Best London Pubs 2011


Duke of Hamilton - our overall winner for Best Pub in LondonOverall Winners

From each of the two categories, Reviewers’ and Visitors’, we pick an overall winner and this year:
- the 2011 Reviewers’ Award goes to 

The Duke of Hamilton (Hampstead)

A new breath of life into this pub by the owners of the Barnsbury in Islington - a promise of well-kept ale, decent bar snacks is making this a superb local, as evidenced by winning the overall Reviewers’ award.
- and the 2011 Visitors’ Award goes to 

The Southampton Arms (Kentish Town)

Our overall winner last year gets a much-deserved boost and has recently been named 

The Southampton Arms - one of the best pubs in London

CAMRA’s London Pub of the Year. Hall of fame

In previous years we made special awards to a pub we felt had consistently provided high levels of service over a long period. As it’s now a permanent feature on, this year’s Hall of Fame entrant is:

The Royal Oak (Borough)

We’ve spent a lot of time in this pub over the years - in fact, the first awards was held in their upstairs room. Well deserving of inclusion in our Hall of Fame, as it’s changed very little over the years, with great real ale and a pub food menu a lot of the pretenders could stand to imitate.

Reviewers Awards

Dovetail Bar (Clerkenwell)
More a Belgian bar than a pub it, nonetheless, does many things right, including good atmosphere, good selection of continental brews and brilliant food.
Royal Oak (Borough) 
New Hall of Fame inductee and a great place to sample Harvey's real ales in London. Still a favourite.

The Royal Oak - a deserving inductee into the Hall of Fame

Sir Richard Steele (Primrose Hill) 
A lively North London boozer with a loyal band of punters and lots going on, not to mention great beer.
Wenlock Arms (City Road)
Under threat from developers (the usual threat, demolition and replacement by flats), this has been one of our favourites for a very long time. Once owned by the Wenlock Brewery, this may be your last chance to try it before it vanishes forever.

Best newcomer

Mason & Taylor (Shoreditch) 
A modern bar on the ground floor of an office building with a distinct emphasis on real ale, this sister bar to the Duke of Wellington in Dalston is doing most things right. 

Most Improved

Draft House (Bermondsey)
Another pub for the real ale connoisseur, it also does a fine line in wines and excellent food. And with a decent interior appeals to just about everyone.

Visitors Awards

The Banker (Cannon Street)
A City pub, but one with a difference. It’s a Fuller’s place, so the beer is well-kept and it doesn’t get totally rammed with yahoos.
Cask Pub and Kitchen (Pimlico)
A modern pub, but one with a penchant for great beer, good food - great for a night out.
Grenadier (Belgravia) 
A sightly eccentric pub in the heart of Belgravia where a glass of wine is just as acceptable as a pint. AND it used to be Guy and Madonna’s hangout in London.
The Gunmakers (Clerkenwell)
Another old favourite, with excellent service and a good range of guest ales regularly cycling through the pumps.