Top 10: June 2010

King Charles I, London
A compact, one-roomed affair, this pub even manages to shoehorn in a bar billiards table into the clutter of nicknacks on display. This does provide a pleasing independent air to proceedings, with a decent range of beers on offer - a selection from the tiny Sweet William Brewery in Leyton are...
SimmonS, London
Judging by its exterior, once upon a time this one was an old-style Dining Room. We never knew it in that incarnation, but passing it over the years we wondered if the interior matched up to London's other Classic Cafes. We never thought we'd see it reopened, but this one's had a new lease of...
Slaughtered Lamb, London
The Slaughtered Lamb is a relatively recent remodelling of an old gallery space - so it's an ideal pub for an area with so many loft-converted flats. Equipped with a slouchy style similar to many pubs in the capital, a mixture of squishy sofas and well-worn wooden furniture. There's the slight...
Yorkshire Grey, London
The Yorkshire Grey is a nice looking Victorian pub, in the eating and drinking area centred around the junction of Great Titchfield Street and Langham Street. It serves the usual Sam Smith's fare (a bonus for some, a bane for others) and, basically, just gets on with the job. The walls are...
Ship, London
The Ship is a quirky little pub with an idiosyncratic (but hardly surprising), seafaring theme. It's a lively place during the week - a popular afterwork haunt for people in the area. The beer is pretty average, with only Directors supporting the real ales but the service is friendly and...
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, London
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern is a well-concealed pub (in a little yard just off Hatton Garden) can often be an oasis in a somewhat manic area. Of course, like any pub in the City, it gets overrun at the usual times - lunch and immediately after work - but outside of those hours it's a haven. Since it was...
The Grapes, London
We love this old place. The Grapes is a quaint, narrow, little pub in a very old terrace on the north bank of the river at Limehouse. There's a tiny balcony at the back that you can squeeze onto, if you're lucky, and enjoy views of Limehouse Reach and Rotherhithe. There's been a change of...
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,...
Town of Ramsgate, London
Popular with the people who live roundabout, this old pub has had its up and downs in the past, but has settled down over the last few years to become a jolly decent boozer. Whilst the Town of Ramsgate is, by and large a locals' pub, it's not at all unwelcoming (unlike some not too far away). The...
King's Arms, London
We've had variable feedback on the King's Arms lately, which is disappointing given it's had a couple of awards from us over the years. To an extent, it's possibly been a victim of its own success, with complaints about crowds and slow service. However, it is still a decent local in quaintly...