The Best Pubs Near Charing Cross Station

You can't get much more central than Charing Cross, with its close proximity to Covent Garden and Soho making it a major meeting point for commuters and tourists. More than 37m people pass through the station every year - and if you're one of them, here are our top five pubs and bars within a five minute walk of the Strand.

Distance from train station: 1 min

Gordon's Wine Bar

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London's oldest wine bar is just around the corner from Charing Cross Station, and has a great outside terrace for the warmer months. The olde worlde interior, full of nooks and crannies, is candlelit and cosy if you want somewhere with a more intimate feel. Unlike a lot of the pubs in the area, this only caters for wine drinkers and if you are hosting visitors from overseas they will lap up the Dickensian ambience.

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Gordon's Wine Bar

Getting there: 47 Villiers Street,London, WC2N 6NEFeeling hungry?: It's all about the cheese platters: See menuOpening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am to 11pm, Sun: 12pm to 10pm

Two Chairman

Distance from train station: 5 mins

Two Chairmen

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Named after two pub regulars who used to carry sedan chairs for the wealthy, this is still a great pub to rest your weary legs. Over in the corner of Trafalgar Square, for a small bar it is surprisingly light inside, especially in the summer months. It has the usual range of beers, but also has an extensive cocktail list to try. If you like some history with your beer, look closely at the outside corner of the pub where you can see metal plaques with the letters "SMF" (St. Martin in the Fields) and "SJW" (St James). These mark the historical boundaries of those wards.

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Getting there: 1 Warwick House Street, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5ATFeeling hungry?: Good range of tapas and other pub grub: see menuOpening Hours: Mon-Thur: 11.30am to 11.30pm, Fri-Sat: 11.30am to midnight. Closed Sunday

Distance from train station: 2 mins

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This large traditional pub offers good value beer, wine and food and doesn't pretend to be anything its not. If you get there early you can grab one of the private booths downstairs; if it's busy, there'll be plenty of room upstairs. A popular meeting place for groups, thanks to the big tables and cheap prices. Getting there: 29 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ER

Charing Cross station is built on the site of Hungerford Market and St Thomas's Hospital (relocated to the Southbank) and bodies from the College Burial Ground of St Mary, Lambeth had to be re-interned elsewhere in 1862.

Vista and the Rockwell Bar and Room

Distance from train station: 5 mins

Vista from The Trafalgar

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The Trafalgar Hotel is home to one of London's best rooftop bars, Vista, which has views across Trafalgar Square and beyond. While it's closed in the cooler months. the Rockwell Bar and Restaurant on the ground floor will happily supply you with cocktails and wine. If you want to impress your friends and clientsor do a bit of people watching through the windows, this is a great spot.

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Getting there: The Trafalgar,2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TSFeeling hungry?: International cuisine - see full menuOpening Hours: 7am until 1am

Bedford & Strand

Distance from train station: 3 mins

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Located just off the Strand, this is an elegant independent wine bar with a distinct French bistro-like feel. There's an extensive wine list, helpfully labelled with "good", "honest" and "decent" and an excellent selection of cheese and charcuterie.

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Getting there: Bedford & Strand, 1a Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HHFeeling hungry?: Monday's are fondue nights and they have a wide menu with British classics: Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 12pm until midnight, Sat: 5pm until midnight, Sun: Closed

Pubs and bars near Charing Cross

Have we included all of your favourite pubs and bars, or do you think we need to add more? Let us know your favourite drinking spots near the station by leaving a comment below. We have also put together guides of other mainline stations:

If you are in the area, chances are you will be heading to Covent Garden. Visit our handy guide; highlighting not just pubs, but cafes, restaurants and hotels in the Covent Garden area. And finally keep an eye on your train times. If you miss the last one home, don't worry, we've got hotels near Charing Cross Station to help you out.

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