Anglesea Arms

Top choice pub in Kensington & Hyde Park

Image by Clifton Wilkinson Lonely Planet

Seasoned with age and decades of ale-quaffing patrons (including Charles Dickens, who lived on the same road, and DH Lawrence), this old-school pub boasts considerable character and a strong showing of beers and gins (over two dozen), while the terrace out front swarms with punters in warmer months. Arch-criminal Bruce Reynolds masterminded the Great Train Robbery over drinks here.

The panelled dining room at the back offers an elegant setting for the top-quality pub food (mains £12 to £16.50), including a great Sunday roast, and friendly, helpful staff add to the excellent experience overall.