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RWC 2015 - Real World Pubs

Real World Pubs

The Old Bank of England

194 Fleet Street, Holborn, EC4A 2LT

The Old Bank of England is a 5 min walk away from LSE and is a rather pretty pub. It is also a bit bigger than your usual London pub. Open till 11pm.

The Coal Hole

15 and 16 Fountain Court, The Strand. Recommended by Nigel Smart. Use at your own risk.

The George

213 The Strand, Temple, WC2R 1AP

The George is a fairly standard traditional British pub. It is a 5 min walk from LSE and open till 11pm (12am on Fridays and Saturdays).

The Devereux

20 Devereux Court, Temple, WC2R 3JJ

The Devereux is just down a small alley from The George. It open till 11pm and usually less crowded than The George.

The Museum Tavern

49 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3BA

The Museum Tavern is a 13 min walk away from LSE and open till 11pm. Its claim to fame is that many historic figures drank here after a long day of real world whatevertheyweredoing such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (he even set a Sherlock Holmes story in the pub), Karl Marx and George Orwell.

The Princess Louise

208-209 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7BW

The Princess Louise is about 9 min away from LSE. It has loads of small corners and snugs, basically the whole place is subdivided by milk glass walls into these little rooms all connected to the bar. Open till 11pm.

Shakespeares Head

Africa House, 64-68 Kingsway, Holborn, WC2B 6BG

Shakespeares Head (yes, really, without an apostrophe - what an affront to the man himself!) is an 8 min walk away from LSE. It is a Wetherspoon pub and as such it is a bit cheaper than most pubs in the area. It is also relatively big for a London pub, with big tables accommodating 10-12 people, and it is open till 12am (1am on weekends).

The Reliance

336 Old Street, Hoxton, EC1V 9DR

Belgian beers! The Reliance is a 25 min bus ride (line 253) away from LSE and located near the Old Street tube station in Hoxton. Hoxton is a popular area for people to go out and you’ll have a better chance to find a place that’s open late here than around LSE. They are open till 11pm Monday-Wednesday, 12am on Thursdays and till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Royal Festival Hall

Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX

Not a pub but the Royal Festival Hall has a bar and plenty of space to drink. Drinks at the bar cost roughly the same as in a London pub. If you want to drink on the cheap you can also bring your own cans. The best feature of the Royal Festival Hall, however, is not its free WiFi but its large balcony overlooking the Thames. If you are happy to ignore that it is winter you can enjoy a pint there taking in the sights. The Royal Festival Hall is a pleasant 15 min walk away from LSE taking you over the Thames and its architecture is something to appreciate on its own: back in the day they truly believed this is what the future would look like.

General Information

Most pubs in London – especially around LSE – close at 11pm. If you want to continue drinking later than that, you’re advised to find a pub which allows you to do that in advance, as your options are a bit limited. A beer in a central London pub is between £3.50 - £4.50. You get your beer from the bar and you do not tip the bar staff, they might chase after you to return your change.