The Amersham Arms
This isn't your sleepy, 'nurse a pint for an hour in front of a roaring fire' village pub. The preferred local for many a Goldsmiths student intent on getting drunker than Shane MacGowan on St. Patrick's Day, The Amersham Arms is home to many a best night you won't remember. Mondays play host to a near-legendary comedy night welcoming many famous stand-ups; while the weekends are all about live bands and DJs playing until the wee hours, spanning everything from mosh pit friendly punk shows to reggae roots until 3am. For cheap thrills and drink spills, Amersham is the one.
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If tradition's what you want, tradition's what you'll get at Anglesea Arms. The building dates back to 1712, and it shows; it's all wall-to-wall mahogany here. Apparently Charles Dickens used to be their neighbour. That's how old it is. The food is posh pub fare, and is definitely worth a dipping into. Ham hock terrine and whole sea bass are great, but If you're feeling audacious, get the 28 day-aged rib eye. Come Sunday, there are three types of roasts - a pub after our own hearts.
The Carpenter's Arms
Breathing space can be hard to come across in this part of town, so escaping to a roof terrace goes a long way to mitigating the street level stress of Central London. The Carpenters is a pub with one such sanctuary, and while we might not be talkin' panoramic views and heads in the clouds, it's definitely a tidy spot for catching some sunshine over a pint. You can expect a nice rotation of cask ales on the taps. And with The Carpenter's Arms even partaking in the nationwide UK Keg Craft Beer Showcase (April - end of June), they'll be opening their doors (and pipes) to a wide range of the nation's best brewers in no time.
How about this for a spot of trivia: the infamous pensioners responsible for the Hatton Garden jewellery heist sat, schemed and sipped their pints at this very pub. The staff might be forbidden to speak about it by the powers that be at Geronimo Inns but we think it's a pretty cool selling point. The roof terrace here is fuckin' A. Tuck into some food, enjoy the occasional barbie or drain your pint and take in the views of Angel. Expect solids to take the form of traditional pub classics made fancy (think steaks, fish and chips, etc), while liquids = real ales and fine wines.
The Red Lion
This might not be the 'coolest' of Hoxton's drinking holes, but while other spots might need a never-ending list of craft beers to pull a crowd, The Red Lion has a different trick up its sleeve. Did someone say roof terrace? Hell yeah they did, and trust us when we say you won't be moaning about the pub's arguably drab interior once you're catching rays up here. The pizza kitchen aims to keep you well fed while you're boozing away, and while they might not be anything to write home about, it's never wise to drink on an empty stomach is it?