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    13 Beautiful Wetherspoons In London You Should Drink In

    When a man is tired of Spoons, he is tired of life.

    1. The Knights Templar, Chancery Lane.

    A former Union Bank building, the pub is set in a huge, high-ceiling room. Wetherspoons claims you can see the pub – just – in the Da Vinci Code film. It has some very lavish toilets.

    2. The Rocket, Putney.

    Sit out in the Autumn sun or behind the big windows and watch the Thames go by as you enjoy a beer and burger.

    3. The Gatehouse, Highgate.

    Downstairs, a local pub with a village feel. Upstairs, a tiny fringe theatre showing independent productions of plays such as Avenue Q.

    The Gatehouse is quite a find and can be traced back to at least 1670. It's claimed that Dickens and Byron both passed through.

    4. The Metropolitan Bar, Marylebone Road.

    Right next door to Baker Street station, The Metropolitan is named after the line that runs underneath – the building, Chiltern Court, was once the headquarters of the company that built what was the first urban underground rail network.

    The Met has some beautiful ceiling details, some very fancy toilets and – at busy times – lots of commuters and tourists.

    5. The Crosse Keys, Gracechurch Street.

    Another huge building in ther heart of the Square Mile, this was the former headquarters of HSBC and dates back to 1919. You can drink in what were once committee rooms. It's also claimed the Keys has more beer handpumps than any other branch of Spoons.

    6. The Ledger Building, West India Quay.

    Built at the start of the 19th century, this grand old building was once a dock office and then the ledger house for the West India Dock.

    Check out the Doric arch on the way in and marvel at the length of the bar, which extends almost the entire length of the building. Lots of period detail and outside seating too.

    7. The Coronet, Holloway Road.

    One of several Spoons housed in old cinema buildings, the Coronet was originally the Savoy cinema, opened in 1940. It's stuffed with original features, such as huge mirrors and pictures of classic screen stars, and its somehow retains some of the old atmosphere.

    8. The Ice Wharf, Camden.

    One of best drinking spots in Camden on a warm day, even if it can get rammed and a little rowdy. Sit beside the canal and enjoy your affordable drink of choice.

    9. Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street Station.

    Don't be put off by the hoard of drinkers stood outside on busy nights, the interior of this Spoons – housed in what was the ballroom of the Great Eastern Hotel – is quite spectacular for a chain pub.

    10. Lord Moon of the Mall, Whitehall.

    If you can get through the crowds of tourists and government workers, this is a nice pub in a fantastic location.

    11. The Watchman, New Malden.

    New Malden's local "watch house" was converted into a Spoons in 2012, but served as a police station from 1892 onward.

    12. The Flying Boat, Dartford.

    Only just in Greater London, but an unusual pub with a lot of history. A former car salesroom that was used to make the floats for flying boats during two world wars, Winston Churchill once addressed the crowds here.

    13. Waterend Barn, St Albans.

    Yes, yes, St Albans is not in London at all – BUT it's not far and this place is stunning. It dates from the 15th century and was relocated to the city in 1938.