Market Porter

Bars and pubs South Bank
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Market Porter
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Rare is the evening – or, for that matter, the Saturday afternoon – when this place isn’t packed to the gunwales. The reasons for its popularity are plainly apparent: a handsome, old-fashioned room; a plum location; and one of the best real-ale selections in London.

Spend any time here, though, and its shortcomings will become obvious: the staff who don’t seem to have much idea what they’re serving, a shame given the huge variety of ales and the lack of a central board detailing what’s on offer; and the lack of seats in the S-shaped room, which fosters not so much intimacy but discomfort. Beer tourists will find plenty to enjoy, but there are more comfortable pubs nearby in which to spend an evening.


Venue name: Market Porter
Address: 9 Stoney St
Opening hours: Open 6-8.30am, 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
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As a pretty well permanent night shift worker this place is a pure gem! While scouting places in London that serve booze at crazy o'clock this was one that came up where you didn't have to buy a meal to join your beer at 6am. Cant say what its like in the evening but for the morning its a great place where you cant get too out of hand. After getting told to move on at 8:30am ish you can then proceed to go to the markets, get a few things and then head on your merry way. Stall owners and publicans around tend to be more chipper and tolerate in the morning before the tourist rush has sucked their energy dry. Really like this place for a good ol pub. 


A great pub for good beer true. On a recent visit though we were most definitely threatened by a want to be gangsta working for this pub, asked to finish our drinks we had bought legally at 22:55 we wre asked to to get out at 23:05. We pointed out we had just purchased our drinks and should have until 23:20 to drink up, the 'bouncer' smirked and asked if we had had a good evening , we replied yes and he told us he could turn it into a very bad evening for us. When complaining to the bar staff we received no sympathy or apologies just told to get out. Shame, pub was once a pleasure to visit but I don't work hard to give my money to people who treat you like this.- I will find a pub who appreciates my custom and that can be courteous. A victim of it's own success means no effort required by staff.