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PRINCESS LOUISE

English singer-songwriter Sam Smith’s pub in Holborn, central London, is what locals refer to as a traditional Victorian pub, and it has won a few ‘pub of the year’ awards for its impressive decor and service. Here, you get an idea what the era might have been like: split into different rooms; booths like they were fancied in the 1800s, period furniture, and extraordinary tile detailing. princesslouisepub.co.uk

ARCHER STREET 

At Archer Street, London’s hip crowd sips on cocktails while listening to local music bands. This is where you’ll find your friends from fashion industry at. Located in the heart of Soho, the two-floor building features the Cocktail Lounge Bar, popular for its Italian ‘aperitivo’ tradition. Walk in between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy delicious boards of complimentary pre-dinner bites. archerstreet.co.uk

CARTIZZE BAR

Hidden deep in the alley of Lancashire Court, the new luxury Bellini and cocktail bar has a special affinity for Prosecco, the wine region of which Cartizze is a vineyard. The signature Prosecco-infused cocktails have been well received by locals. In fact, English actor Jules Knight was spotted here trying a cocktail too. Informative and friendly, bartenders have stories to tell if you’re seeking interesting bits in the neighborhood. cartizzebarcom

THE COACH AND HORSES

Till late 1700s, when horse drawn carriages were the only mode of transport, innkeepers would put signs advertising Lodging for long haul travelers as well as their exhausted horses (thus ‘coach and horses’) at their front door. Unimpressed with the rather boring story associated with its name, the landlords of Coach and Horses pubs across London amused their customers with a fictitious horror story of an 18th century coach that pulled along the front of their pub with a headless driver and passengers with skull faces. With over 50 outlets in London alone, The Coach and Horses is one of the best known British establishments. Visit the first and most popular one on Bruton Street. Its red exterior is hard to miss and has become quite the landmark in the neighborhood. It attracts a distinguished crowd. coachandhorses-soho.co.uk

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