London is full of some excellent boozers. Wherever you are, whenever you’re there, there’s always somewhere to go for a good ole’ pint. We all have our beloved local, but if you want some inspiration for a slight change of scenery (moving from one watering hole to another counts as a change of scenery, right?), then why not try one of these awesome pubs that have a hella ton of character. And if that’s not encouragement enough, Hop House 13, the double hopped lager from the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, are giving away some free samples through the Fever app!
The Crabtree is pretty iconic in W6. Located on the riverside, along the quietest and most picturesque part of the Thames, this pub boasts incredible views from its beautiful Orchard Garden. Whatever the weather, The Crabtree has you covered: when the sun is shining, the hog is spinning; and when the sun is hiding, the roast dinners are roasting. They also host a huge pub quiz, as well as market fairs, open mics and comedy nights.
Best for: Riverside views, BBQs and hog roasts
Rainville Road, W6 9HA
Located in one of London’s “hippest” areas, The Rye is a trendy boozer with a mix of new and olde worlde features. Self proclaimed “Purveyors of Good Times”, or so it says above their door, The Rye has a massive beer garden with areas for BBQs, Table Tennis and, most importantly, for sheltering from the rain.
Best for: BBQs, table tennis and beer garden drinking
31 Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX
Nestled in a corner of St John’s Square in Clerkenwell, The Artisan is the perfect place to take yourself away from the “arrrrrrgh” of the city (you all know what we mean) and relax happily with a nice cold pint. When the sun has got his hat on, there’s also a lovely terrace overlooking the square that you can enjoy your pint in.
Best for: Post-work drinks
53 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JL
Hidden away down a quiet alley in Aldgate, this pub has (tea)bags of history. Until 1996, The Old Tea Warehouse was a…… yep, you guessed it. It used to be owned by the East India Tea Company, until they sold it and it became a pub – naturally. They have a basement with dartboards for the ultimate darty party, as well as a secret patio for sunny afternoons.
Best for: Pool, darts and secret patio drinking
4-8 Creechurch Lane, EC3A 5AY
The Pembroke‘s fairy lit roof garden is one of those London secrets that has actually managed to remain a secret — not like those “hidden” bars that not a single person doesn’t know about. Inside, the pub hosts epic pub quizzes and there are board games for when you’re feeling a little bit retro.
Best for: Pub quizzes, board games and secret rooftop drinking
261 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9JA
If there’s one thing us Londoners are good at, it’s fleeing to the nearest beer garden as soon as the sun comes out. So, if you ever find yourself floating about in Earlsfield, know that The Wandle has a pretty decent offering in the beer garden department. There’s table tennis, live music at the weekends, quiz nights on Tuesdays and BBQs on sunny Saturdays. Oh and if there’s ever a rugby game, you can sure as hell guarantee they’ll be showing it.
Best for: Live music, sports and BBQs
332 Garratt Lane, SW18 4EJ
Representing NW5, The Oxford is the place to head if you’re after some comedy, live jazz or quizzical fun — or even just a good old pint and a rockin’ roast dinner. It’s the perfect place for a pre or post gig drink with legendary music venue, The Forum, just a couple of hundred metres away. Mixing old traditions with modern style, you’ll find an open fire for the cooler nights and a pub garden for the warmer ones. They also have a newly relaunched and super luxurious cocktail lounge upstairs, where mixologists are serving up an exciting mix of drinks.
Best for: Live music, roast dinners and cocktails
256 Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2AA
Fancy a free pint at one of these pubs? If you download the Fever app and sign up to the freebie, you’ll be able to sort yourself out with a complimentary pint of Hop House 13. Its hoppy and flavoursome taste makes it the perfect refreshment for sunny afternoons, “Is it Friday yet?” afternoons or “I just want a pint, I don’t need an excuse” afternoons. The offer is running now and is for Fever users only. Everyone’s entitled to one beer (just as long as you get in there quick… there’s a limited amount of free pints available). You can thank us later…