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.
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This smartened up boozer is hidden away in one of Greenwich's cosy residential streets - so be sure to whack out google maps when locking this one down. With a myriad of dining options including fine-dining upstairs, a beautiful and rather ginormous outdoor dining area, plus a chilled and less pricey menu downstairs, not forgetting the third floor's generously spacious function room, this SE London boozer has a whole lot going for it.
This cute little pubedy pub does just what it says on the tin. Sit outside and Insta your little heart out by the hanging baskets and blue frontage, or cosy up inside with a cold one. We're avoiding the decidedly average food here, instead just knocking back a good old-fashioned two pints of lager and a packet of crisps. There's better pubs about, but you're here now, and you can't really argue with a bit of chintzy wallpaper, red carpets, old paintings and some dark wooden panelling. Especially not when the game's on.
Just off Lancaster Gate, this charming neighbourhood pub is a magnificent celebration of the old British boozer. Dating back to 1850, this grade II listed building stocks a wide range of Young’s beers, world lagers and fine wines, plus its got a killer menu to boot. It's also so pretty you'll probably never want to leave - oh, and did we mention there's a cocktail bar in the basement? Talk about ticking all the boxes.
The Ladbroke Arms
Tucked away on a very chilled residential street, Ladbroke Arms is the kind of unassuming neighbourhood boozer perfect for a break from the hustle. Inside it's a country tip: heavy woods, patterned wallpaper and deep dark ales. Perhaps the kind of place you'd meet in before you went on a fox hunt. Jk - it would be after the fox hunt, when their huge wine list would help ease the guilt. As for the food, the grub on offer here better reflects that of a restaurant than a pub, and although it's not cheap, you'll understand why after one bite of your roasted cod with Israeli couscous, tomatoes, olives, coriander & lemon oil. Our favourite thing about this place, though, is the outside. Here hanging baskets full of flowers come into bloom in the summer and the benches become hot property, with locals spilling out onto the road holding their pints; the sinking sun to the west creating a perfect backdrop.