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London’s great historic pubs: south of Thames.

by Rajul on January 22, 2010

You could end up drinking at the pub Charles Dickens himself once frequented!

In the final part of our review of London’s historic pubs, we head south of the river, having already explored Holborn and the City of London.

Southwark was where all the coaches once left for Canterbury as it points south.  It was traditionally full of galleried coaching inns.

Now only The George Inn is left, with just one of its three galleried arcades – none the less, it’s impressive and well worth a visit.  The pub dates back to 1676 and was a regular haunt of Charles Dickens.

But let’s finish in the Market Porter in Borough Market – this is a less impressive pub architecturally but with a superb range of beers from various breweries that you may not have seen before.

This area was also part of our perfect London cultural itinerary in which we recommended staying at the “luxury boutique” Threadneedles Hotel which is not far away (though you’ll cross the bridge back to the north).

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The guest-centric attitude at Threadneedles gets great reviews on TripAdvisor

We’ve since also gone on to praise the Threadneedle’s management of TripAdvisor guest reviews.  It continues to rise up TripAdvisor (now within the top 30 London hotels) with special praise for its friendly staff.

If you’re on a budget, you could do worse than go for Premier Inn County Hall – one of London’s best family hotels and also right by the London Eye.

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Finally, if you want more space, we’d recommend Plaza on the River which our research has showed to offer some of the best triple rooms in London.

The Plaza on the River provides some unbelievably spacious rooms in a prime location

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The hotel’s “open-plan studios” are perfect for small groups and within walking distance of the London Eye, Big Ben and other landmarks.  I’m impressed that it’s currently the number 22 hotel in London on TripAdvisor.

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Photo credits: Plaza on the River, Threadneedles Hotel.

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