Boris Johnson's Favourite Bars in London
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is a bit of a quirky character sure, and despite his Marmite effect on public opinion you can't deny that he has added a breath of excitement and flair to our fair city. But even the Mayor of London needs to enjoy a drink sometimes right, whether it's a local cask ale or even a cheeky cocktail? Well to celebrate Boris who recently described pubs as "Community Assets" here is a list of bars in London that might just whet his whistle, these are Boris Johnson's favourite bars and pubs in London.
Last updated on 2nd February 2017
You're probably asking yourself what's Boris' favourite bar for a Friday night right? Well if he's looking to head straight out after work then The Hide in London Bridge is just a short stroll from City Hall and cocktails is the name of the game. The chesterfield sofa's and low lit ambience make it the prime spot South of the river for sipping drinks and shooting the breeze. You can also book a table for food that is sourced from as close as Borough market.
Apparently Boris has a few famous friends who might just end up cooing him down to the cool spots in Chelsea on a weekend, but which would be his favourite bar? Perhaps Boris would prefer the laid back atmosphere of the quaintly decadent Phene pub near Sloane Square tube station. This saloon style bar offers a great array of beers and ciders and has a considered wine list too. You'll love its charming garden when you visit in the summer!
You know what those meetings at No 10 are like, well at least guess. If Boris has been in hot talks with the PM he might want to find a secluded space to relax which is a hard find in Central London. Shaw's Booksellers might just be his favourite choice then thanks to its quiet location just near St Paul's Cathedral. This quirky London pub offers an array of local beers and even has Fuller's Master Cellarman status so you're certain to get a good pint.
With new bars opening all of the time in London it might be hard for Boris to choose his favourite. But from the spectacular Hutong at The Shard he would be able to cast his eye across nearly all of them at once. Situated on level 33 at the iconic Shard building, Hutong offers stylish authentic Chinese cuisine and panoramic views of London. For an amazing dining experience Hutong is a sure booking while the specialist Gin cocktails make for good drinking too.
The Lord Mayor of London is a big sports fan tennis included, so what better way to cap off a visit to The All England Tennis Lawns than with a delicious pint in one of Wimbledon's most comfortable pubs that's nearby. The Fire Stables is a particular favourite pub to many in South West London thanks to its working fireplace, a family atmosphere and an incredible Sunday roast. Boris probably wouldn't need to but you'll want to guarantee your table by booking ahead!
Boris Johnson is a big reader and is said to find nothing more enriching than a good book which is why The Hemingway in Bethnal Green might be one of his favourite pubs. Named after the great author himself, The Hemingway oozes class through every rich wooden panel right down to the bounty of classic books that line them. Serving up carefully selected whiskeys and lovingly prepared dinners it might not be just another book that Boris indulges in.
Boris is quite open about his love of wine and good on him, what better enjoyment is there than a large glass in your favourite London wine bar? The Cork and Bottle Wine Bar in Leicester Square might be the perfect place for Boris then as it boasts one of the ultimate wine cellars in London. If you want to show off your tasting skills or indeed take a lesson then the Cork and Bottle can help. Or if like Boris 'all wine is good' to you then it is also perfect!
The Queen's pub overlooks Primrose Hill in London offering an overwhelming glimpse across London's skyline which happens to be Boris' favourite place in the world, so it goes beyond doubt that this will be one of his favourite London pubs. The Queen's offers more than just views though, to many it is a home from home with it's informal yet impeccable service and the luxury of a seat in The Queen's corner which you can book for yourself.
They say home is where the heart is and there's a good reason that this would be one of Boris Johnson's favourite bars in London. Apparently he lives only a stones throw away making it the perfect place to nip out for a quick swig. 69 Colebrooke Row is a charmingly snug speakeasy just near Angel tube station. You'll need to know the code to get in which you'd guess the Mayor of London would know right.
Speaking of homes the Lord Mayor of London is officially granted Mansion House during his tenor (sweet deal right). With that said 1 Lombard Street could be a contender for Boris' favourite bar in London due to its close proximity. This London City bar serves coffees in the morning and cocktails in the evening and is a stylish option for anybody wanting to grab a quick post work drink or better still book it for dates.