Updated February 2017: Increased to 14 London pubs
London pubs are a great example of that very British institution: the public house (or, pub, for short).
What Makes London Pubs Great?
Most countries have their watering holes, bars and the like, but none are quite like the traditional English pub. Part bar, part home from home and part communal meeting place, they are a must do on any trip to the UK.
Part of their charm is their conviviality.
A good pub is likely to have the atmosphere like the social club or even a gathering in someone’s house, than the more drinking den feel of most liquor serving places.
The other part is the large range of ales they have on offer. You can get most types of American style beer (or lager as it is called here) but for the real pub experience try the ‘real ale’ (usually also called ‘bitter’).
This has less gas than normal beer – it is not artificially carbonated – is darker and is served properly at just below room temperature rather than cold.
It is served directly from hand pumps on the bar and is delicious (although it is an acquired taste perhaps).
And you can get yourself a ‘normal’ beer if you don’t like it.
In recent years pubs have also got their act together with food and so you can now make an evening of a visit.
Great London Pubs
London has many of the best city centered pubs (although other cities such as Manchester, Bristol and York may beg to differ).
Here we present 14 great examples near the normal tourist hideouts – make sure you visit at least one on your next England trip.
No 1: The Old Ship, Hammersmith
Located in the Hammersmith district of West London this classic pub dates from 1722.
It has a fantastic view from its terrace right next to the river and is a traditional vantage point for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race held every April.
Hammersmith is a transportation hub, so access is easy via the Underground or by bus.