This is a lovely old pub, with lots of dark wood and a basement where they brew their own ale. The fairly straightforward menu includes a roast suckling pig (for 12-17 people) that you can order with 72 hours’ notice. Not having anything close to 12-17 friends, we’ll go with a couple of other people but skip breakfast that day. Just one warning: the kitchen is in the main room, and you might leave smelling a bit like a pork chop if you’re sitting nearby at mealtimes.
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The Gate is a vegetarian spot in Islington that meat-eaters won’t complain about. And if you don’t feel like going healthy, have some cocktails.
Kipferl is an Austrian cafe in Islington that’s perfect for a weekday lunch or quick coffee run. And when you can’t pronounce the dishes, just point.
Indian Veg is a no-frills, all-you-can-eat buffet spot in Islington. It’s pretty good, and very cheap.
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Junction Tavern is a Kentish Town gastropub that takes both the gastro and the pub parts of the label seriously.
The Bull & Last
A classic London gastropub perfect for a Sunday roast and a few drinks in Parliament Hill.
Seafood is the speciality at this Notting Hill pub. Head downstairs if you want something casual, or to the first floor for a posher meal.
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Island Queen is the sort of pub you go to if you want to settle down for an afternoon of schmoozing or watching the big match on a large-screen TV.
Earl of Essex
With twenty brews on tap daily, Earl of Essex is a beer lover’s heaven. Come with friends, and don’t forget to order a basket of cheese fries.
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