The Old Queens Head
This Victorian pub has seasonally-rotating keg beers and a wide selection of ales, lagers, stouts and porters. Ok, a pub selling beer is nothing new but check out the interiors - it looks like a London pub had a fight with a carnival haunted house. They've also got a banging cocktail list (the Very English Garden is lethal), burgers from Lucky Chip and an upper floor for live music, karaoke and pub quizzes on Tuesdays. Master of all trades, jack of none.
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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 New Rose
***Looks to be closed permanently*** “Just a fucking pub”. Their words, not ours! Then again, why is that a bad thing? Sports on the telly, a cracking Sunday roast, good beer selection...just what the doctor ordered. Also, you have the chance to 'beat the barman' to get half-price drinks 5-6pm every Friday - which quite frankly is necessary as drink prices are steep here.
The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms is everything we love in a London pub – it looks like a classy boozer from the 1800s inside and out, it has a massive beer garden, and the menu is restaurant quality. Seriously, this is what London does best. Honour the pub life by getting a pie here. This isn't just any pie though, it's a suet crust slow-cooked beef and mushroom pie...in other words, the food of kings. There are some great ales here, and a tidy wine list to boot if you want to get a bit continental.
Hoxley & Porter
Hoxley & Porter is a time machine in the form of a bar, where sticky Sambuca shooters and Jägerbombs haven't yet been invented. This atmospheric turn of the century-style railway bar makes lots of the spirits and liqueurs it serves in-house... try their Earl Grey-infused gin! If the cocktails make you peckish, there's a pretty comprehensive food menu with dishes like Roasted Guinea Fowl, or Tomato and Crayfish Linguine.