East India Arms, Fenchurch Street
Featured in the "Good Beer Guide" for the last three years (and possibly longer), the East India Arms is a rather handsome, if smallish, pub in the heart of the City, en route to Fenchurch Street station. Unsurprisingly this pub's clientele is mostly the lunchtime and commuter crowd and, accordingly, is thronged at these times. However, we have noticed that it seems to be quieter at lunchtime (though not Fridays) than some other EC3 pubs, and one tends not to find as many braying, suited types in here. It's not a bad place at all outside peak times, as the beer is pretty decent and the service is good. On our last visit, they had Masterbrew, Spitfire and Late Red on draught, as well as Asahi and Oranjeboom if lager is your poison. Decor-wise, it is refreshing to find somewhere vaguely old-fashioned amongst so much gentrification and modernisation: this pub is clean and tidy, but firmly traditional. Dried flowers above the bar, plus many black-and-white photos of the City (including a really old one of the pub itself) and the near East End, add to the homely feel. It has a solitary outside table which looks rather lonely, but they do have heaters should you wish to huddle outside.
67 Fenchurch Street, Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4BR
020 7265 5121
How to get there
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How to find the East India Arms pub
Aldgate: turn west out of either tube station and head along Aldgate High Street. Carry straight on past the fork with Leadenhall Street, which becomes Fenchurch Street. You'll soon see the pub on your left near to the station.