We think these are the best bars and gastro pubs around Regent’s Park

You don’t have to be a tourist to occasionally want to explore new bars and pubs in the city, right? London is all about diversity and every single day is a new beginning, a new chance to go somewhere you’ve never been before, try new drinks and meet new people.
The wonderful Regent’s Park area, including the ever-exciting Baker Street in Marylebone, is one of the best spots in London, regardless of the season. Where else would you go after a long day at work or an even longer day of sightseeing in England? To the pub. (Of course.)

Regent’s Park area

Regent’s Park, one of the Royal Parks of London, lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden. These two boroughs have so much diversity from the leafy and posh streets of St. John’s Wood and the multi-culti extravaganza in Soho to total craziness in Camden Town.
Abutting the northern side of Regent’s Park is Primrose Hill, another open space which, with a height of 256 feet (78 m), has a unique view of central London to the south-east, as well as Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north. Primrose Hill is a favourite location of Londoners to have a picnic and a drink or two on hot summer days.
Nearest Tube stations to Regent’s Park:
· Regent’s Park
· Baker Street
· Great Portland Street
· Warren Street Station
· Marylebone


British Pub etiquette

So Wonderfully British

If you’re new here, you may need to familiarize yourself with the unwritten rules of British pub culture. Brits love a drink. They find an excuse for a scoop whether it’s raining, it’s snowing, it’s sunny, when they are sad and when they are happy.

The first thing to note is there is no visible queue at the bar, but there is a virtual queue in front of the bar where staff checks who arrived in what order. Make eye contact and smile to get noticed.
Also, buying drinks in a “round” is normal and expected. If you’re with a group, everyone would take turns to buy drinks for the group – this is how “one drink” in Britain never means only one drink. A group order is expected to be paid together, single orders can be paid individually, each order is paid at the bar when ordering. Cash payment only is quite rare now, most places accept card payment.
Make sure you know what everyone wants before you get to the bar. When asking for a draught beer it will be assumed you want a pint unless you say otherwise.
A lovely thing about British pubs that tipping is not expected and is also quite unusual.
Non-alcoholic drinks are called “soft drinks”, they don’t automatically come with ice and certainly not a glass full of ice with the drink filling the gaps.
Send one or two people to the bar to buy drinks for everyone, move away from the bar once you have been served.


Traditional British gastro pubs around Regent’s Park

Queen’s Head & Artichoke, Camden
Address: 30-32 Albany St, London NW1 4EA, UK
Price range: £££
This unusually named Victorian pub was once the Royal Hunting Lodge – it now serves Mediterranean mezze plates like lahmacun, baba ganoush and appropriately, marinated artichoke hearts. There’s also an extensive à la carte menu including seafood platters and Greek slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Fill up on grub, quaff a few glasses from the wine list and stumble back to Regent’s Park for a power nap.


The Queen’s, Primrose Hill
Address: 49 Regent’s Park Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8XD, UK
Price range: ££
The Queen’s is situated just yards away from beautiful Primrose Hill. They passionately deliver seasonal British food and drink to both locals and visitors. After a small refurbishment recently, they thrilled to reveal a stunning, newly made-over interior, including luxury features such as heated seats on the terrace. So, pull up a chair and enjoy mouth-watering dishes, a large selection of craft beers and carefully selected wines – all served by the friendliest team in Primrose Hill. From Cumberland sausages with creamy mash and a rich gravy to Young’s ale beer battered cod with triple cooked chips – each and every dish cooked to perfection.


The Volunteer, Marylebone
Address: 245-247 Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE, UK
Price range: ££
Combining the best in British pub hospitality with individuality, character and quirky charm, The Volunteer is the perfect setting for a laid-back yet distinctly memorable drinking and dining experience. Whether you’re looking for a lazy lunch, post-work get-together or social eats and treats with friends, The Volunteer offers tempting and flavoursome food, an explorative drinks menu and a genuine, welcoming atmosphere to suit all occasions.


The Windsor Castle Pub, Marylebone
Address: 98 Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 4SH, UK
Price range: ££
The Windsor Castle is an authentic pub and restaurant located in beautiful Marylebone, just a stone-throw away from Regent’s Park, Lord’s Cricket Ground or Sherlock Holmes’ Baker street. Whether you are looking to grab a quick pint, to sit down for a cosy dinner or this three-storey gastro pub is always a good idea. The pub was built in the 19th century during John Nash’s design plan for Regent’s Park.


The Albany, Fitzrovia, Soho
Address: 240 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 5QU, UK
Price range: ££
Nestled amongst the area’s Stucco houses and peaceful streets, The Albany is the perfect setting for a laid-back yet distinctly memorable drinking and dining experience. As is the custom in any Great British pub worth its salt, properly poured drinks are at the heart of what they do. So, from their annual Craft Beer Residency to the limited edition On Tap Beers, they’ve got something to tantalise your taste buds.
Not a beer person? Not a problem. They have a fantastic range of wines from around the world for you to sample, along with a great selection of spirits. For those who fancy something a little lighter, they also have an amazing selection of low & no alcohol drinks.


The Duke of York, St John’s Wood
Address: 2 St Ann’s Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6PJ, UK
Price range: ££
Established in 1826, this landmark pub is located in the heart of St. John’s Wood. Combining amazing food, great wine with friendly service, The Duke of York is a must see for anyone visiting the area. Enjoy a candlelit meal, a dinner party in their private dining area or simply socialise with friends in the informal atmosphere of the bar. Spend cold Winter evenings in the cosy warmth of the fire and hot summer days relaxing outside watching the world go by. The Duke of York is also a great place to go after seeing the cricket at Lord’s!


The Clifton, St John’s Wood
Address: 96 Clifton Hill, London NW8 0JT, UK
Price range: ££
Back in 1846 The Clifton started life as a hunting lodge before becoming a pub. It’s been a thriving part of the local community ever since, even playing host to royalty when King Edward VII used the rooms above the pub for his affairs. Now, the pub has been restored by local brothers Ben and Ed and their good friend Adam and is a true local pub once again.


Best bars around Regent’s Park

The Blind Pig, Soho
Address: 58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR, UK
Price range: ££
Parked below an unassuming sign that reads “Optician”, the upstairs space has the same slick touches that we’ve all come to expect from an Atherton-run joint, like a beautiful antique mirrored ceiling, a copper-topped bar, and some mismatched-yet-perfectly-coordinated wooden furniture.
The cocktail list is similarly well thought out, hitting the exact sweet-spot between classic and experimental, with drinks including: the Robin Hood, Quince of Thieves (Somerset 5yr apple brandy, quince liqueur, honey mead, lemon, and a “mini apple bullseye”); the Due Dill-igence (Seedlip Garden 108, elderflower, ginger syrup, fresh dill, smoked salt); and the Buck Stops Here, with Bulleit Rye, Fernet Branca, and a maple ale reduction.

Being technically attached to the Michelin-starred Social Eating House is no bad thing either, with the kitchen of the downstairs restaurant sending up bar bites like fried chicken with yogurt, miso, mirin, and soy; a jar of confit duck rillet, with mango and coriander.


The Bloomsbury Club, Camden
Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Price range: £££
Inspired by a special deck of Tarot cards, designed in 1910 by bohemian occultist Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith, their set of 14 cocktails correspond to 14 states of mind or being. If melancholy has descended upon you, a sip of Persian Mist will lift your heavy spirits. The ingredients in Forbidden Fruit will turn your idle desire into enduring love, while Painted Veil curbs your anxiety and Flaming Venom banishes away envy. If you are not sure which cocktail to select, then their Cocktail Diviner may be brought to your table to reveal your hidden emotional state and ensure you are prescribed exactly the right tonic or antidote for your mood.


The Luggage Room, Mayfair
Address: Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 6JP, UK
Price range: £££
The Luggage Room first opened its secret black door in 2013. Since then it’s been a rip-roaring ride through the history of drinks, staying true to the origins of classic cocktails, but always with a wry glance sideways – and a healthy dose of irreverence. We invite you to step down into Mayfair’s Best Kept Secret and discover what the quiet fuss is all about.


Mews Cocktail & Lounge Bar, Mayfair
Address: 4 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY, UK
Price range: £££
Step into this speakeasy style cocktail bar and indulge in a fantastic range of cocktails served by dedicated staff. With its oak panelling, blue leather and statement bar, the cocktail bar combines Mayfair luxury with quality wines and a buzzing atmosphere. For an evening with a difference, enquire about reserving the semi-private Hummingbird room or booking a cocktail making class.


108 Brasserie, Marylebone

Address: 108 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2QE, UK
Price range: £££
Set in the heart of Marylebone, 108 Brasserie, just off Marylebone High Street at the top of Marylebone Lane, houses two distinctive areas; the bar, a chic and sophisticated drinking and dining area and the brasserie’s dining space, where its modern British dishes take centre stage.
108 Brasserie represents local dining at its very best; hearty, uncomplicated food made from the highest quality ingredients centred around the restaurant’s Josper grill. 108’s dining area offers brasserie-style dining and is open all day, seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner – great food, good wine and friendly service are the order of the day.


The London Gin Club, Soho
Address: 22 Great Chapel St, Soho, London W1F 8FR, UK
Price range: £££
On a constant quest for fine and remarkable gin this place has over 350 of the best premium and super premium gins available including micro-distilleries and small batch producers from around the world. Whilst this may not be the largest collection of gin in the world, it’s true to say their focus is on quality alongside uniqueness.
They pride themselves on their own Gin & Tonic, served in a copa glass over cracked ice with garnish individually matched to your gin of choice, all things considered they may offer one of the best gin and tonics in London. They also have a full cocktail list and a small food menu to keep you going.
Their aim is to provide you with a fabulous gin drinking experience in a relaxed and convivial environment. If you plan to visit it’s best to book a table, they get pretty busy most nights.


Drunch Regent’s Park, St John’s Wood
Address: 38 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6LS, UK
Price range: ££
Located minutes from St John’s Wood Station, Drunch Regents Park is the franchise’s second location serving All Day Brunch from 11am till 5pm Monday to Sunday and Modern European Cuisine from 5pm till late. Drunch Regents Park offers alfresco dining and is the perfect setting for any occasions. They host regular Private Events, Birthdays, even Products Launches.

Regent’s Park is a great spot to spend the day outdoors, however the neighbouring areas are filled with plenty to explore. From the coolest bars to British gastro pubs you can find a great variety of places around both the City of Westminster and London Borough of Camden. Enjoy!




What time do bars close in London?

In London closing times of bars can vary from 10 pm to 2 am, depending on their alcohol license. It’s always better to check before you go.

What are the best bars in London when it’s sunny?

When it’s sunny the best place to go is near the parks like Regent’s Park or Hyde Park. The Regent’s Park area is surrounded by the best spots in London like Baker Street, Marylebone, Soho, St John’s Wood or Camden.

Where to stay in London near bars?

Regent’s Park area is always a good idea as it is surrounded by the best areas of central London. Our recommendation is Danubius Hotels Regent’s Park, located right next to Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios in the leafy and so wonderfully British St John’s Wood, just 5 mins walk from St John’s Wood Station (Jubilee line).

What to where in London when I go to a bar?

It always depends on what bars you choose. A typical British pub has no dress code and people are usually not dressed up. If you go to a fancier place like Marylebone or Soho, people tend to be more elegant and wear going out-out clothes.


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