Hill

The Cow One of London’s first gastropubs is still killing it. You get some of the best Guinness and oysters in town here. It also has the kind of feel-good-look-good crowd to get off on. Oh and did we mention the chicken kiev comes ON the bone? Yep. 89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH The Westbourne Come summer time this is the terrace in which you wanna hang. Team that with some really good pub grub, a great selection of Belgian beers, the fact that you can bring your dog and a really hot crowd and you have yourself a session. 101 Westbourne Park Villas, London W2 5ED westbourne.int.arton.crop Churchill Arms Apparently Winston Churchill’s grandparents were neckin’ em down here in the 19th century. Sick. They’ve got Thai curries, proper cask-conditioned ales and a Chelsea Flower Show win under their belt 'cos of their insane flower display covering the facade. 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN

Fulham

Harwood Arms The only Michelin-starred pub in London. Imagine that. Their wine list has over 200 bins, the spreads are seasonal with a bit of a twist on tradition and the decor is posh country in an airy space that’s been sitting pretty since the mid 19th century. Walham Grove, London SW6 1QP harwood White Horse BBQ, beer garden, cask ales alongside imported keg beers like Sierra Nevada and 135 bottled beers from all over right on the fringe of Parsons Green. It’s a pretty standard looking gastro pub, but it’s got some nice touches like the loos named ‘Pistols’ and ‘Dolls’, a couple of copper beer tanks and chandeliers in cages. We’re into it. 1-3 Parsons Green, Fulham, London SW6 4UL whitehorsesw6.gallery_02

Belgravia

Nag’s Head Mobiles are banned!! Mental.  The wood-panelled walls are covered with quirky sh*t (instruments, garden tools, cartoons) and ale comes from Adnams. It’s a proper geezers pub, so act the part and leave the phone at home. Leave your coat on the back of the chair or ask for chips with your meal and you’ll be told to f*ck off. Ok, not really, but you’ll be told off. Sounds like no one’s safe from a torrent of abuse, but it’s all a part of the charm. Just don’t be fussy and it’ll be grand. 53 Kinnerton St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8ED Star Tavern Underbelly types used to chill here and cook up cunning schemes. Now, it’s a bit of a mixed bag looking for gastro pub grub and Fuller’s ale. London’s Pride shall be slagged off no longer. Except the proper pub color palette of crimsons, browns and golds. Chandeliers, gilt mirrors and a roaring fire await you. 6 Belgrave Mews W, London SW1X 8HT The_Star_Tavern__016_4744

North 

Finsbury Park

Faltering Fullback Tucked away Irish pub with makeshift Thai counter for semi-late-night munchies, bric-a-brac hanging precariously from ceiling, caboose chairs and an all wood garden covered with trailing and potted plants. Nice.  There’s also quizzing and big screen sports for people who need more stimulation… 19 Perth Rd, London N4 3HB

Hampstead Heath

The Spaniards Inn The ultimate wood-panelled pub to warm up in after a hard session at Hampstead Heath. Settle in by the roaring fire and get them to make you a cocktail. Don’t go asking for a Sex on the Beach, we’re talking Hot Toddies, Hot Buttered Rum and very spicy Bloody Marys. There’s even a dog wash for your pooch. The gardens are grand, the booze is proper and the literary anecdotes are endless. Make like Dickens or Keats and get on with it. Spaniards Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ thespaniardshampstead.gallery_05

 Camden

The Hawley Arms Victorian boozer that survived the Great Fire of Camden and was restored thanks in part to the ledges that are Noel Fielding and Amy Winehouse. It’s a Greene King pub, so you know the lowdown when it comes to booze. BarChick says grab a Budvar and a pie, head up to the terrace and bliss out. You’re bound to find some band shoehorned into a corner playing angsty sh*t, but it’s all in good fun. 2 Castlehaven Rd, London NW1 8QU World’s End It’s absolute f*cking carnage at World’s End. Take this one in stride and in small doses. Alternatively, go apesh*t. No one will care. It’ll probably always be a landmark, but we’re not so sure if it’ll always be a novelty. Perch up on the mezzanine and watch all the crazed passerby below; you get it all at World’s End - the good, the bad and the horrendously ugly. 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE" ["post_title"]=> string(29) "The Ultimate London Pub Guide" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(29) "the-ultimate-london-pub-guide" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-05-31 11:37:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-05-31 10:37:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=58465" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["queried_object_id"]=> int(58465) ["request"]=> string(206) "SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.post_name = 'the-ultimate-london-pub-guide' AND post_modified > FROM_UNIXTIME(0) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'post' ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC " ["posts"]=> &array(1) { [0]=> object(WP_Post)#392 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(58465) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-01-11 15:17:04" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-01-11 15:17:04" ["post_content"]=> string(28317) "

Whether it's for proper pints and dodgy locals or craft beers, hidden cocktail bars and insane roast dinners, pubs are a British institution, the stuff of legends. No matter what part of town you're in, you're never far from a bl**dy good pub, here are some of the best in London (and let us know if we've missed any epic ones!)

Central

Soho

The Toucan This Soho institution packed with posters and toucans is pretty miniature and usually overflowing onto the streets. We like to perch on one of the Guinness glass bar stools with a plush cushion for a head and hit the bar snacks (spicy olives and peanuts). This place is known not just for its Guinness, but also for its oysters which are sourced from Rossmore County Cork. Not into oysters? Opt for an Irish stew or baked beans. Solid. 19 Carlisle St, London W1D 3BY Shaston Arms Friendly pub sticking to tradition with regional family brewers at the helm. Keep your eyes open for the fire engine red and there’s your portal; think good old ‘wooden round table two stool’ formula alongside some framed memorabilia, red galore and booths and that’s that.  The crowd are old school Soho, and crowds don't get better than that. 4-6 Ganton St, London W1F 7QN The French House No music, no machines, no television and no mobile phones at this Grade II listed watering hole. Just booze, chatter and b&w photos of people from bygone eras. It’s a bit of a literary haunt, so if you’re an Archbishop of Banterbury this’ll suit you just fine. Although it deviates from the standard pub in that you’ll only get served a half pint if you fancy a beer cos they’re more about their vino, we still say it’s proper and no doubt a bucket list cert. 49 Dean St, London W1D 5BG

City

Ten Bells This Georgian public house covered in original tile is apparently associated with Jack the Ripper, but those days are long gone. You can drink your 5 quid pint in peace now. Mostly...They’ve even got their own session lager called Belllend that BarChick rates. They’ve got food locked down here as well with a brunch offering, basic bits and bobs and unusual cuts. If you’re in need of a change of scenery, head upstairs to the killer cocktail bar set on bring Warsaw to East London. 84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY Water Poet Wicked beer garden, hog roasts, craft beers (Meantime to Camden), pool tables and a weird *ss mannequin by the bar throwing up the rock on hand sign. The crowd’s a little less wanky banker and a little more country lad meets urbanite, but they’ve got a room to match any kinda human. They’ve even got a barn out back with mismatched fittings and painting clusters if you wanna booze like you’re at nan’s local in the heart of the country. 9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX

Holborn

Princess Louise Ornate Victorian pub with Samuel Smith beers, etched glass panels, oak furnishings and a helluva lot of other intricate decor. Sidle up to the island bar or one of the frosted glass booths, get an ale in you saloon style and get stuck. 208 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EP Ship Tavern 16th century mahogany pub that used to serve as a safe haven for Catholics during the reign of Henry VIII. Some say the screams of unfortunate priests who were executed after being discovered in hiding in a tunnel in the cellar can still be heard today. Creepy. Make like captain and sit yourself at one of the burnt orange booths closest to the ‘galley’. Pewters of real ale, cockles, mussels and sausage rolls beside the glow of a candelabra? Yes mate. 12 Gate St, London WC2A 3HP

Clerkenwell

Jerusalem Tavern This 90s baby with 18th century decor gets rammed, so don’t go rocking up at 11 pm. If you do, you’re guaranteed to not snag a seat by the roaring fire or any seat for that matter, but you’ll be generously welcomed to a pint and such. St. Peter’s brewery is at the helm, so take advantage of a proper premium-strength IPA. Wanna take the party home with you? Opt for a five-litre mini-keg on your way out. But if you plan to stay a while, match it up with some smart pub snacks. 55 Britton St, London EC1M 5UQ Betsy Trotwood Four-storey revamped Victorian boozer with a bar at street level, a pint-sized stage in a cavernous cellar (think cosmic country blues played by ledges like The Goat Roper Band) and an upper-level acoustic room/bar. Booze wise you'll be drinking Shepherd Neame ales, special Bloody Marys for under a fiver and filling up on solid pub food. Get into the mix of suits skiving off work and twenty/thirty somethings who dig music. 56 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL betsey.000

East 

Shoreditch

Owl & Pussycat Gastropub in Shoreditch with all the trappings of gentrified but not soulless local: chesterfields, caged pendant bulbs, light teal paint and frame clusters. Nab a seat by the fire in winter or the terrace all year round. Downstairs gets rammed as that’s where you’ll find the pumps, but upstairs is more sit down Victorian dining room style. 34 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP The Crown & Shuttle It’s not a stock-looking pub equipped with roaring fire and stained glass, but that’s no matter cos you’re going to this one for the massive garden and craft beer. They’ve got a rotating selection of cask ales, but they’re well into their IPAs so don’t limit yourself. Inside is all exposed brick, high ceilings, vibrant fittings and scattered white and blue enamelware filled with burgers, wings, chilli cheese fries and the like. They’ve even got a secret cocktail bar upstairs if you’re feeling a bit naughty. 226 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PJ crownshuttle Well & Bucket Take an old leather shop, strip back the dodgy décor, throw in a couple of oysters and you’ve got yourself an East London boozer with a bit of edge. Inside is super spacious and fitted with shiny brass piping, polished tiles and portraits of skeletons in suits...so it might be something granddad or nan will scoff at but you probs won’t be bringing them here anyway. It’s a place for mates. They’ve got a decent selection of beer from craft ale and local lagers to cask classics and the menu’s pretty grand as well with an epic oyster list, Louisiana hot wings and chilli fries. 143 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG The Birdcage This green tiled Victorian gastropub at the end of Columbia road sits snug and pretty on the fringe of the Sunday flower market, but even on other days it’s still a beaut. Hit The Birdcage up for karaoke on the weekends and you’ll find yourself in the midst of slightly wonky locals and East End cool cats or drop by anytime for proper game of pool with your mates. 80 Columbia Rd, London E2 7QB

Bethnal Green

Sebright Arms

Tarted up with wood, crimson paint and stained glass, this boozer’s got epic Bunsmiths burgers, a bit of a grotty basement venue and craft ales from top notch micro-breweries. You might find the kind of lads who use beard oil here, but it’s all good vibes. 31-35 Coate St, London E2 9AG Sun Tavern The dudes behind Discount Suit Company refurbished this Victorian pub and made it look like New York diner with red bar stools, bare brick and pendant filament bulbs. The menu’s dominated by a short cocktail list, Irish spirits and ales from local microbreweries. They’ve even got a selection of poitin (v. potent) if you’re serious about your gaelic roots or your booze. 441 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN

London Fields

Cat & Mutton This revamped 300 year old boozer right by London Fields is epic.  Keep it classic on the ground floor (think gastropub meets saloon meets diner) where you’ll find a lengthy bar, ale and craft beer, tin ceilings plus some wacky taxidermied muttons; or leave your pint downstairs (seriously, rules are rules) and wind your body up the spiral staircase to Pearl’s for cocktails. Weekend nights are when the party happens; expect retro disco and soul to be spinning. 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ The Dolphin If you haven’t woken up with a Dolphin stamp on your face or *rse, you haven’t lived. R. Kelly is played every hour alongside other RnB bangers, there are no locks on the loos, it’s carnage in the garden and on the dancefloor and the staff are f*cking cool as. Do a shot, eat a greasy burger and forget who are and where you came from. The English way. 165 Mare St, London E8 3RH The People’s Park Tavern The stuff of legends. Wicked huge beer garden, traditional pub fare and a range of their own beer brewed on site.  Yeah, it sounds like your basic public house by a park, but the garden thrusts it into a different caliber. It’s massive, on the edge of Victoria Park, equipped for all seasons and drenched in green. To seal the deal they’ve also got hearty roasts and fire pits. Wanna do like BarChick? Commandeer one of the cabanas outside and stick it out till the end like a champ. 360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT peoplespark

Hackney

The Hemingway Taxidermy, old portraits of crooners and Chesterfields adorn this pub that’s well into meat and bourbon and looks a bit like a saloon-cum-brothel. Get the Jenga or board games out, tuck into the burger or home-made Scotch eggs and check out the loo with gaping red-lipped urinals and tasteful illustrations of sex organs set to a heady soundtrack of Mozart and Beethoven. Epic. 84 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JL The Hunter S The Hunter S is a bad *ss boozer, named after the main man Hunter S Thompson himself so you know it’s gonna be slightly screwy. Settle into a leather couch under the copper ceiling amongst taxidermy and get stuck into the cocktails. You’ll have to go off menu but they’ll happily whip you up a Negroni or an Old Fashioned; just don’t go asking for a Pina Colada otherwise they’ll show you the door. Alternatively, opt for an ale and some gastro locally-sourced pub grub with a Pan European twist. 194 Southgate Rd, London N1 3HT

South 

Peckham

Montpellier Peckham’s twenty-something artists’ meets thirty-something freelancers’ haunt. Turquoise and blue walls, back room cinema playing independents, Flock & Herd pork scratchings 2-4-1 burgers on Monday and friendly (enough) staff. At the weekends they get DJs in and it gets rammed so beware. 43 Choumert Rd, London SE15 4AR The Gowlett This one’s a damn proper local boasting a healthy dose of cockney with a trickle of the bearded t*ts. There’s a terrace, a pool table, wood-fired pizza oven that does epic pizzas, resident dogs (big up Dallas), chesterfield sofas and football on the telly. On Thursdays, you could bring your own vinyl for Lucky 7s night and spin your fave tunes for 15 mins. Try not to be sh*t. 62 Gowlett Rd, London SE15 4HY

Battersea

Magic Garden This one looks like where you’d go to shroom with someone from the Balkans. Magic chips with truffle & parmesan, weird and brilliant live music and an outdoor garden decked out with Indian fabrics and fairy lights. Not a geezer’s pub, but if you like Glastonbury you’ll dig this. 231 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LG

Brixton

Prince of Wales A 1920s Art Deco Dancehall with a wooden dance floor, famous for it's two-tier terrace, world renowned DJs (think Giles Peterson etc.) and Turbosound system to soundtrack your day or night of absolute carnage. Not ready for what their 24 hour license has in store? Hit up the gastropub on the ground floor for wood-fired pizza and craft beer or find the speakeasy hidden on a secret floor that churns out the best cocktails in south London. 467- 469 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8HH Duke of Edinburgh This one’s got one of the biggest beer gardens in South London equipped with BBQ pit and bar so it gets ridiculous in the summer when some kinda big sports game hits the outdoor screen. The inside's all about loads of sofas for sprawling, ale, cask beer and pool table. The decor’s a bit common, but that’s not what you’re here for anyway. Hungry? They’ve got you sorted with a daily changing menu/catch-of-the-day. 204 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8AG beer.garden_cp.1024x682

Clapham

The Avalon With a raucous front bar, this pub has got some serious party feels from the second you walk in but hidden through the back door is an oasis-like garden with booths, beanbags and an outdoor bar. If you’re looking to get fed, park up in the Victoriana vibe dining room and get your fill of the big food that flies outta the kitchen. 16 Balham Hill, London SW12 9EB

 Camberwell

The Camberwell Arms The guys behind Waterloo's Hope and Anchor got hold of this place so the food's gone next level. The restaurant in the back is where you'll find BarChick getting a Sunday roast fix, but the old school boozer out front is where to hang with the locals and work the local beers.  Friday/Saturday nights have a bit of twenty/thirty-something party vibe but if it gets too much sneak up the stairs at the back of the pub into their speakeasy where killer cocktails await. 65 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR

Rotherhithe

The Mayflower For those lethargic 16th century evenings and hardcore pub enthusiasts. It was the original mooring point of Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower, but now it’s a boozing haven. Come for Blackout Sundays, which means no electricity past 6, or Wednesday Pie Nights. Perch by the latticework windows with real ale in hand and maybe hit up Sands Film Cinema beforehand to make it into a night. Views of The Thames are epic from here. 117 Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF 5712_160043_large

Nunhead

Ivy House It's housed in a 1930s Grade II listed edifice, it's London’s first co-op pub, it’s got loads of charming and pervy punters and it’s a stomping ground for all the local dogs. But the clincher is the gold and wood music room that rocks with endless bizarre entertainment. Although massive supporters of the craft beer market (Brockley Brewery to Beavertown), they’re still keeping it proper with Guinness and Truman’s Runner for grandad. 40 Stuart Rd, London SE15 3BE The Old Nun’s Head They’ve gone ahead called themselves the ‘Ryan Gosling of Pubs’. Not sure what they’re on about, but we’re into it. Here’s the home of Burger Bear so Saturday nights are when you wanna hit it for insane burgers, Cask Mondays (3 quid pints of cask ale), craft beer and a tiki back garden that could go either way of the chill--->insane spectrum. Always good times. 15 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QQ

Dulwich

Great Exhibition Local Victorian boozer near Yummy Mummy Lane (Lordship Lane) with a mixed Dulwich crowd: mums, professional twenty-somethings, local shop owners and those who wanna cram as much booze into their Saturday afternoon as poss with an unlimited boozy brunch. Everyone’s chill, so probs not the place for you if you wanna get rowdy. They’ve got jazz on Sundays, 2-4-1 burger Mondays, bottomless brunches, Lucky Wednesdays (roll the dice and get a 6 and your meal’s on them) etc. All the gimmicky bullsh*t we all love. 193 Crystal Palace Rd, London SE22 9EP East Dulwich Tavern They’re all about their real ale, beers from South East breweries, fireplaces, skylights, jazz nights and monthly film nights. Come Summer, folding glass walls part and it turns part al fresco. No need to eat elsewhere cos they’ve got modern British pub fare, which you could eat whilst watching all the football. Whoever you are, you’ll fit right in. 1 Lordship Ln, London SE22 8EW EDT.004d

 New Cross

Royal Albert Victorian freehouse with velvet curtains, chesterfields, fairy lights and live jazz. This is where you’ll find London’s league of musicians and oddball characters. Grab a real ale or cider and join them. No need to migrate for dinner either as they’ve got far more than mum’s meat and two veg special. Think seasonal gastro dishes like creamed savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke gratin and game terrine. 460 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6TJ RoyalAlbert.1

Montague Arms

Medieval-looking pub in New Cross with low ceilings, taxidermy, cordage, sunken seats and other random memento mori and steampunk curios. It used to be a famous music venue, but now it’s where slightly sh*t but fun bands play. They’ve got craft beers on deck (including their very own brewed onsite) as most South London pubs seem to, but they’ve also got cracking guest ales from around the country. Come hungry as they’ll be sorting you out with American hot dogs, spit-roasted chicken or pies if you’re willing.

289 Queen's Rd, London SE14 2PA

West 

Notting Hill

The Cow One of London’s first gastropubs is still killing it. You get some of the best Guinness and oysters in town here. It also has the kind of feel-good-look-good crowd to get off on. Oh and did we mention the chicken kiev comes ON the bone? Yep. 89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH The Westbourne Come summer time this is the terrace in which you wanna hang. Team that with some really good pub grub, a great selection of Belgian beers, the fact that you can bring your dog and a really hot crowd and you have yourself a session. 101 Westbourne Park Villas, London W2 5ED westbourne.int.arton.crop Churchill Arms Apparently Winston Churchill’s grandparents were neckin’ em down here in the 19th century. Sick. They’ve got Thai curries, proper cask-conditioned ales and a Chelsea Flower Show win under their belt 'cos of their insane flower display covering the facade. 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN

Fulham

Harwood Arms The only Michelin-starred pub in London. Imagine that. Their wine list has over 200 bins, the spreads are seasonal with a bit of a twist on tradition and the decor is posh country in an airy space that’s been sitting pretty since the mid 19th century. Walham Grove, London SW6 1QP harwood White Horse BBQ, beer garden, cask ales alongside imported keg beers like Sierra Nevada and 135 bottled beers from all over right on the fringe of Parsons Green. It’s a pretty standard looking gastro pub, but it’s got some nice touches like the loos named ‘Pistols’ and ‘Dolls’, a couple of copper beer tanks and chandeliers in cages. We’re into it. 1-3 Parsons Green, Fulham, London SW6 4UL whitehorsesw6.gallery_02

Belgravia

Nag’s Head Mobiles are banned!! Mental.  The wood-panelled walls are covered with quirky sh*t (instruments, garden tools, cartoons) and ale comes from Adnams. It’s a proper geezers pub, so act the part and leave the phone at home. Leave your coat on the back of the chair or ask for chips with your meal and you’ll be told to f*ck off. Ok, not really, but you’ll be told off. Sounds like no one’s safe from a torrent of abuse, but it’s all a part of the charm. Just don’t be fussy and it’ll be grand. 53 Kinnerton St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8ED Star Tavern Underbelly types used to chill here and cook up cunning schemes. Now, it’s a bit of a mixed bag looking for gastro pub grub and Fuller’s ale. London’s Pride shall be slagged off no longer. Except the proper pub color palette of crimsons, browns and golds. Chandeliers, gilt mirrors and a roaring fire await you. 6 Belgrave Mews W, London SW1X 8HT The_Star_Tavern__016_4744

North 

Finsbury Park

Faltering Fullback Tucked away Irish pub with makeshift Thai counter for semi-late-night munchies, bric-a-brac hanging precariously from ceiling, caboose chairs and an all wood garden covered with trailing and potted plants. Nice.  There’s also quizzing and big screen sports for people who need more stimulation… 19 Perth Rd, London N4 3HB

Hampstead Heath

The Spaniards Inn The ultimate wood-panelled pub to warm up in after a hard session at Hampstead Heath. Settle in by the roaring fire and get them to make you a cocktail. Don’t go asking for a Sex on the Beach, we’re talking Hot Toddies, Hot Buttered Rum and very spicy Bloody Marys. There’s even a dog wash for your pooch. The gardens are grand, the booze is proper and the literary anecdotes are endless. Make like Dickens or Keats and get on with it. Spaniards Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ thespaniardshampstead.gallery_05

 Camden

The Hawley Arms Victorian boozer that survived the Great Fire of Camden and was restored thanks in part to the ledges that are Noel Fielding and Amy Winehouse. It’s a Greene King pub, so you know the lowdown when it comes to booze. BarChick says grab a Budvar and a pie, head up to the terrace and bliss out. You’re bound to find some band shoehorned into a corner playing angsty sh*t, but it’s all in good fun. 2 Castlehaven Rd, London NW1 8QU World’s End It’s absolute f*cking carnage at World’s End. Take this one in stride and in small doses. Alternatively, go apesh*t. No one will care. It’ll probably always be a landmark, but we’re not so sure if it’ll always be a novelty. Perch up on the mezzanine and watch all the crazed passerby below; you get it all at World’s End - the good, the bad and the horrendously ugly. 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE" ["post_title"]=> string(29) "The Ultimate London Pub Guide" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(29) "the-ultimate-london-pub-guide" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-05-31 11:37:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-05-31 10:37:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=58465" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(1) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#392 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(58465) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-01-11 15:17:04" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-01-11 15:17:04" ["post_content"]=> string(28317) "

Whether it's for proper pints and dodgy locals or craft beers, hidden cocktail bars and insane roast dinners, pubs are a British institution, the stuff of legends. No matter what part of town you're in, you're never far from a bl**dy good pub, here are some of the best in London (and let us know if we've missed any epic ones!)

Central

Soho

The Toucan This Soho institution packed with posters and toucans is pretty miniature and usually overflowing onto the streets. We like to perch on one of the Guinness glass bar stools with a plush cushion for a head and hit the bar snacks (spicy olives and peanuts). This place is known not just for its Guinness, but also for its oysters which are sourced from Rossmore County Cork. Not into oysters? Opt for an Irish stew or baked beans. Solid. 19 Carlisle St, London W1D 3BY Shaston Arms Friendly pub sticking to tradition with regional family brewers at the helm. Keep your eyes open for the fire engine red and there’s your portal; think good old ‘wooden round table two stool’ formula alongside some framed memorabilia, red galore and booths and that’s that.  The crowd are old school Soho, and crowds don't get better than that. 4-6 Ganton St, London W1F 7QN The French House No music, no machines, no television and no mobile phones at this Grade II listed watering hole. Just booze, chatter and b&w photos of people from bygone eras. It’s a bit of a literary haunt, so if you’re an Archbishop of Banterbury this’ll suit you just fine. Although it deviates from the standard pub in that you’ll only get served a half pint if you fancy a beer cos they’re more about their vino, we still say it’s proper and no doubt a bucket list cert. 49 Dean St, London W1D 5BG

City

Ten Bells This Georgian public house covered in original tile is apparently associated with Jack the Ripper, but those days are long gone. You can drink your 5 quid pint in peace now. Mostly...They’ve even got their own session lager called Belllend that BarChick rates. They’ve got food locked down here as well with a brunch offering, basic bits and bobs and unusual cuts. If you’re in need of a change of scenery, head upstairs to the killer cocktail bar set on bring Warsaw to East London. 84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY Water Poet Wicked beer garden, hog roasts, craft beers (Meantime to Camden), pool tables and a weird *ss mannequin by the bar throwing up the rock on hand sign. The crowd’s a little less wanky banker and a little more country lad meets urbanite, but they’ve got a room to match any kinda human. They’ve even got a barn out back with mismatched fittings and painting clusters if you wanna booze like you’re at nan’s local in the heart of the country. 9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX

Holborn

Princess Louise Ornate Victorian pub with Samuel Smith beers, etched glass panels, oak furnishings and a helluva lot of other intricate decor. Sidle up to the island bar or one of the frosted glass booths, get an ale in you saloon style and get stuck. 208 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EP Ship Tavern 16th century mahogany pub that used to serve as a safe haven for Catholics during the reign of Henry VIII. Some say the screams of unfortunate priests who were executed after being discovered in hiding in a tunnel in the cellar can still be heard today. Creepy. Make like captain and sit yourself at one of the burnt orange booths closest to the ‘galley’. Pewters of real ale, cockles, mussels and sausage rolls beside the glow of a candelabra? Yes mate. 12 Gate St, London WC2A 3HP

Clerkenwell

Jerusalem Tavern This 90s baby with 18th century decor gets rammed, so don’t go rocking up at 11 pm. If you do, you’re guaranteed to not snag a seat by the roaring fire or any seat for that matter, but you’ll be generously welcomed to a pint and such. St. Peter’s brewery is at the helm, so take advantage of a proper premium-strength IPA. Wanna take the party home with you? Opt for a five-litre mini-keg on your way out. But if you plan to stay a while, match it up with some smart pub snacks. 55 Britton St, London EC1M 5UQ Betsy Trotwood Four-storey revamped Victorian boozer with a bar at street level, a pint-sized stage in a cavernous cellar (think cosmic country blues played by ledges like The Goat Roper Band) and an upper-level acoustic room/bar. Booze wise you'll be drinking Shepherd Neame ales, special Bloody Marys for under a fiver and filling up on solid pub food. Get into the mix of suits skiving off work and twenty/thirty somethings who dig music. 56 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL betsey.000

East 

Shoreditch

Owl & Pussycat Gastropub in Shoreditch with all the trappings of gentrified but not soulless local: chesterfields, caged pendant bulbs, light teal paint and frame clusters. Nab a seat by the fire in winter or the terrace all year round. Downstairs gets rammed as that’s where you’ll find the pumps, but upstairs is more sit down Victorian dining room style. 34 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP The Crown & Shuttle It’s not a stock-looking pub equipped with roaring fire and stained glass, but that’s no matter cos you’re going to this one for the massive garden and craft beer. They’ve got a rotating selection of cask ales, but they’re well into their IPAs so don’t limit yourself. Inside is all exposed brick, high ceilings, vibrant fittings and scattered white and blue enamelware filled with burgers, wings, chilli cheese fries and the like. They’ve even got a secret cocktail bar upstairs if you’re feeling a bit naughty. 226 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PJ crownshuttle Well & Bucket Take an old leather shop, strip back the dodgy décor, throw in a couple of oysters and you’ve got yourself an East London boozer with a bit of edge. Inside is super spacious and fitted with shiny brass piping, polished tiles and portraits of skeletons in suits...so it might be something granddad or nan will scoff at but you probs won’t be bringing them here anyway. It’s a place for mates. They’ve got a decent selection of beer from craft ale and local lagers to cask classics and the menu’s pretty grand as well with an epic oyster list, Louisiana hot wings and chilli fries. 143 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG The Birdcage This green tiled Victorian gastropub at the end of Columbia road sits snug and pretty on the fringe of the Sunday flower market, but even on other days it’s still a beaut. Hit The Birdcage up for karaoke on the weekends and you’ll find yourself in the midst of slightly wonky locals and East End cool cats or drop by anytime for proper game of pool with your mates. 80 Columbia Rd, London E2 7QB

Bethnal Green

Sebright Arms

Tarted up with wood, crimson paint and stained glass, this boozer’s got epic Bunsmiths burgers, a bit of a grotty basement venue and craft ales from top notch micro-breweries. You might find the kind of lads who use beard oil here, but it’s all good vibes. 31-35 Coate St, London E2 9AG Sun Tavern The dudes behind Discount Suit Company refurbished this Victorian pub and made it look like New York diner with red bar stools, bare brick and pendant filament bulbs. The menu’s dominated by a short cocktail list, Irish spirits and ales from local microbreweries. They’ve even got a selection of poitin (v. potent) if you’re serious about your gaelic roots or your booze. 441 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN

London Fields

Cat & Mutton This revamped 300 year old boozer right by London Fields is epic.  Keep it classic on the ground floor (think gastropub meets saloon meets diner) where you’ll find a lengthy bar, ale and craft beer, tin ceilings plus some wacky taxidermied muttons; or leave your pint downstairs (seriously, rules are rules) and wind your body up the spiral staircase to Pearl’s for cocktails. Weekend nights are when the party happens; expect retro disco and soul to be spinning. 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ The Dolphin If you haven’t woken up with a Dolphin stamp on your face or *rse, you haven’t lived. R. Kelly is played every hour alongside other RnB bangers, there are no locks on the loos, it’s carnage in the garden and on the dancefloor and the staff are f*cking cool as. Do a shot, eat a greasy burger and forget who are and where you came from. The English way. 165 Mare St, London E8 3RH The People’s Park Tavern The stuff of legends. Wicked huge beer garden, traditional pub fare and a range of their own beer brewed on site.  Yeah, it sounds like your basic public house by a park, but the garden thrusts it into a different caliber. It’s massive, on the edge of Victoria Park, equipped for all seasons and drenched in green. To seal the deal they’ve also got hearty roasts and fire pits. Wanna do like BarChick? Commandeer one of the cabanas outside and stick it out till the end like a champ. 360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT peoplespark

Hackney

The Hemingway Taxidermy, old portraits of crooners and Chesterfields adorn this pub that’s well into meat and bourbon and looks a bit like a saloon-cum-brothel. Get the Jenga or board games out, tuck into the burger or home-made Scotch eggs and check out the loo with gaping red-lipped urinals and tasteful illustrations of sex organs set to a heady soundtrack of Mozart and Beethoven. Epic. 84 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JL The Hunter S The Hunter S is a bad *ss boozer, named after the main man Hunter S Thompson himself so you know it’s gonna be slightly screwy. Settle into a leather couch under the copper ceiling amongst taxidermy and get stuck into the cocktails. You’ll have to go off menu but they’ll happily whip you up a Negroni or an Old Fashioned; just don’t go asking for a Pina Colada otherwise they’ll show you the door. Alternatively, opt for an ale and some gastro locally-sourced pub grub with a Pan European twist. 194 Southgate Rd, London N1 3HT

South 

Peckham

Montpellier Peckham’s twenty-something artists’ meets thirty-something freelancers’ haunt. Turquoise and blue walls, back room cinema playing independents, Flock & Herd pork scratchings 2-4-1 burgers on Monday and friendly (enough) staff. At the weekends they get DJs in and it gets rammed so beware. 43 Choumert Rd, London SE15 4AR The Gowlett This one’s a damn proper local boasting a healthy dose of cockney with a trickle of the bearded t*ts. There’s a terrace, a pool table, wood-fired pizza oven that does epic pizzas, resident dogs (big up Dallas), chesterfield sofas and football on the telly. On Thursdays, you could bring your own vinyl for Lucky 7s night and spin your fave tunes for 15 mins. Try not to be sh*t. 62 Gowlett Rd, London SE15 4HY

Battersea

Magic Garden This one looks like where you’d go to shroom with someone from the Balkans. Magic chips with truffle & parmesan, weird and brilliant live music and an outdoor garden decked out with Indian fabrics and fairy lights. Not a geezer’s pub, but if you like Glastonbury you’ll dig this. 231 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LG

Brixton

Prince of Wales A 1920s Art Deco Dancehall with a wooden dance floor, famous for it's two-tier terrace, world renowned DJs (think Giles Peterson etc.) and Turbosound system to soundtrack your day or night of absolute carnage. Not ready for what their 24 hour license has in store? Hit up the gastropub on the ground floor for wood-fired pizza and craft beer or find the speakeasy hidden on a secret floor that churns out the best cocktails in south London. 467- 469 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8HH Duke of Edinburgh This one’s got one of the biggest beer gardens in South London equipped with BBQ pit and bar so it gets ridiculous in the summer when some kinda big sports game hits the outdoor screen. The inside's all about loads of sofas for sprawling, ale, cask beer and pool table. The decor’s a bit common, but that’s not what you’re here for anyway. Hungry? They’ve got you sorted with a daily changing menu/catch-of-the-day. 204 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8AG beer.garden_cp.1024x682

Clapham

The Avalon With a raucous front bar, this pub has got some serious party feels from the second you walk in but hidden through the back door is an oasis-like garden with booths, beanbags and an outdoor bar. If you’re looking to get fed, park up in the Victoriana vibe dining room and get your fill of the big food that flies outta the kitchen. 16 Balham Hill, London SW12 9EB

 Camberwell

The Camberwell Arms The guys behind Waterloo's Hope and Anchor got hold of this place so the food's gone next level. The restaurant in the back is where you'll find BarChick getting a Sunday roast fix, but the old school boozer out front is where to hang with the locals and work the local beers.  Friday/Saturday nights have a bit of twenty/thirty-something party vibe but if it gets too much sneak up the stairs at the back of the pub into their speakeasy where killer cocktails await. 65 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR

Rotherhithe

The Mayflower For those lethargic 16th century evenings and hardcore pub enthusiasts. It was the original mooring point of Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower, but now it’s a boozing haven. Come for Blackout Sundays, which means no electricity past 6, or Wednesday Pie Nights. Perch by the latticework windows with real ale in hand and maybe hit up Sands Film Cinema beforehand to make it into a night. Views of The Thames are epic from here. 117 Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF 5712_160043_large

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Ivy House It's housed in a 1930s Grade II listed edifice, it's London’s first co-op pub, it’s got loads of charming and pervy punters and it’s a stomping ground for all the local dogs. But the clincher is the gold and wood music room that rocks with endless bizarre entertainment. Although massive supporters of the craft beer market (Brockley Brewery to Beavertown), they’re still keeping it proper with Guinness and Truman’s Runner for grandad. 40 Stuart Rd, London SE15 3BE The Old Nun’s Head They’ve gone ahead called themselves the ‘Ryan Gosling of Pubs’. Not sure what they’re on about, but we’re into it. Here’s the home of Burger Bear so Saturday nights are when you wanna hit it for insane burgers, Cask Mondays (3 quid pints of cask ale), craft beer and a tiki back garden that could go either way of the chill--->insane spectrum. Always good times. 15 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QQ

Dulwich

Great Exhibition Local Victorian boozer near Yummy Mummy Lane (Lordship Lane) with a mixed Dulwich crowd: mums, professional twenty-somethings, local shop owners and those who wanna cram as much booze into their Saturday afternoon as poss with an unlimited boozy brunch. Everyone’s chill, so probs not the place for you if you wanna get rowdy. They’ve got jazz on Sundays, 2-4-1 burger Mondays, bottomless brunches, Lucky Wednesdays (roll the dice and get a 6 and your meal’s on them) etc. All the gimmicky bullsh*t we all love. 193 Crystal Palace Rd, London SE22 9EP East Dulwich Tavern They’re all about their real ale, beers from South East breweries, fireplaces, skylights, jazz nights and monthly film nights. Come Summer, folding glass walls part and it turns part al fresco. No need to eat elsewhere cos they’ve got modern British pub fare, which you could eat whilst watching all the football. Whoever you are, you’ll fit right in. 1 Lordship Ln, London SE22 8EW EDT.004d

 New Cross

Royal Albert Victorian freehouse with velvet curtains, chesterfields, fairy lights and live jazz. This is where you’ll find London’s league of musicians and oddball characters. Grab a real ale or cider and join them. No need to migrate for dinner either as they’ve got far more than mum’s meat and two veg special. Think seasonal gastro dishes like creamed savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke gratin and game terrine. 460 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6TJ RoyalAlbert.1

Montague Arms

Medieval-looking pub in New Cross with low ceilings, taxidermy, cordage, sunken seats and other random memento mori and steampunk curios. It used to be a famous music venue, but now it’s where slightly sh*t but fun bands play. They’ve got craft beers on deck (including their very own brewed onsite) as most South London pubs seem to, but they’ve also got cracking guest ales from around the country. Come hungry as they’ll be sorting you out with American hot dogs, spit-roasted chicken or pies if you’re willing.

289 Queen's Rd, London SE14 2PA

West 

Notting Hill

The Cow One of London’s first gastropubs is still killing it. You get some of the best Guinness and oysters in town here. It also has the kind of feel-good-look-good crowd to get off on. Oh and did we mention the chicken kiev comes ON the bone? Yep. 89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH The Westbourne Come summer time this is the terrace in which you wanna hang. Team that with some really good pub grub, a great selection of Belgian beers, the fact that you can bring your dog and a really hot crowd and you have yourself a session. 101 Westbourne Park Villas, London W2 5ED westbourne.int.arton.crop Churchill Arms Apparently Winston Churchill’s grandparents were neckin’ em down here in the 19th century. Sick. They’ve got Thai curries, proper cask-conditioned ales and a Chelsea Flower Show win under their belt 'cos of their insane flower display covering the facade. 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN

Fulham

Harwood Arms The only Michelin-starred pub in London. Imagine that. Their wine list has over 200 bins, the spreads are seasonal with a bit of a twist on tradition and the decor is posh country in an airy space that’s been sitting pretty since the mid 19th century. Walham Grove, London SW6 1QP harwood White Horse BBQ, beer garden, cask ales alongside imported keg beers like Sierra Nevada and 135 bottled beers from all over right on the fringe of Parsons Green. It’s a pretty standard looking gastro pub, but it’s got some nice touches like the loos named ‘Pistols’ and ‘Dolls’, a couple of copper beer tanks and chandeliers in cages. We’re into it. 1-3 Parsons Green, Fulham, London SW6 4UL whitehorsesw6.gallery_02

Belgravia

Nag’s Head Mobiles are banned!! Mental.  The wood-panelled walls are covered with quirky sh*t (instruments, garden tools, cartoons) and ale comes from Adnams. It’s a proper geezers pub, so act the part and leave the phone at home. Leave your coat on the back of the chair or ask for chips with your meal and you’ll be told to f*ck off. Ok, not really, but you’ll be told off. Sounds like no one’s safe from a torrent of abuse, but it’s all a part of the charm. Just don’t be fussy and it’ll be grand. 53 Kinnerton St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8ED Star Tavern Underbelly types used to chill here and cook up cunning schemes. Now, it’s a bit of a mixed bag looking for gastro pub grub and Fuller’s ale. London’s Pride shall be slagged off no longer. Except the proper pub color palette of crimsons, browns and golds. Chandeliers, gilt mirrors and a roaring fire await you. 6 Belgrave Mews W, London SW1X 8HT The_Star_Tavern__016_4744

North 

Finsbury Park

Faltering Fullback Tucked away Irish pub with makeshift Thai counter for semi-late-night munchies, bric-a-brac hanging precariously from ceiling, caboose chairs and an all wood garden covered with trailing and potted plants. Nice.  There’s also quizzing and big screen sports for people who need more stimulation… 19 Perth Rd, London N4 3HB

Hampstead Heath

The Spaniards Inn The ultimate wood-panelled pub to warm up in after a hard session at Hampstead Heath. Settle in by the roaring fire and get them to make you a cocktail. Don’t go asking for a Sex on the Beach, we’re talking Hot Toddies, Hot Buttered Rum and very spicy Bloody Marys. There’s even a dog wash for your pooch. The gardens are grand, the booze is proper and the literary anecdotes are endless. Make like Dickens or Keats and get on with it. Spaniards Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ thespaniardshampstead.gallery_05

 Camden

The Hawley Arms Victorian boozer that survived the Great Fire of Camden and was restored thanks in part to the ledges that are Noel Fielding and Amy Winehouse. It’s a Greene King pub, so you know the lowdown when it comes to booze. BarChick says grab a Budvar and a pie, head up to the terrace and bliss out. You’re bound to find some band shoehorned into a corner playing angsty sh*t, but it’s all in good fun. 2 Castlehaven Rd, London NW1 8QU World’s End It’s absolute f*cking carnage at World’s End. Take this one in stride and in small doses. Alternatively, go apesh*t. No one will care. It’ll probably always be a landmark, but we’re not so sure if it’ll always be a novelty. Perch up on the mezzanine and watch all the crazed passerby below; you get it all at World’s End - the good, the bad and the horrendously ugly. 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE" ["post_title"]=> string(29) "The Ultimate London Pub Guide" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(29) "the-ultimate-london-pub-guide" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-05-31 11:37:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-05-31 10:37:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=58465" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> int(1) ["max_num_pages"]=> int(0) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(true) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(false) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(false) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_embed"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(true) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "a4abe74f0011a63bb3c14a0e5fd5de4d" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL ["compat_fields":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(15) "query_vars_hash" [1]=> string(18) "query_vars_changed" } ["compat_methods":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(16) "init_query_flags" [1]=> string(15) "parse_tax_query" } }

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The Ultimate London Pub Guide

The Ultimate London Pub Guide

Whether it’s for proper pints and dodgy locals or craft beers, hidden cocktail bars and insane roast dinners, pubs are a British institution, the stuff of legends. No matter what part of town you’re in, you’re never far from a bl**dy good pub, here are some of the best in London (and let us know if we’ve missed any epic ones!)

Central

Soho

The Toucan

This Soho institution packed with posters and toucans is pretty miniature and usually overflowing onto the streets. We like to perch on one of the Guinness glass bar stools with a plush cushion for a head and hit the bar snacks (spicy olives and peanuts). This place is known not just for its Guinness, but also for its oysters which are sourced from Rossmore County Cork. Not into oysters? Opt for an Irish stew or baked beans. Solid.

19 Carlisle St, London W1D 3BY

Shaston Arms

Friendly pub sticking to tradition with regional family brewers at the helm. Keep your eyes open for the fire engine red and there’s your portal; think good old ‘wooden round table two stool’ formula alongside some framed memorabilia, red galore and booths and that’s that.  The crowd are old school Soho, and crowds don’t get better than that.

4-6 Ganton St, London W1F 7QN

The French House

No music, no machines, no television and no mobile phones at this Grade II listed watering hole. Just booze, chatter and b&w photos of people from bygone eras. It’s a bit of a literary haunt, so if you’re an Archbishop of Banterbury this’ll suit you just fine. Although it deviates from the standard pub in that you’ll only get served a half pint if you fancy a beer cos they’re more about their vino, we still say it’s proper and no doubt a bucket list cert.

49 Dean St, London W1D 5BG

City

Ten Bells

This Georgian public house covered in original tile is apparently associated with Jack the Ripper, but those days are long gone. You can drink your 5 quid pint in peace now. Mostly…They’ve even got their own session lager called Belllend that BarChick rates. They’ve got food locked down here as well with a brunch offering, basic bits and bobs and unusual cuts. If you’re in need of a change of scenery, head upstairs to the killer cocktail bar set on bring Warsaw to East London.

84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY

Water Poet

Wicked beer garden, hog roasts, craft beers (Meantime to Camden), pool tables and a weird *ss mannequin by the bar throwing up the rock on hand sign. The crowd’s a little less wanky banker and a little more country lad meets urbanite, but they’ve got a room to match any kinda human. They’ve even got a barn out back with mismatched fittings and painting clusters if you wanna booze like you’re at nan’s local in the heart of the country.

9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX

Holborn

Princess Louise

Ornate Victorian pub with Samuel Smith beers, etched glass panels, oak furnishings and a helluva lot of other intricate decor. Sidle up to the island bar or one of the frosted glass booths, get an ale in you saloon style and get stuck.

208 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EP

Ship Tavern

16th century mahogany pub that used to serve as a safe haven for Catholics during the reign of Henry VIII. Some say the screams of unfortunate priests who were executed after being discovered in hiding in a tunnel in the cellar can still be heard today. Creepy. Make like captain and sit yourself at one of the burnt orange booths closest to the ‘galley’. Pewters of real ale, cockles, mussels and sausage rolls beside the glow of a candelabra? Yes mate.

12 Gate St, London WC2A 3HP

Clerkenwell

Jerusalem Tavern

This 90s baby with 18th century decor gets rammed, so don’t go rocking up at 11 pm. If you do, you’re guaranteed to not snag a seat by the roaring fire or any seat for that matter, but you’ll be generously welcomed to a pint and such. St. Peter’s brewery is at the helm, so take advantage of a proper premium-strength IPA. Wanna take the party home with you? Opt for a five-litre mini-keg on your way out. But if you plan to stay a while, match it up with some smart pub snacks.

55 Britton St, London EC1M 5UQ

Betsy Trotwood

Four-storey revamped Victorian boozer with a bar at street level, a pint-sized stage in a cavernous cellar (think cosmic country blues played by ledges like The Goat Roper Band) and an upper-level acoustic room/bar. Booze wise you’ll be drinking Shepherd Neame ales, special Bloody Marys for under a fiver and filling up on solid pub food. Get into the mix of suits skiving off work and twenty/thirty somethings who dig music.

56 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL

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East 

Shoreditch

Owl & Pussycat

Gastropub in Shoreditch with all the trappings of gentrified but not soulless local: chesterfields, caged pendant bulbs, light teal paint and frame clusters. Nab a seat by the fire in winter or the terrace all year round. Downstairs gets rammed as that’s where you’ll find the pumps, but upstairs is more sit down Victorian dining room style.

34 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP

The Crown & Shuttle

It’s not a stock-looking pub equipped with roaring fire and stained glass, but that’s no matter cos you’re going to this one for the massive garden and craft beer. They’ve got a rotating selection of cask ales, but they’re well into their IPAs so don’t limit yourself. Inside is all exposed brick, high ceilings, vibrant fittings and scattered white and blue enamelware filled with burgers, wings, chilli cheese fries and the like. They’ve even got a secret cocktail bar upstairs if you’re feeling a bit naughty.

226 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PJ

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Well & Bucket

Take an old leather shop, strip back the dodgy décor, throw in a couple of oysters and you’ve got yourself an East London boozer with a bit of edge. Inside is super spacious and fitted with shiny brass piping, polished tiles and portraits of skeletons in suits…so it might be something granddad or nan will scoff at but you probs won’t be bringing them here anyway. It’s a place for mates. They’ve got a decent selection of beer from craft ale and local lagers to cask classics and the menu’s pretty grand as well with an epic oyster list, Louisiana hot wings and chilli fries.

143 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG

The Birdcage

This green tiled Victorian gastropub at the end of Columbia road sits snug and pretty on the fringe of the Sunday flower market, but even on other days it’s still a beaut. Hit The Birdcage up for karaoke on the weekends and you’ll find yourself in the midst of slightly wonky locals and East End cool cats or drop by anytime for proper game of pool with your mates.

80 Columbia Rd, London E2 7QB

Bethnal Green

Sebright Arms

Tarted up with wood, crimson paint and stained glass, this boozer’s got epic Bunsmiths burgers, a bit of a grotty basement venue and craft ales from top notch micro-breweries. You might find the kind of lads who use beard oil here, but it’s all good vibes.

31-35 Coate St, London E2 9AG

Sun Tavern

The dudes behind Discount Suit Company refurbished this Victorian pub and made it look like New York diner with red bar stools, bare brick and pendant filament bulbs. The menu’s dominated by a short cocktail list, Irish spirits and ales from local microbreweries. They’ve even got a selection of poitin (v. potent) if you’re serious about your gaelic roots or your booze.

441 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN

London Fields

Cat & Mutton

This revamped 300 year old boozer right by London Fields is epic.  Keep it classic on the ground floor (think gastropub meets saloon meets diner) where you’ll find a lengthy bar, ale and craft beer, tin ceilings plus some wacky taxidermied muttons; or leave your pint downstairs (seriously, rules are rules) and wind your body up the spiral staircase to Pearl’s for cocktails. Weekend nights are when the party happens; expect retro disco and soul to be spinning.

76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

The Dolphin

If you haven’t woken up with a Dolphin stamp on your face or *rse, you haven’t lived. R. Kelly is played every hour alongside other RnB bangers, there are no locks on the loos, it’s carnage in the garden and on the dancefloor and the staff are f*cking cool as. Do a shot, eat a greasy burger and forget who are and where you came from. The English way.

165 Mare St, London E8 3RH

The People’s Park Tavern

The stuff of legends. Wicked huge beer garden, traditional pub fare and a range of their own beer brewed on site.  Yeah, it sounds like your basic public house by a park, but the garden thrusts it into a different caliber. It’s massive, on the edge of Victoria Park, equipped for all seasons and drenched in green. To seal the deal they’ve also got hearty roasts and fire pits. Wanna do like BarChick? Commandeer one of the cabanas outside and stick it out till the end like a champ.

360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT

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Hackney

The Hemingway

Taxidermy, old portraits of crooners and Chesterfields adorn this pub that’s well into meat and bourbon and looks a bit like a saloon-cum-brothel. Get the Jenga or board games out, tuck into the burger or home-made Scotch eggs and check out the loo with gaping red-lipped urinals and tasteful illustrations of sex organs set to a heady soundtrack of Mozart and Beethoven. Epic.

84 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JL

The Hunter S

The Hunter S is a bad *ss boozer, named after the main man Hunter S Thompson himself so you know it’s gonna be slightly screwy. Settle into a leather couch under the copper ceiling amongst taxidermy and get stuck into the cocktails. You’ll have to go off menu but they’ll happily whip you up a Negroni or an Old Fashioned; just don’t go asking for a Pina Colada otherwise they’ll show you the door. Alternatively, opt for an ale and some gastro locally-sourced pub grub with a Pan European twist.

194 Southgate Rd, London N1 3HT

South 

Peckham

Montpellier

Peckham’s twenty-something artists’ meets thirty-something freelancers’ haunt. Turquoise and blue walls, back room cinema playing independents, Flock & Herd pork scratchings 2-4-1 burgers on Monday and friendly (enough) staff. At the weekends they get DJs in and it gets rammed so beware.

43 Choumert Rd, London SE15 4AR

The Gowlett

This one’s a damn proper local boasting a healthy dose of cockney with a trickle of the bearded t*ts. There’s a terrace, a pool table, wood-fired pizza oven that does epic pizzas, resident dogs (big up Dallas), chesterfield sofas and football on the telly. On Thursdays, you could bring your own vinyl for Lucky 7s night and spin your fave tunes for 15 mins. Try not to be sh*t.

62 Gowlett Rd, London SE15 4HY

Battersea

Magic Garden

This one looks like where you’d go to shroom with someone from the Balkans. Magic chips with truffle & parmesan, weird and brilliant live music and an outdoor garden decked out with Indian fabrics and fairy lights. Not a geezer’s pub, but if you like Glastonbury you’ll dig this.

231 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LG

Brixton

Prince of Wales

A 1920s Art Deco Dancehall with a wooden dance floor, famous for it’s two-tier terrace, world renowned DJs (think Giles Peterson etc.) and Turbosound system to soundtrack your day or night of absolute carnage. Not ready for what their 24 hour license has in store? Hit up the gastropub on the ground floor for wood-fired pizza and craft beer or find the speakeasy hidden on a secret floor that churns out the best cocktails in south London.

467- 469 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8HH

Duke of Edinburgh

This one’s got one of the biggest beer gardens in South London equipped with BBQ pit and bar so it gets ridiculous in the summer when some kinda big sports game hits the outdoor screen. The inside’s all about loads of sofas for sprawling, ale, cask beer and pool table. The decor’s a bit common, but that’s not what you’re here for anyway. Hungry? They’ve got you sorted with a daily changing menu/catch-of-the-day.

204 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8AG

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Clapham

The Avalon

With a raucous front bar, this pub has got some serious party feels from the second you walk in but hidden through the back door is an oasis-like garden with booths, beanbags and an outdoor bar. If you’re looking to get fed, park up in the Victoriana vibe dining room and get your fill of the big food that flies outta the kitchen.

16 Balham Hill, London SW12 9EB

 Camberwell

The Camberwell Arms

The guys behind Waterloo’s Hope and Anchor got hold of this place so the food’s gone next level. The restaurant in the back is where you’ll find BarChick getting a Sunday roast fix, but the old school boozer out front is where to hang with the locals and work the local beers.  Friday/Saturday nights have a bit of twenty/thirty-something party vibe but if it gets too much sneak up the stairs at the back of the pub into their speakeasy where killer cocktails await.

65 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR

Rotherhithe

The Mayflower

For those lethargic 16th century evenings and hardcore pub enthusiasts. It was the original mooring point of Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower, but now it’s a boozing haven. Come for Blackout Sundays, which means no electricity past 6, or Wednesday Pie Nights. Perch by the latticework windows with real ale in hand and maybe hit up Sands Film Cinema beforehand to make it into a night. Views of The Thames are epic from here.

117 Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF

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Nunhead

Ivy House

It’s housed in a 1930s Grade II listed edifice, it’s London’s first co-op pub, it’s got loads of charming and pervy punters and it’s a stomping ground for all the local dogs. But the clincher is the gold and wood music room that rocks with endless bizarre entertainment. Although massive supporters of the craft beer market (Brockley Brewery to Beavertown), they’re still keeping it proper with Guinness and Truman’s Runner for grandad.

40 Stuart Rd, London SE15 3BE

The Old Nun’s Head

They’ve gone ahead called themselves the ‘Ryan Gosling of Pubs’. Not sure what they’re on about, but we’re into it. Here’s the home of Burger Bear so Saturday nights are when you wanna hit it for insane burgers, Cask Mondays (3 quid pints of cask ale), craft beer and a tiki back garden that could go either way of the chill—>insane spectrum. Always good times.

15 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QQ

Dulwich

Great Exhibition

Local Victorian boozer near Yummy Mummy Lane (Lordship Lane) with a mixed Dulwich crowd: mums, professional twenty-somethings, local shop owners and those who wanna cram as much booze into their Saturday afternoon as poss with an unlimited boozy brunch. Everyone’s chill, so probs not the place for you if you wanna get rowdy. They’ve got jazz on Sundays, 2-4-1 burger Mondays, bottomless brunches, Lucky Wednesdays (roll the dice and get a 6 and your meal’s on them) etc. All the gimmicky bullsh*t we all love.

193 Crystal Palace Rd, London SE22 9EP

East Dulwich Tavern

They’re all about their real ale, beers from South East breweries, fireplaces, skylights, jazz nights and monthly film nights. Come Summer, folding glass walls part and it turns part al fresco. No need to eat elsewhere cos they’ve got modern British pub fare, which you could eat whilst watching all the football. Whoever you are, you’ll fit right in.

1 Lordship Ln, London SE22 8EW

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 New Cross

Royal Albert

Victorian freehouse with velvet curtains, chesterfields, fairy lights and live jazz. This is where you’ll find London’s league of musicians and oddball characters. Grab a real ale or cider and join them. No need to migrate for dinner either as they’ve got far more than mum’s meat and two veg special. Think seasonal gastro dishes like creamed savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke gratin and game terrine.

460 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6TJ

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Montague Arms

Medieval-looking pub in New Cross with low ceilings, taxidermy, cordage, sunken seats and other random memento mori and steampunk curios. It used to be a famous music venue, but now it’s where slightly sh*t but fun bands play. They’ve got craft beers on deck (including their very own brewed onsite) as most South London pubs seem to, but they’ve also got cracking guest ales from around the country. Come hungry as they’ll be sorting you out with American hot dogs, spit-roasted chicken or pies if you’re willing.

289 Queen’s Rd, London SE14 2PA

West 

Notting Hill

The Cow

One of London’s first gastropubs is still killing it. You get some of the best Guinness and oysters in town here. It also has the kind of feel-good-look-good crowd to get off on. Oh and did we mention the chicken kiev comes ON the bone? Yep.

89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH

The Westbourne

Come summer time this is the terrace in which you wanna hang. Team that with some really good pub grub, a great selection of Belgian beers, the fact that you can bring your dog and a really hot crowd and you have yourself a session.

101 Westbourne Park Villas, London W2 5ED

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Churchill Arms

Apparently Winston Churchill’s grandparents were neckin’ em down here in the 19th century. Sick. They’ve got Thai curries, proper cask-conditioned ales and a Chelsea Flower Show win under their belt ‘cos of their insane flower display covering the facade.

119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN

Fulham

Harwood Arms

The only Michelin-starred pub in London. Imagine that. Their wine list has over 200 bins, the spreads are seasonal with a bit of a twist on tradition and the decor is posh country in an airy space that’s been sitting pretty since the mid 19th century.

Walham Grove, London SW6 1QP

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White Horse

BBQ, beer garden, cask ales alongside imported keg beers like Sierra Nevada and 135 bottled beers from all over right on the fringe of Parsons Green. It’s a pretty standard looking gastro pub, but it’s got some nice touches like the loos named ‘Pistols’ and ‘Dolls’, a couple of copper beer tanks and chandeliers in cages. We’re into it.

1-3 Parsons Green, Fulham, London SW6 4UL

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Belgravia

Nag’s Head

Mobiles are banned!! Mental.  The wood-panelled walls are covered with quirky sh*t (instruments, garden tools, cartoons) and ale comes from Adnams. It’s a proper geezers pub, so act the part and leave the phone at home. Leave your coat on the back of the chair or ask for chips with your meal and you’ll be told to f*ck off. Ok, not really, but you’ll be told off. Sounds like no one’s safe from a torrent of abuse, but it’s all a part of the charm. Just don’t be fussy and it’ll be grand.

53 Kinnerton St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8ED

Star Tavern

Underbelly types used to chill here and cook up cunning schemes. Now, it’s a bit of a mixed bag looking for gastro pub grub and Fuller’s ale. London’s Pride shall be slagged off no longer. Except the proper pub color palette of crimsons, browns and golds. Chandeliers, gilt mirrors and a roaring fire await you.

6 Belgrave Mews W, London SW1X 8HT

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North 

Finsbury Park

Faltering Fullback

Tucked away Irish pub with makeshift Thai counter for semi-late-night munchies, bric-a-brac hanging precariously from ceiling, caboose chairs and an all wood garden covered with trailing and potted plants. Nice.  There’s also quizzing and big screen sports for people who need more stimulation…

19 Perth Rd, London N4 3HB

Hampstead Heath

The Spaniards Inn

The ultimate wood-panelled pub to warm up in after a hard session at Hampstead Heath. Settle in by the roaring fire and get them to make you a cocktail. Don’t go asking for a Sex on the Beach, we’re talking Hot Toddies, Hot Buttered Rum and very spicy Bloody Marys. There’s even a dog wash for your pooch. The gardens are grand, the booze is proper and the literary anecdotes are endless. Make like Dickens or Keats and get on with it.

Spaniards Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ

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 Camden

The Hawley Arms

Victorian boozer that survived the Great Fire of Camden and was restored thanks in part to the ledges that are Noel Fielding and Amy Winehouse. It’s a Greene King pub, so you know the lowdown when it comes to booze. BarChick says grab a Budvar and a pie, head up to the terrace and bliss out. You’re bound to find some band shoehorned into a corner playing angsty sh*t, but it’s all in good fun.

2 Castlehaven Rd, London NW1 8QU

World’s End

It’s absolute f*cking carnage at World’s End. Take this one in stride and in small doses. Alternatively, go apesh*t. No one will care. It’ll probably always be a landmark, but we’re not so sure if it’ll always be a novelty. Perch up on the mezzanine and watch all the crazed passerby below; you get it all at World’s End – the good, the bad and the horrendously ugly.

174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE