A London pub with an alleged founding date of 1752. It's very famous because it was inhabited by the famous Jack the Ripper, as well as some of his prostitute victims. It was used to shoot the film about the same character From Hell, starring Johnny Depp, recreating the original atmosphere of the pub. It's worth having a pint there, especially at night. There is even talk of a sinister ghost - who knows.
It's not easy to stay half an hour inside, because of the cold. A bar for lovers of cold and ice. I'm Southern, of tapas and cold beer, it's still interesting to see how your feet stick to the floor, with ice sculptures around and see everyone with blue Eskimos hoods ...
The place is very nice and in a very busy area, it has a few tables on the sidewalk, classic English glass windows, typical plants and flowers hanging on balconies at the front and its 's very warm and cozy inside. Though it was quite cool and cloudy we preferred to sit outside and watch people because it's often more fun especially when one doesn't know the place. We ordered rich cold beers and ham and cheese toasted sandwiches and although prices were not very reasonable the beer and kind attention well worth it. We were recommended to eat fish and chips but left quickly because there was still plenty to see. It has free WIFI service and live music shows every other Thursday.
This pub is one of London's best kept secrets. It cannot be classified as a gastropub, because the only thing you'll find there are people who work in London City, who are stopping by to have a beer after work.
It opened in 1546, but was demolished and rebuilt in 1772. It is difficult to find, because it is completely surrounded by houses. You have to enter through a sort of hole in a wall that leads to the alley in which it is located. You will not find anything more authentic, nothing so English.
The lovely traditional pub The Clatchan is one of the busiest in Soho. The atmosphere after office hours is spectacular. As is usually crowded inside it's very common to have a drink on the sidewalk, talking to a lot of unknown English people. The Clatchan is famous for its great atmosphere but mostly for its variety of excellent beers.
What better than to have a beer, or two, in a typical English pub at end the day? After the delights and treasures of the British Museum we went straight to the pub, which is just opposite the museum. It was warm and just entering the aroma of beer invaded our senses. We sat at the bar and asked for advice, and so began our beer tasting, blonde and black paraded through our glasses, we even had the green Saint Patrick's Day beer. The absence of bubbles and the bitter and sweet flavors made them perfect candidates for repetition.
The White Horse is on Newburgh street, a street parallel to the famous Carnaby Street. It's part of Soho where the day is for shopping and the night is for the pubs, bars and nightclubs. It's a quiet place to go with the girlfriend. The music is strong, there are many people, it's very central and attracts the best and worst of London tourism. After 9 pm some have drunk more than reasonable and I don't recommend you go. But the day is nice because it has a terrace and you see the animation of Carnaby Street. The mix of tourists and people who work in the neighborhood helps the atmosphere, a family place where everyone is known and are armed for passionate conversations. But as I said, good for an afternoon beer that isn't too expensive.
The Three Stags pub is just outside Waterloo station, leading to the historic district of Lower Marsh. It's very residential but people usually gather here because it's very convenient to reach - the black underground line is a 5 minute walk, Lambeth North being the nearest station. The pub organizes typical events like live music, transmission of rugby and football matches and the famous Quiz Night, where each table is a team answering general knowledge questions to win prizes. The food is pretty good but it's an expensive area so don't expect big portions for your money. Starters cost about 6 pounds, with an assortment of sandwiches and quiches to eat quickly, then the dishes are 8-12 pounds. The waiters are not as pleasant but there's a good atmosphere.
The Belgravia is a pub in central London, on Ebury Street, Pimlico. Like many pubs and restaurants it was installed in a basement, but in this case it also has a terrace below street level. It felt a little weird with people passing above, but in the end it's a terrace and in London there aren't many. The full name is Belgravia Public House, they have large screens to watch sport and their website has the schedule of events. If you want to have a party they have a private room and serve free food for 10 people, you only pay for your beers! The menu includes light snacks to accompany drinks such as Thai fishcakes, chicken wings, steak, nachos and stuffed potatoes for less than 5 pounds. The baguettes and burgers are also very cheap, 3.50-5 pounds and looked good.
This small pub is located next to the Borough Market in the Southwark neighborhood. This part of southern London is very popular thanks to the market, which is one of the best food markets in the city. When the pubs are too touristic they lose that particular atmosphere that makes them so special. The Bunch of Grapes pub itself still has that touch. They serve homestyle food, but the service can be a little slow. There is an inner patio, which is usually occupied by smokers but it's nice to have an outdoor space without being on the sidewalk. The decor is quite classic, but maybe a little too dark. The menu is good priced for the neighborhood, you can order stuffed potatoes for about 5 pounds or steak for around 10 pounds. They serve classic pub food, but it's great.
This Carnaby Street pub is called Shakespeare's Head and was built in 1735. Initially it belonged to the brothers Thomas and John Shakespeare, who were relatives of the famous writer. Local merchants were grouped by profession and this was the place of haberdashery. There was also a school for riding. Now the pub is on one of the busiest streets in London, it's a classic pub with easy access to London. I like neighborhood pubs and this one is nicely decorated, has a good selection of beers and isn't very expensive.
The Duke of Sussex is a pub located behind the Waterloo train station, a convenient place to meet with people. At the same time, it is not right in front of the station, so it doesn't bring in all the people who are taking the train every day, so it's a bit quieter. The façade has old decorations from when the pub was called the Truman Handbury Buxton, but the interior is completely renovated, but still has a old, homely touch. The Ales start at 2.60 pounds, which is cheap for London. The Ale is the reason for which the English are going to the pub. They are original, and can't be found in many places and vary throughout the year. They drink them at room temperature, while the beers are cold. At noon there are good deals on the food, which is the typical pub food: mash and sausages, meat pie, pork and lamb with mash.
The Porterhouse is just behind the famous Covent Garden Market Hall, in the heart of London. It's an Irish restaurant which offers beers from all over the world. We went after work, between Christmas and New Year, a time that's usually quite low for pubs and restaurants, but the place was very busy. The beers are classified by type and country. We tried beer from Laos, Negra Modelo of Mexico, Irish Stout beer (which is black as Guinness), Quilmes of Argentina and Indonesian beer - a world tour in 2 hours! Outside there's a terrace with umbrellas and heaters but it was still cold and we were unable to get a table inside because it was so crowded. The waiters are very professional, I was fascinated as I could order any beer and know where to go to get it. The whole place is decorated with beer bottles. They offer some food with dishes starting at noon for 4.50 pounds.
You will find this lovely old pub, the Thameside Inn, next to the old boat and the palace. Before, it was an inn, a kind of hostel where you could stay. The rooms have been renovated and it is now a nice restaurant overlooking the river and the Tower Bridge. It is quite popular, especially in summer. To get there you can take the pedestrian walkway from Tower Bridge, you will pass several restaurants and bars on the way. The drinks are a bit more expensive than in a neighborhood pub but not as much as I thought. They have a good assortment of half-liter beers for around £4.50.
The Globe Tavern is a pub located just off London's Borough Market. There is an old wooden bar counter and the walls covered with paintings. Borough Market is the oldest food market in London and the pub gives the impression that it opened its doors together with the market 250 years ago. People who go to the pub is usually people from the neighborhood. Here is a pretty touristy place then the service will be bad just because I think so. The beers include the classics, plus a small assortment of "guest ales" served seasonal beers while. The bathroom was not very clean and overlooked the kitchen did not feel like eating.
We went to Duke to celebrate New Year's. We arrived early enough so the place wasn't too full yet. This bar has a small upstairs room, but the atmosphere is below. At the bar they prepare incredible cocktails, Mai Tais, Cosmopolitans, etc, but they also offer some original creations. It's a bit pricey at £ 6.50 a cocktail, but it is a normal price around here. The bar is just behind the famous Oxford shopping street, so the pubs and restaurants in the area are usually pricier. The staff was very pleasant, we even stayed at the bar for a chat, the bartenders are from all around the world, each with his own recipe for a delicious cocktail. A little later, there is an entrance fee, about 5 pounds per person and I don't think that includes a drink. There is a DJ on Friday and Saturday night. Since the neighbourhood is more commercial than residential, people often come far away, simply because it's a good place to get together with friends who come from all around the city.
The Crooked Surgeon is a pub-restaurant just behind the pedestrian square in Leicester Square, in the heart of London. Leicester Square is the place that has the most cinemas and theaters in London, so it's usually crowded after movies and plays, when people share their opinions over a drink before heading home. The exact address is 5 Lisle street, on the left when you look at the north side of Leicester Square and the large Odeon cinema. Don't miss the pub, which is housed in a very old original building with a triangular roof. As you're in the West End it's not cheap but the pub has neat decoration, a decent selection of beers and meals a little more original than traditional pub food.
The Ebury Wine Bar is in the street of the same name, in Pimlico. Pimlico has a good assortment of restaurant and places to go like this and it's a 5 minute walk from Victoria Underground Station and train station. The Ebury is a classic of the street and one of the most popular wine bars in the city with over 40 years experience and a selection of wines from around the world. Normal wines cost 12-30 pounds/bottle, then there is a more exclusive menu. There is a set menu at noon until 14:30 and for pre-theater 6-8 pm. Two dishes costs 15.50, three are 18.50, then there's a bar menu that's available all day, it's a little more expensive but generally you only order a plate of cheese or sausage to accompany the wine. On Saturday there's a brunch 12-3 pm.