10 Coolest Pubs in London

ZiggysA Look at Some of the Most Iconic Places for a Pint

London is famous for its pubs, and although drink driving rules and the smoking ban have taken their toll, the nation’s capital is still home to some of the very best.

Data released by the London Assembly shows that a shocking 1,220 pubs have closed in the capital since the turn of the millennium. That constitutes a drop of 25 percent since 2001.

But despite the news that one of their most famous locals, The Church, is set to close its doors for the last time, Muswell Hill estate agents have been reassuring prospective residents that there are still plenty of unique and memorable places to get your favourite tipple, if you know where to look.

Here, we take a look at ten of our favourites. How many have you visited?

1) The Dead Doll’s House, Islington

Upper Street certainly has no shortage of places to eat and drink, and it is not without reason that locals refer to it as “Supper Street.” Split over three floors, the venue looks like something straight out of a Roald Dahl novel. Try one of their famous house cocktails, and if you are hungry, the duck fat chips can’t be beaten.

2) The Grapes, Limehouse

For a more traditional pub, but with a very special quirk, get down to The Grapes. Charles Dickens was a regular back in the day, and the current Leaseholder is a certain Mr Ian McKellen, so Lord of the Rings memorabilia abounds.

3) Simmons, Kings Cross

If you are usually more into tea rooms than boozers, then Simmons will be right up your street. There is a distinctly retro vibe, and drinks are even served from tea cups bearing the Queen’s face. Very popular with the after work crowd, thanks to its recession-busting happy hours.

4) Ziggy’s, Shoreditch

Sitting on the edge of Hoxton Square, Zigfrid von Underbelly (pictured above) sums up the whole Shoreditch vibe in one venue. The interior design defies description, so you’ll have to give it a look – but whether you want a pint, a cocktail or some late night dancing, Ziggy’s will oblige.

5) Burlock, Marylebone

If you like your rum 1920s-style, you’ll love Burlock. And with more than 200 varieties to choose from, along with the finest in Caribbean food, you might just think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

6) Hand of Glory, Hackney

Cider and taxidermy might not seem the most obvious combination, but at this quirky pub on Amhurst Road, they make it work. They also serve up some cracking burgers, making it a great place for a casual night out.

7) The Blind Beggar, Whitechapel

Cool doesn’t have to mean quirky. The Beggar is famous for its Kray Twin connections, and is one of London’s best known pubs. It’s award for “Best Outdoor Smoking Area” tells you all you need to know.

8) Bourne and Hollingsworth, Angel

Back to Islington, Bourne and Hollingsworth is famed for its cocktails. The huge greenhouse is a perfect retreat on a summer’s evening.

9) Nightjar, Shoreditch

Taking its cues from the 1920s speakeasys, sip a cocktail from a tin cup while you listen to some of the best jazz and swing bands in London.

10) Icebar, Mayfair

We promised you cool. At Ice Bar, the walls, tables and even glasses are sculpted from ice. Jackets and thermal gloves are provided, and the only thing that’s not frozen is the warm reception.

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