King’s Arms

Top choice pub in The South Bank

Relaxed and charming, this neighbourhood boozer at the corner of a terraced Waterloo backstreet was a funeral parlour in a previous life. The large traditional bar area, complete with open fire in winter, serves up a good selection of ales and bitters. It gets packed with after-work crowds between 6pm and 8pm.

The conservatory at the back, bedecked with junk-store eclectica of local interest, serves decent Thai food.