The best pubs near train stations to start your journey

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If you’re escaping London for a cheeky weekend away, or simply looking for a pre or post commute pint, be sure to start (or end) your trip the right way at one of the best pubs near train stations. 

Forget the unsatisfying sandwich and drink meal deal from the supermarket and treat yourself to a positive pre-train experience instead. Relax with your favourite beer, barista-made coffee, delicious cooked breakfast, lunch or snack, from one of the best pubs near major railway stations listed below. 

These pubs have been chosen for their proximity to key railway stations, along with their premium food and drink offering and unique atmospheres – which are sure to start your journey in the best possible way. They also make great meeting spots, or waiting rooms!

The Parcel Yard - the best pub in Kings Cross St Pancras Station

The best pub near Kings Cross St Pancras: The Parcel Yard

If you’re starting your journey from Kings Cross St Pancras, take refuge from the hustle and bustle at The Parcel Yard – a haven within the bustling Kings Cross Station that has raised the bar for station pub food.  

Set in a Grade I listed building, this beautiful pub is the perfect location for drink and fresh, seasonal food, inspired by the best of British cooking. It also has a range of meeting rooms available for private business meetings or get-togethers.  

The Parcel Yard is located on the second level of King's Cross Station, London, N1C 4AH, above The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4. Visit The Parcel Yard website to find out more. 

Best pub in Kings Cross Station, The Parcel Yard

The best pub near Euston Station: The Signal Box 

The Signal Box in Euston Station provides the ultimate respite from the commuter crowds. Spacious, modern and light, with cosy booths, craft beer and restaurant-quality food, it’s an oasis of calm in the middle of one of London’s busiest stations.

Breakfast is served all day every day, and whether you fancy a cask ale, a cocktail or a simple cup of coffee, you’ll find it all at The Signal Box.

The Signal Box, Unit 53, Euston Station, London. Visit The Signal Box website to find out more. 

Other honourable mentions for great pubs near Euston Station include Doric Arch, located at 1 Eversholt Street, Euston Square, and The Euston Flyer, located at 83-87 Euston Rd. 

Best pub Euston Station The Signal Box
The Signal Box is the best pub in Euston Station

The best pub near Paddington Station: The Mad Bishop & Bear 

Located inside Paddington station, The Mad Bishop & Bear provides delicious fresh food, great beer and respite from the hustle and bustle of Paddington Station

With comfortable seating, stylish modern decor and huge windows letting in plenty of light, there’s no better place to wait for your connection in Paddington Station. And, because they always have the live departure boards on display, you don’t need to worry about missing your train.

The Mad Bishop & Bear is located on the first floor of Paddington Station, London, W2 1HB. Visit The Mad Bishop & Bear website to find out more.  

The Mad Bishop and Bear pub best in Paddington Station
Best pub at Paddington Station, The Mad Bishop and Bear interior

The best pub near Victoria Station: The Jugged Hare

The Jugged Hare is located on Vauxhall Bridge Road, just a few minutes from Victoria Rail and Underground Station. It serves up great food and beer in grand, stylish surroundings, making it the perfect place to start your train journey from Victoria in style. 

Built in the 1800s and originally a branch of National Westminster Bank, The Jugged Hare opened in November 1996 and is famous for its traditional British pies, pub classics and conditioned award-winning ales. 

Located at 172 Vauxhall Bridge Rd, Westminster, London SW1V 1DX, visit The Jugged Hare to find out more. 

Best pub near Victoria Station, The Jugged Hare
The Jugged Hare pub by Victoria Station

The best pub near London Bridge Station: The Telephone Exchange

The Telephone Exchange is a short walk from London Bridge Station and is situated right at the foot of The Shard by the station. Formerly known as Jamie’s Bar London Bridge, the site was acquired by Fuller’s in mid-2018 and recently underwent extensive refurbishment. 

Inside you’ll discover the definition of vibrancy – old telephones adorn the art deco walls, teamed with quirky furnishings and vintage leather seats. Open seven days, The Telephone Exchange is serving breakfast from 8am Monday to Friday and lunch from 12pm on weekends, making it the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat before your train.

The Telephone Exchange is located at 10-18 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG. Visit The Telephone Exchange website to find out more. 

Another great pub near London Bridge Station is The Barrow Boy & Banker, located at 8 Borough High St, London SE1 9QQ, which is a minute or two further. 

Telephone Exchange best pub near London Bridge Station
Best bar near London Bridge Station The Telephone Exchange

The best pub near Kew Gardens Station: Tap on the Line

A traditional station pub that was lovingly refurbished in 2013, The Tap on The Line combines vintage charm with modern comfort and is a gateway to the beautiful Kew Gardens. 

Set right on the platform at Kew Gardens Station, it’s a unique and special spot to enjoy real ales, modern British pub classics and to watch the world go by before boarding your overground or underground train to your next destination. 

The Tap on the Line, Kew Garden Station, Station Approach, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3PZ. Visit The Tap on the Line website to find out more. 

Best pub near Kew Gardens railway station Tap On The Line
Tap on the line kew gardens station bar and restaurant

The best pub near Earl’s Court Station: The Blackbird 

The Blackbird was previously a branch of The Midland Bank having been converted into a Fuller's Ale & Pie house in 1994. Since opening it has earned and maintained an outstanding reputation for excellent service, combined with delicious fresh food and award-winning ales. 

Its proximity to Earl’s Court Station means it’s also a great pub to visit for a drink or a bite to eat before boarding your train. The Blackbird is also a bed and breakfast with nine beautiful boutique hotel rooms to stay in, which is perfect for those arriving late into Earl’s Court or departing early.

The Blackbird is located at 209 Earls Ct Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 9AN. Visit The Blackbird to find out more. 

The Blackbird pub near Earl's Court Station
Best pub near Earl's Court Station, The Blackbird

The best pub near Reading Station: The Three Guineas 

Right by Reading Station, The Three Guineas is an authentic Victorian pub serving a large range of drinks and delicious pub food, with live sport on-screen. 

Whether it’s a quick breakfast before your early morning journey, or a delicious pub meal once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll enjoy the same exceptional quality cooking of traditional British dishes. 

The Three Guineas is located on Station Approach next to Reading Station in Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1LY. Visit The Three Guineas website to find out more. 

Best pub Reading Station The Three Guineas
Best pub near Reading train station - The Three Guineas

The best pub near Brighton Station: Grand Central 

A lively, beautiful pub, the Grand Central is set right at the gateway to Brighton, just a stone’s throw from the Brighton Railway Station.  

Grand in both name and nature, the pub near Brighton station boasts British-inspired menus and even its own theatre – but its delicious food and drink that takes centre stage, which includes hearty favourites such as burgers, ribs and steaks. 

A popular place to grab a bite to eat and a drink or two, the Grand Central pub is favoured for it's larger than life personality, theatre, gin bar and Brighton's best-kept secret; a sunny roof terrace!

Grand Central is located at 29-30 Surrey Street, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 3PA. Visit Grand Central's website to find out more. 

Grand central station pub Brighton
Best pub Brighton Station Grand Central pub with gin garden

The best pub near Liverpool Street Station: The Parcel Office 

The Parcel Office is Fuller’s latest transport pub project at Liverpool Street Station. It hasn’t opened yet, but it’s going to be spectacular. 

Find your nearest railway pub to start your journey 

Start your journey the right way by using one of the pubs from this list as your waiting room, with delicious food and drink at hand, free WIFI and power sockets to charge your phone – giving you everything you need to connect and recharge before your onwards journey. 

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