Gladstone Arms

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Now independently owned, the Glad is no longer a staid, empty corner pub. While the Victorian prime minister from whom the place takes its name still glares from a massive mural on the outer wall, the interior is now funky, freaky and candlelit.

Gigs take place at one end of a cosy one-room space; opposite, a bar dispenses pints of Red Stripe, Beck’s Vier, St Austell Tribute and Doom Bar, while pies provide sustenance, and a crammed back bar embellished by a retro ‘On Air’ studio sign manages to find space for bottles of Moretti, Sol, Corona, Peroni and Budvar.

The retro feel is completed by the kind of clock you still might see on the platform of a provincial railway station in Slovakia. Lovers of board games should choose a Monday or Tuesday for that slow, strategic game of Risk or head upstairs to the quieter salon-style room, which also has more upmarket food.

Venue name: Gladstone Arms
Address: 64
Lant Street
Transport: Tube: Lambeth North; Rail: Elephant And Castle

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This is easily one of the best pubs in London! It has really friendly staff, some delicious ales and a cloudy cider. It sells Pieminster pies, the tastiest pies in London! It has amazing live music 3 times a week including a jazz / honkytonk night on a Wednesday (in house piano), and folk on a Sunday. It's cosy and full of friendly punters. This is Borough's best kept secret!


Found this pub after a search on the internet and it certainly exceeded expectations! The staff are really friendly with good drinks recommendations, the decor is quirky, they have a fine selection of beers and the roof garden is cosy. That would be enough to make this one of the best pubs I've been to in London, but they also serve the best pies in the world (Pieminster_ check out the venison for a real treat) and they have live folk/blues/honkytonk 3 days a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).


Fantastic pub, great ales, great music and lovely pies. Staff are friendly. You pretty much turn up here and have a different experience each time, depending who's playing, in which room and who else is there. I wish it was my actual local!