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A recent trend has seen many of London's traditional old time pubs being ripped out and replaced by retro bars, gastropubs, theme pubs and chain pubs. Many of them had certainly reached their shelf life and improvement was definitely needed, but there may still be some of you that enjoy a pub with antique wood walls, gnarly tables and the odd fireplace; Dick Turpin style. Here is your guide to the Top 10 Best Traditional Pubs in London to set you in right direction.
By Paul Caffell.
Image courtesy of Flickr user Tinou Bao.
City of London / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Bank - This old pub (former bank, in Bank, where else?) has loads of character and characters. The walk around bar is a classic feature. As is the classic range of beers and ales on tap (well, it is a Fullers pub). The breed of old men that this pub is particularly popular with is the bolding, suited variety from upper management. So if you cant talk number crunching and derivatives, best to stay well away.
The Holly Bush
Hampstead / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
The Lamb & Flag
West End / Bar /
The Pride of Spitalfields
Brick Lane / Bar / Cuisine: Eclectic
The Blue Anchor
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pub
The City - The Blue Anchor is a typical English pub in the City of London that focuses on homemade food such as roasts, pies and sausage and mash. Apparently Winston Churchill used to enjoy relaxing in this pub with a pint, a pie and his customary cigar during the air raids.
The George Inn Yard
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar /
The French House Dining Room
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern Eclectic
Soho - Not your quintessential English boozer this one but as pubs go it's got plenty of historical character, and plenty of characters who are historical. This is a strictly 'no pint glasses and no mobile phones' sort of vibe and the mix of French and British customs works in a flamboyant manner, perfect for the Soho crowd really.
The Barley Mow
Shoreditch / Bar /
Shoreditch / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
The Blue Posts
Soho / Bar /
Soho - Hidden behind a weight of flowers in the heart of Soho, The Blue Posts has reasonably priced drinks, cricket quietly playing on the TV and a gas fire with the coalbunker beside for the authentic touch.
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