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Here are some interesting pubs, scattered across London:
Old Nick, Sandland Street (Holborn Station)
- Victorian gin palace: good beers; on a back street where you can drink in the sun, if there is any ;)
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street (Chancery Lane Station)
- Awesome 17th century pub with many nooks and crannies; old black wood, coal fires, stuffed parrot, underground cellars to explore!
Cittie of Yorke, Holborn High Road (Chancery Lane Station)
- Lovely pub with original features, including booths where you could have private conversations with your lawyer. Lots of wood, flagstone floors, basically great.
Ye Old Mitre, Ely Place (Chancery Lane Station)
- Used to be a Bishop's house, hence the name - tucked inside the courtyard of another building. Tiny, crooked, really good beers. Charming and historic... get the snug if you can!
The Counting House, Cornhill (Bank Station)
- Used to be a Victorian bank, and still splendid: with wood, marble, upper gallery, great glass dome, and a big island bar.
The Palm Tree, Haverfield Road (Mile End Station)
- Original 1920s interior, with regular local jazz singers at weekends. Think velvet black-out drapes, orange lighting, deco wallpaper and soft old wood. Always two beautifully kept ales - the pride and joy of me old mate, Paul.
Island Queen, Noel Road (Angel Station)
- Gin palace with double height main room, lots of shabby chic. Very nice when you want a proper pub away from the main drag at Angel.
The Mayflower, Rotherhithe Street (Rotherhithe Station)
- Crooked little 16th Century pub, with an amazing decking on the Thames, several decent beers and lots of nautical paraphenalia.
Prospect of Whitby, Wapping High Street (Wapping Station)
- Fantastic riverside pub, with a pewter topped-bar, original features, flagstone floors and various crooked rooms upstairs. Riverside garden!
The Grapes, Narrow Street (Westferry DLR Station)
- Riverside pub where Dickens used to hang out! Oh, also it's owned by Sir Ian McKellen and there is a good chance you'll see him. Thames-side terrace, three real ales and a Gandalf statue.
5b Urban Bar, Three Colts Street (Westferry DLR Station)
- Americana bar run by my buddy, ex-Chicago cop Mark Slankard. Crazy antics on a Friday and Saturday night. Dancing on the tables, free popcorn, sing-alongs, flaming flames. Party time!
The Greenwich Union, Royal Hill (Greenwich DLR Station)
- Nice craft beer pub, on a lovely street, with a garden, which serves local Meantime beers and dozens of beers from around the world
Hole in the Wall, Mepham Street (Waterloo Station)
- Set in a railway arch, this is a strange little mixer pub with a diverse and friendly crowd. It's almost like no-one knows how they got there. Surprisingly good selection of six ales!
The George, Borough High Street (London Bridge Station)
- Lovely 17th Century coaching inn, with original galleried facade. It has a good courtyard, and is well worth a look if you are in the area. If you are in London on Saint George's Day (23 April), then join the celebrations at this pub for maximum involvement!
I love pubs me :)
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good locals food spots at reasonable prices: SartoriFlat Iron chop shop, Clockjack Oven, Spuntino, Randall & Aubin, Yalla Yalla, Snog Pure Frozen Yogurt(great frozen yogurt), Busaba Eathai - the one near Goodge street tube, Patty & Bun (great burgers on Marylebone High Street). If you know the area of London you are staying I could get your more ideas.
Make sure to get a tube pass ( good for tube & buses) and explore outside of the touristy West End, Soho & Oxford Street. Head East to Shoreditch and North to Camden. Download the "Citymapper London" free app . You can navigate easily on foot, train or buss. Also down load "Viber" app for free texts & calls anywhere to other Viber phones. This is a huge savings as you won't need to sign up for an expensive service. Just note no photos for Viber.
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I assume you meant "pubs" - and lets first not forget that British beers are quite good and there are a lot of them. If you are not familiar with the difference between an "ale" and a "bitter", do some studying before you go there.
Now, having said all that, most pubs in and around Trafalgar Square are going to be "touristy", you are going to have get away from the touristy areas in order to find a non-touristy pub. So get yourself a London tube pass, and prepare to explore.
For example, I've found good non-touristy pubs right across the street from The British Museum
London pubs are also going to have some interesting English food, so you may want to spend some time understanding what Brits like to eat.
Sorry for the non-specific nature of this response, I just don't have a silver bullet for you - but having been to London many times, I can certainly vouch for the fact that you are going to have a great time. Use the tube, get a good London map, and do some exploring as it is a big city!
The Red Lion at 2 Duke of York St, is located just s. of Jermyn St., which parallels Picadilly, w. of Regent St. and between St. James Church, Picadilly, and St. James Square. It's small, is a great place for a pint and a pub lunch, and is crowded with locals. I've had some excellent food prepared in the basement and delivered to the bar via dumbwaiter.
Another off-the-tourist path pub I've enjoyed is
Bricklayers Arms, a Samuel Smith house, at Gresse St/ Stephen Mews, n. of Oxford St., w. of Tottenham Court Rd. It's reached most easily by heading n. of Oxford St. along Rathbone Pl for a distance of about 500', then look r. into Gresse St.- you'll see it there. The times I've visited the pub has been quiet, the beer excellent. I think has a loyal local clientele. I plan to return the next time I'm in London.
good locals food spots at reasonable prices: Sartori, Flat Iron, Clockjack Oven, Spuntino, Randall & Aubin, Yalla Yalla, Snog Pure Frozen Yogurt (great frozen yogurt), Busaba Eathai - the one near Goodge street tube, Patty & Bun (great burgers on Marylebone High Street). If you know the area of London you are staying I could get your more ideas.
make sure to get a tube pass ( good for tube & buses) and explore outside of the touristy West End , Soho & Oxford Street. Head East to Shoreditch and North to Camden. Download the "Citymapper London" free app . You can navigate easily on foot, train or buss. Also down load "Viber"app for free texts & calls anywhere to other Viber phones. this is a huge savings as you won't need to sign up for an expensive service. Just note no photos for Viber.
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You've gotten some amazing answers--especially from Phillip!. I would add Princess Louise which is a restored Victorian pub that's incredibly charming and cosy. It's divided into two sides and you literally have to go outside to leave one and go to the other.
Also, check out the The George. It's also a restored pub that serves pretty reliable food as well.
Hi Kelli what part of town will you staying? i can send you specifics.