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Best London Pubs

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There are a large number of London pubs all around the capital - perfect for a refreshing pint and a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

London boasts a huge number of pubs and bars. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated central London pub, luxury bar or a traditional drinking establishment, you are sure to find something to suit you.

But, be warned, with drinks prices seemingly always going up expect to pay a minimum of £3 a pint in most independently-owned pubs.

However, there are a number of chain pubs in operation across the capital and a trip into any JD Wetherspoons will get you a recession-proof pint.

Pubs in West London

A short walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station will bring you to the Uxbridge Arms pub. Stocking a good selection of beers and ale at a reasonable price, this London pub is a real gem.

Tucked away from the crowds on the main street, the Uxbridge is a traditional local pub in the heart of a busy and thriving city.

A short tube journey to Shepherd's Bush will bring food aficionados within walking distance to The Eagle public house.

Boasting warm open fires, cosy sofas and a stylish and large beer garden, this is a great London pub to visit for a spot of warm and hearty British grub.

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Pubs in South London

South London is a very popular place for young professionals and students to live and as such has a large selection of fantastic pubs to choose from.

The Duke of Edinburgh is located a few minutes walk from Brixton station and is one of the best places to go for a quick pint in the area.

A large selection of ales, pub games and a surprisingly big beer garden out the back - which plays host to the annual Cider Festival and live bands - make it a great weekend hangout.

Alternatively, if live music is more your thing then a journey to Balham is a must. The Bedford pub regularly hosts up and coming bands, as well as club and comedy nights.

Split across two bars on the ground floor and a ballroom and two theatres, this London Pub was named the Publican's Music Pub of the Year back in 2002.

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Pubs in East London

Visitors to the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford are sure to be thirsty for a pint after their trip. As such, the King Edward VII is a popular haunt for the locals and visitors.

For Sunday visitors there is the chance to win some extra drink tokens at the bar by testing their knowledge in the quiz night.

The Morgan Arms is situated close to Mile End Tube and a short stroll to Victoria Park.

It was the winner of the Evening Standard Pub of the Year in 2005 and it remains a popular London pub.

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Pubs in North London

A trip to Camden Town is not complete with a stop for a drink in The Grand Union. This chain pub has a large selection of cocktails, gourmet burgers and regular DJs at the weekends.

There are also large screens which promise to show the major sporting events, so expect football during the winter and cricket in the summer months.

Also in Camden Town right outside the tube station is the World's End pub, this massive venue attracts a varied crowd and also hosts live music nights.

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Pubs in Central London

Located close to the American Embassy, the Bricklayers Arms offers a good choice of beers and is a popular London pub for locals, tourists and city workers.

Tottenham Court Road is the nearest tube station and any visitors are encouraged to try out the upstairs bar where during the winter an open fire roars.

A short stroll or a trip to Oxford Circus station will take you to the Champion, a traditional British pub in the heart of London there is a wide selection of beers and ales on offer at a more than reasonable price.

London pubs with beer gardens

When the summer arrives in London knowing the best bars for outdoor drinking is vital. With the smoking ban sending smokers into the pubs garden that outside space has become more important than ever.

The Albert - Regent's Park
Bar 38 - Canary Wharf
The Greenwich Union - Greenwich
Leather Bottle - Tooting

London pubs with live music

Many London pubs also double up as live music venues and can be a great place to catch the next big thing.

The Barfly - Camden Town
The Hope & Anchor - Islington
Cargo - Shoreditch

London pubs with great food

From traditional pub grub to more modern takes on meals, grabbing a bite to eat does not always need to cost the earth in London pubs.

Half Moon - Mile End
North Star - Ealing Broadway
O'Neills Highgate - Highgate
The Water Poet - Liverpool Street

London's historic pubs

It is no surprise to learn that there are a number of London pubs steeped in history, with some dating back over 500 years.

Blind Beggar - Whitechapel
Dog and Duck - Tottenham Court Road
The Freemasons Arms - Covent Garden
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese -Blackfriars

London pubs with accommodation

After all that drinking there is no doubt that you will be looking for somewhere to rest your head - what better choice than to turn in upstairs in one of the many London pubs with room to stay.

Custom House Pub and Kitchen - Custom House
The Donovan Bar - Green Park
Artesian - Oxford Circus

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