The Market Porter - Borough Market A great 'spit and sawdust' pub in the heart of the Market. Gets busy sometimes, but not always with tourists and usually has a good mix of people. It was used as the 'Third-hand bookshop' in the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (just next to the Leaky Cauldron).
Kings Arms - Waterloo Board games, real ale, thai food and a great location on a beautiful terraced street, make this feel like a real find. It looks like an old mans pub and there's certainly some characters around, but its a revelation inside and one that you will want to keep on coming back to. Pure quality, without losing too much of the history.
The Stage Door- Waterloo Located just behind the Old Vic Theatre, it's a greats spot for a pre-theatre drink - or a night out watching some live music and playing pool (both unusual commodities in London pubs these days). A big screen TV for the footie, plus darts and karaoke are also part of the offering, so its a very entertaining pub night out indeed. Perhaps one to avoid for a quiet night, but if you want the full pub experience...why go anywhere else?
The Gladstone - Waterloo Time out calls this 'the coolest little pub in South London'. With live music every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday including the likes of Ellie Goulding...
The Lord Clyde - London Bridge A proper boozer with good real ales and a Sweeney feel to it. Some outside seating and a friendly but local atmosphere.
Boot and Flogger - Borough A Davey's old-school basement winebar hidden away just off the south-side of Southwark Street. Flagstones and flagons, with dark shadowy corners and staff that don't change. Its a great place to get dug into on a winters afternoon.
The Thirsty Bear - Waterloo A pub that allows self service, with a friendly atmosphere and where you can pour your own beer at your table and get drinks brought to you at the touch of a button.
The Wheatsheaf - Borough Market Obliterated as part of the works to the viaduct, the Wheatsheaf has now been reborn and offers a cracking night out. It also includes a VW Van converted into a bar, in the covered courtyard.
The White Hart - Waterloo A great little back-street pub surrounded by terraced workers cottages. It gets busy as its small and quite close to Waterloo, but the beer is good and the service is pleasant.