The real conviviality of the English people is easily found in its pubs. More than a bar, more than just a place to eat, a pub is a meeting place. Babies are welcome. Families are encouraged. Single women can feel at home in a pub, and couples will find candle light, fireside dining, and cozy corners to snuggle up in. While London now can claim to have some of the finest dining anywhere, it is in its pubs that you will find the homiest cuisine. So let’s take a tour of some favorite London pubs for a pint and a dish or two!
The Horniman at Hay’s Galleria sits on the river Thames right near Tower Bridge. It has tables outside by the river for the view and the sunshine and inside it is absolutely beautiful with crystal chandeliers and dark wood panelling. Try their justifiably famous Fish and Chips.
Established in 1675, The Guinea in Mayfair looks like a quintessential English pub on the outside. Open the door and walk in and take a seat at one of the comfy upholstered benches. The Guinea is famous for its savory pies and real ale. If you fancy a more formal meal walk next door to its adjoining restaurant the Guinea Grill for a wonderful aged steak and old world service.
True beer aficionados will want to visit The White Horse pub on Parsons Green for its long list of beers. This is where beer festivals are held and beer education occurs. Serious beer lovers congregate here. But along with its huge reputation for beer it holds a strong following in sway for its inventive pub food. So it makes a perfect destination for both.
The Red Lion on Duke of York Street is so pretty inside it is worth even a peek in. It is lined with beautiful cut glass mirrors and has great mahogany paneling. Classic pub food including sandwiches and salads make this a fun lunch stop when you are in the center of London. A beautiful old Victorian pub, Princess Louise on High Holborn has etched glass, wood panelling and comfortable booths to settle into. Delicious food and great beer prices make the Princess a favorite of Londoners.
For a family venue with a view of the river Thames, make your way to The Dickens Inn on St. Katherine Docks. It is fun, really pretty, full of atmosphere, and Charles Dickens’ grandson opened it! In addition to all this, they have frequent entertainment. It is also a beautiful location to spend an evening on a date night. Try their Fisherman’s Pie or the 28 day matured Rib Eye Steak. And finally, you can’t visit London without a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Pub for its dishes named after his books and a replica of his study upstairs. The food is lovely and the atmosphere absolutely superb.
Alex is a financial journalist and part time travel blogger. He loves blogging about exotic destinations and beautiful scenery although most of the time he only gets to write about financial issues such as mortgages, loans and umbrella companies .