One of the most quintessentially British places to visit in a pub in London! More so on a rainy day when there are warm crackling fires glowing in the hearth and comfy seats to enjoy a tipple at leisure. A great pub tends to induce a kind of drowsiness, the sort of place that has a very informal atmosphere but with a warm and friendly ambience that makes visitors feel right at home.
Step out of your hotel near Heathrow Airport and there are scores of such cosy pubs to be found in different parts of London. Some of the top pubs not to miss when in the city are:
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese: One of the oldest and most venerated pubs (from the 16th century) in the country; it could be described as a Fleet Street institution on its own. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese has had patrons like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alfred Tennyson and Charles Dickens among other famous names who have raised many a toast in the pub. It is owned and managed by the Samuel Smith Brewery with the prices being surprisingly reasonable.
The Southampton Arms: A classic Kentish Town pub the sign outside is the first thing that draws the attention of visitors, which reads as “ale, cider, meat’! It is one of those few remaining old fashioned pubs that still retain their traditional manner being cash only, wood fires and 18 handmade ales. And for good measure there even is the customary cats and a dog for company!
The Dove: If you are in the mid of winter and wondering what to do in London hop along to The Dove that is located on Broadway Market. A lovely pub it features home-made micro-brews, Belgian beers and a lot of board games. The food features all the British classics ranging from fish and chips to traditional British Sunday roasts.
The Leather Bottle: A very popular West London pub with winter time being the best time to visit, when it pulls out all the stops! Its huge beer garden houses five garden huts that are transformed into warm and cosy Swiss styled chalets with each having its own TV. The food is delectable and the ales are out of the stoutest and tastiest being sourced from Youngs.
The White Horse: A particular favourite with the well-heeled inhabitants of the trendy Chelsea area it offers it all! With a wonderful menu, magnificent choice of ales, plenty of warmth (with its fireplaces) and traditional plush Chesterfield sofas to lounge on, it is a place not to miss! You can expect to be in hallowed company when at the White Horse!
Davy’s Wine Vaults: On a cold winter day once you are done shopping at Greenwich Market or finished a leisurely stroll around Greenwich Park, the place to head straight to is the charming atmosphere of Davy’s Wine Vaults. While there may not be a glowing and crackling hearth it certainly makes up for the warmth with glowing candles, smell of wine and classic antique furniture.