There are many Irish pubs in London, so how do you choose a good one? The pubs listed here are recommended for their ambiance, as well as their Guinness.
The Tipperary is the oldest Irish pub in London and celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2006. Have a look at the plaque inside explaining the pub's history. The Tipperary prides itself on serving good quality ales and appears in the Good Beer Guide.
This is the flagship branch of Ireland's Porterhouse Brewing Company and boasts probably the best selection of world beers in London. There are nine house beers, which are all brewed in Dublin, including three real ales and three stouts...and an oyster stout.
The Arbitrager is another Irish pub famous for its pure imported Guinness. Situated in the heart of the City, opposite the London Stock Exchange, once inside you feel like you're in a country pub. The small upstairs bar used to be smoky but the UK smoking ban arrived in July 2007, so things should have improved.
Ryan's Bar has many regular customers but is always attracting new faces as leaflets are handed out at St. Paul's tube station. It can get get a bit lively, so don't go for a quiet drink, but it's a great place for a craic (as the Irish would say).
From the outside you just won't realize what a wonder this place is. It's huge inside so be careful arranging to meet in the bar - which bar?! It is truly cavernous and even has a massive tree trunk running through the middle of it! The interior decor is rather similar to a church, with pulpits overlooking the bottom bar, rustic wooden seats, and hidden nooks and crannies everywhere. Waxy's really is a special venue to sink a few pints of Guinness, and the food's good too.