Nelson's Retreat, Old Street
Staunchly traditional (but not olde worlde) and flying in the face of all the style bars peppered around the area, the Nelson's Retreat is very much a locals' pub - heavily influenced by nearby estates, we fear. The beer won't get CAMRA members foaming at the mouth as everyone seems to drink lager; and likewise the food won't set any epicurean pulses racing. But it does the job for the locals and its popularity on a Saturday afternoon is testament to this. However, you should know there's a 20p surcharge during big screen pay-per-view events and after 11pm.
1 Vince Street, Old Street, London, EC1V 9HB
020 7684 7420
How to get there
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How to find the Nelson's Retreat pub
Take the Great Eastern Street exit out of Old Street tube (exit 3) and wander down Old Street for a minute or two. The pub is on the right by the junction with Great Eastern Street.