There’s nothing more British than a traditional East End pub. Ideal for socialising with friends, pubs are loved by all social strata in London, with even the Prime Minister meeting with national treasure Stephen Fry to discuss politics over a pint in an East End pub earlier this month. If you’re clueless as to where to start however, check out our top 5 East End pubs, each boasting their own fascinating history, friendly atmosphere and a fine selection of beers and ales.
The Palm Tree
Considered a no nonsense East End treasure, this Mile End pub still boasts its original 1950s architecture, from its copper wallpaper to its china plates. Attracting university students and traditional residents alike, this pub also has a fine selection of beers and regularly hosts live music nights which range from blues to jazz.
The Princess Alice
Old-fashioned and full of history, the Princess Alice provides a lively atmosphere with a vast selection of beers and ales to choose from. Often lit by candlelight, this Victorian pub is also a hotspot for East End tours which aim to unveil the tale of the Jack the Ripper, with the Princess Alice being the favourite pub of a man known the ‘Leather Apron’, a potential suspect for the Whitechapel murders.
The Prospect of Whitby
Originally built in 1520, this riverside pub offers real ales and proper East End pub grub, providing a perfect view of the Thames as you lunch. The tavern was a popular meeting place for sailors, smugglers and villains, becoming later known as the ‘Devil’s Tavern’, before being renamed it the 18th century. With barred windows and naval themed interior, featuring barrels, masts and flagstone floors, this is not only one of the East End’s most notorious pubs, but one of London’s most famous.
Friendly and full of locals, the Carpenter’s Arms remains a modern classic pub thanks to it chandeliers, flowers and a warming open fire. It also has its own history, being run by the mother of the infamous criminal Kray twins and consequently becoming a popular stop for local Krays tours for tourists. It also offers beers from around the globe, including local cask ales and a fine selection of wines and spirits.
Pride of Spitalfields
Despite being situated on a cobbled street off Brick Lane, there are no hipsters in sight at this traditional, alternative and down to earth pub. Equipped with board games and a piano in the event of a spontaneous knees up, the Pride of Spitalfields is a perfect pub for escaping the pretentiousness and crowded streets of London.