Meeting up with friends in London after work I wasn't sure where we'd end up (I have next to no knowledge of decent watering holes there). So hopping off the tube at London Bridge and after only a short walk, the George Inn is tucked down a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cobbled alley and you immediately get transported back a couple of centuries (if you ignore the legions of folks sitting by the patio heaters 'smirting').
Inside it's on the pokey side but that adds to its charm. Loved the place. And Charles Dickens apparently frequented it in his day (though I'm sure several hundred other establishments could claim the same).
Recommend you try the house's IPA (George IPA, really easy to remember).
Came here after work for drink and catch up with old friends. The bar gets very busy and it was at least 5 deep in at the bar ALL night. Which is a little frustrating having to queue for at least 10 minutes every time we wanted to order. Nice place to go in the summer time as there is a lovely seating area in the square. There is a lot of seating inside however this gets full quickly and therefore noise levels can rise also.
Don't to there for intimate quiet drinks! But great for a lively catch up place during the evening.
Food available along with bar snacks.
What a great unique place I would never have found if I wasn't on some random London scavenger hunt thing! It was tucked away off the main road in Borough, and though it took a bit to find, it's got a huge patio space and two indoor seating areas to keep you preoccupied.
They have a standard service bar, and are basically a good place to pop in along the east end of the Southbank. It's close to Borough market, as many have pointed out, which makes it extra convenient if the market doesn't take all your money. It's the kind of place, with authentic furniture and mismatched chairs and lots of weird nooks and crannies to sit in, which feels so authentic that you forget you're in the shade of the Shard.
Went here for a quick lunch stop while seeing sites in the area. Needed a place to sit down, grab a diet coke and a quick snack (chips, of course!). Decided to go someplace historic...and this was the spot. Beautiful weather and friendly service...a mixture of tourists and locals.
I think I need to come back here at some point because it neither wow'd me nor convinced me I shouldn't come back.
My friend knows I'm a fan of ale so he said we had to come here. The ales fine, didn't have anything that had me scrambling back to the pump though.
I'd imagine the outside in summer is brilliant, on an evening that's seen rain, not so good. As has been previously mentioned on another review, you do get the odd one or two people hassling you for change, while this doesn't usually bother me, when you'd in a courtyard where you'd intending to stay a while it can get uncomfortable, a table not far from us one of these bods sat down with them when they said they had no change, not great.
didn't see much of the inside so can't really comment. we had a couple and moved on reasonably quickly.
Think I'll have to give this one a shot during the day time
The remaining galleried inn in London (Southwark, near Tower Bridge) dating back to 1676. It's quite the institution and well worth making the trip if you are in the area. I distinctly remember trekking up the street to find it.
I remember the interlocking rooms, the low ceilings and fireplaces creating a romantic atmosphere of the past time. I was in awe just soaking in the fact that this place has stood for over ...336 years! A humbling reminder of how little you are in the grand scheme of things.
While I was reflecting on this, I also noticed that 10 minutes had passed by wondering how the serviced worked here (2nd day in London and first time in an authentic British pub). After finding out from my table neighbour, I went to the bartender and placed my order. When he asked me what table I was at, I had quite the blank face....I had to go back and take a look at my table number. Oh so embarrassing. Wonderful thing that absolutely no one was keeping score, or cared!
I ordered half a pint of ale (enjoyed it) and the Sunday roast. It was a bit dry, if I must be honest, but I was hungry and quite enjoyed it. Could I eat that regularly? Maybe not.
I'm a history nerd so I'll go any place where someone famous and brilliant used to hang out. Especially if they are dead now (that sounds kinda wrong but you know what I mean). The George Inn was visited by Shakespeare and Dickens so that alone makes it worth having a pint at.
When you enter the courtyard you are definitely taken back a few hundred years. The area has cobblestones throughout with benches and heaters if you want to stay warm while you have a drink and/or smoke in the cold. The pub feels very old as well with low its ceilings. Service was fast the last few times I have visited, so no complaints there.
The one complaint I do have is with the bathroom. The men's bathroom is outside and that alone sounds dreadful when it's cold outside. The women's bathroom has gross old carpet in it. Carpet?! Yes, carpet. Grim.
If Shakespeare and Dickens could get behind this pub and its coaching shenanigans, who am I to say otherwise?
Just trust me -- this pub is fantastic. For its history, its cobbled patio, its maze like layout, its stumpy ceilings, its exposed oak beams... this is truly the place to educate your guests on what a true "London pub" once was. (Then you can take them for a kebab and a pint at your local.)
Shakespeare people, Shakespeare.
As the sun shines down on London it's important to find places to sit that maximise your intake of vitamin D, or is it E, I don't remember the since bit but I know it's good for you. So in the hunt for this, a group of friends and I headed down to the George Inn to sit in their huge courtyard. If you weren't already aware of it, the George Inn has something of a history behind it and is even mentioned in some one Shakespeare's work - I'm just dishing out the facts today aren't I?!
As you take a seat and join the many other Londoners and tourists look up and you can almost imagine the wenches hanging off the balconies in those days. "Cam on darlin', buy me an ale and I'll show ye a merry time!" Something like that anyway. But yes, I like this pub, they have a wonderful summery house rosé but it will cost you over a fiver for a glass. This is a tourist trap, that will be why.
So if you want to eat and drink in an proper British pub with some serious history, you really can't go wrong with this place.
One of my favorite pubs to stop at when south of the river, the George really captures what a great London pub was supposed to be. The building would have spanned around the perimeter of the courtyard originally, which over the years has been turned into some awful modern buildings which I wish hadn't been built because it would have been great to see the whole historic building still in tact.
Perfect for summer nights to sit outside (and they do have heaters), though i have to agree with Li-mei about the workers giving you the death stare when they're about to close, if they're that bent on getting out on time they should stop serving a little earlier cause we had full drinks a couple of times and they were shouting at us.
But assuming you aren't closing the place down, it's a must-see. It's one of those places that reminds me why I love living in London.
By most scales, this bar is a 3-star, but for sheer historic value, I rate this pub a 5-star. Owned by National Trust and the last galleried coach pub in London, this establishment has outlasted its peers by a long measure. A Dickens haunt, the place appeals differently in different parts of the pub. While the main bar and the immediately adjacent rooms might give it a fairly anonymous air, like any old pub in London, the room at the right hand side of the main bar has an old world charm to it, perhaps due to the uneven flooring or the wooden benches.
It could even be the dimness of the room or the conspicuous absence of ambient music. This room is definitely my favourite for it allows for the two primary things for which one goes to a pub (or well, at least I do) - peaceful appreciation of one's beer or wine or whatever one fancies and some good ol' hearty conversation. This place has become a weekly haunt for the past few weeks and their mulled wine and chips are a comfort on bitterly cold winter nights. Unfortunately, I am yet to have a meal here so I have no opinions on their kitchen yet.
Just popped in here for an evening of cool drinks on a summer's evening. Nice cobbled courtyard with loads of tables and a really nice vibe. Staff were friendly except for the doormen who gave us death stares at the end to leave IMMEDIATELY. But hey, they were only doing their jobs and probably wanted to get home. It's just a shame they aren't open until later because I didn't want to leave!
As noted by Alice S, it's owned by the National Trust and it is charm itself. I love quaint windows and the feel of the place and I'm definitely coming back again.
One of the great features of this pub is the location. It is located just a very small walk away from the Borough Market and a great respite from a day of eating one's way through a market. The pub itself is just so quaint and cozy. It reminds me of how really old it is. The pub itself is made up of several little rooms and an upstairs where the kitchen might be? Or it could be another dining area. I noticed the cooks running up and down the stairs getting ready for the lunch rush.
The interior is full of rich wood and plaster walls and wonderful smells coming from a kitchen. It is a great place with little nooks to sit and I spied several business folks hanging about having a pint and a chin wag.
The service was very attentive at the bar, I didn't even get a strange look when I asked for a half pint... I know, what a wuss.. it was early in the day and what I was looking for was a warm meal. I got the chicken special and mashers. Both did the trick.
If you are heading out to have a few pints in SE London, this would be a must stop along the way.
While on vacation, doing the tourist thing in London, we were recommended to try the George Inn.
What great history. Truly.
As noted by other reviewers, Shakespeare and Dickens haunted this place in their day and it has survived for nearly 400 years.. My son noted that we were having lunch at a tavern that is older than our country.
The steak and ale pie, steak sandwich with stilton cheese, mushrooms and caramelized onions and the chicken tikka were excellent.
All were washed down with a pint and we were on our way.
A great place to stop, soak up some history and have a good meal.
We'll be back.
I love this part of town (London Bridge/Borough Market) so I'm a bit biased but I was quite happy to find this ye olde English pub gem just a short walk away from the tube (and the waterfront and the market). Very funky building and lots of outdoor seating (with heat lamps) and an inside filled with misshaped and odd little rooms... guess for the English it's not new or interesting but for an expat like myself I love the mish mosh of old cozy tiny rooms in these kind of pubs.
For sure will be an addition to the list of place I will hang at when I'm in the area as well as add it to my list of trusty pubs to stop at when tourists are in town.
It's pretty, historic, easy to find but that's where the good stuff stops.
Service is indifferent on a good night and it's just too busy. The last galleried coaching inn in London. Architecturally sublime, a Dickens haunt, but where isn't, rebuilt ten years after the great fire.
Unfortunately, the other side of the courtyard was remodlled by the Germans in the 40s and council planners in the 60s. Now owned by National Heritage, Go here for the history, go everywhere else for everything else.
Oldskool London pub. Nice outdoor area, where I petted an adorable dog, and then whined about missing my dog. Well, now I miss the George Inn, so we're even.
What can you say about these venerable old British pubs except that the cider is cold, the room is OLD and the bartenders are HOT and young.
Shakespeare and Dickens hung out here, cool history is always a plus.
I'd seen this place hidden down the alley before but had never really taken a good look at it, which was an oversight as it's a lovely looking old fashioned pub in a secluded courtyard. A good find anywhere, but in a busy part of London, a godsend!
It's basically an olde coaching Inn, rebuilt in 1676 following a fire in Southwark (I guess the same one that led to the nearby Anchor being rebuilt too). Just about survived the death of coaching and now the national trust protects it. There are various different bar areas and they offer a decent selection of ales and friendly staff to pour them for you.
As with most good pubs, the worst thing about them is how busy they get and so this venue is no exception. The outside area expands the available space but of course depends on our weather. If the weather is Ok though, it's the place to be.
The George Inn is my favourite pub in Borough and a perfect joint to go and warm up, after a few hours of wandering down the Southbank or through the market.
Owned by The National Trust (it is the oldest galleried coaching public house in London and is mentioned by Dickens in Little Dorrit) the pub is down a discreet, cobbled courtyard just down from London Bridge tube station on Borough High Street.
In the winter, they make an excellent mulled wine and serve up hearty meals- pies, fish and chips, stews.
It is a remarkable building from the outside and retains a number of beautiful features on the inside too- look out for the tavern clock- it dates back to 1745 and the high pine settles which split up the bar.
Amongst the oldest pubs in town, this place has the reputable names of none other than Dickens and Shakespeare on its score of former patrons and carries the mood and atmosphere of old London with dignity.
Set around a large courtyard just off Borough High Street, this is a three storey building with balconies that were for performances in the courtyard back in the older times.
Amazing real ales and fantastic atmosphere, the slightly hidden aspect of the place keeps the clientele interesting and has managed to gather an unusual group of regulars. My son is one of them.
Really good place to sit outside in the summer, far removed from the noise of Borough.
Can`t recommend enough, but keep your eyes along Borough High Street if you have any hopes of finding it.
Hidden down an alley, not far from London Bridge tube station and Borough Market, the George Inn claims to be the last London 16th-century balconied coaching inn.
What it certainly is, is an old, wooden, multi-roomed pub. Plenty of real ales on tap, including one brewed just for them. There are nooks and crannies everywhere, from stools to tables to benches. There's a dining room upstairs, and some function rooms. The kitchen serves a good menu.
There are lots of picnic tables in the cobbled courtyard for outside drinking when the weather is good. The men's toilet is in a small outbuilding across the courtyard.
The George Inn is often very busy, and if the weather's not good enough to allow people to spill outside you're likely to find yourself standing. Still, despite being in a busy part of town its location down the alley separates it from traffic and noise. It's definitely worth a visit.
This wonderful, historic pub is hidden off Borough High Street, but moments from London Bridge tube station. As it is historic and central, it is a bit pricey. Although it appears you can put a price on feeling like you are sitting in the same bar as Dickens, the selection is good with Cider, Real Ale and Lager all on tap.
It does get very busy in summer, although it really shows its charm in midwinter. Don't worry there are patio heater for the outside dwellers and real historic charm for those who prefer that inside.
I'm teetering between three and four stars with this place. On a good day it would get four stars. A good day meaning you get a table all to yourself and the sun is shiny. But on any other day, I imagine this place is just a bit average.
The main draw for this place is the outdoor space. Actually, that's quite exciting. Well done them. But I really really hate drinking wine out of those little wine bottles. Nothing annoys me more. If you're giving me wine out of one of those little bottles, it's shit wine.
And at least smile when you're serving me and don't roll your eyes at me because you've forgotten to give me my receipt and that's why I'm still standing there. The service was brisk at best.
This is a gorgeous building and if you're outside you'll have fun, but this pub could be so much better.
Recommended for sunny evenings...but good luck getting a table if it is sunny! Food is stodgy and does the job, but nothing to write home about.
It's the setting and architecture which sets The George apart from other pubs, and if you're in London with tourists then they'll love it. But if you live in London, you'll know that there are better drinking establishments than this.
The best thing about a house party on a Saturday is couch surfers and residents gathering on hungover Sunday and engaging in good chats over copious mugs of tea. The topics of conversation? Anything from the previous night's housewarming gifts (out of a skip), to is cat the opposite of dog? and of course, best places to go in London.
Gordon's on Villiers Street was mentioned as a favourite London institution and after visiting the George Inn, pre-party, on Saturday night - I'd put it in the same cateogry. This is just one of those pubs that oozes England and history out of every floorboard and beam - but not in a Shakespeare gift-shop tea towel kind of way.
Tucked away down a little alley off Borough High Street the outside is overflowing with tables perfect for summer drinking. I was attending a party and a room had been hired, so I ducked in to find a glorious little space with beams and wood and tables, a darling little hatch which serves as a bar and plenty of smiley party goers. Friendly staff completed the package - the next sunny day there is I'll be back, and hopefully outside drinking Pimm's! There I go, being English again
This is everything a pub should be. Good beer, lots of outdoor seating and a cozy indoor seating. Hope to be back many many times.
Hard to find if you haven't been there before but well worth it. This gorgeous pub is only ruined by the hideous buildings which have sprung up around the courtyard.
Get an outside spot and just look at the historic exterior or cosy up in the quiet side bar where there's a gas fire burning in winter.
Slightly odd that you can't buy wine by the glass but even more excuse to dispense with restraint and just buy the bottle.
This is a lovely tucked away bar with tons of outside seating. Very busy in the summer. It is down a cobbled street and set back from the road.
Lovely to meet group of friends but the bar is quite small so you will be waiting a while to get your drinks.
My husband took me there on my birthday in April just gone.
The food is nice and beer is GRREEAATT!!!!
We had a BLAST and there are always lots of people there.
Me and my friends are planning to go back there for another lash at the beer tap.
It's happened. Really I always knew that it would do, but it still hurts.
Some one in a marketing department (I don't mean to sound scornful, but I am so that's how it comes across) have done The George. Proper computer screen tills, the beer has taken a plummet, the staff have lost their manners and the menu. dear Lord the menu!
A pub that used to be a bastion of good, old-school pub food has sold out to poncey ciabatta's, Mediterranean wraps, the same old knackers you can find in any third rate pub.
And maybe I'm being unfair. Maybe I am the only person who likes a ham sandwich with a handful of crisps at lunch rather than a cherry-tomato-and-mozzarella-style-cheese sandwiched-between-gently-toasted-ciabatta-rolls, or a bit of home made pie, or for the bar man to gladly ask chef if he can knock up a bacon sandwich rather than flatly intone It's not on the till. Can't do it.
Seriously. What is the difference between a beef-burger and an Angus Rump Patty? (About £3 the dearer, and 6oz the poorer apparently.) And I want it in a burger bun not a friggin ciabatta!
Look, it's still an alright boozer, great place to go for a drink and a chat. The building still has bags of character, and I would rate it at 3 stars were it not for the fact that it used to be SO much better and more pleasant. I'm thoroughly depressed. I'd go for a pint and a sandwich but I'm scared the Porter will have gone robins up by the time I get there.
Rapidly elevated to top 5 in my favourite pubs in London mental list. Spacious, friendly, good food, reasonably priced, good provenance (if it's good enough for Mr. Dickens), admittedly very busy later on in the week but surely that's testament to it's merits. Nice house beer as well, if you like that kind of thing.
One of the few pubs in town where you can get what I describe as good, honest, straight forward pub food.
I love the George. Or, rather, I love its big courtyard and the bar which opens through a hatch to the outside, so you don't need to battle in to the main saloon to stock up on drinks for the smokers.
The building itself is low and dark and oozing with London history, but you do need to position yourself quite carefully so that your view of it isn't ruined by the modern office blocks that make up the other three sides of the courtyard.
As it's slightly further away from the city than haunts like the Mudlark or the Anchor, the George has that slight air of secretiveness, and you feel rather clever for knowing about it, but visit in mid-summer and you will find you are not the only Londoner who knows about its outdoor charms and leaded-window delights.
This is a very traditional and very old pub in Southwark! One of the oldest galleried pubs in the UK. Not far from Borough Market or Southwark Cathedral and a great place for a lunchtime drink and sandwich or pub meal. They serve real ale and also have good pub food.
It's down a small alleyway off Borough High street so watch out for it!
Lovely pub with a couple of different rooms and huge outdoor area with heaters. I'm a little hesitant to recommend this pub though, purely because it is usually very busy and I don't want to fill up the few seats that are available!
Drinks are good but not much of a wine list, food was also beautiful must recommend the chicken wrapped in bacon, mmmm! Slightly on the pricey side (but what London pubs aren't these days).
What tops it off is that I've only been here a few times, but each time I've had super-friendly and quick service, the kind of welcome that makes you want to visit again very soon. And I'm sure I will :-)
Great pub for sitting in front of the fire and getting trolleyed with friends. Apparently you can even hire the back room for not a lot or maybe even nothing.
Best for after a couple of hours elbowing your way through the hordes at Borough Market, it's always sweet relief to settle in with friends and while away some time.
Splendid old building, but the inside stinks of stale booze and the outside is marred by the encroaching ugly modern buildings opposite. It may just have been the day we were there, but there was hassle from a creepy lecherous old man and beggars circulating in the courtyard. They really need a friendly doorman to give it better security.
We went to The George based on the recommendation from a friend that this was a pub that around during Shakespeare's time and rumor is he frequented here. It's amazing that it has such great history. It's also a popular spot among the locals. We went during happy hour on a weekday and the place was packed. Reasonable prices for a pint and fun people watching.
A regular haunt on St. Geroge's day (a must) came here for a stag night, great ales, decent food, steeped in history. A good old fashioned English pub. what more do you want!
One of the oldest pubs in London, very traditional, cool place.
Definitely an after work near the City type of place to go. Old England charm goes very well with a cool summer night. Great service. The food is a trifle bland, but that's to be expected.
This place exists and is like any other pub. I have no positive or negative feelings towards it.
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