Victoria Station has long been associated with "pleasure trips", i.e. those journeys you make when you want to escape London and head to the South Coast. Always busy, thanks to its connections to other parts of the capital and iconic sites like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, you can expect a good mix of tourists and commuters in the area. All of these pubs and bars are just a short walk away from the main station and out into the wider Pimlico and Westminster areas.
Built in 1846, this is a beautiful two-storey local pub serving up some fine food in Victoria. Over the years it may have changed hands a few times, and even names, but now it has gone back to its original roots. Expect ales from local breweries, decent wine and a menu that changes daily.
While the frontage shows its original status of a bank, the inside is very much in traditional pub territory. They have Master Cellarman status and make sure their range of five ales, brewed in Chiswick, are in premium condition. You can also watch football and rugby on their big screens, and there's a beer and burger offer to take advantage of while you watch.
Getting there: The Jugged Hare, 172 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1DXFeeling hungry?: British food and they have a special pie menu. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am to 11pm, Sun: 12pm to 10.30pm
This Grade II listed pub is named after Queen Victoria's husband, and is between Victoria Station and Westminster. You can enjoy your beer while taking in the original Victorian features, including frosted glass and wrought iron balconies. It is also part of the Taylor-Walker Ale trail, so check out their featured beers.
As befitting the name, this pub has built its reputation on its range of beers from some of the best breweries in the UK. If you have like what you buy - and there are around 400 different drinks to choose from - you can also get their bottled beer to take away. They also have the perfect pre-week wind down with a live acoustic Bluegrass set every Sunday afternoon.
Getting there: CASK Pub & Kitchen, 6 Charlwood Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2EEFeeling hungry?: An array of burgers: see menuOpening Hours: Mon–Sat: 12pm to 11pm, Sun: 12pm to 10.30pm
Popular with the after work crowd, this underground bar has comfy seats to sit back in and unwind from a day at the office. For a downstairs bar, it's surprisingly light and airy, but come the evening they dim the lights so you can relax and enjoy a more intimate ambiance.
Getting there: 1 Abbey Orchard Street, London, SW1P 2LUFeeling hungry?: Buffet menu available daily - see websiteOpening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am to 11pm. Sat-Sun: Closed
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