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What are your must see pubs in London?

Getting my sites plan to take shape for September.
Now I want to add in some recommended pubs.
Appreciate any offerings you like.

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You ask "must see" rather than "must drink at".

Are you looking for iconic architecture and fit-out or best foods or best drinks?

For beautifully tiled and quite different I like the Black Friar at Blackfriars.

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I agree with Nigel’s recommendation of The Black Friar. While a bit touristy, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese in The City makes for a sublime lunch stop (it was rebuilt in 1667). Other older, historic pubs I found to be nice include The George Inn, The Counting House, Lamb & Flag, The Grapes, and The Mayflower. Also, while it may have a few too many tourists due to the fact that it is just a block off of Trafalgar Square, I enjoy The Lord Moon of the Mall, as it has one of the best selections of beers on tap/cask in London IMO.

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For a tongue-in-cheek photo opportunity you can't go wrong with a selfie taken
in front of the sign for The Spread Eagle.

There are more than one establishment with that title, but the particular one in East London has an all-vegetarian menu and welcomes alt lifestyles. The others are all cute in their own way, though.

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The Churchill Arms in Kensington near Chelsea is nice if you like flowers. Not many pubs have entered the Chelsea Flower Show...

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Of all the pubs I visited, my favorite and most memorable was The Holly Bush in Hampstead.
A long block from the Tube Station.
It felt like a cross between a fine dining restaurant and a local's pub. Good chance you'll be the only non-resident in the place.
They had a few true cask ales when I was there (more than a year ago).
I'm sure there are a lot of places like this around London.

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You may want to go on a pub crawl offerred by the London Walks. I went last year and had a great time. I did the Hempstead Pub crawl and we went to three pubs ( including the Holly Bush which is really nice) and did a walk around the area. The guide was great, the area was like a charming village and you did not feel like you were in London, and they leave you right near a tube station.

This way you get to see pubs you would not normally go to. I am going to do that again this year while in London. At least one if not two. They start around 7 or 7:15PM, they have a web site which will explain it all.

I also liked the Counting House.

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Nigel’s and my favorite The Blackfriars. Over by the Wilton Music Hall, the Princess of Prussia. In Rotherhithe The Ship. In Highgate, The Wrestlers. By Royal Albert Hall, The Queens Arm.

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Echoing Jay, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese is lovely. Just don't stay on the ground floor, start walking down the stairs . . .