Even before Covid, getting a table at your local could be a challenge.
But after several months of closures, pubs have been busy since they reopened their doors on May 17.
If you’re keen to find the best place to get a socially distanced pint this summer, money.co.uk has analysed where in London you are most (and least) likely to get a seat.
It used the number of pubs per borough to determine where you will have better odds.
It is also worth remembering that lots of venues are still only taking contactless payment, so even if you get a table, it is good to bring with you a card or a paying app on your phone- just in case.
Least likely places to get a seat
1) Barking and Dagenham : With only 15 pubs catching up with friends indoors will be more competitive. You could literally stage a pub crawl and visit every venue in one night- This almost feels like a challenge!
2) Newham: You are three times more likely to get a seat here with 45 pubs.
3) Sutton: Also at 45, it is not the best borough in London to find a pew.
4) Waltham Forest : This number seems to be popular and again this borough has 45 public houses.
5) Harrow : With 50 pubs it’s better than some on the fringes of East London, but only just.
6) Merton : This borough also has 50 – and it feels like a very exact number
7) Redbridge: Another East London entry, this region has had a few pub closures in recent years, including The Valentine which was turned into student accommodation. At the moment it has 50 pubs.
8) Havering : Home to Romford and Gidea Park, this London borough is one of the most outer regions going East in the capital. Take one more step and you are in Essex. This being said it has more venues than its inner neighbours with 60 pubs.
9) Kingston Upon Thames: It has very different vibes to Romford but the area does have one thing in common – and that’s the number of pubs at 60.
10) Enfield: The last entry in the top 10 of worst places to grab a seat and this borough has 65.
Parts of London where you are most likely to get a seat:
1) Westminister: Taking the number one spot, this area has a whopping 430 pubs.
2) Camden: With just over half the number, this borough takes second place with 230.
3) Islington: This pocket in North London has 220 pubs to enjoy.
4) Hackey: This trendy part of East London caught between gentrification and residents of old has 190 pubs
5) Southwark: This borough boasts 170 pubs and some of them are riverside.
6) City of London: For such a relatively small area it sure has a lot of watering holes – 165 of them to be precise.
7) Lambeth: Next up, this area boasts 145 – which mean you have around 10 times the odds of getting a seat compared to Barking and Dagenham.
8) Tower Hamlets: It is a very different place, but like Lambeth, it has 145 pubs.
9) Wandsworth: This borough has 130.
10 Richmond Upon Thames: Coming in at number 10, this borough has 115 pubs
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