Counting Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as neighbours, Red Lion's walls have heard many a political secret in their time. The traditional boozer is packed with quirky features, from chandeliers to politicians' portraits. Grab a pint of ale, one of their British pies and see how some of the most important people in the country drink at this pub.
Best Bars and Pubs in Westminster
One of the most important areas in London, let alone the country, Westminster is better known for its iconic landmarks (such as Westminster Hall) and the politicians that grace its streets. And when you're not perusing nearby sites or chatting shop about the UK's affairs, there's a great range of pubs and bars in which to refuel. From Whitehall's traditional wooden boozers through to more modern additions near Victoria, we've rounded up this central London area's best drinking spots.
Bringing village vibes to Pimlico, The Marquis of Westminster is a homely pub that's perfect for a lunch pit-stop. The menu is more British than a plate of fish and chips, with comfort food in the form of fish finger sandwiches, cheese burgers, and sausages and mash.
A stone's throw from the Palace of Westminster, don't be surprised to see a famous face or two at Marquis of Granby. The spot is named after an 18th Century war hero, and is pretty old school, with a huge oak bar and clackety furniture. As one would expect, food is tasty pub grub - you can't go wrong with one of their pies, with fillings such as slow-cooked beef rib and confit duck.
Set in the Zig Zag building, Iberica near Victoria is perfect for an afternoon of sangria drinking and tapas nibbling. The modern space is furnished with touches of Spain, with great pans hanging from the ceiling and bottles of wine lining the walls.
Not far from Tate Britain, The Morpeth Arms' walls are decked out with portraits of the illustrious and great. Head into the 'Spying Room' for views of the MI6 building and the Thames, not a bad backdrop to work through a great choice of cask ales, craft beer and a long wine list.
A neighbourhood pub that's become a popular post-work spot, The Barley Mow is an easy spot for a quick pint or casual bite to eat. On Monday, vegan meals are reduced and the venue is also passionate about ale - join their London Ale Club to keep up to date with the latest news and an offer or two.
One of the best pubs in the area for real ale, Buckingham Arms has appeared in CAMRA's guide every year since it's been published. Not far from St James' Park, the boozer has plenty of quirky features, from a mural wall through to stained glass features on doors.
Part of the nationwide chain, All Bar One has garnered a reputation for classic cocktails and tasty comfort food. The Victoria location is no different, with the airy bar offering more than 70 bottles of wine, along with several wine-based cocktails.
Home to one of the prettiest rooftops in London, Market Hall Victoria is one of the best places to drink near Westminster. Soak up some incredible views while cosying up under heaters, with a full-stocked bar to suit whatever occasion brings you there.
Head to Westminster bar TH@51 and you'll sip your way through an experimental cocktail menu in swish surrounds, all while overlooking a glorious Victorian courtyard. The drinks list here uses ingredients from different landscapes, including mountains, deserts and urban gardens.
The Phoenix is a Westminster pub fronting the likes of real ales, craft beer and traditional British fare, all just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace. Better yet, the covered beer garden is ideal for alfresco drinking and dining all year round.