Five unusual pubs in London

London has tons of unusual drinking spots, from small pubs in hidden alleyways, to converted spaces and pubs that date back to the 1500s and 1600s (check out our great old London pubs round up).

We’ve rounded up our top 5 unusual pubs within central London.

The Churchill Arms, Kensington (quirk: plants, lots of plants!)

The Churchill Arms in Kensington is an instagrammers dream. The pub is decorated year round with colourful plants (Christmas trees in winter) and is probably one of the most amazing pubs that we’ve ever seen.

It doesn’t stop there though, the inside is just as crazy as the outside with Churchill memorabilia plastered across the walls and yet more plants as you continue into the ‘Butterfly Conservatory’.

If you’re in the area, we’d recommend a visit just to see their floral display.

Address: 119 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LN

Book via Fuller’s website.

The Aeronaut, Acton (quirk: circus shows)

This pub has regular circus nights, what more can we say?! The Aeronaut is probably the epitome of quirky, with weekly circus, cabaret and comedy nights. 

Amongst all things quirky, they have the more regular pub amenities that come with any great drinking spot, such as; a fantastic beer garden, craft ales, bingo, live music and much more.

We’re yet to attend a show but it’s on our bucket list!

Address: 264 High St, London W3 9BH

Make a booking here.

The Porterhouse, Covent Garden (quirk: unusual architecture)

The Porterhouse is one of our favourite pubs in central London, located in the heart of Covent Garden. The pub specialises in imported draught beers and regularly has live music nights in the basement.

The focal point of this pub is the large copper pipes that are spread throughout, and what makes it truly unique is how the pub undulates over multiple floors with multiple mezzanine levels spread out over three ‘traditional’ floors. 

Even if you’re not going for a pint it’s worth having a cheeky explore round (once Covid restrictions have been lifted of course)!

Address: 21-22 Maiden Ln, London WC2E 7NA

Make a booking here.

The Four Thieves, Clapham Junction (quirk: an arcade)

The Four Thieves is a great pub if you’re looking for a place to drink with a difference! Located just 5-10 mins walk from Clapham Junction station, this pub has tons of things that will keep you entertained.

For starters, the pub has it’s very own arcade, featuring a remote control car racing track where you can battle your mates, as well as a mini golf course, table tennis table and tons of other arcade style games which can provide hours of entertainment!

And if arcade games aren’t your thing, the pub also has its own taproom / bottle shop, and regularly hosts comedy, quiz and bingo nights.

Oh and we forgot to mention, it’s got a gin yard.

Address: 51 Lavender Gardens, London SW11 1DJ

Make a booking here.

Vaulty Towers, Waterloo (quirk: weird props)

This quirky pub is located just around the corner from Waterloo station and is easily one of the weirdest pubs we’ve ever visited.

Vaulty Towers is the sister venue of The Vaults theatre and the entire pub is made up of old props used in previous shows. As a result, this pub features a range of unusual items such as; papier mache monsters, unusual bookcases, and other random artefacts.

The pub is set on a number of levels and if you’re lucky you can snag yourself your own private treehouse den.

Address: 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG

Make a booking here.

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