- Piccadilly CircusUnited Kingdomrecommended Piccadilly CircusIt really is quite majestic. Also, take the open-top bus tour (from any of the tour stands). You can get on and off again on the same ticket. That way if you get to a location you want to check out ... read moremore, you just hop off, wander a bit, and catch on the next tour bus. Also, if you take the taxi, don't be shy to ask your driver for recommendations. They are full of great advice!
- Bree Louise69 Cobourg Street, London, Greater London NW1 2HH, United Kingdomrecommended Bree LouiseThe Bree Louise is a great example of how you have to know London for London to be cool. Tucked behind Euston Station, if you didn't know it was there, you'd end up at a sucky chain pub on one of the ... read moremain roads. If you know it's there, you can go and sample loads of unique ales and ciders, get a Sunday roast, and get stuck in to a great conversation. Or hit on by Irish guys if you go there on St. Patrick's Day...so I hear.Julia P
Great selection of cask ales and ciders at this pub behind Euston.
- Hung Drawn & Quartered26-27 Great Tower Street, London, United Kingdomrecommended Hung Drawn & QuarteredGreat vintage pub with grizzly name near the Tower of London. Great place to watch Rugby and my bf at the time assured me the beers were 'pukka.' Nice place to go after a hot summer ay at the Tower. ... read moreNot too touristed.D'Maris Coffman
Can't beat the name, & especially convenient if you go to the Tower of London.
recommended Craft Beer & Food PairingsChance to go to a local's home and enjoy craft beer and home-cooked meals. The host has a very sophisticated palette and knows about the various beer styles and differences between Ales and Lagers, ... read moreand more. http://goo.gl/LTj81s Menu: Starter Homemade brewer's bread with homemade rosemary butter, trappist cheese Chimay Grand Cru with homemade raspberry jam made with Kriek Lambic Paired with Tripel Main course Fresh mussels cooked in Lambic beer served with roasted potato wedges Paired with Saison Dessert Brazilian Brigadeiro made with Belgian chocolate and finished with Fleur de Sel and caramel Paired with Dubbel
- George Inn75-77 Borough High Street, Southwark, London, United Kingdomrecommended George InnIn many ways, this is more a museum than a pub. Literally so as it's run by English Heritage, but it is a great old inn off Borough High Street that dates back about 500 years. Makes a bit out of the ... read moreconnections to Shakespeare and Dickens.
- Duck & WaffleHeron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AYrecommended Duck & WaffleGo early as it can get v crowded. Great views. Signature dish is tasty if a little contrived. But on a clear day, this is worth it for the views and the mimosas!
- London Eye Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PBrecommended London EyeThis is overpriced and over touristed, but great with kids or to get your bearings in London. On a clear day, this is worth it for the views alone but otherwise don't bother.
- Borough Market8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TLrecommended Borough MarketLove this place. Amazing cheeses, butchers, fishmongers, chorizo, bakers, green grocers. If you live nearby, you don't need to shop for food anywhere else!
- The Lamb94 Lamb's Conduit Street, London, Greater London WC1N 3LZ, United Kingdomrecommended The LambMy favorite Bloomsbury haunt. More than one relationship of more than one kind started here. Great beers, fabulous food (they do a really good burger and chips with Scottish beef) and lovely, ... read moreVictorian fixtures and ambience. Just fun all around.
- Westminster Abbey20 Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3PArecommended Westminster AbbeyWestminster Abbey is another must for history buffs. I almost didn't go till a friend talked me into it..but was blown away by its history. Though I usually don't like going on tours....you will do ... read moreyourself a dis-service not going on one. The depth and breath of the tour guides knowledge was very impressive.
- Tower of LondonTower Hill, London EC3N 4AB United Kingdomrecommended Tower of LondonAdd this to the list of places that as a history buff you must visit and go on a tour. The tours here are given by Beefeaters Guardsmen and they know their history ironclad rock solid. This place is ... read moreknown as the "Bloody" tower and rightly so...pay attention while the Beefeaters share the true stories from this towers dark past. Of note, it was built by William the Conquerer.
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I liked going into pubs and just asking for their special bitters. Usually they had more than one and I could ask for a taste flight. In this way you could create your own tour.
- The Spaniards InnSpaniards Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJrecommended The Spaniards InnThis is one of the most amazing pubs in London. Situated on the north end of Hampstead Heath - this pub was built in 1585 (originally as a toll booth). You can feel the age when you are inside - the ... read moreceilings are low and slanted. It also has a great garden out back when you get a sunny day - Keats is rumored to have written "ode to a nightengale" here.
- Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese145 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2BUrecommended Ye Olde Cheshire CheeseThe Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs in London - built back in the 1600s and feels like it is that old. Charles Dickens used to hang out here. It has a very cool vibe and is a great way to ... read moresoak in a little taste of historic London. Located in the Fleet Street area of town.