Gastropubs are big news in London. However, while they’re two a penny around the capital, most people have their favourites. If you’re exploring London for the first time and are new to the London gastropub scene, how do you know where to start?
Here’s the lowdown on five of the best gastropubs in London.
1. The Duchess of Kent
North London can be a crazy place. The Duchess is one of those spots where you can slip away from it all and indulge in a rejuvenating sensory experience. This cute little pub is just around the corner from Highbury and Islington.
If you’re into exploring top-notch gastropub cuisine while downing a couple of pints, the Duchess will capture your heart. The place has an enormous range of drinks from beers to wines to some exclusive spirits. With its relaxed home-like ambience, it’s an awesome space to catch a game on telly with some friends.
2. The Grafton
Kentish Town is many things to many people. However, one thing everybody agrees on is the Grafton. You can’t visit this quaint part of London and leave without experiencing it. There’s a quaint Victorian-style pub downstairs and a beautiful bar on top.
The pub boasts eight hand pumps, local beer via tap or in bottles, and a bevvy of ciders, wines, spritzes, and soft drinks. The pub also has a charming roof terrace where you can chill with dinner and drinks throughout the year.
3. The Exmouth Arms
If you enjoy a delicious, juicy beef patty washed down with a cold beer, the Exmouth Arms could be your personal heaven. This cosy little pub has an extensive international crowd, with tourists flocking from across the world.
Other than its amazing burgers and sides, the Exmouth is famous for a wide range of drinks and quirky craft beers. Bring your chums on a Tuesday for the pub quiz and see how you work your intellectual charms over a pint of ale.
4. The Queen’s Primrose Hill
A stone’s throw from Primrose Hill, the Queen’s is a pub with a lot of character. It has an old country vibe with stone fireplace and cask ales. You get an amazing view of the hill from upstairs.
Apart from a scintillating range of home-brewed craft beers and exclusive London spirits, the Queen’s is sought out for its traditional British menu prepared with ingredients from South East England.
5. The Gipsy Queen
Yet another jewel from Kentish Town’s famous pub haunts, the Gipsy Queen is the quintessential all-rounder when it comes to London gastropubs. It has a smart space arrangement that makes it great for hanging out with friends, family, and yes, you can take your pet pup along too.
You can choose your ambience – park yourself in the garden, huddle down by the fireplace, or just hang out in the back if you want some quiet time. To accompany your pint of ale, the Gipsy Queen presents an extensive menu that has foodies scampering in from all over the country. The Barbary duck breast and fresh cod fillet hold celebrity status here.
As London experts, not only do we know a lot about London’s amazing gastropub scene, but we can also recommend some quirky places to go for afternoon tea!