Pour us a pint – the best pubs in London

If you are travelling around the capital city and are feeling a bit parched, you may want to try one of the many traditional pubs that London has to offer. Whether it's a historical spot or a trendy stop-off for guys in suits, you are sure to have your pick. Here are our top five watering holes that you can enjoy in this great city.

The Mayflower

Located on Rotherhithe Street, this pub has a historical legacy to uphold to. As its name suggests, the pub has stood here since the Pilgrim Fathers sailed away on the Mayflower from a nearby mooring in 1620. The venue was rebuilt in the 18th century, but the place has managed to keep its traditional charm, with many wooden panels and oak beams to suit. The dining room upstairs is a bit on the pricey side, but it does offer some spectacular views of the Thames, while those on the outside deck should be warned that the high tide may get them wet.

Sir Richard Steele

For a bizarre experience, try this one for size. Named after the co-founder of The Spectator, you will enjoy an odd combination of stuffed animals, knick knacks and random signs. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that this establishment tends to attract a more diverse and alternative crowd. With four different beers on tap, this is perfect for the ale-drinkers out there, while comedy, music and quiz nights are regularly hosted in the upper bar.

Zeitgeist London

This may be a German gastropub, with German beers and even German staff, but it has become a favourite among locals in recent years. With over 16 German beers on draught and 32 bottled to choose from, the menu even includes schnitzel, schweinebraten and currywurst. For an, ahem, interesting time, come when an Anglo-German football match is on.

06 St Chad's Place

The wider King's Cross area may have used to be a red-light district, but it has recently become a hub for trendy bars and restaurants. A decade ago, you may have never even considered walking down this dark cobbled alley, but it is now home to a fantastic bar that has been reworked into a Victorian warehouse. Be sure to see many an office worker in a suit here.

Greenwich Union

If you are feeling a tad peckish, this is a great starting point in Greenwich. The playful British menu features dipping fish fingers and home-made pork pies, while chocolate and raspberry beers always go down a treat with the young crowd. The beer garden is a particular highlight during the summer, while the free Wi-Fi tends to attract freelancers. What more could you want?

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to any one of these pubs and see a different side to a cosmopolitan London.

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