Whether you’re looking for a cosy drinking establishment to enjoy a Sunday roast or more of a bustling boozer for after work drinks, we’ve listed just a few of our favourite London pubs to visit as we head into Autumn.
If you are looking for a traditional pub that serves up classic British pub food, then look no further. With everything freshly cooked to order using locally sourced produce where possible, The Hereford Arms, located in South Kensington is the idyllic location to spend a Sunday afternoon. Not only is the menu exquisite, you’ll find plenty of variety and value at the bar too.
Top dish: Fuller’s Frontier battered haddock & chips, crushed peas, tartare sauce, lemon
Location: 127 Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4TE
Once a meeting place for the French Resistance during the Second World War, the Grade II-listed French House is one of the most iconic pubs in Soho. Famous for drawing in actors, writers, artists and even royalty, this quaint little hotspot is the perfect place for after work drinks. Serving food during the daytime only and a policy of no music, no machines and no mobile phones makes it a haven for conservation and socialising.
Top dish: Confit garlic, goats curd on sourdough
Location: 49 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 5BG
Originally known as ‘Newlands Tavern’ The Ivy House is London’s first co-operatively owned pub and the first pub in the UK to be listed as an Asset of Community Value. Once a major pub venue in South London during the mid-1970’s pub rock boom, The Ivy House still enjoys an array of events ranging from live music to yoga classes. The traditional pub grub which is served up by their friendly and enthusiast staff, is a great place to take family or friends for a cosy weekend roast dinner this Autumn.
Top dish: Pulled pork in brioche and chips
Location: 40 Stuart Rd, London SE15 3BE
The Guinea Grill is well-known for being in the same spot since 1423. The pub, located in Mayfair, is renowned for its premium steak and kidney pies with suet lids and for serving some of the best steak around. This traditional old English pub is definitely one to check out if you’re looking for hearty pub grub and charming décor.
Top dish: Steak, kidney and mushroom pie
Location: 30 Bruton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 6NL
Famously known for becoming the first Public House in London to be awarded the Michelin Pub of the Year, the Marksman owned by Tom Harris and Jon Rotherham, is everything a London Pub should be. Divided into two floors, with the roof terrace open for alfresco dining, the Marksman serves a range of draught lagers, London ales and spirits along with a spectacular menu which serves resolutely British dishes.
Top dish: Braised Lamb neck, barley & green sauce
Location: 254 Hackney Rd, London E2 7SJ
Situated in the heart of Belgravia, The Thomas Cubitt is as picturesque as they come. The British gastropub is set over three unique and beautifully designed floors – the ground floor being host to the bar, whilst the upstairs areas are a more intimate and quieter area to dine in. The menu is quintessentially British, whilst the ingredients are all sustainably and locally sourced.
Top dish: Traditional breed beef fillet
Location: 44 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9PA
Arguably one of the oldest pubs in London – as it dates back to the 14th Century, The City Barge is positioned beautifully on the banks of the Thames, nestled in the area of Strand on the Green in Chiswick. The menu consists of an array of delicious locally sourced plates with seafood being a speciality. Sit back and enjoy a pint in their stunning panelled dining room, traditional London bar or simply outside by the river.
Top dish: Whole soft shell ‘Crabacado’ burger, den miso mayo & fries
Location: 27 Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, London W4 3PH
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