Audley Public House. Image credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke
The pub is a London staple that is woven into the fabric of the city’s cultural and social heritage—we’ve picked seven exceptional options to try on your next visit to the UK capital.
The Audley Public House, Mayfair
Art appreciators may wish to visit this new pub and restaurant from Artfarm, the hospitality arm of the prestigious gallery, Hauser & Wirth. The Audley Public House is on the corner of Mount Street and South Audley Street in Mayfair, offering a local pub experience with a suitably artistic edge.
The ceiling showcases a specially commissioned piece by British artist, Phyllida Barlow, which is crafted from collaged hand-painted paper in a range of vibrant shades that contrast beautifully with the dark wood interiors of the bar.
Other artwork in the pub includes pieces by Martin Creed, Rodney Graham, and Don McCullin. Paris-based design studio Laplace was the lead architect behind the restoration of the space, enlisting British craftspeople to revive the heritage of the pub.
Executive chef Jamie Shears’ (formerly of 45 Park Lane) menu of pub snacks features classics like Scotch eggs and is complemented by a range of draught beers and ciders, including Sambrook’s Brewery–one of the oldest brewers in London.
The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea
Reopened in 2021 following an extensive restoration project, The Cadogan Arms is a Chelsea institution with close to two centuries of history as a public house.
Its striking mahogany bar sits against amber-toned stained-glass windows and is surrounded by plush seating and lavish chandeliers.
The best of British menus were conceptualised by renowned chefs James Knappett (noma, Kitchen Table) and Alex Harper (The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms), and features dishes such as beef and Guinness pie with clotted cream mash, black cabbage, and gravy, and fillet of Cornish seabass with brown crab colcannon and shellfish bisque.
The wine list offers more than 100 bottles, and a comprehensive beer list includes established breweries as well as craft options.
The Wigmore at The Langham, London