The Best Pubs Near London Train Stations

Ellie Broughton
By Ellie Broughton Last edited 10 months ago
The Best Pubs Near London Train Stations

Whether you're waiting for a train, or have arranged to meet a friend near a mutually-handy station, you'll want somewhere decent to get a drink. That's why we've made this list of pubs near central London train stations. Every pub listed is less than a seven-minute jog from bar to platform. Some of them are on the platform.

Paddington

If you’ve got a half an hour or so before a train departs, walk 15 minutes to the delightful Warwick Castle. Enjoy a half by the canals of Little Venice, then jog back in time for your train.

For an even swifter swift half, stay on the concourse — or, rather, a floor or two above it. Fuller’s Mad Bishop and Bear isn’t the kind of place you’d make a diversion to, but it’s perfectly good for a quickie.

Pint to platform: one-minute jog

Marylebone

You can find a lovely pre-journey pint if you’re heading out to the Chilterns, but you’ll have to take a bit of a wander to do so. The Allsop Arms is the nearest pub to Marylebone station — barely a street away — but it’s nothing special, unfortunately while The Perseverance, two streets away, no longer operates.

For a really tasty pint, you’ll have to go a little further. The Thornbury Castle is a lovely boozer, if you’ll allow that it’s the south side of the Marylebone Road. Pints are quite expensive (as you might expect from the location) but the selection of ales is outstanding. Atmosphere and service are also beyond the call of duty. If you’ve got a knack for getting the traffic lights to turn just at the right moment, you’ll be fine.

Pint to platform: seven-minute jog

Euston Tap

Euston

The Euston Tap is frequently rated one of London’s best pubs — quite a compliment for a (almost) railway pub. Although it's tiny, the beer selection is brilliant. The matching Cider Tap, in the lodge house opposite, does a similar thing for that beverage.

Pint to platform: three-minute jog

King's Cross St Pancras

There are two station pubs to choose from here, but Parcel Yard comes with a slightly higher recommendation than the Betjeman Arms. A Fuller’s pub, it’s got loads of space, and the beer and service are both very good. Plus, you can watch the trains depart from one of the windows if you like that sort of thing.

If you’ve got more time, you could sally up the Caledonian Road to the small but characterful King Charles I, but then you really better had leg it back — and, given how cosy that place is and what good tunes they play, you won't want to.

Pint to platform: two-minute jog

Moorgate

Oh dear. No wonder so many City types love to jog — they’ve probably had loads of practice pegging it from the Jugged Hare to catch the last train back to Hertfordshire. The Artillery Arms is good if you like a Guinness. But both of those are a brisk 10-minute walk from the National Rail platforms (or the same distance to Old Street, where you can usually pick your train up a minute or two after it leaves Moorgate).

But The Globe on the corner of City Road and London Wall is not bad, and is definitely the nearest pub to the station. A Nicholson’s boozer, there’s plenty of room to stand out front if it’s sunny, or you’re smoking, and it’s got two bars so service isn’t as slow as in neighbouring pubs.

Pint to platform: three-minute jog

Liverpool Street

You lucky pubgoers. There’s a busy Wetherspoon (the Hamilton Hall) right on your doorstep (a one-minute stroll to the platforms), as well as gorgeous Spitalfields pubs like The Ten Bells and the Pride of Spitalfields (both a 10-minute walk).

For somewhere nearby that’s a cut above the 'Spoons, walk down Old Broad Street and visit The Lord Aberconway, a well-kept Nicholson’s pub that’s popular with local commuters and has a wide-ranging ale selection.

Pint to platform: two-minute jog

Photo by psyxjaw in the Londonist Flickr pool

Fenchurch Street

The East India Arms is a cosy corner pub with a wooden interior. It’s predictably expensive but if you’ve got £4 in your pocket and half an hour before the last train to Shoebury, they do a nice pint of Whitstable Pale.

It’s closed on weekends though, in which case we recommend the Bavarian Beerhouse, which is open til 1am on Fridays and Saturdays (and still has a photo on the wall from the time Jared Hasselhoff of the Bloodhound Gang visited. Us neither.)

Pint to platform: one-minute jog

London Bridge

Pubgoing commuters are spoiled for choice at London Bridge, but The Miller and the Market Porter are both exceptional pubs in their own, very different, rights.

The Market Porter has the edge though. You can stay out all night and grab a breakfast beer until 8.30am because of its license for market traders. Great, eh? (What do you mean breakfast beer isn’t a thing?)

Pint to platform: three-minute jog (avoiding Borough Market)

The Market Porter

Cannon Street

Grab a table at Fuller’s pub The Banker and enjoy the Thamesside views just a stone’s throw from the station.

You might also want to try a newly-opened joint called The Pelt Trader, run by the same people as the Euston Tap - but obviously there’s none of the view, and it’s City prices. It does serve pizza, though...

Pint to platform: three-minute walk (either pub)

Blackfriars

If you’re north of the Thames-spanning platform at London Blackfriars station, which you probably are, choose your pub wisely. Shaws Booksellers, whilst expensive, has loads of tables and the beer is superb. They have lovely fancy Belgian beers as well as a nice selection of wines. The famous Blackfriar pub is also worth a visit for its incredible interior.

On the south side of the Thames, the Founder’s Arms has one of the best bar-side views of the Thames in Zone 1, even if it is pig ugly on the outside.

Pint to platform: two-minute jog (either pub)

Charing Cross

Depending on how fast you can run, you could opt for The Harp — a much lauded ale pub on Chandos Place — but if you break a sweat climbing on a bar stool, head to The Ship & Shovell. It’s lovely old pub that’s a bit quieter than anywhere on Villiers Street, and space inside to sit. It also has the distinction of being the only London pub split over two completely separate buildings. Mind that it’s closed Sundays, though.

To get to Charing Cross mainline station, run under the arches and take the stairs from Villiers Street. The four platforms will be on your left.

Pint to platform: one-minute sprint

The Harp

Waterloo/Waterloo East

Tucked out of the way on Roupell Street near the old worker’s terraces, The King’s Arms is a brilliant pub just two streets away from Waterloo. It’s an award-winning independent with loads of real ales (some from London breweries) and it also does Thai food. The pub’s also a great alternative to the South Bank proper, if you’ve done that to death a bit.

Pint to platform: four-minute jog

Victoria

In the midst of Victoria’s hustle-bustle, there’s a wilderness of pubs. Yes, there’s a Wetherspoon on the concourse, but it’s not terribly big, and if you have to sit outside in the winter it’s freezing. Plus, no smoking area. (Not sure it has a name, either.)

Real ale fans can while away a good evening at the peerlessly stocked CASK Pub & Kitchen on Tachbrook Street but it’s a 10-minute walk into Pimlico, so probably only worth if you’re having more than one.

The Windsor Castle (formerly The Cardinal) round the back of Westminster Cathedral is a little bit nearer, and it’s Sam Smith’s. A pint of bitter here costs £2.90.

Pint to platform: five-minute jog

Where’s your favourite place to pop in for a pint before your train pulls out? Let us know in the comments. You should also probably check out our extensive London pub database.

Last Updated 18 October 2016

NickL

Lots of good recommendations here, but the King's Arms that the link goes to is in Bethnal Green. Even if you're Mo Farah that's rather more than a four minute jog from Waterloo...

Gregory Farquar

The Mitre, Craven Terrace, W2

Greg Tingey

DO NOT GO IN TO The Mad Bishop & Bear
Often short measure & often sour beer.

Andrew Brown

First:The Globe is not on the corner of City Road and London Wall. City Road doesn't cross London Wall. It's on Moorgate.
Second: the best pub near Moorgate is the Old Dr Butlers Head by a country mile. Not a generic Nicholsons.
Third: If you're at Liverpool Street you can go to Williams Ale and Cider House which is better than ANOTHER Nicholsons.
Fourth: From Blackfriars, go to the Cockpit. It's an actual proper pub.
That is all

Iain

As other stations got 2 then Euston should be The Euston Tap and the Bree Louise.

Also for King's Cross it's a 10 minute walk but the Queen's Head on Acton Street.

Bermondsey James

Not sure about The Miller - awful service and decor. Used to get dragged here a lot by KCL students

Koola

For Moorgate, best option is Bierschenke - a German beer hall that is infinitely superior to the Bavarian Beerhaus chain establishments...

David

At Victoria: recommend Fullers' The Jugged Hare on Vauxhall Bridge Road. An Ale/Pie bank conversion, about the same schlep as the Windsor Castle; good for the SE & Chatham side of the station. Good beer: was Fullers' Cellarman of the Year a couple of years back.

HHGeek

I'm liking the last photo on the linked page for the Betjeman. One too many?

Jamie

Com'on guys, it's a RAILWAY STATION, not a TRAIN STATION!