This Whitechapel boozer is just how pubs should be. A little bit battered round the edges but full of friendly faces, live music and drunken shenanigans. They also serve ace pizza which makes it a prime spot for boozing and pizza eating into the wee hours.
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This traditional British boozer is as popular with its long standing regulars as it is with Camberwell cool kids. Like many good pubs its clientele and general vibe vary hugely from dawn till dusk. By day it could be filled with local regulars tucking into sausage rolls, while by night Camberwell art students tend to get a lil jiggy. (Open till 3.30am on the weekend, it's a prime spot for late night boozin' and getting low to throw-back chart tunes.) On tap are a huge range of local and regional real ales and in the fridge are a snazzy selection of craft beers - just about any hop you might want to drink. And to soak it all up, the menu features all sorts of street food tasties that really hit the spot, with plenty of vegan options too (like BBQ seitan ribs and tofish and chips).
A proper Hackney institution, The Dolphin is the night-ender. It’s beer sodden, it’s loud and it’s a little bit smelly - only advisable when you're several drinks down and frantically searching for somewhere to go at 1am and looking to get down to 00's R'n'B hits. Don’t come here looking for high grade craft beer or champagne cocktails, but do expect to have a few tales to tell the next morning. If you can remember them. They also do regular karaoke here and have a free jukebox.
Bermondsey's not short of fantastic boozers but The Grange is seriously big in the game, thanks to its wood-fire oven and all the goodies it chucks up. Banging pizzas aside, the menu here changes daily and features only local traders, as well as a considerable selection of decent wines. Oh and there's a pub Irish Terrier named Meryl. Things don't really get much better than that, do they?
The King's Arms
The King's Arms is a matt-grey, good times haven plonked unassumingly on a quiet little residential street and feels more like a dive-bar than a pretentious, gentrified East London pub. Chic, wooden and painted forest green, this boozer is sure to impress anyone you bring along for the ride and serves up a truly delicious burger - which is always a plus in our books.