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Sam Smith's Pubs

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Published November 2nd 2009
If youíre after cheap beer in London (that would be everyone except footballers then), Sam Smithís pubs are the way to go. Sam Smithís brew their own, and itís decent stuff. Whatís more, they practically give it away Ė less than £2 for a pint of bitter and not much more for a pint of lager.

For those of you of havenít sprinted off already at the mention of cheap booze, there is more to Sam Smithís pubs. Theyíre all in great locations in the middle of town which make them the perfect place to start a night before moving on. Their prices attract a crowd of students, tourists and professional drinkers which mean thereís always something going on. And one or two of them actually some surprisingly beautiful interiors.

To find your nearest one, check out James Grettonís astonishing Sam Smithís pubs map. Most of them are pretty similar - cheap and cheerful, no music, dodgy food and a solid range of beers and ciders. Or if you only want the best, choose from one of th list below:

The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

A Grade II listed pub with a stunning and spacious interior, itís well worth a visit even if you donít fancy a drink.

The Princess Louise, Holborn

Just up the road from The Cittie of Yorke, this oneís full of etched glass and tiled floors. Try and get one of the private booths that face directly on to the original Victorian bar.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street

As the sign outside proclaims, the pub was rebuilt in 1667, and its nooks and crannies were reputedly a haunt of Samuel Johnson. If you want old-fashioned atmosphere this place has it in spades.

The Crown, Tottenham Court Road

A dowdy interior thatís typical of Sam Smithís hostelries, The Crown comes with the advantage of a great outside drinking area thatís only seconds from Oxford Street.

The Angel, Rotherhithe

Recently refurbished, The Angel boasts lots of small rooms, fantastic views of Tower Bridge and more opportunities for al fresco drinking.
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Why? Cheap beer and interesting interiors
When: Most pubs close at 11pm
Where: All over central London
Cost: About £2 a pint
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