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After a day of exploring, there's nothing better than settling into a pub for a pint. From historic taverns to upscale cocktail bars, London is truly a remarkable place to toast a vacation.
London pubs are as historic and traditional as the city itself, and thirsty patrons will find an inviting pub on virtually every corner of this famed city for food and drink lovers. Explore iconic landmarks like The Old Cheshire Cheese, which proudly states that is was “rebuilt in 1667,” or satisfy a food and drink craving at one of the many taverns managed by pub giants like Nicholson's, Wetherspoons and Fullers. When it comes to finding a fine spot for a pint, it’s easy to fine endless options that boast flowery exteriors, quirky names, and plenty of British brews on tap. Just be sure to arrive early, as the majority of pubs in London close for the night at around 11:00 p.m.
With close proximity to France, Italy, Spain, and some of the globe’s most famed wine-producing regions, it should come as no surprise that the sheer variety of wines available in London is simply outstanding. Celebrate this vast selection and discover new flavors by popping into one of the city’s many wine bars that are abundant in posh boroughs like Chelsea, Kensington and Knightsbridge. Often offering tapas and tastes to accompany the selections, (which can include an enviable array of regional and international cheeses), the local wine bars are the best place to discover the finest vintages in the world, from the staples of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to obscure beauties from Greece, Hungary and Northern Italy.
London has long been celebrated for its global selection of whiskeys, that are often found in intimate bars and pubs where patrons can effortlessly warm up after a long day of exploring in the city. In addition, the city is a trend-setting capital when it comes to cocktails, as innovative mixologists bring new flavors to the beverage scene on a daily basis. From internationally recognized destinations like The Whisky Lounge at Hilton London Metropole, (which features more than 70 whiskey varieties), to the hip clubs of Oxford Circus and the always bustling Leicester Square, London is at the forefront of exceptional cocktails and drams of whiskey that are truly unforgettable.
Cap off a busy day of exploring the sites and landmarks along the Thames by popping into one of the many pubs along the river that specialize in amazing views. Cool waterfront destinations near Blackfriar and London bridges often feature gorgeous vistas of St. Paul’s Cathedral, while establishments close to Westminster can boast towering glimpses of the London Eye and Big Ben. Best of all, because so many of London’s most popular attractions are close to the water, visitors can easily enjoy a pub break in between touring the city, and indulge in a refreshing pause while still remaining in the heart of the action.
Visitors who want a sky high view with their cocktail or pint will find a few dozen options where the incredible city-wide views come complimentary with every drink. London’s rooftop bars are found all across the city – from the borders of the lush Kensington Gardens to the modern top levels of converted warehouses and hotels – and are fine destinations to combine sightseeing with a little relaxation. Often associated with accompanying restaurants and eateries, patrons can complement their visit with tapas or even a five-course fine dining experience, or can simply find an outdoor café table to sip and admire the scene. Best enjoyed on a clear and sunny day, and often outfitted with décor and furnishings that make it easy to linger, London’s rooftop bars are gorgeous destinations from the ground up.
Imagine sitting outside with a cool breeze and a pint in a fairy garden-like atmosphere, or settling into a decadently deep sofa with friends to recap the adventures of the day - These excursions are waiting at London’s fine collection of beer gardens. Known for their expansive array of beverages, which can include a sampling from local and regional microbreweries, beer gardens are fine destinations to discover new tastes, as well as to settle in and relax after a long walk through the city. With inviting atmospheres that are ideal for casual get-togethers with friends, and little extras like outdoor fire pits, landscaped spaces, and comfy furnishings, beer gardens are becoming the preferred hang-out for beer lovers everywhere.
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