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If you are finishing the London Bridge experience you can come here, its ok.
NoDisgrace - 24 Jul 2016 10:19
A nice boozer, currently in my top 5 favourites in London...good beers on offer and friendly staff as well...a great place to sit and relax away from the tourist masses!
harlequin - 20 Apr 2015 20:29
Was pleased to find that there was plenty of space available with a good selection of beers and the food was very tasty, however, the food took far too long to arrive - over an hour and the service in general was just too slow, it took far too long to take our order in the first place let alone for the food to arrive.
Slopey - 8 Nov 2014 18:15
they serve some nice port.
becks007 - 17 Dec 2012 06:50
The Mug House has always been a welcome bolt hole - calm and civilised compared to most of the London Bridge/ Borough Market tourist traps and commuter crushes. I have noticed a steady improvement with much friendlier staff and a wider range of beers, including Meantime. This - and the Boot and Flogger - definitely my favourite drinking spot in the locality.
WilkoSE1 - 1 Oct 2012 14:41
Paid my first visit last Friday. Not the easiest pub to find but well worth the effort. I used to use the City FOB (does it still exist?) when I worked in the City and this one was fairly similar in a standard Davy's way. The Old Wallop was in good nick and the pub wasn't crowded so our group had plenty of room. The staff were very pleasant as were the clientele so I shan't hesitate to return
roobs52 - 21 Mar 2012 16:55
The Mug House, London Bridge Top of my current favourites in London is the lovely Mug House. Little difficult to find as its literally under London Bridge itself, but my word, when you do find it, what a little gem. It manages to avoid the usual city rabble and its refined, a fabulous wine list and they do food too (which I have yet to sample fully!). The staff offer excellent service and are very friendly. The location offers the added bonus of being totally underground so no disturbances with phones constantly going off, as there is absolutely no phone signal! They do offer free wireless tho, so never completely out of touch. Oh and a special mention to the very smartly dressed & rather attractive male bartender here! They are on Twitter as @themughouse & have just started opening on a Sunday.
ilovehoppybeer - 13 Jun 2011 22:03
Seems to have improved a lot since reviews of last year.

Now serving a range of Meantime beers on tap - Pale ale, stout and London Lager as well as Davy staples, Old Wollop and 1870 lager.
Food has also taken a turn for the better with a more home cooked feel. The vegetarian goats cheese wellington was especially good according to my wife and the fish and chips was one of the best
I've had in from a pub kitchen.
Staff were very friendly and are very proud of the place, a rarity these days.
Highly recommended to get away from the bustle of the market and the samey-ness of pub chains.
ilovehoppybeer - 4 Apr 2011 00:45
Popped in when passing, very novel pub, seemed a bit more upmarket and the prices for food where noticably dearer than other places in the area. Had a pint of Old Wallop in a metal pewter, different, I believe its a Davys thing but prefer a glass. Not many in and they seemed to be getting ready for an early finish, this was a Wednesday. Nice place, plenty to stare at on the walls and shelves if thats your thing, would be more likely to go elsewhere if in the area.
phill1110 - 10 Oct 2010 18:28
Its a niche little place, directly opposite the 'London Tombs' Entrance, and this is what drew us in... on a mates birthday venture to there, we were slightly early, so popped in for a cheeky pint first, and we had money off vouchers
It was empty, seemed small inside, but for a quick stop off worked fine in the circumstances. Had an ale out of a tankard, but looks more for wine lovers

The one sole woman behind the bar seemed pleasat enough.

Wouldn't have a problem returning but wouldn't go out of the way for either
the_original_rawnsleys - 21 Sep 2010 13:16
this place works...civilised friendly crowd with a decent range of wine. The no doubt "faux" ye olde worlde vibe works, and it's a useful refuge for when the market becomes a bit too frenetic
The_Speckled_Hen - 2 Jul 2010 15:12
Old Wallop and wine being consumed under a bridge Not really my thing!

Seriously though, fans of Davys will like it here and others wont.
Strongers - 8 Jan 2010 13:46
As remarked below, a quiet refuge in a very busy area.
But paying hefty prices for what seems, to me, to be re-badged Directors means it's a pleasure I won't be partaking of too often!
flashharry1965 - 1 Dec 2009 13:46
Pleasantly surprised with this one.

Hidden away, under an arch of London Bridge and just 5 mins from the Station and from Borough Market is this place. Its bigger than you think, so you can always find a seat. Its a Davy's pub so there is a great range of nice wines, plus they do their own brand lager and ale if that's your tipple.

Its a nice place for a quiet couple of drinks away from the crowds of tourists you find in the area.

If you are ever nearby, eschew the Barrowboy and Banker, head down the stairs and get yourself to the Mughouse for a quick bevvy.
emdoubleuone - 20 Oct 2009 19:02
Found this old-style pub the other week, its on the south-side of london bridge in the last original arch of London bridge, practically opposite Pizza express. Totally different to your regular pub/bar, so much character in the place. Great selection of wine (tried a few......) and classic pub-grub. Great for getting together with your mates to start the evening off, you can actually hear yourself speak!
KL1 - 12 Oct 2009 22:16
Not a bad pint for a London pub.
bibbs - 28 Aug 2008 20:42
Its expensive, and slow.

Like the Anchor round the corner its a genuinely old building that looks fake.

But you can get a seat and its warm in winter (and sometimes cool in summer) and its convenient and its a lot, lot nicer than the Mudlark ten metres away

Of course if wanted to walk a hundred metres you could get to three or four better pubs easily - but for very lazy people who find themselves suddenly in need of a drink while walking underneath London Bridge, you can't beat it.

And you can get a table for six or eight most nights so its good if you have a group who want to talk.
bob_brown - 14 Aug 2008 20:18
I will say this - you are always guaranteed a seat as the Mudlark across the road seems to take most of the trade. Standard Davy's type fayre, but welcoming cool temperature when its a hot sunny day. Otherwise, pretty unremarkable but worth a visit if you want a quiet chat
bushwhacker1 - 4 Jul 2008 13:42
I always go there to meet friends as you can always get a seat. That is because it's pretty shit.
gdm - 30 Apr 2008 17:43
I've have a worse pint of beer, bur probably only in another Davy's house. Do they ever sell Old Wallop at 3.20 per pint more than once to same customer in any one year? Quite a nice little place to get away from the hustle and bustle of London Bridge, though.
rpadam - 31 Oct 2007 21:10
I went to the Mug House a couple of weeks ago. I won't be going back there though because of the mice! I saw three running across the floor. *shudder*
helz1 - 3 Oct 2007 17:29
I've been in here a few times and it is best on a very cold winters evening as it seems very snug and cosy in there. I like Davy's wine bars/ale houses - their wine is pretty good quality - but expect to pay for it, but then again it is London, London prices and all that. I think it is quite an oasis beneath the mad world going on above!
ladyfifi - 1 Jun 2007 15:28
topdog_andy must have been somewhere else... the true beauty of this place is that mobiles don't work at all! No signal through the brick and mortar of the bridge. This makes it an ideal place to slope off to after a long lunch to while away the afternoon, plus you avoid the irritation of mobile phone addicts sharing their inane chat with the world. The staff are also much friendlier now!
Trouts - 1 Jun 2007 15:13
Selling points:
1) The novelty of a pub being set into London Bridge
2) Um.......

Bad points:
1) Idiots on mobiles saying "Oi mate, guess where I am?....I'm drinking in London Bridge!....No no no, you don't understand, I'm drinking IN London Bridge! Hur hur hur..."
2) One choice of lager, one choice of bitter, both are awful
3) Being charged about 3 for drinking awful house ale
4) The decor
5) The staff
6) The clientele

Underpasses are always a risky spot for being mugged and taken advantage of, and this place is no exception. A pint had in here is a pint you could have otherwise enjoyed at The Market Porter, The Globe, The Wheatsheaf, The Bunch of Grapes, The Southwark Tavern, etc etc. Don't waste your time.
topdog_andy - 23 Nov 2006 15:19
Nice place for a sandwich and pint whilst watching the cricket. One of the barmaids in almost intolerably rude, though strangely the other one is a nice as pie. Funny old world.
burnsy - 18 May 2006 15:46
I like the way the sign on the photo advertises "Old Ale", failing to recognise Old Ale is in fact a traditional beer style which is NOT sold in this place...

All these Davy's places are the same, and I am not entirely against them. The serve rebadged Courage Directors as "Davy's Old Wallop" in pewter tankards which is a lot of fun and are generally quite tardis-like inside, yet very cosy with lots of tables in nice corners. The food is overpriced but chips and a sandwich here with a pint is a lot better than you'll do in many places in the city.
anonymous - 8 Mar 2006 11:37
V nice pewter tankards and interesting beer. Staff can seem a bit offhand and rude
anonymous - 13 Feb 2006 16:26
Didn't do much for me. The decor was okay. Fun to say you had a drink in London Bridge. Had a pint of Davy's Old Wallop Bitter in a tankard. Better boozers nearby.
jorrocks - 26 Oct 2005 01:38
This isn't a "proper pub" - it's a Davy's Wine Bar with only Davy's Wallop Bitter and Davy's 1870 Lager on draught but it's not that bad a place. We only popped in on Monday afternoon to check on the status of the final Ashes test (door was open and we saw people clapping) so circumstances might not exactly be typical of the place, but half a dozen people in the tiny 'bar' area cheering on Kevin Pietersen didn't do it any harm at all.

PS loved the crazy flourescent psychadelic pavement outside. Groovy.
Boothers - 15 Sep 2005 14:58
Well I liked it! Always nice to have a pint of Wallop in a proper tankard. Though I suspect the use of the sawdust was a bit fake and overdone.

Darren_in_the_City - 22 Jul 2005 15:41
I was looking forward to going here this evening to have a drink with a few friends for my birthday. I thought I better just check that it would be OK to turn up with ten people or so, so I gave them a call.

Unfortunately, the man who answered the phone was totally unhelpful and, to make matters worse, horrendously arrogant. I was actually quite staggered by his rudeness. Needless to say, I'll be elsewhere this evening.
Inhabitant - 16 Dec 2004 14:15
Good: Deliberately rustic, historical dcor; brilliant location actually part of London Bridge. Bad: Very expensive food and wine, only two real ales on draught (and nothing else).

If this pub is trying to be a "proper pub" its going the wrong way about it.
loz - 16 Aug 2004 14:38

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