A-Z Pub Crawl: Best Pubs In The City Of London

Part ‘C’ of our two-year alphabetical pub crawl around London.

Last week, we asked you to nominate your favourite pubs and bars in the City of London. The biggest surprise was just how many people think the ‘City’ or ‘Square Mile’ is the whole of London, rather than the ancient quarter where the bankers hang out. We got votes for pubs as far away as Lambeth.

Here are the results, excluding votes that weren’t for venues in the City…and see below for a pub crawl of the top four:

1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
2. The Blackfriar
3. The Old Red Cow
4. The Cockpit
5. The Jamaica Wine House
=5. The Tipperary
7. Thee Hoop of Grapes
=7. The Banker
=7. Dirty Dick’s
=7. The King’s Arms

Here’s a map of all the recommended pubs in the area. Dotted green pins denote the top four, which will form our pub crawl (see below), yellow pins represent the rest of the top 10, and red pins indicate other nominated pubs.


View City of London pubs in a larger map

Voting was less popular than for previous pub crawls, possibly because few people live or regularly go out in the City. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese ran away with the votes, getting 17 nods, more than double the second placed Blackfriar (8 votes). That said, more locations were nominated than either of our previous pub crawls, with 44 venues (see map).

So, now, the pub crawl. Join us for a tour of the top 4 on Monday 30 April. Three of the pubs are close together, while the fourth (the Old Red Cow) is a bit of a trek. Here’s the itinerary.

6.30pm The Cockpit
7.30pm The Blackfriar
8.30pm Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
9.30pm The Old Red Cow

All participants will get a Londonist booze badge, and the first to find us gets a t-shirt. If you’d like to come along, please send an email to matt@londonist.com, so we can keep an eye on numbers. Beers in!

The A-Z pubcrawl

Image of the winning pub by Beth PH in the Londonist Flickr pool.

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  • http://www.parkgrandlondon.co.uk/cheap-hotels-london-137.html Grandroyalelondon

    Great list of pubs in London. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/aaa_hhhh Andrew Ha

    Don’t be surprised that most of the people in London have no idea about their own city, it’s areas and borders. See also: Dalston. To many young Spanish tourists looking for vintage fashion and ‘cool graf’, Shoreditch, Dalston, they’re all the same…

  • Ljsimmons5

    Solo traveller looking for something fun tonight! Been in London all week for work, stayed through the weekend on my own, any fun pub crawls tonight and me of these places more fun than the next?