There seems to be a pub on every corner in London. . .but after stepping inside any number of them, we decided they weren't what we wanted. We wanted character - the step-back-in-time sort of place that made you feel you were in Jolly ol' England. Some were quite modern on the inside and one - to my horror - looked like a designer for a US-based burger chain had designed its interior. So we kept searching for our 'perfect pub'.
We were ready to admit defeat when we recalled the recommendation from one of the hotel staff - he'd suggested The Ship Tavern at 12 Gate Street (within a block of our hotel) and just off High Holborn.
When we saw the wood paneled, candle-lit upstairs dining room, we knew it had the character. We had arrived at our perfect pub.