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A number of elements lift the Nightingale from its apparent status as just another Young’s pub. Built in 1853 by Thomas Wallis, this cosy community local offers a fireplace and blankets in winter, and a back beer garden in summer, reached through a conservatory decorated with museum artefacts depicting the history of the brewery.

This vintage feel is continued with displays of Wills’s cigarette cards in the main bar, where you can pick up souvenir postcards or badges of the pub. Board games include Scrabble and Taboo, and there’s a popular alfresco darts set-up in the beer garden. The standard Young’s ale range is complemented by 15 wines.


Venue name: Nightingale
Address: 97 Nightingale Lane
SW12 8NX
Opening hours: Open 11am-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun. Food served noon-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Clapham South/Wandsworth Common rail
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Tucked away with peaceful and lovely beer garden. The staff are really nice!

Interested to read Rich's comment.. a beautiful, unspoiled pub with really great staff and a good drinks selection. There's a small minority of regulars, however, who have made us feel less than welcome, unfortunately. We've even been asked recently if we are in fact "local". Not quite sure what's going on here which is a shame as this place has so much going for it.

Hi, I took a date their last night. The pub was a very typical traditional pub - complete with quite a few drunkards, received a warm welcome from staff, but a bit of a glare from other customers. Not sure we'll be going back in a rush.