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Central London pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Central London - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Ship Tavern, Holborn

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Address: 12 Gate St, London, WC2A 3HP
Phone: 020 7405 1992
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Nearest tube stations: Holborn (0 miles), Chancery Lane (0.4 miles), Covent Garden (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.7 miles), London Charing Cross (0.7 miles), City Thameslink (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

It's a great looking pub with a decent outside area for the summer. The staff are also decent.

However I hadn't been here for a couple of years until last week. Used to rate this as one of my favourite pubs in London. Have to say in terms of the number of beers that were off and beer quality this place to me is living off it's past glories a bit.

The beer quality is to me by no means terrible, but not what it was, and no more than average now, which given the prices means I can't go above 6 for this place at the moment.
1 Jun 2017 14:10
Fantastic looking Victorian? pub with great range of beers. However, I assume that most of their clientele are in the legal profession and can put the bar bill on their expense accounts. £5 for a pint of Old Peculier is an absolute rip-off! One to avoid unless someone else is paying I feel.
29 Apr 2017 10:38
Nice pub and good beer, but as paul_d102 mentioned, a tad expensive. Even for London, £4.70 for a pint of bitter is a bit over the top......especially as a short walk along High Holborn will take you to The Cittie of Yorke, which is both a great building and a lot cheaper at £3.10 for Sam Smiths.
4 Jan 2017 19:43

The Bree Louise, Euston

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Address: 69 Cobourg Street, London, NW1 2HH
Phone: 020 7681 4930
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Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.1 miles), Euston Square (0.1 miles), Warren Street (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.5 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Feels like a genuine local although service can be a bit hit or miss depending on who serves you.
A massive range of beers many of which are of the less common variety. Experience has found the beers from the pump are fine whereas the ales from the barrels behind the bar are more hit and miss.
More down to earth than some of the other nearby pubs sadly its future is in doubt due to the creation of the HS2 route.
30 Jul 2017 06:21
Little point in writing a review of this, my last visit.

Come November 2017, it will be the first notable victim of HS2.

Used to be my regular stopping off point before travelling home until I found the Doric Arch.

A real beer house - with half a dozen on pump and another dozen on gravity fed behind the bar. Not a fan of the gravity fed system, so I always went for a pump.

It was the place I discovered Titantic Plum Porter.

Last visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2ti9afK
3 Jul 2017 15:20
Visited the Bree Louise last Saturday, agree with some previous comments, a well worn Pub and a strange table layout but great selection of ales, excellent staff and a good outside seating area. Toilets were dire but nothing that a good clean and paint would not put right. It is a London thing to have great pubs with really bad toilets.

All in all, if in the area call in.
7 Mar 2017 16:26

The Blackfriar, Blackfriars

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Address: 174 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 4EG
Phone: 020 7236 5474
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Nearest tube stations: Blackfriars (0 miles), St. Pauls (0.3 miles), Mansion House (0.5 miles)


Nearest DLR station: Bank (0.7 miles)


Nearest train stations: Blackfriars (0.1 miles), City Thameslink (0.1 miles), Farringdon (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

We chose it as it was equidistant from St Pancras and the Albert Hall, but a beautiful/historic interior makes this a place worth seeking out. Beers were in very good condition. St Peters Golden, Fyne Jarl, Great Heck Christopher - and a wild oat stout that I can't think of the name of - all tried and enjoyed. Customer service pretty good. Prices the higher end of London rip-off.
6 Mar 2017 18:13
All is still ok at the Blackfriar. Very busy on a Saturday late afternoon but service was prompt and friendly.

Bernie from Scunthorpe was giving out relationship advice and that must be treasured.

Quality pub.
23 Jan 2017 11:06
Busy on a Saturday night with not too raucous younger crowd who seemed to be enjoying the ale. had a decent pint of a Thornbridge winter brew. Worth dropping by - ornate interior and a few ales on. Across the road from Blackfriars station.
4 Dec 2016 12:12

The Lyric, Soho

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Address: 37 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7LU
Phone: 020 7437 3983
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Nearest tube stations: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.5 miles), London Waterloo (1.1 miles), London Waterloo East (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Hmmm, looks like this idiot manager is p*ssing a whole lot of people off looking at reviews on other sites (TripAdvisor, Google etc). Surely the pub company that run this place need to take heed and get rid of this waste of DNA.
19 Apr 2017 22:20
What to say about this place...? Apart from the absolute bellend of a barman that works here - glasses, beard, favours the checked shirt that is... Well, the beers were ok, the prices high, the interior nice. I have never felt urge to really slag the bar staff in any of my reviews, but have never, EVER had to hold in the urge to either punch one of them or just plain walk out before now either. Thank you for a whole new experience.
4 Apr 2017 00:48
A defiantly unusual selection of beers for this part of central London , this is a good stop-off but that's probably the only selling point. We came mid afternoon on a weekday having been foiled in our attempts to cross the threshold a couple of weeks' previously because of how busy it is. The music was shocking - that may not be representative.
19 Feb 2017 06:55

The Clachan, Soho

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Address: 34, Kingly St, London, W1B 5QH
Phone: 020 7494 0834
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Nearest tube stations: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.4 miles), Bond Street (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.8 miles), London Marylebone (1.3 miles), London Euston (1.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

It really is quite ironic that the members who really give a shit about this site , either get their posts deleted or membership revoked whilst the garbage that appears on here on a daily basis largely remains on view. Good move guys.
27 May 2017 14:29
Built in 1898, this lovely Victorian pub retains many original features, including rich wood carvings and structural ironwork. Formerly The Bricklayer's, The Clachan was a local for the firemen of Station No. 13 and police officers of the Special Constable Reserve in King Street. It was once owned by the family-run department store, Liberty..Clachan is Gaelic for 'meeting place'.
13 May 2017 13:34
Built in 1898, this lovely Victorian pub retains many original features, including rich wood carvings and structural ironwork. Formerly The Bricklayer's, The Clachan was a local for the firemen of Station No. 13 and police officers of the Special Constable Reserve in King Street. It was once owned by the family-run department store, Liberty..Clachan is Gaelic for 'meeting place'.
5 Mar 2017 13:54

The Exmouth Arms, Euston

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Address: 1 Starcross Street, Euston, London, NW1 2HR
Phone: 020 7387 5440
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Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.2 miles), Euston Square (0.2 miles), Warren Street (0.2 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.6 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Met up with 6 friends here on our way to the Cup Final...had excellent burgers and craft beers...sat outside on a pleasant sunny day..good pub off the beaten track..will return
30 May 2017 17:52
This used to be my favourite pub in central London. Busy, friendly, good beer and once the after work crowd had gone there was the feeling of a genuine local. Sadly it's now been taken over and "improved" Noisy, expensive and full of people who want to be seen to be cool and having a good time. Very tedious and very disappointing. It's still a convenient pub with good beer so I will be going back, but it's far from my favourite now
17 Jan 2017 12:33
This is the best pub in the area for sunny lunchtime beers. Its position at the end of the road means it isn't in the shadows and unlike the local Bree Louise or the Queens Head and Artichoke that also sit on the sunny side, the road it is on only sees cars once every 5 minutes+ so its ore outside drinking friendly.

Also since it was done up 12months+ ago, the beer, food and service has certainly improved leaps and bounds. Back in 2010 I rated this a 3, now its a healthy 7.
22 Dec 2016 19:41

The Royal George, Euston

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Address: 8-14 Eversholt St, London, NW1 1DG
Phone: 020 7387 2431
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Nearest tube stations: Euston (0.1 miles), Euston Square (0.1 miles), King's Cross St. Pancras (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Euston (0.2 miles), London St Pancras (0.3 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.4 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Have been coming in here on and off for years mainly to watch sport; has always probably as right next to Euston station been pretty busy down the years for Liverpool games (my team).

It has tidied itself up somewhat down the years. Less scruffy and probably less rowdy/loud as well. The beer quality has also improved quite a lot down the years. Always been happy with the service in here as well.

That said I am surprised it is in the GBG as well. Beer quality is reasonable, and range OK in my view; neither are amazing though. I also can't go above 6/10 as the prices are I agree taking the piss now for the sort of pub this is.

Doric Arch and Bree Louise are certainly better pubs in the area; for the sport/football to me it's a 50/50 between here and the Euston Flyer (which is no cheaper really beer price wise than here) in the area.
3 Jul 2017 16:32
The GBG throws up some surprises. Just how did a Chainy Greene King get in the Bible?

It had two extra beers over the usual Greene King range - and I went for a decent Sambrooks Junction but didn't appreciate paying £4.95 for the privilege.

Music far too loud, chainy feel and much better options in the area.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2ti9afK
3 Jul 2017 15:24
Lovely Veggie fish and chips here. Good pub, nice ales but at times terrible staff and a real lack of sitting space. Too busy most evenings.
22 Mar 2017 17:11

The Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street

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Address: Unit 32, The Concourse, Liverpool Street station, London, EC2M 7PY
Phone: 020 7247 3579
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Nearest tube stations: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles), Moorgate (0.3 miles), Aldgate (0.4 miles)


Nearest DLR stations: Bank (0.5 miles), Tower Gateway (0.7 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Liverpool Street (0 miles), Moorgate (0.4 miles), Fenchurch Street (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Beer very good, (and wonderful interior) but atmosphere spoiled by large groups of fat elderly Essex "geezers" who insist on shouting at each other even when standing next toeach other.
15 Jul 2017 22:32
I met here with friends on a Saturday night. It was crowded at first but emptied out as the evening wore on. A good selection of real ales: Arundel mild, Deuchers, Abbot, Firefly amongst them. Service was quite good. Prices, around £3.50 a pint reasonable for London. I like the electronic timetable board, so that you can see when your train is departing. Not a bad pub, well placed for meeting up.
11 Jun 2017 17:17
A handy place to head for when your train is cancelled, as mine was yesterday. It's just up the escalators from the main concourse. A decent selection of ales were on yesterday morning - Exmoor Gold, Greene King Abbot, Green Jack Mahseer, Ringwood Forty Niner, Cotleigh Seahawk, Strathaven Winter Glow, Caledonian Edinburgh Castle & Great Newsome Frothingham Best. Cider was Old Rosie. An earlier start than I had anticipated and this place still had a few other drinkers at 11am on a weekday.
27 Jan 2017 19:06

Wetherspoons, Victoria Station

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Address: Unit 5, Victoria Island, Victoria Station, Victoria, London, SW1V 1JT
Phone: 020 7931 0445
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Nearest tube stations: Victoria (0.1 miles), Sloane Square (0.6 miles), St James's Park (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Victoria (0 miles), Vauxhall (1.2 miles), Battersea Park (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

The Wetherspoon on Victoria platforms is the best! Slerpy IS senile - and has never been in the Opera House, Tunbridge Wells. Or so many others..
21 Jul 2017 22:05
The best 'spoons i've found other than the George Croydon,A decent range of ales,the service is rather random and none to speedy.
21 Jul 2017 19:00
Yes - a football match in London (or even numerous concerts/parades and exhibitions/royal events etc.) will affect Victoria pubs.

Commuters, shoppers, international travellers, tourists, residents - see to that. But this Wetherspoon is busy, well run and bright and airy.

And you can see the station train information boards - as well as having pub screens providing similar information on the Wetherspoon pub screens.

Toilets in the station are a nightmare - in terms of locations, turnstiles, cost etc.

But this Wetherspoon has a free/clean gents - just inside the main door. Used by many people who aren't customers.
10 Jan 2017 18:22

The Shakespeare, Victoria

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Address: 99 Buckingham Palace Rd, London, SW1W 0RP
Phone: 020 7828 4913
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Nearest tube stations: Victoria (0 miles), St James's Park (0.6 miles), Hyde Park Corner (0.6 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Victoria (0.1 miles), Vauxhall (1.3 miles), London Charing Cross (1.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Called in to see if is as bad as people say.
It was ok but nothing special. Gave it a 5.
This Randolf anus is a multiuser that has slagged off this pub under several user names. He should be pitied.
22 Jul 2017 20:55
Awful place - by every analysis. So bad - hygiene, service, food/drink - it is a vile pub. Outside Victoria...
21 Jul 2017 22:25
I wouldn’t agree with the previous reviewer that this is the worst pub in London there’s certainly a lot worse than the Shakespeare.

It was packed with food being as popular as drink, lot’s of tourists plotting up here for lunch and to get out of the rain that was falling very heavily.

4 ales on the hand pumps, all fairly standard choice, I tucked in to a few pints of Westerham Breweries 1730 which is a decent session ale at 4.0%.

With no where to sit we stood at the corner of the bar for the next 90 minutes or so chatting and enjoying our drinks. The service was good, with all of the staff seemingly from Eastern Europe, you weren’t always guaranteed a smile 

As I say I have been in much worse pubs that this, it’s convenient for the station and sells decent real ale.
11 Jan 2017 13:21

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