The Royal Albert
This is the local to end all locals. Good food, frothy beers, fairy lights set against a Victorian interior - what more could you want? A billiards table? 'Cause they have that, too. The beers are sourced from local breweries and change frequently. The menu is seasonal and always delicious - you'll find your standard pub fare with a twist, like pork and leek sausages with cider and onion gravy. One mainstay is their sticky toffee pudding, which we'll be going back for.
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The Hat and Tun
This is a good spot for a business meeting rather than a knees up. If you like deer antlers, lots of wine and a chesterfield armchair by the fire, then this is the pub for you. The food is exactly what you'd expect from a old school pub: sausage and mash, cottage pie and peas and toasties. The Hat and Tun is closed at the weekend but available for private hire. Maybe for an Old Boy's Club meeting?
Draft House, Imperial Warf
This Battersea boozer boasts beer a plenty. And not just your typical, unimaginative lagers mind - an ever-changing selection of guest ales designed to keep all you beer-centrics on your toes. The staff properly know their stuff too, so if you fancy a venture into unknown territory be sure to have a word - 1/3 and 2/3 pints are available if you don't want to jump in at the deep end. Good food, an understated decor and a relaxing vibe make this a great spot to catch the rugby on telly over a beer. There's classic pub grub on offer too with the likes of burgers and fish & chips knocking about.
The Owl & Pussycat
For such a lively area, plenty of the pubs in Shoreditch are much of a muchness, and you could well find yourself squished into an impossibly noisy sweatbox. The Owl and the Pussycat is probably our pick though, a listed building that dates back to the 17th century with Chesterfield sofas, mix and match furniture and stripped back walls. Gets pretty busy but if you can work your way into one of their nooks and crannies, it's a dependable joint. Oh, and it also does food. It's one of those new 'gastropubs' if you can believe it.
East Dulwich Tavern
The East Dulwich Tavern is a handsome pub with plenty to occupy those who tire easily. Come on a weekday for pub quizzes, board games and film nights or swing by on the weekend for classic pub food and craft beer. It gets pretty busy in the summertime, people tend to spill out onto the sundrenched streets. But we like to pop in on a cold day too, for something comforting from the menu. Our pick is the sausage and mash for seven squid, tasty and delish' just how we like it.