Our favourite London pubsto visit this summer!

With pubs reopening for outdoor drinking and indoor dining, here's our edit of the London pubs worth visiting for a post-pandemic pint, Sunday lunch and spot of society people-watching.

The Duke of Wellington, Belgravia

Known amongst the locals as ‘The Duke of Boots’, this nineteenth-century pub on Eaton Terrace has been serving pints to historical figures and aristocrats for decades; famously an old haunt for The Duke of Wellington, where the war hero famously threw his beloved violin into the fireplace to remove the ‘emotional side of his life’ before becoming a soldier. Whether you are looking to experience a signifying moment like Wellington, or simply celebrate your favourite local opening its doors once more, you will be sure to spot a few regulars – Marcus Worsley counts it as his ‘second home’ and Anya Hindmarch’s children, Felix and Otto Seymour, who live next door are prone to dropping in, perhaps accompanied by Hindmarch’s stepson Bert.

The Guinea Grill, Mayfair

This ancient pub down a quiet mews off Berkeley Square has long had a reputation for serving the bankers and hedge funders of Mayfair with good beer. Enjoy a Guinness, ale or barrel-aged negroni before strolling through to the concealed grill room where you can pick your own cut of meat (from steaks to ribs and racks of lamb) from the butcher’s fridge.

The Cow, Notting Hill

Since the traditional Irish pub underwent a glamorous makeover in 2015, The Cow has been a go-to spot in Westbourne Park for the fashion crowd including David and Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Evie Henderson. Hannah Guinness, founder of Shrimps, hosted her brand’s Resort collection here pre-lockdown, where Josephine de la Baume and Alexa Chung posed for photographs against the magnificent murals covering the walls of the Notting Hill pub.

The Phoenix, Chelsea

A longstanding hot-spot for the Chelsea set; a stone’s throw away from the King’s Road on Smith Street, The Phoenix is known for its welcoming atmosphere, crisp wine selection and even dog biscuits in case you decide to stop off for a quick tipple on the way to Hyde Park with your dog. Feeling anxious about large crowds? The Phoenix is all about the outdoor space.

Lore of the Land, Fitzrovia

After selling the Punch Bowl in 2013, Guy Richie snapped up this Fitzrovia pub with David Beckham and it re-opened at the beginning of 2019, with the pair seen pulling pints on location on more than one occasion. Order a cask ale pale from Ritchie’s own brewery downstairs, and venison from his Wiltshire estate upstairs where you can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen. The puddings here are a favourite of the regulars (sticky toffee pudding, chocolate baked Alaska).

The Cross Keys, Chelsea

One of the oldest pubs in Chelsea, it’s been standing for more than three centuries, with former patrons including Bob Marley, Agatha Christie, serving up traditional pub food, pints and cocktails to locals ever since. It’s airy and light inside, with big tables and even bigger sharing platters.

The Grenadier, Belgravia

Nestled in one of the smartest cul-de-sacs in London, The Grenadier is undoubtedly the beating heart of Belgravia. Stroll along Wilton Row and find this Georgian mansion adorned with delightful hanging baskets, banknotes covering the ceiling and the iconic cherry-red sentry box (a nod to the pub’s longstanding military history), which becomes a useful photograph prop into every locals' evening. Here you will find regulars such as Poppy Delevingne and Sir Jim Ratcliffe; the billionaire chemical engineer who retreats to the Belgravia hot spot.

The Builders Arms, Chelsea

Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of the King's Road is one of Chelsea's favourite pub, the Builders Arms. It’s refreshingly colourful inside with jewel-coloured interiors, sink-in armchairs, snuggly sofas and lots of cool artwork. The food is a winner too, think pork and smoked cheese sausage rolls, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese and giant harissa salads. The recently refurbished terrace is a major plus too, with tree planters for privacy and heaters when things turn nippy.

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