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Victoria pubs

Find a cosy pub in and around Victoria for comforting pints of real ale, sparkling conversation and a little local history

By Laura Richards
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Whether you’re on the tourist trail round Westminster, waiting for a train or seeking out a new place for post-work pints, Victoria pubs have something for everyone. There are old-fashioned boozers that consider themselves ‘proper pubs’, craft beer havens, fancy gastropubs fit for Sunday sessions and plenty of places with a real history served up alongside your real ale. Read on to discover the finest pubs in Victoria and the vicinity.

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The best pubs in Victoria

The Albert

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Westminster

Frosted glass and carved wood interiors as well as the pub’s short distance from the Houses of Parliament make The Albert a tourist favourite. But the Greene King pub will please locals too thanks to a spacious main bar stocked with well-kept British ales.

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Cask

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Pimlico

Down towards Pimlico, you’ll find one of London’s beery pioneers. Cask had fridges and a cellar stocked full of weird and wonderful brews before anyone had even heard of a ‘craft beer’. Stop by for the beer of the week – or work your way through them all, if you like.

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The Thomas Cubitt

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Belgravia

Thomas Cubitt is a handsome figure of a pub, best known for its food offering on both the ground floor and in its formal, first-floor dining room. Punters are just as welcome for the drinks – think cocktails and glasses of Old World wine rather than pints of the fizzy stuff.

Venue says Eat Out To Help Out available until 30th September. Bookings advised but not necessary. 2 courses for £10 Monday to Wednesday!

The Orange Public House & Hotel

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary European Chelsea

Sister pub to the Thomas Cubitt, The Orange is a similarly smart gastropub that doubles as a hotel. Expect a well-heeled clientele, especially on Sundays when Norfolk lamb and Speyside sirloin do a roaring trade. There are plenty of upmarket wines by the glass.

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Cask & Glass

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Victoria

This pub bills itself as central London’s smallest. It’s certainly a cutie, with pretty hanging baskets outside and a cottage-like interior. Join loyal, chatty regulars for no-frills drinking – stick with what’s pouring from the pumps and you’ll be just as happy as they are.

Plumbers Arms

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Belgravia

Another of the area’s old-school pubs from the Greene King portfolio, the Plumbers has a boxy interior since it used to separate the classes. You can rub shoulders with any old riff-raff now, though, while you chow down on fish and chips and swill trad ales and lagers.

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Speaker

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Westminster

The Speaker declares itself to be ‘a real pub’ on its outward-facing signage, so don’t come looking for sports on big screens and fruit machines. Indeed – it’s all about speaking here. It’s also about great real ale and trad food in the form of sarnies and Thai curries. Proper.

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