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!
93 Warrington Cres, Maida Vale, London W9 1EH
This cosy and quaint Grade II listed Victorian Pub with an art nouveau vibe is perfectly placed in easy reach of Maida Vale and a stones throw from Little Venice and Lord’s Cricket Ground. This traditional looking British pub has a beer garden to the side and a porch at the front where you can sit and watch the world go by. The Warrington Hotel also serves as a hotel within its three floors and features white stucco fronted brick with lamp posts flanking the front door and a red telephone box adding a traditional touch. Did you know that this is frequently used as a filming location? The Conjuring 2 was filmed here in 2016 after the director James Wan stopped there for lunch.
7 Portobello Rd, London W11 3DA
The Sun in Splendour pub is a Notting Hill hot spot thanks to a bright yellow radiant frontage which delights passers by and features on Instagram accounts daily.
This unique pub is perfectly positioned at the top of Portobello Road and makes an ideal stop for a quick refreshment or bite to eat if you’re heading to the market or to look at the pastel coloured houses. This pub is stacked with charm and you can even try out the mini pub garden to the back of the pub. Did you know this pub is thought to be the oldest in the area?
22 Hollymount, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SG
Holly Bush is a hidden gem in the heart of Hampstead, positioned just off a cobbled side street, with a traditional country pub feel and the best food and drinks to match it.
This 18th century boozer has wood-panels, a fireplace and a little outdoor space for an al fresco pint. Try the Sunday Roast or the perfectly cooked fish and chips in one of their cosy corners. Head to Hampstead High Street for a stroll around the shops afterwards. Did you know the house was built in the 1790s by portrait painter George Romney and was later taken a brewery in 1928?
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, Greater London, NW3 7JJ
At the top of a hill on Spaniards Road, in between Hampstead and Highbury, The Spaniards Inn has one of the best beer gardens in London as it can fit up to 300 people in on a sunny day. Dating back to the 17th century, this Grade II listed building is steeped in history. Dick Turpin was a regular as his father was the landlord and it certainly would have been the perfect place for highwaymen to watch for travellers (apparently you could see all the way to Windsor on a good day!) Did you know The Spaniards Inn featured in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and also Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers?
17 Needham Rd, London W11 2RP
The Cock & Bottle is a local favourite on a quiet corner near two busy roads, Westbourne Park Grove and Chepstow Road in vibrant Notting Hill. The cherry red frontage makes this Victorian pub an Instagram favourite and they pride themselves on serving up local craft and more established beers.
You’ll find cosy corners to enjoy a drink and an upstairs perfect for a meal. Did you know that the famous blue door from the film Notting Hill is just ten minutes away at 280 Westbourne Park Road?
13 Westbourne Terrace Rd, London W2 6NG
The Canal Cafe is above The Bridge House Pub and perfectly positioned next to Little Venice and moments away from Paddington Station.
The cute and quaint pub is unique as upstairs is a theatre which this year will see acts including NewsRevue, a long running satirical comedy. If you pop in for a weekend tipple, make sure you stroll along Regent’s Canal to Regent’s Park afterwards. Did you know that Canal Cafe Theatre launched the careers of John Oliver and Miranda Hart?
10A Strathearn Pl, London W2 2NH
The Victoria was built at the same time as Paddington Station in 1838 and stands within white houses close by. Legend has it that Queen Victoria stopped by (we wonder what she ordered?) and that is how the pub became named!
This pub is award winning, they’ve picked up Fullers Pub of the Year twice and also a Time Out award for Best Pub in Paddington and Bayswater. Did you know that Charles Dickens wrote a part of Our Mutual Friend in this pub?
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