Amusingly, some pubs near the Houses of Parliament are equipped with what’s called a “division bell,” which rings—rather like a fire alarm, which panics unknowing guests—to warn socializing MPs they have only 8 minutes to scurry back to vote. The Marquis, a single-room, traditional pub with bare floorboards and high wood walls, is supported by government types (it’s not even open on weekends) and prides itself on real hand-pumped ale. Other pubs have the bells, too—St. Stephens Tavern on Bridge Street across from Big Ben and the Red Lion on Whitehall—but they’re cloyingly touristy.
The Marquis of Granby
41 Romney St., SW1
Our Rating Neighborhood Westminster & Victoria Hours Mon–Fri 10am–11:30pm Transportation Tube: Westminster or Pimlico Phone 020/7227-0941 Cuisine Type Pub Web site The Marquis of Granby