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 north London, check out our critics' picks.
Pubs in north London
London is the home of the pub theatre but even the best of them can be uncomfortable lodges above inhospitable boozers. Happily, the King's Head has history both as a pub and a theatre: it's mentioned, in a previous incarnation, by Samuel Pepys. And it started pub-theatre in 1970, when it became the first tavern with a stage since, it claims, the time of the Bard.
There are two stops for time travellers at this Victorian local which still boasts its 1950s refit, best illustrated by its panelled bar. Vintage film posters, some transport-related memorabilia and a cosy fireplace with armchairs complete a welcoming room; oodles of different beers make it worth a visit from further afield than Dalston.
This small cash-only pub stocks ale and cider exclusively from independent UK breweries (18 in all), alongside what it describes as ‘a fridge full of lovely meat’ (roast pork with crackling, say, or own-made pork pies). At once hip and down to earth (no booking, not much of a website), it’s one of the best places in London to sample innovative British brews.
Peer through the door of this modest single-room boozer and you’ll immediately grasp its raison d’être: beer. There’s a line of handpumps along the snug central bar counter, with a mild always among the enticing options. Opened as a pub in 1836, the Wenlock Arms miraculously survived the Blitz in an area that was very heavily bombed, although its current shabby decor makes it look and feel like a ’70s-vintage taproom. There was some brilliant news recently regarding its long battle against the developers – Hackney Borough Council has extended the Hoxton conservation area, thereby making its demolition unlawful and hopefully safeguarding its future as a true community pub. Or ‘local’, as they used to be known.