Camden and Islington pubs: King’s Head, William IV and other LondonWorld news room favourites

We pick out some of the top pubs from a vast selection in Camden and Islington.

London is the best city in the world for pubs.

Sorry Oxford, Sheffield and Edinburgh fans, but sheer weight of numbers means it’s ridiculous to argue otherwise.

The capital has a population of around nine million, and is made up of 32 boroughs (and the City of London). So, with a population somewhere upwards of 250k, each borough dwarfs Oxford. Sorry to pick on you Oxford, but you were recently referenced in the excellent Moon Under Water podcast (with landlord John Robins and pub regular Robin Allender) as one of the best pub cities (and I’m sure you are very good).

Of course, size and population isn’t necessarily an indicator of the number of pubs, let alone the number of great pubs.

But London has the quantity and the quality, from historical taverns to the growing number of craft beer taprooms, and from a shrinking collection of Wetherspoons to venue/theatre/pub hybrids.

Here we pick out some of our favourites in just two of the boroughs - Camden and Islington (joint population around 500k, roughly the size of Edinburgh).

The north London boroughs have a rich cultural history - and music, theatre and sport all feature here.

But so does good beer and good company.

So cheers! And do let us know your favourite.

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