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Five of Londonís Unmissable Drinking Holes

LONDON Ė No trip to London is complete without a visit to a pub, and while the United Kingdomís capital isnít short of a decent local, five are a must-see for their unique aesthetic, history or the activities they put on for punters.

The variety of taverns on offer in London reflects the cityís diversity, for which the very act of grabbing a pint becomes a tourist attraction in and of itself.

Those who wish to revisit their childhood should head along to Ballie Ballerson in the multicultural borough of Hackney, east London, where customers are invited to plunge into a ball pit having enjoyed a cocktail and a boogie.

More than a million balls and a joyous atmosphere makes this the perfect place to pretend to be five years old again.

Over in Mayfair, one of Londonís well-heeled spots, another bar offers its customers the chance to really chill.

The Ice Bar, just off Regent Street, is best enjoyed with hats and gloves as you sip on your desired beverage in temperatures of around -5C (23F), perhaps propping yourself up on the bar, which, as the name suggests, is hewn from solid ice.

For those with a soft spot for darts, perhaps Fight Club Darts is the place to be.

With three locales in Bloomsbury, Shoreditch and Victoria, the pub is uniquely decorated and you can challenge your friends to a traditional pub game while you sip a cocktail.

Equally, there is no shortage of period pubs in London.

If you want to travel back in time, perhaps you could search out Ye Olde Mitre, renowned for being one of the hardest pubs to find.

With its facade dotted with plants and flowers, Ye Olde Mitre is tucked away down a tiny side street in Holborn.

Itís the perfect watering hole for someone who wants to grab a pint of ale the traditional way, sat down on a wooden stool at the bar.

The pub was built in 1546 and was frequented by the servants who worked in the nearby palace of the bishops of Ely during the reign of Elizabeth I.

In fact, the establishment still has a cherry tree trunk which the late monarch is said to have danced around with Christopher Hatton, former Lord Chancellor of England.

If art nouveau is more to your palate, then The Blackfriar, in the heart of the City of London, could be your place.

It was built in 1875 on the site of a medieval convent, hence the name.

Mirrors, friezes and marble friars surround the interior of the bar, which was remodeled by H. Fuller Clarke.

Light pours through stained glass windows, adding to the atmosphere at the venue.

The establishment used to be divided to correspond to social class, which is why the halls are cast in marble and bronze, while the pub is made from wood.


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