2.6 Miles 53 minutes
The George Inn
75-77 Borough High Street SE1 1NH
The George Inn, built in 1676, is London’s only surviving galleried inn. Not many pubs are also a National Trust property, but being the last remaining galleried inn in London, the George Inn isn't any old pub (Charles Dickens even mentions it in Little Dorrit) In the summer, sitting out in one of the best beer gardens in London, you can sometimes see parties of tourists being shown the gallery, visible from the trestle tables. Inside the Tudor-like interior (the original burnt down in 1676) there are plenty of nooks and crannies to enjoy a real ale and a natter.
14 Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AG
Tiny discreetly modern Borough Market bar with amazing bottled beer range in wall-wide cooler, also half a dozen continental lagers on tap and three real ales, good friendly service; fair-sized covered and heated outside area. This is one of the few examples of a proper pub in London that is not part of a large chain of pubs, and it’s easy to see why this sets it aside and what makes it so popular. Fantastic selection of beers on tap and at not too bad prices for London (slightly pricey, but getting a fantastic selection of independent brewers) and a fantastic beer garden area to just chill in with a pint.
The Horseshoe Inn
26 Melior St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QP
Familiar pub grub, cask ales and a full bar served in a classic-style venue with wooden floors.
Horace Jones Vault, London SE1 2UP
The Vault is a hidden gem, a small intimate bar with unique views of the Thames, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the City of London and Canary Wharf. Outside, you will find a unique beer garden and a great place for a bite to eat and drink with one of the most spectacular (and often photographed) views in London. The bar also houses a spectacular collection photographs covering the history of the bridge from its construction to its annual appearance in the London Marathon.
The Dickens Inn
Marble Quay, St Katharine's Way, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1UH
Reconstructed, 18th-century timber-framed warehouse with piazza, balcony dining and large garden. Right next to The Tower of London, its a perfect pub to go to after a tour of The Crown Jewels. The Dickens Inn sits within St Katharine’s Docks, and there are plenty of lovely sail boats moored around you to make for a stunning view. Another thing that makes this pub stand out is the beer garden. Staggered over two floors, the main garden is a great area to spend a lazy summer’s day in. The decking around the outside of the pub also means you can catch some serious rays if you go on a day with nice weather!
3 Hart Street, City Of London, London EC3R 7NB
A beautifully renovated Grade II listed building moments from the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Fenchurch Street. Located in Hart Street, The Ship is a truly historic City of London Pub. This traditional boozer on Hart Street, close to Fenchurch Street, looks like it's fighting a one-pub battle against the City, its characterful sliver of a facade squeezed but resolute between two modern buildings. The decor inside sticks to the outside's traditional look. True to the feel of the place, it's mostly about the booze, with beer a particular focus. Expect a regularly changing list of cask ales, with more by the bottle.
Hung Drawn and Quartered
26-27 Great Tower Street, London EC3R 5AQ
A Fuller's Ale & Pie pub near the Tower of London, in a listed building that was a bank and before that a part of Christ's Hospital, a school founded in 1552 to educate poor children. The interior boasts high ceilings and wood panelling, and pictures of former monarchs adorn the walls. Food is served until 9pm (5pm Sun). Periodic beer festivals feature other London breweries. The TV is usually mute. Note the gallows. Grade II listing:- Dated 1914.
25 Great Tower Street, City Of London, London EC3R 5AQ
"It has been a long time since I visited here but yet again it was absolutely outstanding. Definitely worth going to Sripur rather than anywhere on Brick Lane. The quality and service is excellent."
"As a group of 5 friends meeting for a drink and meal in London about once a month, we almost always finish off the evening by dining at Sripur. The food is always good and the service both friendly and efficient. And the cost is reasonable for the EC district."