Top 10: October 2010

Harp, London
Any tourist who dares wander just off the main stomping ground of Trafalgar Square will be very lucky indeed to find themselves pondering the choice of beers tantalising them in this small, handsome boozer. The walls are covered with fine oil paintings and the bar itself is festooned with beer...
King Edward VII, London
The King Edward VII - or King Eddie's as they like to call themselves - has the proud honour of being the best pub in Stratford. Compared to the post-war shopping centre over the road, the pub's Victorian exterior positively stands out, with low doors and bay windows. Indeed, as you step down...
George & Vulture, London
The George & Vulture is a rather decent Fuller's pub somewhat off the beaten track just beyond that trendy stalwart Hoxton Square. Thankfully though, they keep things simple and unpretentious here, with the focus on being an honest, well run pub. Until 2007 this was an older style locals' pub,...
Southampton Arms, London
Having been open in its new guise since late 2009 now, we can barely remember what the old Southampton Arms was like anymore. This pub has it all: friendly staff, a wide cross-section of locals and one of the best beer selections you'll find in London (and that's with strong competition). There...
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...
Duke of Wellington, London
For a few years now the Wellington has been a pleasant enough pub catering for the gentrified young locals who call Dalston home. However, a makeover took place in 2009 improved things considerably. The main room, is decorated in a toned down to a more pub-like black, but happily what was left of...
The Oxford, London
The Oxford is owned by the same people who tarted up the North London Tavern in Kilburn. And as a result, this one's very much in keeping with a standard gastropub arrangement: bar area at the front, open plan kitchen at the side, dining...
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...
The Smithfield Tavern, London
Having reclaimed its name (it was until recently the Wicked Wolf), this pub hasn't followed the current trend for stripped-out style bars and appears to be intent on continuing life as a pub. Great - we're pleased about that, as there are quite enough of those other places around here. Don't get...