unusual/interesting pubs to visit in London

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Scottishthreeberry16 Tue 19-Apr-16 06:28:22

Staying near Notting Hill next week for a long weekend but prepared to travel to interesting/quirky pubs.

Any suggestions?

VoyageOfDad Tue 19-Apr-16 06:33:13

The French House, Dean St Soho.

Only sell half pints, lots of artistic history, good for people watching if the weather's good.

TheDowagerCuntess Tue 19-Apr-16 06:34:31

The Holly Bush in Hampstead is nice.

hesterton Tue 19-Apr-16 06:38:20

The Dove on Chiswick Mall - overlooks the river and is ancient.

The Mayflower in Rotherhithe is similarly full of history.

And The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping.

DoctorTwo Tue 19-Apr-16 06:40:34

There's a pub opposite Borough Market called (IIRC) The Sothwark Tavern. It's a really gorgeous place with a gallery that's reputed to be the oldest galleried pub in England.

Failing that, The Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street for cheap (for London) beer

rubybleu Tue 19-Apr-16 07:15:02

There's one really close to where you're staying, the Churchill Arms. The owners bedeck the pub in the most amazing floral displays.

The Windsor Castle (Holland Park/Notting Hill) is beautiful and great for celeb spotting.

The Prospect of Whitby is good as its got a lovely aspect on the river as Hesterton said, I also like The Grapes at Limehouse - owned by Ian McKellen.

Yeahsure Tue 19-Apr-16 07:18:37

Fleet Street area is great for old pubs. Spaniards Inn is oldest pub in England (I think! that may not be right), that's in Hampstead. In terms of pretty tradiotnal-ish pubs - Engineer in Primrose Hill is just lovely and by canal. Richmond pubs on the river.

GoldPlatedBacon Tue 19-Apr-16 07:20:38

Gordon's wine bar, Villiers street

Ifailed Tue 19-Apr-16 07:23:48

Borough Market called (IIRC) The Sothwark Tavern
I think you mean The George?

FruStefanOla Tue 19-Apr-16 07:41:50

I was going to suggest The Churchill too, ruby! If you like Thai food, Scottishthree, The Churchill is your ideal combo of quirky pub and Thai food www.churchillarmskensington.co.uk/!

If you're prepared to travel to Twickenham (easy by train) there are two pubs on Twickenham Riverside. The White Swan www.whiteswantwickenham.co.uk/ and the Barmy Arms www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/barmy-arms-twickenham/c0462/

In Greenwich there are The Trafalgar www.trafalgartavern.co.uk/ and The Cutty Sark www.cuttysarkse10.co.uk/ - both with views over the river.

FruStefanOla Tue 19-Apr-16 08:01:44

Just remembered a couple more. These are in Richmond (also easy by train).

The White Cross thewhitecrossrichmond.com/ on the river - high tide can be interesting! The Victoria Inn www.vicinnrichmond.com/ sort-of half way up Richmond Hill - its website is a bit basic, but it's reputed to be the smallest pub in the area (or wherever?!) and you'll get a charming welcome from the staff. We took some overseas rellies there for a drink and did the photo of them 'serving' behind the bar!

confusedofengland Tue 19-Apr-16 08:09:10

Shamelessly placemarking smile

Afraid I don't know of any interesting pubs as such, but I do know how you can get a free drink in lots of pubs around London grin

FruStefanOla Tue 19-Apr-16 08:25:13

Another one, but I can't remember what it was called as I haven't been there for donkey's years, is in a small mews in the Little Venice area. Google hasn't yielded anything that has jogged my memory yet - maybe a MNer local to the area can help?

Trills Tue 19-Apr-16 08:28:03

Ifailed Definitely the George not the Southwark Tavern!

senua Tue 19-Apr-16 08:34:44

The Grapes at Limehouse. Has a terrace onto the river.
Frequented by Dickens, owned by Gandalf.

bigfatfeet Tue 19-Apr-16 08:57:39

The Southwark Tavern, opposite the George, is pretty interesting too - it's an old debtor's prison, and still has the cells in the basement.

LyndaNotLinda Tue 19-Apr-16 09:08:22

The Black Friar next to Blackfriars station is a beautiful Art Nouveau pub. Short walk from Fleet St's Old Cheshire Cheese

Mooseville Tue 19-Apr-16 09:14:11

If you're in Notting Hill, the Cow is a great old boozer. There's a fab cocktail place called Trailer Happiness which is amazing!

SeaLionsOnMyShirt Tue 19-Apr-16 10:34:00

The Grenadier, just off Belgrave Square round the back of Hyde Park Corner is lovely.

I'd also recommend as above, the Churchill Arms in Kensington, the Dove in Hammersmith and the Holly Bush in Hampstead.

Ifailed Tue 19-Apr-16 10:34:21

I would just add a small warning, stay away from any of the central pubs in the early evening, especially on Fridays, as they will be absolutely rammed with after work drinkers. Unless you like waiting for 1/2 hour to be served and drinking on the pavement.

Ifailed Tue 19-Apr-16 10:37:20

one other, if you like quirky, old pubs. Ye Olde Mitre, off Hatton Garden is nice, but small. Good to visit mid-afternoon. You can admire the really expensive jewellery in Hatton Garden before hand!

limitedperiodonly Tue 19-Apr-16 11:00:05

I think it was the Prospect of Whitby that I ended up with my mum in one Saturday lunchtime. But any of those pubs facing the river in Wapping would be nice. It was this time of year, so very sunny but turned cold later. The tide was really high. It was wonderful eating fish and chips snug in a old wooden room with the river splashing against the windows. It's a bit of a trek from Notting Hill, but do-able. You go from Notting Hill to Whitechapel on the District line and the change to the East London line for Wapping.

limitedperiodonly Tue 19-Apr-16 11:02:59

Canalside pubs round Little Venice and Paddington Basin are easier for where you are OP. Sorry, but I can't think of any atm though.

superking Tue 19-Apr-16 11:08:28

Second Gordon's Wine Bar - it's like a pub in a cave! Very close to Charing Cross and Embankment.

limitedperiodonly Tue 19-Apr-16 11:14:50

I've been to Gordon's a few times and liked it. I also like Sunday afternoons in the Cork & Bottle in Leicester Square. It seems like the waste of a sunny day to spend it in a basement, but it's cosy and the wine list is good. It's not what it was, of course, but that's what all the old London bores say wink

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