What to know before going to a London pub 🍻

Visiting London and want to go to a pub? Well I’ve lived in London for almost ten years so in this video I’m telling you the things …


41 thoughts on “What to know before going to a London pub 🍻

  1. TK Los Angeles says:

    Nine years? Can I say 'thank you' for not adopting some weird English / American hybrid accent? When I did a study abroad in Twickenham, (going to Kingston Uni), some classmates that were there for four months suddenly had some English inflection on certain words.

  2. Nick says:

    More and more pubs are now doing QR codes on their tables which takes to an online menu. Pick your food and drink, enter your table number and that’s it.

  3. Rich Jermy says:

    I work in a visitor facing role in London and when I speak to world visitors, especially from the US and Australia, they usually ask for pub recommendations. I first tell them to try and go to an area outside of the tourist traps if they can! I’m an ale drinker so I do suggest trying an ale on hand pump, which was not covered here. The beer US drinkers are used to is the colder draft ‘tap’ beers (Craft ales) and there are plenty to choose from in London – most established breweries in London (Young’s, Fuller’s etc) have their own craft ales and smaller independents often do as well. The hand pump ales are the ‘warmer’ beers (Real ales/cask ales) that come in as great a variety as the craft ones. These are the traditional ales of the U.K., brewed without – in the case of craft ales – killing the yeast. Real ales are only ‘warm’ in comparison to the craft ales. In reality, their temperature is designed to be between 11-13 degrees Celsius (55 Fahrenheit), or ‘cellar temperature’. This makes real ales a lot more difficult to keep than craft ales. But if a US drinker wants a really authentic British beer, it’s the real ale they should try even if it’s just the once. Just like craft ales, they come in a huge variety from IPAs, APAs, Golden Ale and Bitters, to Red Ales, Milds, Stouts and Porters. If you find yourself in a pub where you have to choose which real ale to have, I would recommend avoiding the chain real ales like Greene King (Abbot Ale, Greene King IPA) – these are not a good introduction to real ale! Ales like London Pride and Doombar are everywhere and as such the quality is variable. If you can, always find ales from local London independents like Truman’s, Redemption, Southwark and Portobello. Some pub chains like Wetherspoons, Nicholson’s and Greene King do offer ales from these independents so they have an outlet. Also, if you’re visiting London at the start of August, look out for the Great British Beer Festival, held every year at Kensington Olympia – a chance to try Real and Craft ales from around the U.K. Enjoy your visit to our pubs!

  4. David Brandt says:

    Just leaving London after a couple days here. Thanks for all your helpful tips. The 10 Cases was an excellent stop. We stumbled upon The George Inn near London Bridge for food and drink before the flotilla tribute to the Queen last night. Great atmosphere and historic building.

  5. deejay Peekay says:

    As being a British born person, this is a very good guide. I would that we also go to watch the football at pubs, so that’s another reason why they would be packed. Also stay clear of any Wetherspoon pubs, as they are cheap and nasty!

  6. SWVA stories says:

    I've never been to London or out of the country so please bear in mind when I ask, How would you use a card to pay if you are from the States? Do you have to purchase a credit card once you arrive and load a balance in pounds to be able to shop, eat, etc. without using cash? Just found your channel and enjoying the videos. London is my bucket list destination. It may be my retirement gift to myself. LOL

  7. Greg C says:

    We arrive in London on a Saturday, are banks open for me to exchange US dollars for Pounds, or do I have to wait until Monday? Also, is there a place where I can buy a VISA PREPAID card, so I can avoid credit card and bank fees? Thanks in advance, loving all ur videos. Greg

  8. Nick Harrison says:

    So many wonderful pubs in London, from the Holly Bush to the Dove (and some of the best are Fullers pubs too !). Guess if you made this video in one day you were pretty merry by the end of it ! Thanks for your enlightening videos Jess

  9. R says:

    This has to be the cutest video ever!! Lol .. for a good pub don’t be afraid to wonder out of the tourist areas! Things to also note: when the footballs on don’t block the screen, or speak over the commentary! You cheeseheads may be passionate, but football is tribal in the uk. If you’re as beautiful as Jess you’ll have no problem chatting to folks, if not don’t worry! The vast majority of folks love some friendly banter and on way to start is to talk about the weather!

  10. Tone 720 says:

    That part about Cider slightly surprised me. I know Real/Craft Ale pubs also tend to do a Lot of Ciders too, didn't realise that was the split though as most people I know seem to be beer drinkers. Made me happy as a Cider drinker though. 🙂

  11. Andrew JS says:

    If anyone's interested in the history of pubs, the kids thing is actually pretty new (in the scheme of things). Until about 20 years ago most pubs were very strict about not allowing children in unless it was in the restaurant section for a family meal (usually at the weekends only). This applied just as much to the late morning/afternoon as the evening. I remember how difficult it was for children to enter pubs in the 80s and early 90s when I was that age. Big change since then. [Actually some pubs still don't let children in after a certain time at night].

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  13. CJO says:

    I bought your 3-day itinerary for London and it helped so much! The oyster card was a life saver too! I enjoyed my b-day there and your Itinerary added to it, so thank you!

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