Fancy a pint? Glass of wine? Gin and tonic? Of course you do, and living in London you're not short of places to find them. If you're looking for a great pub in east London check out our critics' picks.
Pubs in east London
When it closed in 2001, it was fair to assume this small but personable pub behind Bethnal Green library was destined for conversion into ‘residential units’. But following a petition from locals it was saved, and today is still serving its community in a perfectly down-to-earth manner. There are a few real ales, and food is exotically filled pies with mash.
Appropriately named after the twentieth century’s most bibulous monarch, the delightful double-fronted greeny grey exterior suggest something good inside and you’d be wise to take the hint. This is Stratford’s favourite pub – a cosy refuge from the enormous Westfield shopping centre nearby, with an ornately tiled interior and well-kept ales, including the house’s Eddie’s Best, made by Nethergate.
Venue says: Cheap drinks every day before 6.30pm.
This shabby, two-floored Victorian boozer was transformed in 2004 by hipster handbook Vice into… well, a shabby, two-floored Victorian boozer with a large PA. It's received a little more attention of late: early 2010 saw a refurbishment that covered everything from the sound-systems to the frankly notorious toilets. But at heart, it's still the same old Shoreditch shambles that it was before the builders moved in.
The isolated canalside setting can make it tricky to find: no bad thing if you want to keep schtumm about the sing-songs that make this a beacon of old-school entertainment. Relish fastidious East End eccentricity in the shape of the London Fives dartboard, shiny wallpaper and the hanging bunch of hops.Read more
Turn off Brick Lane and travel back in time. Everything about the Pride sticks two fingers up to progress, from the corner piano beckoning you over for a knees-up, to the carpeted floors, or the ‘with chips’ hot dishes. Staff are warm and sincere: the only frosty reception you’ll get is from the cat. But cats are like that.Read more
If it was in New York, this riverine alehouse would be a national monument – ‘First built in 1520!’ In London it is simply a very good place for getting tiddly over some pub grub, albeit one that offers the sobering sight of a noose marking a former place of public execution. There are great views of the Thames, but none, despite the name, of the Yorkshire coast.Read more
Venue says: We now take reservations for dinner - Monday to Thursday evenings. Book with us at www.thespurstowearms.com
If any London Fashion Week collections turn up late, you can probably blame the Spurstowe. On a Sunday it's easy to spot London's leading fashion lights sipping a beer in the garden – and the staff are on first-name terms with Jonathan Saunders's dog. It's harder to make out any faces at all on a Friday night, when every E8er aged 20-40 seems to be crammed into the bar.Read more