Best London pubs 2009

Lord Clyde, Essex Road

Overall winner

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

The Lord Clyde, Highbury - reviewers'overall winner, a modern pub, with traditional values
The Lord Clyde is a traditional pub that has successfully made the move upmarket, but hasn't forgotten what a pub is about, with great beer and food as an added bonus.

Jerusalem Tavern

The Jerusalem Tavern, Farringdon - visitors'overall winner, unique in almost every sense
The Jerusalem tavern is an unique pub with great beers from the award-winning St Peter's Brewery and a wonderful, atmospheric interior. Hall of Fame award for best London pub 1999-2009

This year, to celebrate ten years of, we have created a special, one-off award for our favourite pub over the last decade and this award goes to:

The Colton Arms, Hammersmith, old-fashioned values that are just as relevant today

Colton Arms

The Colton Arms is a very pleasant old-fashioned local that we've known for some time and it's not changed in years, the family running it keeping exactly as it was and as the customers want it to be - a fine example of how to run a great British pub. Long may it last.

The rest of the 2009 Best London Pub Award winners 

Reviewer's best pub awards

The Antelope, Belgravia, just the ticket
The Antelope is an excellent, cricket-obsessed local in the heart of Belgravia with fine beer and a great atmosphere.

Eagle, Old Street, in and out of the Eagle

King Charles I, King's CrossOnce described as a 'tarted up gin palace'the Eagle has good beers and a popular beer garden, mixing modern with traditional to good effect.

King Charles I, King's Cross, a little eccentric
The King Charles I is a friendly, relaxed and idiosyncratic pub just around the corner from King's Cross, with an excellent selection of beer including local ales.

North Pole, Docklands, welcome relief from City life
The North Pole is a top traditional local just a Blackberry's throw from the besuited Canary Wharf hordes.

Earl Ferrers, StreathamMost Improved

Earl Ferrers, Streatham, fine food and drink
The Earl Ferrers is a superb gastro-local in the hinterland off Streatham High Road that is light years away from it's predecessor.

Shaftesbury Tavern, Archway, a pub reborn
The Shaftesbury Tavern's a pub reborn from the ashes - authentic Victorian décor and great beer make this one to go out of your way for.


Commercial Tavern, Shoreditch, arty and indivdual
The Commercial Tavern is an arty affair, mixing the bohemian with the traditional to make a very individual pub.

Churchill ArmsChurchill Arms, Notting Hill, a long-standing favourite
The Churchill Arms is rightly famous and has been for a long time - one of London's great pubs in our book.

Princess Louise, Holborn, high Victorian style
The Princess Louise has a fantastic revamped Victorian interior and is a stalwart of the Sam Smith's chain - one the best pub interiors in London.

Wilmington Arms, Clerkenwell, come and see
Wilmington Arms is a busy and popular live music pub - the place to see up and coming talent in London.