Pubs we'll go to Again and Again - East London
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East is east. It may be the land of stripped-back cocktail bars, independent breweries and authentically small plated restaurants, but don't forget young joy seekers, it is also home to quite a few glorious pubs.
This lot stand out for either great food, good music, entertaining quirks or the kind of atmosphere that is hard to put into words but makes you feel as snug as a bug in a rug.
Broadway Market's top dog brings the cream of the market inside and lays on a menu of sharing platters and weekly specials. With live music all through the week, and DJs sets at the weekend there's always a wiggle to be had.
The Royal Oak strikes the balance between achingly cool and incredibly friendly perfectly. Pop in on a Sunday, grab and ale, then nibble daintily on gin cured salmon on rye bread and you'll fit right in.
This pub is so god darn charming it can get fairly ramoed. If you can get your hands on a table, sit back and absorb the subtly vintage surrounds – flowers, antique mirrors and art deco posters; or sup an ale in the quaint beer garden.
You can only ever fully trust a pub that brews their own beer. Pub on The Park does and has tailored each of their 'People's Pints' to sit perfectly on your boozy pallets. Oh, also there might be a beer garden or something.
Never mind free house, The Victoria is a bit of a funhouse. Not so much themed just featuring a solid amount of quirks, a retro awning, neon signage and even a hidden room downstairs. Go on Sunday for Bloody Marys and oysters – grown up eating.
So The Florist Arms isn't a real looker, it's what your mum might call quite plain, but when a pub does pizza as good as this with a range of gluten free options, they deserve a lil summin'. And that something would be our love and respect.
Cosy in winter and down right raucous in the summertime, this pub is very popular with a certain age group of Londoners. Sport is plentiful here; in conversations, on screens and all over the floor lit boules court. All the best sports can be played with a pint in hand.
Having previously been one of those pubs you avoid at all costs, The Clapton Hart has gone and done a bloody good job of brushing off its shoddy reputation. It now offers a sexy selection of real ales on tap in an almost homely setting. Now drink and be merry.
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