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Published January 2nd 2013
A Princess among London pubs
Sometimes I wonder what people from outside of Britain think of our seeming obsession with pubs. After all, they do seem to fulfill a simple role. Often known as the nation's meeting places, pubs serve more of a function than simply supplying alcohol to people who want to catch up with friends.The fact is, we actually do take delight in the little details of a place: an open fire is always nice, the generous use of wood throughout the decoration and of course, realia from yesteryear, such as horse shoes and brass plates from steam engines long since out of service.
A good pub is one where you feel comfortable, almost at home with your surroundings and I have a real treat for you today - one of the best pubs in London - the Princess Louise.
This pub could almost be technically categorized as a museum, thanks to its interior, which dates back to the late 19th Century. Luckily for us, it hasn't been turned into one, and is still as fully functioning as ever. And due to the fact it is owned by the Samuel Smith brewery, who only sell their own products, it is actually one of the cheaper pubs in Central London.
Don't just go in there for cheaper booze though, as that would be entirely missing the point. The thing to go for is the interior. The pub is divided up into separate booths, and opens out into a larger pub space at the back. This turns the bar from an open-plan pub with a central bar, into a maze of cosy, intimate areas, seating couples who want privacy, as well as large groups of people.
To summarise then, British people love pubs, there are many of them, and this is one of the best. No-one I have ever taken there has had anything bad to say about the place - and I can think of no higher recommendation than that.