The Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN S 020 7727 4242 www. churchillarmskensinqton.co. uk
Open Monday-Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday-Saturday Hammidnight, Sunday 12-10.30pm
Tube Notting Hill Gate Bus 27, 28, 52, 328, 452
The pub is not wheelchair accessible as there are two steps at the entrance
Built in 1750, The Churchill Arms has seen many eminent Londoners pass through its doors, including the indomitable Winston Churchill. One of London’s most famous pubs, it’s hard to miss, with its spectacular array of hanging baskets filled with geraniums and yellow blossom. Winner of ‘London in Bloom’ two years in a row, the Churchill Arms is also famed for its real ales and is a very convivial place to have a Fuller’s or a guest beer. In the conservatory at the back you can also order a delicious Kaeng Par Thai curry or a dish of Pad Siew noodles.
The Bree Louise
69 Cobourg Street, NW1 2HH ® 0207 681 4930 www.thebreelouise.com
Open Monday-Saturday 11.30am-11pm, Sunday 12-10.30pm, food served 12-8.45pm daily Tube Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street Bus 10, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 168, 205, 253, 390 The pub is wheelchair accessible
This pub has won many awards, both for its real ales and its seasonal turkey and cranberry pies. If you enjoy tasting different hand-crafted beers, this is the ideal place to bring your friends. The Bree Louise has eleven gravity ales and six pump beers, as well as a number of real ciders and perry. Beers on tap might change throughout the day as each barrel empties, giving drinkers an opportunity to try something new if their favourite has just run out.
The kind of people who come here are those who appreciate excellent beers and good conversation in simple, unpretentious surroundings. Spend a convivial evening at one of the wooden tables, with a pint or two of the pub’s own organic pilsner and a wild boar burger.
19 Leman Street, Whitechapel E1 8EN a 020 7977 0486 www.thedisDensarvlondon.co.uk
Open Monday-Friday 11.30am-11pm, closed Bank Holidays
Tube Green Park Bus 8, 9, 14, 19, 22, 38
The pub is not wheelchair accessible
Although loud music is played in the main bar, at the right of the entrance there is a much quieter small room where you can meet friends away from the clamour. The pub has recently been renovated but retains many of its nineteenth-century features, such as tiled floors and beaded fire surrounds. Beers rotate frequently and might include Hophead, Dark Star and a few others from independent breweries. The food here is excellent, from tomato and pesto soup to homemade ice cream. And if you want a very quiet place to eat, you can book the private dining room upstairs. Don’t miss their fresh mint tea, one of the few places you can order this in London.
480 One Canada Square, E14 5AX S bar 020 7512 9283, shop 020 7512 9092
Open Wine bar Monday-Friday 12-10pm, shop Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 11am-7pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
DLR Canary Wharf Bus 135, D3, D8
The wine bar and shop are both wheelchair accessible
With its burgundy-coloured seating, wooden floor, vintage Nicolas posters and uncluttered interior, this is a stylish place to enjoy a glass of wine with friends after work. With around twenty to order by the glass or three hundred by the bottle, the knowledgeable staff can advise on the best wines to suit your palate. The focus is on French vintages, from a Chateau de I’Engarran Gres de Montpellier 2010 to a Ruinart Blanc de Blancs brut champagne made with Chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. Food is served at lunchtime, with hearty French dishes the main attraction on the menu. Enjoy a cheese platter to share, or a beef stew followed by a tarte aux pommes.
The Hand in Hand
6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common SW19 4RQ ® 020 8946 5720 www.younqs.co.uk/Dubs/hand-in-hand
Open Monday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday and Saturday Hammidnight, Sunday 12-11pm
Tube and Train Wimbledon Bus 57, 93, 200
The pub is wheelchair accessible
In 1831 the Hand in Hand was described as a bakehouse, but it has been a Young’s pub for many years now. Situated on the edge of Wimbledon Common and overlooking the village green, this is a very sociable, relaxing place to come and enjoy a pint on a summer’s evening. As well as Bombadier, Young’s Gold, Sam Brooks, Hackney Old Gold and ales from the London Fields brewery, a wide range of bottled beers and wines is also served. The home-cooked food is very good here. Try their field mushroom, red pepper and aubergine burger or the traditional chicken and mushroom pie and ploughman’s lunch. This pub is very dog-friendly and even sells rawhide bones for its canine guests.
The George Inn
77 Borough High Street, Southwark SE1 1NH S 020 7407 2056 www.qkpubS-CO.uk/pubs-iivlondon/the-qeorqe-inn-Diib, www. nationaltrust, orq. uk/qeorqe-inn
Open Monday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 12-10.30pm, food served 11am-10pm
Tube and Train London Bridge, Borough Bus 17, 21,40, 133 There is a small step at the entrance and the toilets are not easily accessible
This half-timbered Grade l-listed coaching inn dates from the seventeenth century and is the only remaining galleried inn in London. Charles Dickens came here when it was a coffee house in the nineteenth century and, with its illustrious history, the building is now owned by the National Trust. Nowadays, you can try one of their nine cask ales, either the George Inn’s own brew, a Greene King IPA, or one of their seasonal beers. The inn has a wide range of bottled ales, including Golden Sheep, Noble and Old Speckled Hen. Good food is cooked daily in the kitchen, with pub favourites such as tasty fish pie and sirloin steak on the menu.
87-91 Mansell Street, E1 8AN
S 020 7680 2850
www.idwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/qoodmans-field Open Monday-Friday 7.30am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-11pm Tube Aidgate, Aidgate East DLR Tower Gateway Bus 15, 25, 40, 67, 100, 115, 205, 254
Wheelchair accessible, step to toilets
This modern pub feels welcoming and spacious and is excellent for anyone who appreciates quiet surroundings. Coffee, cream cheese bagels and porridge with honey and apricots make a hearty Sunday breakfast.
283-88 High Holborn, WC1V 7HP
® 020 7242 5669 wwwjdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pub$/penderel$-
Open Sunday-Thursday 8am-midnight, Friday and Saturday 8am- 1am
Tube Holborn, Chancery Lane
Bus 8, 11, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
The pub is wheelchair accessible
Despite being in the centre of busy Holborn, this comfortable modern inn has a homely atmosphere. One of the Weatherspoon chain of pubs, it plays no background music – you’ll just hear the quiet hum of people talking.
The White Horse
1-3 Parsons Green, Fulham SW6 4UL S 020 7736 2115 www.whitehorsesw6.com
Open Sunday-Wednesday 9.30am-11.30pm, Thursday-Saturday
Tube Parson’s Green Bus 11, 14, 22, 295, 414, 424
The pub has excellent wheelchair access on the ground floor
Renowned for its sunny beer garden and convivial atmosphere, this large Victorian pub is a great place to meet up with friends in music- free surroundings. It can get very busy during Fulham and Chelsea home matches but at other times the pub is a friendly location to chat, play card games and enjoy a pint. Their daily menu suggests the perfect drink to accompany each dish, making it easy to try out new combinations of beers, savoury dishes and puddings. Try their pan fried scallops, cauliflower, apple and horseradish with an Anchor Liberty ale, or a roasted squash and endive salad with pine nuts and roast tomato chilli jam accompanied by a Blanche de Bruxelles white beer. This is also a wonderful place to learn about the drinks you are ordering, as the staff run regular wine tastings as well as Beer Academy brewing courses.
Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market
Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market
Torrington Square/Byng Place, behind University of London Students Union, WC1E 7HY a London Farmers’ Markets 020 7833 0338 www.Ifm.org. uk/markets/bloomsbury
Open Thursday 9am-2pm, closed Bank Holidays
Tube Goodge Street, Euston Square Bus 7, 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 188, 390
The market is wheelchair accessible
Once a week, this thriving market transforms the square behind ULU into a bustling place to pick up a delicious hot meal or some incredibly fresh fruit and vegetables. The Bath Soft Cheese Company bring their famous West Country cheeses to the capital, some of which are made from recipes going back hundreds of years. Their Somerset Brie is as tasty as the white rounds found in French fromageries – with a loaf of rye bread, you are halfway to an alfresco lunch. Sit on the low walls surrounding the square to enjoy your pheasant ravioli or, if it seems a bit crowded, take an Artisan Food’s broccoli, walnut and Stilton tart to another leafy square nearby.