Ed’s Central London Pub Di
Early Morning Pubs
PUBNETWORK.COM™ and the barstool of Ed Vidunas
Posted November 2004 Revised March 2005
Most of these pubs are near the Smithfield Market and open to serve the workers who awaken long before the tourist. However many suit & tie people come in for beer and food and I have to say that I have had my share of eggs and porter as well. If you are not sure if any of these pubs open early I suggest you call them before your visit. Pubs that are open should have their outside lights on.
Fox & Anchor (Nicholson's, now Mitchells & Butlers) The Barbican [141 K5]
Phone 020 7253 5075 (was 0207253 4838), Web www.mitchellsandbutlers.com
I found this pub under new ownership during my 2003 summer tour but was glad to see that M&B retained the 0700 opening hour. Unfortunately their web-site does not give a lot of information on this Pub.
Open 07.00 - 22.00 Monday through Fridays. 08.00 - 12.00 Sat. At 07.00 you can get steak and real ale or porter for breakfast. Yes, you can have a pint at 0700. The menu looks like it came from an American diner, a great selection and large portions. The cook does his work behind the bar and the place smells great. A dining room is past the bar and smaller private rooms past that. This is different from most pubs.
The bar has the traditional look
most people expect a
Hope Smithfield Market [141 K5]
The pub is on one end of Cowcross and Farringdon Tube is at the other end. Smithfield Market is very near and I was told that the pub opens at 0400 but found it to open at 0700 during my January 2005 tour. Several pubs near the Market open early and should be easy to spot. Watch out for the cows crossing.
Market Porter Southwark
Southwark- Borough Market
Phone 020 7407 2495
tourists shy away from the land south of the
Phone 020 7248 2464, Fax 020 7236 4748, Web www.thenewmarket.info
I am unable to access this site
They open at 0630 to 1130 then close until to 1500 for lunch. They stay open long after this but I did not get a closing time.
They have a traditional pub sign out front but the inside looks more like a café bar. This was a Bass pub during my August 2003. It was most enjoyable to sit here long before and get ready for the Great British Beer Festival.
JD Wetherspoon Pubs
Many Wetherspoon pubs are opening
at 1000; earlier than the usual 1100 time. Friends tell me that you can buy ale
at this time but I have not seen that for myself. The early opening is to tap
into the coffee trade that is doing well in
I have come across many pubs that say they open early (0900 or 1000) for coffee but this may not be the case when we walk by. I do not have this listed here as not to miss-lead anyone but if you spot one then do stop in.