London is home to some of the oldest, quirkiest and most eccentric British pubs, so where does one even begin? Well, we have put together the London Morgan definitive guide to some of our favourites (that you can park right outside of, of course!). Our selection of London pubs includes the oldest, the historic, the hidden gems, and the most picturesque in the city – from Wapping to Maida Vale. Here are our top picks; feel free to message us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to suggest your favourites for us to add! Once we’ve checked them out thoroughly ourselves, of course… it’s a hard day’s work but we’ll make the sacrifice.
174 Queen Victoria Street, London, Greater London, EC4V 4EG
The Blackfriar is positioned within a spaghetti junction of roads nestled under a footbridge near the Thames. It has got the world’s tiniest little road next to it, but you do need to be a skilled driver in order to get into it. This fantastic historic London pub was built in 1975 and is an Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece which was built on the site of a Dominican Friary. The exterior is impressive with mosaics on the outside creating the perfect backdrop to the Morgan 3 Wheeler. Inside, the building (which was designed by architect H. Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole) has original features including breathtaking sculptures. Did you know it was saved from demolition by a campaign led by Sir John Betjeman?
The Prospect of Whitby
57 WAPPING WALL, WAPPING, E1W 3SH
The Prospect of Whitby is London’s oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520 and enjoys views over the Thames from their Wapping location. According to their Wikipedia, the pub has a very colourful history, having been frequented by everyone from sailors to smugglers in the 16th century before becoming the local of ‘Hanging Jude Jeffreys’ scourge of the Monmouth Rebellion. Today a spooky gallows and noose hangs in the pub to commemorate his custom. Did you know that this London pub is a favourite of celebrities, and has appeared in film and TV including Only Fools & Horses?
The Star Tavern
6 Belgrave Mews West, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8HT
Belgravia is one of London’s most photogenic neighbourhoods, featuring their famous white stucco fronted houses and cobbled Mews. The Star Tavern is one of many hidden gems in the area and serves up great beers and home cooked food from Belgrave Mews. Did you know that this Grade II listed building is said to have drawn in a range of extreme locals, from the wealthy fold to the very low criminals hanging out in the 1950s and 1960s?
The Seven Stars
53 Carey Street, London WC2A 2JB
The Seven Stars pub sits behind the Royal Courts of Justice (pictured below) where the landlady Roxy Beaujolais serves up good food, well-priced wine, Adnams ales and Dark Star brewery favourites. Roxy’s architect husband designed the interior of the quirky and eccentric London pub which was originally built in 1602.
Here you’ll find a bar full of legal eagles, and in good weather people will spill onto the streets in the best possible way to enjoy drinks el fresco. Did you know, our friend on Instagram @mofofatmo said: “The pub cat often wears a chorister’s ruff and would make an excellent co-pilot.”
The Globe Tavern
8 Bedale Street, London SE1 9AL
Set within the iconic Borough Market, The Globe Tavern is most famous for appearing in the Bridget Jones’ movies as the first floor flats were the set for her home. This unassuming London pub is somewhat of a hidden gem under the arches of London Bridge and is the perfect place to grab a pint after shopping at the market. Did you know they have an ever-changing range of guest cask ales available?
The Water Poet
9-11 Folgate Street London, England, E1 6BX
“Morgan’s Motor cars and The Water Poet share many similarities that should be celebrated – the history, the style, and the greatness of being a British classic!” says Charlotte Prior, Office Manager at The Water Poet. “With its plethora of rooms and spaces, The Water Poet is a multi-tasking wonder that you will not find anything that compares in London. From the underground cinema, to the a la carte dining room, to the spacious sun trap of a beer garden, we have something for everyone.”
We agree with Charlotte, The Water Poet is a gem of a London pub and very close to Liverpool Station which makes it an extremely busy venue. Did you know that fish and chips are a must when in London and on weekdays they are just £10 at The Water Poet including a pint! The new Sunday Roast menu is also receiving many a compliment, especially the premium cut of the week in partnership with Ginger Pig Butchers – yum.
The Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LN
Celebrating truly British eccentricity, The Churchill Arms in Kensington (a stones throw away from Notting Hill) is one of the most photographed pubs in London. Legend has it that Churchill’s grandparents frequented this pub in the 1800s and these days it is crammed full of memorabilia and British flags. The dramatic, real life flower display changes throughout the year and peaks at Christmas as it is covered in real Christmas trees. According to the Londonist, their commitment to their floral aesthetic costs £25,000 a year. Did you know there’s no sign of traditional British food though, as Churchill Arms serves up Thai instead?
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