Pubs are everywhere in the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics: They’re meeting spots for friends, destinations for evening meals and Sunday roasts, and great places to sample the range of beers, ales, and ciders that Britain has to offer. As Chowhounds in London are quick to point out, there are some pubs with great food, others with great beer, and still more with great atmosphere—qualities that don’t always converge.
This list of 10 London pubs (listed alphabetically) offers a balance of all three: Each is in either Zone 1 or 2, is walking distance from a Tube station, and has been recommended by multiple hounds within the past six months. While lots more pubs show up on the U.K./Ireland Chowhound board, these 10 are a great start for visitors and locals alike.
ANCHOR & HOPE
36 The Cut, SE1 8LP
Closest Tube: Southwark
More a gastropub than a traditional one, but it’s got a nice bar area and delicious food.
THE BREE LOUISE
69 Cobourg Street, NW1 2HH
Closest Tube: Euston
Longtime favorite for real ales near Euston Station
THE EUSTON TAP / THE CIDER TAP
190 Euston Road, NW1 2EF
Closest Tube: Euston
A favorite for craft beers, and now a destination for cider fans too.
18 Wilton Row, SW1X 7NR
Closest Tube: Knightsbridge
Heaving with “welcoming and well-mannered” locals.
47 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS
Closest Tube: Leicester Square
A great pub for cask ales, but gets packed due to its central location.
THE MARKET PORTER
9 Stoney Street, Borough Market, SE1 9AA
Closest Tube: London Bridge
A wide selection of beers, and a convenient location in Borough Market.
THE ROYAL OAK
44 Tabard Street, SE1 4JU
Closest Tube: Borough
Nothing glamorous—just a true neighborhood pub with great ale.
THE SOUTHAMPTON ARMS
139 Highgate Road, NW5 1LE
Closest Tube: Tufnell Park
This might be London’s all-around best craft beer pub; delicious sausage rolls too.
10A Strathearn Place, W2 2NH
Closest Tube: Lancaster Gate
An old-fashioned pub with well-kept beers.
THE WHITE HORSE
1-3 Parson’s Green, SW6 4UL
Closest Tube: Parsons Green
Situated on a beautiful green, with popular cookouts on weekends.
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