'I'm a massive Taylor Swift fan - here are some of the coolest pubs and bars she should visit when she's in London'

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour
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Taylor Swift is coming to London in June and August for eight sold-out performances of her incredible Eras Tour. While she's no stranger to the city, having reportedly owned a house in North London for several years, there are many pubs and bars we think she'd absolutely love.

Ranging from underground speakeasies to one of the 'coolest' pubs in Britain, there are plenty of places Taylor should visit - after three and a half hours on stage each night she deserves a sit down and a drink! We've opted for less-well-known places, with quirky and unusual selling points.

Think we've missed anywhere Taylor should be checking out while she's in London? Let us known in the comments below.

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The Ivy House - Nunhead

While Nunhead isn't perhaps the first place you might think of for a trendy recommendation for one of the richest people in the world, we think The Ivy House is right up Taylor's street. It's been named one of the coolest pubs in Britain by The Times and The Sunday Times, having seen many famous names pass through its doors in the 20th century.

Taylor referenced both Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in her recent song The Tortured Poets Department, showing a love for 20th century classic rock - and The Ivy House has seen many popular artists play, including Jeff Beck, Joe Strummer, Ian Dury and more.

The pub is also the first co-operatively owned pub in London, after being saved from demolition by local residents in 2013. Now, the pub boasts a range of entertainment including a pub quiz on Wednesdays, comedy, and theatre on Thursdays and live music on Fridays.

Blondies - Lower Clapton Road

Blondies is a bar in arguably one of the coolest parts of London - Hackney. The live music venue is owned and run by three sisters nearly 10 years ago and has become a vibrant part of East London's music and nightlife.

They put on live shows, with performers ranging from barely-known to chart-toppers, with performances almost every night. Blondies even has its own brewery, and say they're an inclusive space that welcomes everyone in.

Below Stone Nest - Soho

Ivy House, Nunhead, photographed in 2013
Ivy House, Nunhead, photographed in 2013

Below Stone Nest has probably the coolest backstory of all of the bars and pubs on this list, as it's built into the foundations of a Grade II listed former Presbyterian church, built in 1888. Used by the Welsh community for a century, the chapel was closed in 1982 but then transformed into one of London's most iconic nightclubs, the Limelight.

Taylor is known for her love of theatricality, and Below Stone Nest has that in bucketloads. The bar looks back to Soho’s past as a vibrant, bohemian, welcoming social space for underground candlit gatherings, special occasions and intimate gigs.

The venue is also a live music space, with monthly artists residencies, new projects and everything from jazz to musical theatre on offer.

The Painter's Room, Claridge's - Mayfair

Claridge's Hotel is home to the stunning Painter's Room bar
Inside the former Welsh chapel which was once home to the Limelight nightclub -Credit:Richard Bryant

While Taylor Swift is known for her artistry in music, from her carefully put together outfits and her attention to detail, it's clear she also loves aesthetics and art. The Painter's Room at Claridge's is the perfect place for an afternoon drink or bite to eat, with its stunning art deco design and references to Provence and Italy within the decor.

The bar's cocktails are created by mixologists, and are inspired by the Mediterranean, while food options include Iberico ham croquettes, caviar blini, savoury beignets and different types of caviar.

Club Soda - Covent Garden

Taylor herself has said she doesn't drink alcohol while she's performing her Eras Tour show, and we can understand why - imagine trying to perform for more than three hours in heels while hungover! So our last option for Taylor to check out while she's in London is a bar that is almost entirely alcohol free.

Club Soda Tasting Rooms in Covent Garden appears at first glance to be a sophisticated winery - but almost all of the bottles lining the walls of the shop have no booze in at all. It's a lovely place to come and chat with friends, and discover something new - just ask the bartenders and they'll be sure to surprise you with something delicious.

Taylor Swift is performing sold out shows at Wembley Stadium in June and August 2024.

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