Another charismatic canal-side haunt, Grand Union Paddington offers up a wholesome range of American grub to get stuck into. Home-made burgers, handmade pizzas and fresh salads keep hunger at bay, and the equally compelling cocktails and craft beers are tailor-made to enjoy in your own private booth.
Hammersmith And City Line Bars
If you're one of those who argues that much of the Hammersmith & City Line is pointless considering it's served by other lines; you have got a fair point. But we'd like to point out that - while it has its critics - this line drops you on the doorstep of some of London's leading nightspots too. Read on to check out our list of the best Hammersmith and City Line bars in Zones 1 and 2!
One minute from King's Cross, Simmons is a late night bar and venue that you really ought to visit at least once. An irresistible casserole of innovative cocktails, happy hour deals, intimate club nights, quirky interiors and a notoriously eclectic music policy; Simmons is a renowned venue that draws crodws from all over. A real asset to the Hamersmith & City line.
Moments from Farringdon station is 1920's Bar, a hip and happening cocktail bar that exudes a real party feel. Love your pool? You can't miss this one then, four full-sized tables to showcase your skills on while you feast on their delicious burgers and enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Ideal for private hire, the venue's trusted resident plays tunes from pretty much every genre for you to have a little boogie to.
A real gem in the West London's crown, alight at Westbourne Park for a fine craft beer and bite to eat. Is the sun out? You'll want to get outside and check out their Canal-side garden, then, which is perfect for a spot of alfresco drinking in the summer. Expect a serious array of beers, from Hackney to the Czech Republic and everywhere in between.
If you're looking for after-work drinks, look no further than the newest member of the London Cocktail Club family. Only minutes from Liverpool Street Station, there's a quirky funfair vibe, with martini roulette, candy cane booths and delicious cocktails.
Exit Baker Street, stride across Marylebone Road and you'll discover Purl; an enchanting underground speakeasy whipping up theatrical and experimental cocktails to a discerning crowd. A unique London bar that has been showered with acclaim over the years, you'll need to book in advance to get a spot here.
Hammersmith's Blue Anchor is a cosy riverside pub well worth a visit. A traditional, welcoming boozer right by the Hammersmith Bridge, the venue has won fans from all over the capital for its delicious food and strong selection of ales. With a history stretching back to 1722, the Blue Anchor is certainly well practiced at keeping revellers well fed and watered.
Within five minutes of Liverpool Street is Devonshire Terrace, a versatile City based venue. You'll encounter a relaxing restaurant and four private rooms inside, and step outside to find two balconies in a courtyard terrace. Stylish and welcoming in equal measure, this one is a must visit if you find yourself in the Liverpool Street area.
If you're in need of a charming watering hole where craft beers, quirky character and dreamy dishes reign supreme, head to Fulham Palace Road where you'll find Distillers. There's even live music and local artists taking to the stage to spice things up a little.
A five-minute stroll from Aldgate East, Apples and Pears is perfect for post-work drinks and late-night music. Grab yourself an exquisite cocktail, tap your toes to a few live tunes and chill out in their beer garden for a very well-rounded cocktail experience in the East.
Decked out in exposed brick, wooden floor boards and cool neon signs, Black Sheep Coffee & Cocktails is a great jumping off stop in the City. Open during the week, the venue serves a list of classic cocktails, sharing boards, and of course, some great coffee.
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Ok, so this one is a fair way out from Mile End station, but we'll argue the case that it's well worth the visit anyway. A friendly, Norweigan-owned pub that offers a top range of wines, cocktails, beers and ales in a relaxed setting. Film nights, pub quizzes and DJ nights are just part of the medley of entertainment you can expect, and there's also a lovely beer-garden to make yourself comfy in.