As far as old-school pubs go - in the classical Victorian sense, not the drinking and fighting sense - it’s hard to get much more old-school than the Princess Louise. Besides being a very reliable place to grab a cold pint in central London, the atmosphere is pure boozer - no wide screen televisions, fruit machines or pretentious craft beers. Just the sound of lively banter and good times. The maze of drinking booths will equally delight and confuse the hell out of you, but the open back area is a better spot if you just want to grab a proper seat.
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