Our 3 favourite British Pubs in London
On most of London’s street corners you’ll find a local pub. Ranging from glamorous city pubs where young professionals mingle after work in their suits, to less glamorous (and less pricey) inns with a local band and curtains stolen from your great aunt’s front room. You will find a pub to suit all tastes.
With pints in London costing over 4 pounds you may want to make the right choice about where to spend an evening (and/or afternoon) getting involved in England’s famous pub culture. Here are some of our favourite haunts.
1. The Faltering Fullback (Finsbury Park, N4 3HB)
The pick of the pubs
Rated in several poles as one of the top 10 pubs in London, The Faltering Fullback offers something for everyone. Hidden behind its foliage-covered exterior you’ll find what seems to be a traditional Irish pub offering a good range of beers and ales. Continue to walk through to discover a large room with picnic tables and which offers a great atmosphere to watch rugby and football games (especially Arsenal). You’ll also find a Thai takeaway hidden in the corner! So not exactly traditional, but trust us, for just £6-£7 you can get truly delicious curries, noodles or rice dishes. When the Thai isn’t open (before 6:30pm) you can bring in food and takeaways from elsewhere. On a sunny day take your drink straight outside. Sit in the sun out on the tiered terrace amongst the hanging flowers.
2. Lamb and Flag (Covent Garden, WC2E 9EB)
A traditional English pub with proper pies and ales
If you’ve come to London looking for fish ‘n’ chips and a pint of ale in a historic English pub then this is the place for you. The Lamb and Flag was established almost 200 years ago and rumour is, it was Charles Dickens’ favourite watering hole! Tucked down a little side street, this pub has everything you imagine a good old British pub to have… an old fashioned wooden interior, a good range of beers and ales, a quintessentially British menu and endless amounts of character.
3. The Hawley Arms (Camden, NW1 8QU)
A pub that turns nightclub
The Hawley Arms is known for its most famous regular, the late Amy Winehouse. During the day it’s a “traditional pub” but at night time the real Camden locals (dressed in shades of black, with tattoos of mystical creatures) creep out of the woodwork. It then evolves into a chaotic and vibrant collection of creatives and music lovers enjoying the scene. All genres of music can be found here and dancing continues to 1am on weekend.