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Top 10 Best Pubs in the City of London

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The City of London: guide to the best pubs in St Pauls, Farringdon, Barbican, Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Bank and Chancery Lane. Afterwork beers provide a handy delay when attempting to enter the rush hour. Don’t bother with the underground, go to your local pub and enjoy the company of your City of London colleagues, but in whole different light. You never know where things might end up (discretion advised though).

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City of London
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Chancery Lane - 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.

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Clerkenwell
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Gastro

Farringdon - Like penguins all in a line, City suits tread to this quaint pub in the heart of the City on a daily basis. And no wonder. It might be a small pub, but it's more than compensated for in food and drink. This pub is blessed by a huge drinks menu, and food servings are enormous. My recommendation would be one of the Fox's pies which are so big, they're served on boards. And, for the weary traveller, wander upstairs to luxury suites to rest your head. (Philippa Morton)

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City of London
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Holborn - Dark, small and cosy, this land of oldy worldy nearly slipped our grasp, its easy to walk around in circles trying to locate this secret little tavern that dates all the way back to the 16th century.

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Clerkenwell
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Farringdon - Smaller than most folks' front room, the Betsey pub nonetheless holds a special place in the hearts of gig-goers and struggling musicians alike. Site of many London bands' first faltering steps towards the limelight, this Clerkenwell bolthole also boasts great open mic nights and a main bar that's charming enough to ensure that it's invariably packed to the rafters.

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City of London
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Holborn - This site has had a pub on it since the early 15th century and with its 19th facade the Cittie of York does well to keep the interior traditional. One of London's most dramatically aged pubs. Serves all Samuel Smiths ales, beers, lagers and stouts. The variety of secret booths and other seating options provide plenty of talking points.

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City of London
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Eclectic

Holborn - The Lamb is an unspoilt and atmospheric pub where Victorian London lives on. Famous for its cut glass swivelling snob-screens and sepia photographs of 1890s music hall actresses, The Lamb has a working polyphon, a Victorian forerunner of the record player and a no-smoking area. The upstairs bar also available for private functions.

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City of London
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Farringdon - Ye Olde Red Cow is a 'traditional' boozer, making it a bit of an anomaly round the Barbican area which seems to have been victim to an invasion of chain pubs and 'it' bars. I suspect the Red Cow has seen many of these 'trendy' places come and go; its stood there for quite some time.

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City of London
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A modern pub dedicated to all things liquid and London, The Arbitrager focuses on London made spirits, principally gin, but also vodkas, with its own house made tonic water on draught and London made beer, with nine draught lines showcasing the best of London's microbreweries in a constantly changing selection covering a variety of beer styles, plus anything else we can find from the capital, including ciders, vermouths, whiskeys and others. Food includes jerky and smoked kabanos comes from Cobble Lane Cured and scotch eggs and sausage rolls from Pig and Hay.

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Clerkenwell
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Gastro

Clerkenwell - One of Clerkenwell's few hidden gems, this pub is small but perfectly formed. A varied range of ales on tap keep punters happy for a lunch-hour swifty, and the daily-changing menu, while not the cheapest, is consistently good. Hearty steak and kidney pie is matched with devilled whitebait on a dressed salad (of the substantial, non-rabbit food variety). Ground-breaking? Probably not. But impressive and tasty? Yup. And who said a pub needs jazz hands?

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Clerkenwell
Bar
Vegan

Clerkenwell - The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker is a new take on an old concept: the quintessential London boozer. Yorkshiremen and first time landlords Marc Dalla Riva and Matt Rix have created their ideal drinking den, an alehouse and gin palace with cool, utilitarian good looks. The old pub, an attractive corner site close to Islington and Clerkenwell, has been given a complete interior overhaul and a new idiosyncratic design with a democratic, youthful edge. The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker pub is all about good British booze and honest cooking.

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