Top 10 Bars & Pubs around Liverpool Street, London

By James Swift

November 14, 2014

When travelling to a new city for business or pleasure it’s nice to take some time off, soak up a bit of the local scene, and enjoy the social life of your area.  As our foundation and heart lies in The City of London, at Liverpool Street, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite local bars and pubs in our neck of the woods for our discerning guests to sample.  We hope that you have an opportunity to enjoy most of these unique and inviting places during your stay with us!!
Here’s our top 10 list of bars and pubs around Liverpool Street, starting with our least favourite.

1) The Bull

The Bull sits on one of the most interesting and iconic locations in the Liverpool Street area.  Formerly the well appointed home of Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (and reputed to be the possible true identity of William Shakespeare!) it now enjoys prime position in the heart of The City attracting locals, business people, and tourists alike.  An excellent selection of ales and a sumptuous food menu easily place this pub in our Top 10.
Address: 4-5, Devonshire Row, London, EC2M 4RH
Opening Times: 09:30 – 23:00

The Bull London

2) The Hamilton Hall

The Hamilton Hall is a J.D. Wetherspoon’s City flagship pub.  A large open space inside, and a generous beer garden outside, are its two most welcoming features.  Add to that the fact that this pub is literally right next to Liverpool Street Station – almost a part of it – and you can see why it made our list!  There’s a very generous food menu with options to suit just about anybody, and a delicious selection of rotating ales – all at the typical Wetherspoon’s discounted prices.
Address: Unit 32, The Concourse, Liverpool Street station, London, EC2M 7PY
Opening Times: 07:00 – 23:30

he Hamilton Hall

3) The Lord Aberconway

Located between Liverpool Street Station and Monument Station this iconic pub is typical of Nicholson’s freehouses throughout the city.  It has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a superb selection of rotating ales on tap and a food menu to suit most tastes and budgets.  Rumoured to be haunted by spectres of The Great Fire, this pub has a distinct character and is certainly not to be missed!
Address: 73 Old Broad St, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 1QS
Opening Times: 10:00 – 23:00

The Lord Aberconway London

4) The George

A beautiful and well appointed pub on the interior, The George is a beautiful locale for imbibing and dining alike.  Part of the Andaz hotel, but distinct in its own character, The George has an incredible selection of beers, cocktails, and food to choose from.  This is the pub that a high-flying businessman would take a client for a lunch, or a family would go with kids – both safe in the knowledge that the quality will be as high as the service is excellent and all in a traditional setting and central location.
Address: Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN
Opening Times: 11:00 – 23:00

The George London

5) The Railway Tavern

The Railway Tavern is a great place to enjoy not only a Sunday Roast (which they do incredibly well!), but a Friday night karaoke-night with friends, or even watch a match with some locals.  There’s a private function room that anyone can hire, but the rest of the pub is beautiful, well appointed, quite homey and has an excellent atmosphere any night of the week.  Though their food menu is focused a bit more on pizza than anything else, their selection of ales and drinks more than makes up for it.
Address: 15 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7NX
Opening Times: 10:00 – 23:00

The Railway Tavern London

6) The Kings Arms

This is the locals pub.  A great place to enjoy a pint after work, or watch the sport on any of their plentiful flat-screen TVs.  They have a bit of an outdoor area for when the weather is nice, and the beer selection is incredible.  What makes this pub so special though is the service.  One never has to wait to long to order, the staff is always friendly and helpful, and the general mood/vibe in the pub is open, nice, and a pleasure to enjoy.
Address: 27, Wormwood St, London, EC2M 1RP
Opening Times: 11:00 – 23:00

The Kings Arms

7) The White Hart

An excellent two-storey pub that is great for mingling with friends over a few pints and also enjoying a nice sit down lunch and dinner.  Their food menu is fantastic and the food itself is delicious.  The ale selection is incredible, and they’re constantly rotating their taps so every time you drop in there will be something new to discover!  Monday-Friday this tends to be a bit of a City/business pub, but on the weekends it’s much more relaxed with a more local vibe.
Address: 121 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TH
Opening Times: 10:00 – 23:00

The White Hart

8) Woodins Shades

We would be remiss if we didn’t include our favourite local on this list; but Woodins Shades deserves its ranking fair and square.  Located on the corner right near our two core buildings, Astral House & Abbotts Chambers, Woodins Shades is a pub we know quite well.  There’s a couple of televisions for the sport, but it’s the beer selection and delicious food menu that peaks our interest!  The selection of ale is one of the best in the area, and the taps are always rotating so every time we come we look forward to trying something new.  During the work week it’s a relaxed atmosphere, and on the weekends it can have a bit more of a social vibe.  The perfect local pub!
Address: 212 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4PT
Opening Times: 10:00 – 23:30

Woodins Shades London

9) Pitcher & Piano

Pitcher & Piano has it all.  Though part of a chain, of similarly named venues, the P & P (as it’s affectionately known by their regulars) is a unique and charming bar in it’s own right.  A delicious selection of wines, spirits, and beers compliment the cosy and welcoming atmosphere inside.  A great pub-food menu has everything one would want from a proper dinner to a late-night snack, and the staff are some of the best.  This is a great City bar and an excellent way to enjoy one’s evening in London.
Address: 28/31 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
Opening Times: 08:00 – 00:00

Pitcher & Piano London

10) Dirty Dicks

It’s been a tough time trying to rank bars and pubs that are absolutely fantastic and unique in their own right, but Dirty Dicks makes it to number one on our list because it has it all.  As one of London’s oldest pubs it has retained the atmosphere of a “proper boozer of old” and has natural brick work, low ceilings, exposed wood railings, and a subdued atmosphere that harken back to the days of Dickens and before.  This is the pub that will make anyone feel like a “true Londoner” yet the best part is the real-ale selection and food menu have embraced the 21st century and are now some of the best around.  This is a proper pub in every sense of the word, yet the food is 4-star restaurant quality and the original ales you’ll find on tap are almost completely (or at least it seems that way) unique to this charming pub.  Located not only across the street from Liverpool Street Station, but also directly next door to our own Abbotts Chambers serviced apartments this is the pub that has it all, and we’re proud to welcome this iconic pub on our list!
Address: 202 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4NR
Opening Times: 11:00 – 00:00

Dirty Dicks London
London has so many pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes…the list is literally endless!  New places are opening up every day, but we hope that this list gives you a great starting point from which you may begin to enjoy the social-scene of London.  No other city in the world does pubs quite like our home.  We’re proud of this tradition, and look forward to sharing it with you soon!!
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