As Europe’s largest capital, it is no surprise that London has an incredible array of bars, brasseries and bistros. With hundreds of pubs in London to choose from, it can be very hard to know where to go. After walking the streets of London, you might just need to rest the legs and enjoy a quiet pint. To help you make the most of your time in London, we’ve put together a useful guide to London pubs. These are pubs that have been personally visited by members of our staff. We’ll do our best to provide options of where’s good for a pint, where to get some tasty traditional London pub grub and also where’s hip to hang out in London these days.
First of all, here are some good pubs in central London. Starting with Leicester Square, we’ll recommend several types of pubs in that area before moving on to nearby central London areas such as Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Soho.
A favourite haunt just off Leicester Square is Waxy O’Connors and Waxy’s Little Sister, two popular Irish bars. Waxy’s is on Rupert Street, London W1F 7FN and is within walking distance of Leicester Square and Picadilly Circus tube stations. The stunning interior and unusual layout of this sprawling bar is reason enough to pay a visit. Food is served until 7pm, with traditional bangers and mash being a favourite of ours!
At night time however, Waxy’s is a popular London pub night spot. Popular with Londoners, resident Irish and visitors from abroad, expect it to be thronged on Friday and Saturday nights. There is no resident dj in this London pub but live music is held there several nights of the week. Waxy’s Little Sister is just across the road and is much smaller and cosier, the quieter option if you just want to have a chat and a drink with friends.
If it’s cocktails you’re after, head to Metra Bar & Club on London’s Leicester Square. Metra is a stylish late night venue that holds 3 bars and a VIP area. This trendy London pub is well staffed and skilled bartenders will create beautiful cocktail creations for you.
However if your London trip is on a tighter budget, head to Soho’s Bar Room Bar (BRB for short). Situated in London’s China Town on Gerrard Street, BRB offers the most reasonable priced drinks in Soho. If in London town on a Thursday, head to BRB which you’ll find packed with punters availing of their fabulous 2 for 1 cocktails.
For late drinks, Bar Soho on Old Compton Street is the place to head for. It’s a small enough pub but there is a great atmosphere, especially Thursdays to Sundays. Drink prices are reasonable for London and the music is good too. So, if you’re in London to let your hair down at the weekend, check out Bar Soho and see for yourself.
Covent Garden is a central, buzzing and picturesque area of London so it’s no surprise that it is a popular destination for tourists. It’s a case of ‘too many bars, not enough time’ so we’ll do our best to steer you in the direction of the local hotspots.
If you’re looking for a nice place to eat and drink in the Covent Garden area of London, try and find the Fuel Bar at 21, The Market. It’s slightly hidden away so it’s more of a Londoners haunt rather than tourists. The Fuel Bar is a little gem of a London pub. Little alcoves and a balcony overlooking Covent Garden adds to the great atmosphere. It holds a late license and also serves food until near midnight, the perfect place to relax and experience a good London pub.
The Roundhouse pub on Garrick Street is the closest thing to an old man’s pub in Convent Garden. The Roundhouse is a refreshing change from the stylised bars that are prominent all over London. The crowd is generally a 50 / 50 mix of Londoners and tourists, all enjoying good food and drink and reasonable prices. Steak and pies seem to be a firm favourite all round.
For a classy night out in Covent Garden however, we would recommend that you pay a visit to the International on St Martins Lane. This bar / restaurant in the heart of London’s West End overlooks Trafalgar Square. The décor is contemporary with luxurious sofas in its spacious interior. Sample some oriental delicacies at the International’s pan Asian restaurant or, for those not hungry enough for dinner; delicious bar food is also available throughout the day and night. Fine champagnes, wines and spectacular cocktails add to the sophisticated ambiance, the ideal backdrop for a celebration or gathering.
If you’re on the other side of Leicester Square, you may want to check out a pub or two in Mayfair or Greenpark. The Embassy on Old Burlington Street in Mayfair is a trendy spot with a clubby atmosphere. The Embassy’s restaurant section provides culinary delights for their Michelin award winning chef, Garry Hollihead. If you like your food, the spacious seating, excellent service with delicious food puts the Embassy at the top of your list. It may not be cheap, but the attention to detail is a price worth paying.
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