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London's best pubs, as recommended by an Irishman

Insider Guide by Fintan Ryan, a Dubliner in London

Fintan’s family owns the Ryans Beggers Bush pub in Dublin, home of Jack Ryan Single Malt Irish Whiskey. In this guide he shares his favourite London pubs.


Whether traditional or modern, read on to find out where to go for the best beer, atmosphere and food.


The Oyster Shed

1 Angel Ln, London EC4R 3AB, UK

food & drink
gastropub
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The Oyster Shed offers a contemporary take on the gastropub

The Oyster Shed is a modern gastropub on the north bank of London Bridge. Floor to ceiling windows offer views of the river, Tower Bridge and The Shard. There is also a lovely outdoor terrace if you want to get even more up close and personal with the Thames.


The Mayflower

117 Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF, UK

food & drink
pubs
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The charming interior of The Mayflower pub

The Mayflower is a historic pub surrounded by quaint cobbled streets in a quiet enclave of Bermondsey known as Rotherhithe Village. The menu is seasonal British and their is a wide selection of ales, craft beers and wines available.


The Prospect of Whitby

57 Wapping Wall, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 3SH, UK

food & drink
bars
pubs
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The Prospect of Whitby couldn't be any quainter if it tried

The Mayflower is a historic pub surrounded by quaint cobbled streets in a quiet enclave of Bermondsey known as Rotherhithe Village. The menu is seasonal British and their is a wide selection of ales, craft beers and wines available.


The Blue Anchor

13 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9DJ, UK

food & drink
pubs
bars
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Blue is the word at The Blue Anchor

This family owned pub is a bit of a West London institution, popular with Hammersmith locals, as well as those living in nearby Chelsea and Battersea. The convivial atmosphere makes it a great pit stop on a riverside walk or cycle.


The Rosemary Branch

2 Shepperton Rd, London N1 3DT, UK

food & drink
pubs
theatre
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The Rosemary Branch is a local hotspot on the border between Islington and Hackney

Housed in an old Victorian music hall, The Rosemary Branch is a quirky pub with a theatre in the basement. The food is award winning and the menu changes weekly. The theatre features everything from comedy to poetry.