The first edition of the book was authored by Peter Haydon and was printed in 2009. This second edition adds a few more pubs most notably the very popular Southampton Arms in Kentish Town and Euston Tap near Euston Station along with updated photography for the Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington. This updated edition also welcomes Tim Hampson, Chairman of the British Guild of Beer Writers and author of London Riverside Pubs (read review).
The pubs are split into 7 geographical areas such as the West End, the City and the East End and Marylebone to Belgravia. The sections begin with a map highlighting the pubs in that particular section.
The book is full colour throughout and each pub features at least two, and in most cases, three high quality photographs. The reviews are thorough and cover both the history of the pub and the area as well as describing the interiors. The reviews also include a list of beer likely to be found at the pub but unless it is a tied house, e.g. a Fullers or Greene King pub, then you are likely to find different beers to those listed.
London’s Best Pubs is easily one of the best books on London and it accompanies me on every trip. Whilst many of the reviews in this updated edition haven’t changed, my first edition was literally falling apart due it constantly being used as a reference for Travels with Beer.
Unfortunately, like the first edition and like London’s Riverside Pubs, the book doesn’t feature an index. Even with a knowledge of the pubs, you still find yourself flicking through the book trying to a find a particular review.
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