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Laidback London boozers for lazy days in winter

Posted at 12:30 pm, December 28, 2014 in Food & Drink

Holly Bush

While away your precious days off by chilling with some loved ones in a cosy pub. Here’s a few nice ones…


Central: Jerusalem Tavern 

Get tucked up next to the coal burning fire in this old-fashioned Clerkenwell inn. Owned by St Peter’s Brewery, you can expect a strong line-up of real ales to explore, too.


North: William IV 

This charming Islington boozer has been serving free Christmas meals to the homeless, so send some love back their way over the holidays. We recommend curling up on the sofa by the fire for true lazy day vibes.


North East: The Lion

This Stokey favourite offers entertainment in the bar upstairs and a fire as roaring as its namesake downstairs. With low lighting and a relaxed local crowd, lazy day drinking lies ahead. Don’t count on quite such a lazy time in the evening though, when the music jumps up a notch.

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East: King Edward VII

An old-fashioned East End boozer with plenty of character from frosted-glass dividers and tiled walls. Bag yourself a booth and tuck into Sunday lunch with a gastro pub twist.


South East: Four Quarters

Not feeling so lazy? Burn off some Christmas calories at Peckham’s Four Quarters where retro arcade games are where it’s at. After all, it’s nice to watch Pac Man stuffing his face instead of your Great Aunt Mary.


South: Crown and Anchor

If craft beer is your thing, you can easily pass a lazy day in this hop haven. Brixton’s Crown and Anchor hosts 14 keg beers and ciders as well as seven real ales on cask.


South West: Earl Spencer

A much-loved neighbourhood pub, ideal for whiling away an afternoon in front of the log fire. It may be under new ownership, but you’ll be made to feel as welcome as ever.

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West: City Barge

Go for a lazy day stroll along the river in Chiswick and then stop by City Barge, an upmarket boozer that underwent a refurb this year to great effect. While you’re here, be sure to explore the 50-strong wine list (it would be rude not to, really).

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North West: Holly Bush

Holly Bush always proves popular with Hampstead Heath frequenters, so get down early if you want to cosy in at this traditional and beautifully Dickensian hostelry.



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