Food & Drink

London Pub Crawl

By on May 24, 2015

AngelBrandedBannerSundayRoastOne of things I miss the most when I’m away from London (or the UK) is a properly poured pint. There are few more quintessentially British experiences than sitting in a historic pub and having great conversation while sipping a superb pint of hand pulled ale. Pubs in London, and all over the UK, offer travelers a chance to slow down and get a glimpse into the social center of British culture. Over the last decade, the farm-to-table movement and gastropubs have revolutionized British gastronomy and pubs all over the UK. London is full of excellent pubs, but these are the ones that I like due to their beer selection, ambiance, location and great food. Centrally located, you can easily stumble between these pubs like a pin ball while walking, taking the bus or tube. None of these pubs are part of a chain or bigger corporation. Stay away from those as they will only offer you high prices, boring food and bad service. If you are headed to London, don’t miss these historic pubs that serve great beer and excellent food in a traditional ambiance. 

Pub #1 Ye Old Cheshire Cheese 

145 Fleet Street
London EC4A 2BU

Super historic and a must stop on any Fleet St tour or pub crawl. Rebuilt shortly after the great fire of 1666. It’s a labyrinth and cavernous inside with lots of different nooks and cranny’s. The food can be hit or miss but the atmosphere is well worth it. They serve the Sam Smith brand of beers.


Pub #2 Lamb & Flag

Rose Street
London WC2E 9EB
United Kingdom

Right around the corner from Covent Garden and Leicester Square, it’s just enough off the tourist track for a local experience. Great for a pint before catching a show on the West End. They serve the Fuller’s Brand of Beers and seasonal proper British ales. The food is traditional british pub food. Charles Dickens drank here. If you want to be transported to Victorian England, drink here.

Pub #3 Red Lion

2 Duke of York Street
London SW1Y 6JP

The Red Lion is kind of hard to find but this is my go to place if I’m anywhere around St. James/Picaddilly/Mayfair area. Located behind Wren’s St. James Church in Picadilly, this spot is small and cozy. Usually best to grab a pint and drink outside. They serve the Fuller’s Brand of Beers. Free Wifi. Traditional British Pub food. Wooden interior and etched glass. 


Pub #4 Golden Lion

25 King Street
London SW1Y 6QY

Not too far from the Red Lion. It always seems like I’m the only foreigner in this place. If you want a place to eat, best to head upstairs. There is a hunting theme downstairs and more of a theatrical theme upstairs. The Golden Lion serves the best burger I’ve ever had in the UK. Stained glass windows and friendly staff.

Pub of the day: The Golden Lion. Est 1721. #travel #pubs #beer #london #foodie

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Pub #5 Churchill Arms

119 Kensington Church Street
London W8 7LN

This is my South Kensington gem. Gorgeous foliage decorates the outside. True to its name, this pub is overflowing with memorabilia honoring the greatest Briton, Winston Churchill. The Churchill Arms serves decent Thai food at a great price instead of traditional pub fare. Plenty of great beers and ales on tap. 



There are many more to choose from and many more pints to be had. All of the above are centrally located and great for travelers visiting central London. 

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Angel Castellanos
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I'm a US based travel expert and spend my time teaching people how to travel well, smart and often. I'm passionate about travel and helping people save time & money. This blog, or travel lounge, is a collection of my practical travel advice and experiences from traveling 8-10 weeks internationally each year. I believe that travel has never been easier and that everyone can achieve their travel dreams. Happy Travels!


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