1. The Paradise 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green
A bar, a club, and a fantastic restaurant. The restaurant serves great food with a fab wine list in a beautiful space. After dining, go and party on 2 floors of full-throttle mayhem on Friday and Saturday nights. Also, one of the best Sunday Roasts in London.
Order: The Espresso Martini
2. The Bull and Last 168 Highgate Road, Highgate
Quite simply, some of the best pub food I’ve ever eaten. Traditional, seasonal British food, and a great Sunday roast. An extremely warm and cozy space with a lovely fireplace and Quiz night on Sundays.
Order: The Scotch eggs and crispy pig’s ears
3. The Coach & Horses 29 Greek Street, Soho
Go here as an antidote to the gentrified gastropubs. Awash with writers and thinkers, I love it because of its historical association with the British satirical magazine, Private Eye. Don’t miss the pub-piano singalong.
Order: The British Ales
4. The Warrington 93 Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale
One of my locals. A grand, elegant, lavish pub with a beautiful sweeping round bar. Think mahogany, art nouveau, and ornate plasterwork. There’s also a Gordon Ramsey-run restaurant upstairs.
Order: It’s a beautiful setting to have a pint.
5. The Phoenix Artist Club 1 Phoenix Street, West End
Not strictly a pub, but I have been coming here since I was 19 and I love it. Wonderfully twee and degenerate theatrical bar under the Phoenix Theatre in the West End where you’ll find all sorts of characters and creatives. Known to most actors as “Shuttleworths” or “Shutts”. Don’t go here expecting Soho House/Groucho, but do go expecting a good time!
Order: One of their sausage rolls as a midnight snack.