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The Dove on Thames Path

Enjoy a pitcher of beer and some traditional pub food on the patio of a historic establishment overlooking the Thames River. A favourite of locals and tourists alike, the Dove is known for its charming character, rustic décor and famous clientele. A. P. Herbert, the English novelist, renamed the bar The Pigeons in his well-known novel The Water Gipsies, the song Rule Britannia by James Thomson was partially composed here and it is rumoured that Charles II brought his mistress, Nell Gwyn, to the bar. The history is embodied in the dark wood, old fireplace, plaid and leather upholstery, British flag pennant banner and vintage prints. For the ultimate experience go during the boat races, but be sure to book a table, as it was in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the smallest bar room in the world.

Seymour's Parlour

Seymour’s Parlour is dark and romantic, lit by candles and packed with velvet sofas. Regal decor makes the lounge feel more like the private living-room of Kate and Wills than Marylebone’s hottest cocktail bar, but it works and the atmosphere is palpable. Award winning afternoon tea and homemade aromatics, cordials and tinctures — courtesy of flavoursmith Tony Conigliaro — lift The Zetter Townhouse to new heights. Monthly themed evenings at Seymour’s Parlous celebrate international flavours and our favourite public holidays, make sure you don’t miss them.

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

The self-proclaimed “home of the restless and eclectic” is a good looking spot (think chandeliers, velvet drapes and peeling paint lending things a gothic feel) that plays host to slightly gritty nights. You can find most of West London’s cool kids here on any given Saturday and they’re usually found half-heartedly adhering to the fancy dress theme of the week. This is bar and club without pretension and when done right, it’s a lot of fun. Saturday nights are big but the place is quiet on school nights. Turn up on a Wednesday and you’re more likely to bump into Deliciously Ella’s supper club than a DJ. Check online to see what’s going on.

The Globe

The Globe gives a good name to neighbourhood dive bars around the world. Whether you’ve planned on ending up there or not, you’re guaranteed a fun time. The Jamaican-inspired club pumps old-school disco, hip hop and reggae tunes on the reg and the tiny dance floor has seen its share of drunk dancing. Don’t worry about intimidating bouncers or bother dressing up, this is a casual and carefree place, frequented by West Londoners. Head here after a dinner. Big groups totally acceptable.

The Dove on Thames Path

Seymour's Parlour

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

The Globe

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