Best London pubs 2008

Princess of Wales, Primrose Hill

Overall Winners


From each of the two categories we pick an overall winner and this year -



- the 2008 Reviewers' Award goes to:


Princess of Wales, Primrose Hill - reviewers' overall winner, relaxed and affable
The Princess of Wales is a relaxed and affable pub - the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of 21st Century living.



and the 2008 Visitors’ Award goes to:


The Lamb, Holborn - visitors' overall winner,  it's nice to know our visitors like it as much as we do
For those in the know, it's no surprise that the Lamb regularly receives acclaim - it's a pub that gets everything just right.


The Lamb, Holborn Hall of Fame award for best London pub over the last 5 years


This year, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our awards, we have created a special, one-off award for our favourite pub over the last five years.


The Grapes, Limehouse - Stocism in a sea of change
We've known and loved the Grapes for a few decades and, whilst the docks declined and Docklands emerged from the rubble, whilst properties and business roundabout boomed and busted, this pub has quietly and steadfastly maintained the values that make the British pub great. Long may it last.




The Grapes, Limehouse

The remaining 2008 Best London Pub Award winners 

Reviewers' Awards

Vauxhall Griffin, Vauxhall - A pub for everyone
The Vauxhall Griffin is one of those rare pubs that successfully appeals to everyone - not an easy thing to do.

King Edward VII, Stratford - A modern take on traditional values
King Eddie's can be described as a modern pub in an old, old building that demonstrates traditional pub values such as great beer, good food and good service are never out of fashion.

Windsor Castle, Marylebone - Friendly and idiosyncratic
The Windsor Castle is possibly one of the most idiosyncratic pubs you're likely to come across. It's also one of the friendliest - it's always a pleasure to visit here.

Sir Richard Steele, Primrose Hill - Characterful and relaxed
The Sir Richard Steele is a characterful and relaxed pub, where you can enjoy good beer with a varied crowd.


Best renovation

The Princess Louise, Holborn - The best just got better
The Princess Louise was already famous for its magnificent interior and the recent renovation has seemingly achieved the impossible and made it even more appealing. This pub has to be on every pub-fan's London iternerary.


Most Improved

North Nineteen, Archway - A remarkable turnaround
North Nineteen shows that by providing quality food and drink along with unfailingly friendly service you can create a strong community local.


The Duchess, Vauxhall A tired old pub reborn
By putting back all the elements which make a great all-round pub, the Duchess has managed to to turn around a tired old boozer and entice a mixed crowd of locals.


Carpenters Arms, ShoreditchBest Newcomer

Carpenters Arms, Shoreditch - An instant favourite
The Carpenters Arms is a delight, when the old pub closed, we were expecting apartments to go up in its place, but instead we got another pub. And what a pub - great beer and wine, tasteful decor and excellent service. It proves if you get the basics right, you can have a great pub from day one.



Visitors' Awards


Water Poet, Spitalfields - A good mixer
Perched 'twixt the City and trendy Shoreditch, the Water Poet appeals to everyone.


King’s Arms, Waterloo - You just keep going back
For the third year in a row the King's Arms has won a Visitors' Award. The location, ambience and quality of service add up to a pub users just can't get enough of.


Prince Regent, Marylebone - Informal, relaxed and funky
Informal, relaxed and funky, one of the first pubs to demonstrate that a traditional boozer doesn't have to look old-fashioned.


Counting House, Bank - A splendid place for a social occasion
A magnificent banking hall sympathetically converted into a great pub. A splendid place to meet for a social occasion.