Sporting names as colourful as the regulars hanging at the bar, London’s pubs are the heartbeat of the social scene in England’s capital. And now watering holes around the city have also become the epicentre of Britain’s casual dining revolution. Head down to these gastropubs for a perfect meal with your pint.
Once a dusty old boozer in Clerkenwell, The Coach is now a chi-chi gastropub serving some of the best grub in the city. Among its French-influenced dishes is a 48-day Hereford cote de boeuf that should really be washed down with a glass of Burgundy.
This proper old-school pub in Stockwell – all red-stained mahogany and leatherbound books – just happens to have slap-up food. Its seven-hour lamb shoulder is the stuff of legend, especially if you follow it with a buttermilk panna cotta and Yorkshire rhubarb.
The Drapers Arms
A beaut of a boozer in Islington, The Drapers Arms has soaring ceilings, glinting chandeliers and a lovely garden where you can munch on some seriously scrumptious dishes. Find fancied-up versions of British classics like suet crust lamb pie and a tidy wine selection.
This pleasingly bright and airy pub on the corner of the always-vibrant Brick Lane in East London dishes out modern European food made with herbs that are plucked from the rooftop garden.
This one-time Michelin Pub of the Year winner in Hackney, east London, never rests on its laurels, with an ever-changing menu including a lamb curry and an array of mouthwatering pies.
A lovely little spot with a romantic-boho vibe, The Garrison has been a Bermondsey institution since 2003. The reliance on seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers – predominantly farmers and fishermen – means its menu is always evolving.
The Jugged Hare
One look at the taxidermy-studded walls and you know this burly pub in Barbican means business when it comes to meat. Its menu is crammed full of game, like the eponymous jugged hare.