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The Fox and Anchor, Clerkenwell
Located opposite Smithfield Market in the heart of Farringdon, the Fox and Anchor is a handsome and historic pub. The narrow wood-paneled bar is a popular spot for market porters and opens at 7 am Monday to Friday for breakfasts and beers. The massive 'City Boy Breakfast' is piled high with eggs, bacon, sausages, black pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms, and beans, and is served with a pint of stout.
Meaty bar snacks like pork scratchings and British charcuterie boards are served throughout the day and roast dinners are available on Sunday. The six elegant rooms are decorated with photos and prints of the local area, dark walls, and plush velvet fabrics. Some rooms feature fireplaces and roll top baths and the Market Suite has an outdoor terrace.
How to get there: The Fox and Anchor is a 5-minute walk from Farringdon station, a national rail station and an underground station on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan Lines.
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The Pilot, Greenwich
Located in North Greenwich, the Pilot is within walking distance of the O2 Arena and makes a great base if you have tickets to see a blockbuster gig at the iconic venue. It sits on a cute cobblestone street lined with Georgian cottages and was built in the early 1800s to cater to local coal workers. The bar serves cask ales and craft beers and dishes up seasonal British dishes from an open kitchen. If the weather's good, grab a seat in the beer garden or head up to the sunny roof terrace.
The eclectic rooms feature colorful artwork and giant wooden bed frames and come with free WiFi and parking. Arrive in style by hopping on a river boat (Thames Clipper) or taking the Emirates Air Line cable car from the Royal Docks. Bonus fact: The pub features in the music video for Blur's 1994 Britpop anthem, Park Life.
How to get there: The Pilot is less than a 10-minute walk from North Greenwich Station on the Jubilee Line and a 5-minute walk from the Emirates Air Line Greenwich Peninsula station. Thames Clippers operate a river bus service to the O2 Arena.
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The Half Moon Pub, Herne Hill
This iconic south London boozer dates to 1896 and was once a popular venue on the 'pub rock' circuit attracting artists like David Bowie, U2 and Tom Waits. It re-opened in March 2017 after a huge restoration project following a local flood. Many of the original features — including chunky wood panels, painted mirrors, and intricate windows — remain but the pub now has a contemporary gastropub look.
Downstairs, you'll find a traditional bar area, a light-filled modern restaurant and a cool beer garden with fire pits and a children's play area. The 12 boutique rooms are named after astronauts that have walked on the moon and are both colorful and characterful with thoughtful extras like Marshall digital radios, coffee machines, and posh toiletries.
How to get there: The Half Moon Pub is located across the road from Herne Hill train station. The station is served by the Thameslink and Southeastern rail networks and is 11 minutes from London Blackfriars and 9 minutes from London Victoria.
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The Malt House, Fulham
Part of the Jolly Fine Pub Group, the Malt House in Fulham is a good looking gastropub with six stylish rooms. While the building dates back to 1729, the interiors are sleek and modern and the restaurant serves contemporary meals. Fill up on hearty British dishes like slow-cooked pork cheeks with creamy mash and roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings.
Dine in the pretty courtyard garden in the summer months and retire to one of the rooms, which are all kitted out with king size beds, fancy wallpaper, flat-screen TVs and coffee machines. Rates include WiFi, homemade cookies, and mineral water. The pub is within walking distance of Chelsea FC's home ground, Stamford Bridge, the King's Road, and Chelsea Harbour.
How to get there: The Malt House is a 5-minute walk from Fulham Broadway station on the District Line.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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The Bull & The Hide
Set amid towering skyscrapers and sleek wine bars, the Bull & The Hide is a modern take on a traditional boozer. It was originally built as a residence for a local nobleman and parts of the building date to 1550. Sip a pint from the copper bar on the ground floor and fill up on classic pub grub like pies and Scotch eggs.
The first-floor dining room serves more substantial dishes with ingredients sourced from Billingsgate fish market and Smithfield meat market. The seven rooms are decorated in light grays and soothing pastel colors and feature toiletries from British perfumer, Miller Harris. From some rooms, you can spy the Gherkin skyscraper.
How to get there: The Bull & The Hide is less than a 5-minute walk from Liverpool Street station, a national rail station and an underground station on the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan Lines.
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The Grazing Goat, Marylebone
A couple of blocks from Oxford Street, the Grazing Goat in Marylebone's Portman Village is a stylish gastropub with eight cozy rooms. With its roaring fires, mounted deer heads and chandeliers made from antlers, it has an urban ski lodge vibe.
The bar serves local ales and hearty snacks while the dining room above offers a Best of British menu of classic gastropub dishes like beer battered fish and chips and lamb rump. The rooms are set over three floors and feature wooden sleigh beds, light gray walls, sumptuous throws, and Bang and Olufsen gadgets.
How to get there: The Grazing Goat is less than a 5-minute walk from Marble Arch underground station on the Central Line.