The big smoke is full of bars and pubs at every corner and Victoria is no exception. Whether you’re a craft beer fan or you prefer a fancy wine bar, here are the best pubs and bars in Victoria, all of which are walking distance from urbanest Victoria.
1. Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
First on our list of bars in Victoria is this trendy cocktail bar based in Pimlico beneath Artist Residence, which is just a 14-minute walk from urbanest Victoria. Clarendon Cocktail Cellar offers cocktails named after famous films, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kill Bill and the Slumdog Millionaire cocktail. If that’s not enough to sway you, CCC used to be an old Victorian pub in the 1850s, nowadays this hidden gem is perfect to pop in for post-work drinks or on Saturday nights.
2. The Albert
One of the most popular pubs in Victoria is The Albert, which is a Victoria branch of the Greene King pubs. The Albert is based in Westminster just 5 minutes’ walk from urbanest Victoria. If you’re visiting London for the day however, this pub is also a short distance from the Houses of Parliament, making it a perfect stop during sight-seeing. The menu includes everything from bar snacks to traditional roasts, as well as plenty of cocktails, wines, and beers.
3. Munich Cricket Club
The Munich Cricket Club is modelled from Bavaria Germany, thus the name. You’ll find schnitzels, sauerkraut and sausages as well as large pint steins. They also have traditional oompah bands every Thursday and Saturday to get the crowds dancing on the tables. If you fancy going, this beer hall is just a short stroll from urbanest Victoria accommodation; a mere 8 minutes.
4. The Drunken Oyster
The Drunken Oyster sits above Hai Cenato, Jason Atherton’s Italian restaurant. Based just 7 minutes from urbanest Victoria, it is also one of the closest bars near Victoria Station, at just 3 minutes’ walk. The Drunken Oyster specialises in Italian cocktails and vermouth and tonics. Happy hour is also from 4-8pm every day so you can treat yourself to 2 cocktails for £12.
5. The Goring Hotel
As a luxury hotel in London, this is definitely for nights where you want to splash out. The Goring Bar offers 5-star surroundings with regal décor. Just be aware, the cocktails average at around £18. Their dining rooms even feature the likes of lobster and caviar. If you want to venture out, the Goring Hotel is just a 9-minute walk from urbanest Victoria.
Vagabond is a wine bar conveniently located on Buckingham Palace Road, just 7 minutes’ walk from urbanest and also 7 minutes from Buckingham Palace if you fancy a tourist day. Here, machines can dispense your favourite wine, of which there is a choice of 140 bottles. If you’re not a fan of wine, there is also a choice of 9 craft beers on tap.
One for the whisky fans, Boisdale lets you experience Scotland while just being a 12 minute walk from your front door. This Scottish restaurant features a cigar terrace, whisky bars and live jazz every night. Expect a selection of wines, cocktails and even a cigar menu.
As the name suggests, Cask is best known for its extensive beer list, offering craft beer from all over the world. It’s based in Pimlico and is just a 10-minute walk from urbanest Victoria. It’s also one of the pubs near Victoria station, and is just 10 minutes’ walk if you’re venturing further afield. For those who aren’t a fan of beer, you can also expect a reasonably priced wine list and a range of spirits.
Located just 6 minutes’ walk from urbanest, Greenwood is both a restaurant and a popular sports bar. As the self-proclaimed “best place to watch sports”, the venue boasts 20 tv screens. Surprisingly, there’s even a barbers if you fancy a trim while you drink.
10. The Thomas Cubitt
Last on our list of pubs and bars in Victoria is the Thomas Cubitt, where you’ll find a pub downstairs and a more formal dining room on the first floor. The menu includes wines from small boutique producers and a variety of beers and ales. If you fancy visiting, this pub is just a 17-minute walk from your accommodation.
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