Pubs & Bars in North London
The capital's drinking scene is one of the best in the world, with boundary-breaking cocktail bars taking mixed drinks to the next level, while traditional pubs bring you back down to earth in the best possible way. Should you be looking for the perfect pint or a cocktail beyond comprehension, critics have rounded up their favorite bars and pubs across the capital on best bars and pubs in London. London pubs come in all shapes and sizes, from experts in real ale and craft beer, to cider devotees and scruffy locals with charm by the barrel-load.
A real party pub in Angel's North London, The Old Queen's Head has a lively atmosphere and Dj sets, live music or other events every night. It's not a place to go for a quiet one; the social buzz and great music of the pub will have you up on your feet all night.
North London hosts one of the capital's most eccentric bars is The Shop. Pop in for a drink and you might just head out with a lampshade at this quirky cocktail-bar-cum-curiosity-shop in Kensal Rise. And it's more than 'just a gimmick to get you in and splash out on expensive cocktails'. Head down for some cracking cocktails and who knows what else.
The first thing you might notice on entering this backstreet Georgian pub is the beautiful island back-bar with a ’60s ‘Watney Red Barrel’ sign; the second will probably be the vast hymn-type board advertising that day’s beers on offer. Staffs are constantly hopping up on to chairs to change the names as a keg run out it’s that sort of place. Nowadays, almost every new pub tries to sell itself on a ‘craft beer’ offer, but not all manage it on this scale.
Each of London’s five Craft Beer Co pubs can boast dozens of taps the Covent Garden branch’s count of 45 is the highest in the UK but the Islington outpost is the only one that could be labelled cosy. A comfortable pub with an excellent beer list is a dangerous proposition, and you could certainly spend many happy hours finding a new favourite pint with the help of the knowledgeable, friendly bar staff. Outdoor tables and a covered yard offer the beer buffs who flock here the option of a little daylight, too.