LONDON | The Wenlock Arms first opened in 1836 as the taproom for the nearby Wenlock Brewery (no longer in existence) and has seen a lot happen during its 180 years. The pub stands out in the area, out of place amongst an assortment of modern apartments and industrial buildings. This is because it’s a rare survivor of the Blitz that decimated this part of London during World War II. It closed in the 1960s when the Wenlock Brewery closed down then reopened in 1994 and built a reputation as one of London’s top real ale pubs.
Walk inside, and, from a visual standpoint, a traditional pub awaits – time worn leather stools, and lots of wood paneling help make the Wenlock Arms a proper old fashioned pubs. It almost fell victim to the developer’s wrecking ball back in 2010 but a public campaign by locals was successful and in 2012 the Regent’s Canal Conservation Area was extended – the pub is now a protected building.
It’s not just the unpretentious traditional pub atmosphere that keeps people coming to the Wenlock arms though – its got one of the best selections of craft beer in town, with numerous core range and experimental brews from local breweries on offer across the 20 keg lines. For those who just want an old fashioned real ale, there are 10 of those available on tap too. For cider fans, there are 7 taps of the good stuff. Food isn’t the focus here, but there are few bar snacks available such as pork scratchings, scotch eggs and toasties.
The Wenlock Arms
26 Wenlock Road
London N1 7TA
Mon – Thu: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm