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.
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The Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
This building is no stranger to getting boozy. It was once a Victorian pub wining the ladies and gents of the 19th century. Now it is a lavish underground lair below an arty, boutique hotel serving libations inspired by famous artworks. For example, there's the Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Tomato Soup" (basically a very posh Bloody Mary) and the Edvard Munch “Scream” (Mezcal, Lime, Cassis, Agave, Habanero). Keeping things steady are a bevy of small plates inspired by the great British pub - Crispy Pork Belly with Sauerkraut and Apple Sauce and Soft Shell Crab with Kale & Lime Mayo. Definitely a sweet addition to Pimlico's drinking scene.
The Windsor Castle
***Permanently Closed*** With all the fairy lights, candles and rustic tables, this cosy Victorian pub is giving us the romantic feels. Perfect for a date but equally an ideal place to take your mum. As for the food, we'd say it's somewhere between standard pub grub and fine restaurant dining, so everyone's satisfied. We went for the Bavette Steak and Stuffed Butternut Squash for our mains, but the menu changes seasonally so we can't really recommend something even if we wanted to. A spacious bar and sweet beer garden makes the Windsor Castle a perfect place for a pint, too.
The Punch Tavern
The Punch Tavern is one of those pubs that seems to be made for taking tourist friends to. It ticks all the 'Olde London' boxes with its dark wooden interior, etched mirrors, and old paintings dotted around... yet it still manages to retain its charm for Londoners. It wouldn't be an old pub without stodgy pies or fish and chips either, but here they're do them pretty well. The ales are good quality, and there's a choice of 45 gins - having to choose from anything less just won't do.
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).