Farringdon is one of the oldest stations in London, and the surrounding area is one of the city’s busiest work districts. Therefore, it stands to reason that there are more than a few good places to have a post-work tipple once all the offices start clearing out. Here are six of the best pubs in the area.
If you can find a space to sit down in the Jerusalem Tavern – it’s vanishingly small – you’re in for a real treat. Its building has gone through various incarnations since its founding in 1720 and is currently owned and operated by St Peter’s, one of the original craft-beer breweries in London. The Jerusalem Tavern manages to achieve the rare trick of balancing the modern gastropub appeal with the old-school English pub aesthetic that really can’t be faked. There are also many weird and wonderful beer varieties to test out.
It might sound like the most unimaginatively named pub in the world, but Smiths of Smithfield is actually a landmark, a Grade II-listed building that remains one of the most popular and beloved watering holes in London. The industrial feel might not seem all that traditional, but the beer certainly will. If you’re craving something a bit more upscale, the first floor is more cocktail oriented, and the menu has a reputation all its own, particularly the steak.
If you’re rolling into (or out of) Farringdon station and want a quick drink first, the Fence is only one minute from the entrance. It’s a well-suited spot for summer drinking, with a big beer garden, and if beer isn’t your tipple, it’s one of the few pubs in the area with Master Cellarman status for wines. When things get darker, it also hosts DJ sets and quiz nights to keep you there until the small hours. If you’re looking for something to eat, there’s a varied, interesting and very vegan-friendly menu on offer.
Named for the pub that features in An American Werewolf in London (1981), this incarnation of the Slaughtered Lamb is very much the gig venue pub of Farringdon. The downstairs stage area supports an array of local and visiting bands, mostly rock and punk, and the bar area is spacious and quirky. The bar has a range of craft beers, and there’s a decent food menu to fuel up on before heading downstairs and burning all the calories off in the mosh pit. If you’re after an earthy, rowdy gig experience in a pub in London, this is a safe bet.