Top 10: February 2009

Our February 2009 selection
Princess Louise, London
Closed for most of 2007 for a big restoration job, the Princess Louise is once again one of London's destination pubs. The classic Victorian interior is still gloriously intact; indeed, it's come back with extra period additions, with partitions now running down the sides of the island bar,...
Intrepid Fox, London
When Goth and rocker hangout the Intrepid Fox closed its doors in 2006 (a victim of a calculated M&B pub cull) we thought it was the end for this Soho institution. But then we discovered that it moved - lock, stock and barrel - to a new venue in Tottenham Court Road, having taken over the...
Jerusalem Tavern, London
Fears about polycarbonate pints replacing glass ones are unfounded. The Jerusalem Tavern is, as it has been for many (award-winning) years, a haven for lovers of the excellent St Peter's beer. True, owing to its particularly cosy interior, it can get extremely busy and as such is not recommended...
Sekforde Arms, London
Sekforde Arms is a very pleasant Young's pub in an old residential area just off Clerkenwell Road. Of course, it's all residential round here nowadays, with all the warehouse conversions and new apartment blocks going up, but the Sekforde Arms is no mere arriviste - we'd hazard a guess that it's...
The Windsor Castle (ex-The Cardinal), London
Brewer Sam Smith's caused a bit of a stir with their refurbishment of this pub, hidden behind Westminster Cathedral. Considering that they usually do an excellent job of restoring pubs (such as with the beautiful Princess Louise in Holborn), this was a bit of a surprise. It actually turns out a...
Carpenters Arms, London
When the Carpenters Arms closed a few years ago, we naturally expected conversion into flats awaited it. So you can imagine our excitement to discover back in the Autumn of 2007 that it had reopened. If nothing else, it's a little piece of East End pub history; many pubs in the area lay claim to...
The Angel, London
The Angel is a lovely Victorian pub in the grey area between Covent Garden (Shaftesbury Avenue) and Tottenham Court Road. Because of its location, it can be a great place to meet/drink in town. It's got a lot of original Victorian features - including tile work - and has been refurbished with...
The Nag's Head, London
Jazz wafted through the air as we chose an excellent pint of Oscar Wilde Mild from the selection of four real ales on tap. But this isn't a Jazz bar. Or a real ale drinker's destination. Hidden away in peaceful Walthamstow Village, this a genuine relaxed locals pub. The décor is modern, with...
King's Arms (ex McGoverns), London
The closure of McGoverns further solidifies the fact that that the trendy, smartened-up pubs which have been replacing Kilburn's Irish pubs for the last few years are now significantly in the majority. The King's Arms, however, is following an apparently resurgent trend in American style bars and...
The Speaker, London
Despite the Speaker's proximity to Parliament, Civil Service HQs and Channel 4's offices, this is a cosy little pub ideal for a few jars on a dark night. It has the feel of a friendly local, mostly due to the cheery owners who treat everyone as if they're loyal regulars. One of the best in the...