The Handbook
The Handbook

The best of London’s pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink.

The best for ales and beers…

The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so whilst they have one or two favourites on tap, you know each time you visit there will be something new to try. They also have a unique selection of bottled beers and ales that are hard to find anywhere else, because the guys at The White Horse don’t just see the beer as a pint, rather they see it as integral to the meal which is  exaclt why they have a beer paired to every meal by their cellarmen and run beer and food matching courses with the Beer Academy. This is all on top of their four beer festivals throughout the year and the other smaller events, if you’re serious about beers and ales then The White Horse is the place to go.

The White Horse, 1-3 Parsons Green,  020 7736

The best place to hire…

Whether you are planning your next big birthday, or just want to get a group of family and friends together for some great food, then look no further than The Alfred Tennyson. Named after the prestigious 1830’s landmark building on Motcomb Street, The Alfred Tennyson has four beautiful rooms which can be hired out for groups of up to 80, including their elegant loft bar with its exposed beams and high back sofas. With the events manager on hand to tailor the menu to your exact requirements you can plan the perfect evening and with, Cider braised Kilravock Farm pork belly and white chocolate cheesecake with caramelised macadamia nuts and honey ice cream, on the menu you know it’s going to be pretty special indeed.

The Alfred Tennyson, 10 Motcomb Street, 020 7730, 6074,

The best for Sunday Lunch…

Sunday lunch at the pub is up there with the great British traditions like afternoon tea, cricket and talking about the weather, but where to go? The Mitre in Holland Park is definitely worth a visit. Think, rare breed Dexter beef served with vegetables, gravy and Yorkshire puddings or Suffolk Farm chicken with chipolata, stuffing & bread sauce. And if roasts aren’t your thing then they also do scrumptious pies, fish and chips and burgers. Serving food from midday until 10pm it doesn’t matter how hard you partied the night before and how late you subsequently wake up, you know you can still indulge at The Mitre.

The Mitre, 40 Holland Park Ave, 020 7727 6332, 

The best place to stay…

Whilst London is known for its array of top hotels, the pubs are definitely giving them a run for their money and none more so than The Grazing Goat. Situated just of Portman Square on New Quebec Street, The Grazing Goat has 8 stunning bedrooms and despite being in the heart of London, the rooms have a real country house feel to them. Clean and simple, neutral colours, wood and flagstones but still luxurious and very, very comfortable since they all have king size beds, gorgeous en suites and little touches such as iPod docking stations and 32” flat screen televisions. So next time you are booking a hotel, think again and look to The Grazing Goat.

The Grazing Goat, 6 New Quebec Street020 7724 7243,

The best pub garden…

When it comes to pub gardens, then The Phene in Chelsea has something to boast about it. Open all year round the gardens are the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun drinking Pimms and chilling out in the retro hanging basket chairs under the greenery. Come winter, the state of the art infrared heaters and beautiful bio –ethanol fuelled outdoor fireplaces mean that you can still drink alfresco without the biting air forcing you back inside. With twinkling fairy lights and gorgeous red amaryliss flowers The Phene garden is the ultimate when it comes to urban escapes.

The Phene, 9 Phene Street, 020 7352 9898,

The best for style…

If you are after a pub with a bit of flair and originality then The Driver in Kings Cross ticks all the boxes. Set across five floors this gastro boutique pub is serious about style. Reclaimed original British pub furniture and open fireplaces welcome you into the ground floor. The second floor takes you to a luxurious lounge with exposed brick walls and velvet sofas whilst the third floor is a mix of eclectic furniture; we’re talking original 70’s carnival waltser chairs and unique signs and nick knacks. Going up to roof terrace you are amongst the London skyline with picturesque views and little corners for intimate chats. The Driver is paving the way for boutique pubs.

The Driver, 2-4 Wharfdale Road, 020 7278 8827,

The best for all day food…

For great food throughout the day The Jam Tree in Clapham is where you should head to. As well as modern British classics on the menu such as burgers they also have dishes inspired by Britain’s former colonies, with exotic flavours from countries such as Malaysia, Canada and India. Gracing the menu are dishes such as jerk chicken salad with plantain, pomegranate and mango salsa, samosas, beer braised ox cheek and marinated monkfish. Puddings take on an American feel with Knickebocker glories, brownies and the glorious, England meets the USA: strawberry jam and peanut butter cheesecake. The days of pub fare consisting of just gammon, eggs and chips have definitely gone! 

The Jam Tree, Clapham, 13-19 Old Town, 020 3397 4422,