The Top 3 Pubs in London

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There’s something quintessentially British about having a pint down at the pub. When you visit London, you have to visit the pubs, it’s the law. Well it isn’t the law really but it definitely makes for a good trip. From traditional to contemporary, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to relaxing in these wonderful hide-a-ways. Shutting out the elements, meeting the locals and enjoying fine ales are all part of the enjoyment.  Here are three of the best to visit on your trip.

The Mayflower – 117 Rotherhithe Street, Rotherhithe SE16 4NF

One of the gems along the Thames, this pub has stood since the 18th century. With traditional features such as oak beams and wooden panelling, this pub is packed full of history. Views from their dining area over the Thames and a whole range of food and drink will have you easing into one of their old booths in no time. In the summer you’re welcome to enjoy your beer by the side of the Thames, but beware as you may get your feet wet at high tide!

Spaniard’s Inn – Spaniards Road, Hampstead NW3 7JJ

The Spaniard’s Inn is a Hampstead based wonder with history a plenty. Dating back to the 16th century, this pub boasts connections to the birth of Dick Turpin and Ode to a Nightingale by Keats.  It has a strong country-pub-in-the-city vibe, with roaring fires in the winter and an award winning dog-friendly beer garden in the summer.

Why not sink into a nook and muse over their ‘superlative drinks menu’, or try one of their traditional meals. While if it’s modern culture you’re after, then check out their art exhibition upstairs.

The Princess Louise208 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EP

This pub was once derelict, but has since been restored to its full Victorian grandeur, with gilded mirrors, etched glass, original tiling and glowing woodwork – the toilets look grand too!  This pub even once had partitions to keep different social classes separate.

There’s no music, but it’s a great setting for a lazy evening or afternoon; this pub is great for kicking back and chewing the fat.

These pubs are not easy to run; with pub cleaning London companies to hire, keeping the locals happy and managing the books, a London pub owner’s life is never quiet for long. But they’re all well worth a visit.

Can you recommend any London pubs?

Estelle Page is a thirty something interior designer, loving life with her husband and two wonderful children. She loves a home revamp, so you’ll often find her taking in the scenery at a local garden show or being inspired by the antiques and decor at a nearby National Trust home. She currently blogs for Evo Cleaning.

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