The Mall Tavern
Serving up seasonal pub grub in a cheery, modern setting, The Mall Tavern is a classic boozer updated for the modern, food-conscious Londoner. If you're looking for a week-night feast, the braised lamb shank with roast chestnut salsa verde is a real winner, while the "classic" pub menu – burgers, pies and fish 'n' chips – features home-cooked, high-quality favourites. With a range of craft ales on tap, it's as good for post-work drinks in the beer garden as it is for a cosy dinner inside with friends.
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Like some sinful run-down country mansion, Paradise by Way of Kensal Green is one good-looking spot. The chandeliers, velvet curtains and dark corners make it feel dead gothic, and perfect for the live music, cabaret, and club nights it puts on at the weekend. It doesn't cut corners with the menu either, and flies the flag for British recipes like slow roasted lamb shoulder with parsnip puree, spiced swiss chard & marsala jus. A fine all-in-one community institution.
The Clock House
Opposite the Rye, the Clock House is a large, stylish and cosy pub and restaurant that makes a pretty perfect place to while away a few hours. The usual suspects can be found at the bar (craft beers, unique cask ales and fine wines) but we reckon the food is the selling point to this place, with plenty of experimentation going on in the kitchen. Our pick for the starter was the pulled pork and fennel seed croquettes with tarragon crème fraiche and apple - and that was followed by Catalan style sea bass fillets with Suffolk chorizo, chick peas, spinach and tomato. Combinations that seem carefully put together and tasted excellent. This place isn't too noisy either making it a safe bet for a catch up or date.
This drinking hole sits right on the edge of London's emerald gem: Hyde Park. It can be traced back to a whopping 1721, when it was one of the capital's hottest coaching inns - being a particular favourite with notorious highwayman Claude Duval. History aside, The Swan plays host to some beautiful views across the park, an extensive and a relatively cheap drinks list - not to mention a Fuller’s Kitchen that means business.
The Rose & Crown
The cosiest of cosy pubs, this Stokey boozer is a classic tale - in the same family since 1985, and rebuilt in the early 30s across the street from its original location, it is now a Grade II listed building. That's fitting, because upon entering this wooded drinking den, you're immediately overcome with warm feels, and that's not just 'cos of the open fireplace. Look out for the large beer garden when the sun's a-shinin'.