The Blackfriar pub,, London

5 perfect London pubs

With so many pubs to choose from in the Capital it’s hard to know where to start to find the perfect pub. Our Blue Badge Guide Dave Drury has come up with a shortlist of 5 perfect pubs which serve an interesting history as well as fantastic food…

The Churchill Arms (Kensington) frequented by Churchill’s parents hence the name, this pub gem is arguably the most photogenic and festive pub in Britain. A Chelsea Flower Show winner and with 90 trees and 21,000 fairy lights at Christmas it is an Instagram delight. It also lays claim to being the first pub in London serving Thai food.

The Grapes (Limehouse) owned by Sir Ian McKellen and located on the River Thames, Charles Dickens was said to have danced on the tables here. He’d probably tasted the pies, surely some of the best I’ve personally tasted. For a great pub crawl, add in the nearby Captain Kidd, Prospect of Whitby and Town of Ramsgate all oozing with a rich maritime history.

The Grapes pub, London

The Grapes, Limehouse

The Blackfriar (City of London) located on the site of a Dominican Friary, this beautiful arts and crafts pub was saved by Poet Laureate John Betjeman so today you can marvel at the wonderful sculptures, mosaics and reliefs of the portly Friars while tucking into an assortment of good pub grub, and for those with a sweet tooth, the trio of desserts is hard to resist.

Inside The Blackfriar

The Mayflower (Rotherhithe) see where the Pilgrim fathers began their journey to the New World and also take in St Mary’s church where the Captain of The Mayflower is laid to rest. If you want to really travel back in time, enjoy your fish and chips (or vegetarian platter) on a Sunday, by candlelight.

The Mayflower pub, London

The Mayflower, London

The Spaniards Inn escape the central London chaos and savour the tranquillity of leafy Hampstead. Allegedly the birthplace of highwayman Dick Turpin but named after the Spanish Ambassador to King James I this pub provides the perfect spot to have a long, large, lazy lunch and then walk it off on the picturesque heath across the road.