Self guided walks in London

Christmas shopping respite

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For those of you who like me have yet to finish Christmas shopping, this little list might make the prospect of hitting the shops in Central London slightly less painful. Here’s a selection of cosy pubs where you can rest your feet during your shopping trip – mulled wine optional. Who said Christmas shopping has to be a chore!

Crosse Keys
If you are pounding the streets of Covent Garden looking for those last few presents and starting to lose your Christmas cheer then a break at the Cross Keys on Endell Street should restore your flagging spirits. Not only is this ancient little pub crammed full of the tinseliest Christmas decorations (those hanging concertina’d tinsel things from the 80s) but they serve mulled wine AND hot toddys!  Should get you make in the Christmas spirit in no time.
31 Endell Street, WC2H 9EB 

At the other side of Covent Garden is the Salisbury pub. It’s a traditional Victorian pub, with etched-glass walls and mahogany panels  – and best of all they serve mulled wine in winter!
90 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AP

Gordon’s Wine Bar
Set in the old tunnels of Embankment Gordon’s is atmospheric at any time of the year. This candlelit cave-like wine bar has a great wine list and handy for Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Southbank. An ideal stop-off en route to catch a train from Charing Cross.
47 Villiers Street, WC2N 6NE 

George Inn 
If you’ve been wandering the food markets of Borough or walking along Bankside then head to the George Inn to warm up by the open fire.  This historic pub is the last remaining galleried inn in London, and is now owned by the National Trust.
77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH

The Kings Arm
This quaint traditional pub tucked away in the backstreets near Waterloo has open fires and award winning ales. A perfect place to relax after visiting the Christmas markets on Southbank or for a quick stop on your way to catch a train from Waterloo.
25 Roupell Street, SE1 8TB


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