Around London: Bull & Gate Pub

About 6 months ago I was wandering around Kentish Town, a neighborhood in northwest London. My boyfriend (whom you'll learn more about as time goes on, his name is Leo for starters) and I were on the hunt for a pub and a pint. Now let me tell you about my never-ending search for quaint, cozy pubs... It's a very real and serious problem of mine. It drives Leo absolutely mental, but he is a very good sport about checking 25 pubs before I finally settle on one that has the right atmosphere. By happenstance we came across a nice looking pub called Bull and Gate - Little did I know I was about to step into my own personal dreamland of a pub. See the photos below and you'll know what I'm talking about!! The paint palette, mis-matched furniture, fireplaces, and art covered walls are just a few of the things I love about this place. 

Now for a bit of history on the pub. From what I understand, it was built in 1840 as an inn for visitors coming from northern England, and was originally called Boulogne Gate. Around 1871 it was rebuilt, and with decades of mis-pronunciations, the spot was understandably renamed Bull and Gate. It remained an inn for much of it's time until it became a local live music venue where bands like Coldplay and Blur performed, pre-fame. The venue eventually shut down and only two years ago it was re-opened as the pub and restaurant it is today. 

I'm so excited to show you this pub and I can't wait to continue exploring London and photographing these little gems!


  • Mimi

    Glad to see you made it to KT! Did you find the rug stores? Next time you have to try The Pineapple pub and the Bull & Last. They do not disappoint!

  • jamie

    Off to a good start on your blog, great pictures + great writing, keep it up. I love blogs about places as thats what mine blog is about little gems that discover + frequent often. xoxo jamie

  • Allison

    This place is adorable and Def on the hit list for my next London trip! <3

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