You can’t come to London town without indulging in a few pints of ale in old school pubs hidden around this magical historic city. We’ve picked a few below to get you started and we’ve made sure to try and test each one, just to make sure the ale is up to scratch!
The Cross Keys, Chelsea
Real cask ales and a fine array of lagers is what’s on tap here at the Cross Keys pub in a relaxed environment. This pub is renowned for its celebrated history and their famous scotch eggs. An ideal place for a little pit stop in walking distance from the Harrington Collection.
The Hereford Arms, South Kensington
This Hereford Arms dates back to Victorian times and has a very long and colourful history. Jack the Ripper is thought to have frequented this pub along with some famous authors. The pub has a really funky interior with food displayed on a blackboard menu. A cracking spot to indulge in some fish, chips and mushy peas with classic ales on tap. It’s located only a few steps from the Harrington Collection.
The Devonshire Arms, South Kensington
Known to be one of the cosiest pubs in South Kensington, The Devonshire Arms is perfect spot for a quiet evening drink in the summer sun. We’d highly recommend this little charismatic rustic pub. With regularly changing real ales, it’s also home to one of the largest beer gardens in Kensington. They host BBQs in the summer months and cook up a mighty fine Sunday roast too! You won’t have far to go home as this pub is also in walking distance of the Harrington Collection.
Seven Stars, Holborn
This 17th century Seven Stars pub is located just behind the Royal Courts of Justice. This is the tiniest most eccentric pub and you’ll often find the landlady Roxy Beaujolais’s sitting in her chair in the middle of the pub on arrival. You’ll also come across one of the longest standing residents, Ray Brown the cat who wears a ruff collar. This is a hidden gem that will transport you back in time.
The WC Clapham
Yes you’re reading this right, the WC just under Clapham Common tube station is an old original public toilet that has been converted into a wine and charcuterie bar. Once you venture down the meandering stairs into the WC, you’ll be seriously impressed with the authentic tiled floors and walls and high Victorian tables and chairs that are scattered throughout. There are also a few romantic private booths. You’d have to see it to believe it. The WC is approximately a 20 minute journey on the tube to Clapham Common from The Harrington Collection.
The Plumbers Arms, Belgravia
The Plumbers Arms was so popular in the Victorian era that it was thought to have been frequented by aristocracy and also a lots of plumbers! The pub was built in the 1820s and is still as popular today. The pub is in the area that was developed by renowned builder Thomas Cubitt, You can expect Great British food and drinks that is also in walking distance of the Harrington Collection.