194 Pubs and Bars found in or around National Portrait Gallery London

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The Captain's Cabin

Tucked away down a side street around the back of Piccadilly Circus, we can't say this pub's got a lot going for it beyond its relative obscurity. Drinkable beer combined with its isolated location means it's worth hunting down...

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Henry's

While the emphasis here is mostly on cocktails, you can still get a pint in here, if of a limited selection. The ambiance, decor and music make this the sort of place to chill out or have those few drinks before getting to the...

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Porcupine

The main function of the Porcupine seems to be a default destination for those who aren't sure where to go in the West End. So be prepared to mix with tourists drinking half a lager and weekenders using the pub as a pre-club...

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The Two Chairmen (ex-Nancy's, ex-Schrodingers)

After a few more name and identity changes, this old pub is finally back to its original (1683, apparently) name. Nothing to do with corporate board members, the name refers to the guys who used to carry somewhat richer people...

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Angel & Crown

This pub is quiet enough, considering its location. It does get busy later in the evening, but not bad early on. They do food in the bar and in the first floor restaurant which can also be hired as a function room. The beer is...

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Ku Bar (ex-Polar Bear)

Billing itself as "London's Finest Gay Bar", it's got a lot to live up to, but whatever, it does it with a bit of panache (as we would expect, of course). The clientele are predominantly gay, so unless you're happy...

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The White Swan

It looks OK from the outside, a traditional pub (the Swan we seem to recall) that's been fitted out with stuff from the Irish theme pub parts bin. If you stay in there for more than a few minutes you'll realise just how fake it...

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Bonapartes

If you go to Charing Cross mainline station you're spoilt for choice these days with not one but two pubs. We say 'spoilt', but we're lying. Obviously, being honest, concourse pubs are never destinations to seek out. The one...

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Walkers of Whitehall

Walkers is a hidden away place a stones throw from Trafalgar Square which, overshadowed by the tourist-attracting Sliver Cross just in front, predominantly attracts the afterwork crowd. There's also more space than you'd give...

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Boadicea

As a drinker favoured by those who favour booze before using public transport, the Boadicea serves a purpose. It's a small, sweaty place that offers London Pride amid the usual fray of lager and alcopops. The jukebox provides...

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Roundhouse

Located slap bang in the middle of town, the Roundhouse manages to serve a decent pint in the midst of the madness that is Covent Garden without leaving you feeling like it's the End of Days. For those of us not members of the...

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Salvador & Amanda

Not a pub, but given this area isn't really overrun with great pubs we don't feel any problems recommending a decent bar to you. Taking its name from Senor Dali and his <a...

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Slug and Lettuce (ex-Crooked Surgeon)

Not a lot to report since it was consume- sucked into- taken over by the Slug and Lettuce chain. It's passable, we suppose and as most of the clientele tend to be transients going from one place to another, it's probably not...

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Harp

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...

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Lemon Tree

This one got a refurb earlier in the year, and reports we've had aren't promising. Not one we go out of the way for, we'll have to try and get back and see what it's like now.

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The Bell & Compass

Now closed, soon be become a Cafe Rouge.

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Sherlock Holmes

You have to be a bit of Sherlock Holmes to find this pub, as Baker Street is a good Hansom Cab's ride away from Northumberland Avenue. Nevertheless, the pub has plunged wholeheartedly into its chosen theme to please pub-going...

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Waxy's Little Sister

Much smaller version of Waxy O'Connors - hence the name. Less theme park and more of a pub than its big sister, it still can get pretty crowded. Decent Guinness, but that's about it.

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Albannach

Not too long ago, the image of a Scottish drinking experience in Trafalgar Square consisted of the Tartan Army, beered up in the <a href="http://www.geocities.com/albagubrath2000/victory.htm"...

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The Montagu Pyke

The Montague Pyke is once again a Wetherspoon pub, having once been the other kind of Wetherspoon - a Lloyd's No. 1 bar.

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Waxy O'Connors

More theme park than pub, this cavernous, never-ending pub is truly enormous. Multi-storied and multi-roomed with two entrances, if you plan to meet someone here, you'll need GPS co-ordinates, or at least a compass. A...

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The Ship & Shovell

Claiming to be "the only London pub in two halves", the Ship & Shovell is a good pub in an area short of them. Its pleasant red and black facade, adorned with street lanterns, presents a mirror image across the...

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King's Head

This pub hasn't changed in years and remains a breath of grotty air in the midst of Chinese Restaurants, trendy bars and boring pubs. It has the same sticky carpet, scratched Formica tables and regulars propping up the bar. The...

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Sussex

This is another one done up by the Original Pub Co. Saying that, it hasn't changed much - its still full of obnoxious types who work in the area (and spill out onto the pavement once the weather gets better) and the...

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Ha! Ha! Bar & Canteen

What could've been an interesting multilevelled space underneath Charing Cross station has been sadly rendered like a claustrophobic All Bar One, which just gets worse the busier it becomes. Despite this, it's as popular as...

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Player's Bar & Restaurant

Bit hit and miss this one and previous reviews have ranged from the very good to the very ordinary - we're still undecided ourselves so would welcome other feedback before we go back and review again.

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