My Top 6 Favourite London pubs
Julie Falconer is a London-based travel writer and consultant. She is the author of the travel blog A Lady in London and runs a Europe travel website called VisitingEU, which offers information for independent travelers. You can follow her on Twitter at @aladyinlondon.
The Holly Bush in Hampstead, London
The Holly Bush pub in north London’s Hampstead is one of the coziest, most classic pubs in London.
With a maze-like series of rooms, plenty of fireplaces, and dark wood galore, it is the perfect place to curl up with a beer or cider on a winter afternoon or enjoy a full Sunday roast with friends or family.
The pub also has an upstairs dining room that offers a bit more of an upscale experience for those that want a quieter environment.
The Grazing Goat, Portman Square, Marylebone
Opened in late 2010, the Grazing Goat is a great addition to the gastropub group that includes the Thomas Cubitt in Belgravia and The Orange in Pimlico.
The pub is bright and airy during the day, but the rustic wooden tables and big fireplace make it a great place to while away an evening as well.
The food is excellent, if a bit pricey, and the drinks menu has something for everyone. If you’re too tired to go home at the end of the evening, there are rooms upstairs where you can stay the night.
The Windsor Castle, Campden Hill Road, Kensington
The Windsor Castle in Notting Hill a perennial London favorite.
Famous for having a series of historic rooms connected by tiny doorways (watch your head!), the pub is also known for its fantastic beer garden.
In the summer, the garden is the perfect place for a pitcher of Pimm’s, and many an afternoon has been spent enjoying the good food, beer, cider, and other drinks on offer there.
The Gun, Canary Wharf
Out in east London’s Canary Wharf, The Gun is one of the best classic pubs in a neighborhood that is mostly known for skyscrapers and contemporary architecture.
Situated right on the water with great views across the Thames, The Gun is the perfect spot for an after work drink or a dinner on the terrace.
On cold days, the interior warms with comfy chairs by the fire, a great indoor restaurant space, and a beautiful private dining room.
The Punch Bowl
Located in the heart of Mayfair near Hyde Park, the Punch Bowl is best known for being owned by film director Guy Ritchie.
But far from a sleek, modern pub that you might expect from a celebrity-owned establishment, the Punch Bowl has a great historic feel. Wooden booths and a long traditional bar give the Punch Bowl an amazing ambiance, and the dining area in the back is the perfect place to enjoy a meal.
The Fox and Anchor
Hidden away down a small side street near Smithfield market, the Fox & Anchor is one of the most beloved pubs in Farringdon.
The long, narrow bar area is a favorite hangout of both market workers and City professionals, and the dining room in the back has intimate, romantic alcoves that are perfect for dates or quiet dinners. The Fox & Anchor also has rooms upstairs, complete with gorgeous claw-foot bathtubs in the middle of the floor!