020 7704 2887
21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS
A regular haunt of local resident George Orwell (who moved to 27b Canonbury Square in 1944), this was one of three pubs to provide him with inspiration for ‘Moon Under Water’, an essay on the criteria for the perfect London watering hole. But don’t come here expecting a period pub – inside and out, it’s now a study in modern Brit minimalism. In the walled garden, you can lounge on designer rattan sofas, all dark weaves and tight angles, while sipping a chilled draft Peroni from the outdoor bar (which also serves cold bottled beers plus a handful of wines and spirits).
Need to silence a hunger? The full length of the smart menu (pork and pistachio terrine; lamb burgers; venison casserole) is available to eat in the glorious outdoors.