Every Thursday and Friday, half of Southwark’s office workers empty into the White Hart to pre-drink before eventually ending up doing Christ know what in the loos at the Builder’s Arms in Hackney. Unlike most of the places we feature, it’s completely hook-free – they even have irony-free Foster’s on tap for f*ck’s sake. Don’t come here for dripping on toast or craft ale or whatever pubs have on their menus these days (no, seriously, the Anchor & Hope’s 5 minutes away). Just come here to have a few very cold beers, enjoy some bants, and soak up the weekend vibes.
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The Swan is the best pub in the Bankside area for a drink with a view of the river. It’s never too rammed, and there are tables outside, too.
The Coffeeworks Project Southwark
Coffeeworks has the best coffee close to Southwark Station, as well as fast wi-fi and plenty of space to work and hang out.
Rumpus Room is a trendy bar in the Mondrian Hotel, but with actual good vibes and drinks. It’s pricey, but worth the cost for the view.
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The George Inn is an old coach house in Southwark which has one of the biggest and best beer gardens in Zone 1.
Marksman is a pub/restaurant with excellent, elevated British food in Shoreditch. It’s good anytime, but don’t miss the Sunday roast.
The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is a gastropub on Columbia Road, great for avoiding the market crowds, drinking craft beers, and tucking into a roast.
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