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Top 5 London Pubs

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One of my favourite things to do in London is meet friends for a glass of wine or a pint at the pub. Whether it’s after work or on the weekend, a good pub in London isn’t hard to find.

Which one you choose will obviously depend on what type of atmosphere or appeal you’re looking for. Some are known for their amazing food others for their chilled-out atmosphere or massive beer garden. I’ll be selling my extended London Travel Guide soon which has a larger list of recommended pubs in the Capital, but until then, have a look at my top 5 list below.








  1. The Duke of Edinburgh

This pub has arguably one of the best and biggest beer gardens in London. The crowd is quite good and they do a great BBQ in the summer.

Duke of Edinburgh Pub Brixton

Photo Courtesy of The Duke of Edinburgh Photo Gallery

2. The Kings Arms

This is a great pub just next to Waterloo station but what most people don’t know is that it has some of the best Thai food in the city. I usually stop in here on a weeknight to grab a bite to eat and a drink with friends.

The Kings Arms thai food london waterloo

Photo Courtesy of The Kings Arms Photo Gallery

3. The Beast of Brixton

One of the best roasts I’ve ever had in London. You may have some trouble finding it the first time you visit as it’s just above a coffee shop, but once you do, you’ll be glad you did!

beast of brixton pub roast

4. The Wheatsheaf

Whenever I need a pick-me up after a long week at work, I come to the Wheatsheaf on a Thursday night to blow off steam. It’s great location for me as I work in Canary Wharf so only takes 15 minutes on the Jubilee line. It’s also good for those who want to escape the typical city crowd near Bank.

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Photo Courtesy of The Wheatsheaf Photo Gallery


5. The Water Poet

I know I’ve been giving the south preferential treatment thus far, so I’ve made sure to include a favourite of mine North of the river. The Water Poet has it all. A beer garden, pool parlour, pub quizzes, and much much more.

pub london water poet

Photo Courtesy of The Water Poet Photo Gallery

I’ll leave you with this thought…

UK Pub Map Joke

“This map of every pub in the UK is super helpful” – photo and caption courtesy or Reddit user ar_604

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