If ever there was a pub that looked like the dictionary definition of the word "pub", this is the one.
Situated on Goldsmiths Row in Bethnal Green, the Albion is a classic pub in every sense of the word.
Though it has only been in existence in its current incarnation since 1998, there has been a public house or other form of beer retailer on this precise site since 1214, giving something of the importance of the place to the area it is located in.
It certainly look like the centrepiece too, with its delightful flowering hanging baskets surrounding the Shakespearian style beams of the black and white building.
Being an independent pub means it does not follow trends, so you can find some interesting choices on tap - including American craft lagers, as well as real ales and ciders. In terms of food, there are some things you really should try. Su's Salt Beef Sarnies (Sandwiches), are a winner, and very reasonably priced, while Cheese Toasties and Jumbo Hot Dogs can also be snaffled up. Also, in the summer, look out for the ice cream bicycle - loaded up with tasty treats.
Now for the really interesting thing about this pub - it is a football pub, they love it here, and one of the first football pubs in East London. You may be surprised to find though that it is named after West Bromwich Albion, a team from the Midlands, and nowhere near London.
Still, it doesn't matter here what team you follow, or even if you follow a team at all, after all, more than anything it is a damn good pub.