An easy walk east of Gospel Oak railway station, its a few doors away from the road junction you’ll come, on Highgate Road next to a railway bridge. It has a very small front, and the pub itself never gets wider than this - as such inside you have a long thin bar against one inner wall, with small chair and tables lining the one opposite and at its front. There is an atmospheric urban courtyard area at the back which certainly helps increase capacity. Despite the lack of space there’s no lack of cask ales, with a very long row of regular and special ales from a wide range of microbreweries. It’s arguably the best place for cask choices in the area. A few keg options can be found on the bar as well. Traditional in style, with a welcome ambiance from its worn fixtures and fittings.
Nice old pub a few minutes walk from Gospel Oak station.
One long room all decked out in wood with a covered smoking area out the back it’s quite a small place and is often packed. Quite often the ivories are tinkled which loses more space.
Decent beer range. Well kept. Prices not too bad either. It’s a nice place.
Traditional pub, pretty simple and quite in the afternoon. Music when I was there was the blues and made it just that much better.Small bar, decent staff and a good well priced selection of beer and cider. Food is the basic English pub fare, but I didn’t eat.
A pub that successfully fills me up with quality ales and cider on each visit is a winner in my book. Up there with the best pubs in London - the ales are always drinking well and the ciders are exciting and generally hit the spot. The hearty pork pies are tasty and the staff are always on the ball. Plus there’s always good banter to be had with the locals. And yes the record player with vintage vinyls pumping out old school blues and jazz just adds to the magic. Sensational.
Boudicca (1231) London, England | September 18, 2011| Updated February 19, 2012
I like the Southampton Arms very much and I’m considering making it my local as it’s only a few minutes away on the North London line (now known as the London Overground). Its selection of ales and ciders from UK microbreweries is fantastic, their roast pork baps are delicious and the service is excellent. However, there is a rub: the place has become a victim of its own success and can sometimes get so crowded and noisy that it’s almost stressful to be there. If you pick your time right, though, and can find a space at one of the assorted tables or outside in the small garden at the back, it’s a delight. It has an old fashioned feel, as if it’s been put together with pieces from a salvage yard, right down to the tiles behind the bar which are reminiscent of butchers’ shops of old. They have a quiz on Mondays and a pianist – sometimes a trumpeter as well - on other evenings.
(Last visited 14 January 2012).
Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
We visited here yesterday Sunday 31st March 2013, just me and Loz. The bus 214 we caught from nearish Old Fountain stopped right outside the pub (bargain!) This is a lovely little pub, a real treat, wonderfully simple decor, all old wood, old wooden tables and bench seating along with wooden chairs, a really lovely looking charming old place. The beer selection was mostly localish micros’ I had a Notting Hill ruby red to start with and Loz had a Stiff Upper Lip, we then both had a Buxton Jaw (something) before I finished with a lovely Wilkins cider, Loz had another Buxton, but would probably have had a Dark Star Six Hop had I have realised it was just going on after I’d already ordered. This is a very friendly place, the sort of pub where you share a table with others. Food choice was very simple but looked good, I saw some very decent looking Pork Pie amongst the offerings. We sat near the front window but getting a seat was tricky in here and we were lucky. I really liked this place and warmed to its charms the longer we stayed, ok so there are better beer choices about I don’t doubt, but this seems to get everything right and ticked all of the boxes for me.
There is always a bit of a treck to get out to this pub on our fairly infrequent visits to London, but it’s always worthwhile, it has the advantage of the bus dropping you right outside the front door though. There is a calm, relaxed atmosphere, although you do have to push through the barfly’s to get to see what’s on offer. There has always been an eclectic range of beers available, for all tastes, and in our experience generally in very good condition. It has been my favourite London pub for a couple of years now and I would recommend a visit if you possibly can.
Great local boozer 7 or 8 minutes walk from Kentish Town (Northern) or 3 minutes from Gospel Oak (LOROL).
Largeish single roomed boozer from around the turn of the last century, joanna in the corner, bar carries around 10 to a dozen cask lines and 5 or 6 keg taps which also carry decent offerings. Plenty of emphasis on local London micros but I’ve also hit on things like a Tempest offering on tap.
Great hot pork rolls available!
Clientele is largely locals, plus the odd beer geek as it’s well worth a visit here.
Saw Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack) on my last visit here if you like to spot famous folks. He ordered two halfs - wonder if he was rating !!!
Great place, gets busy fairly early so if you want a table on a Friday best get there before 5ish.
I finally got to this place. Definitely one of the best pubs in London. The selection is great, with a solid range of about eight cask ales and eight ciders. (These numbers are approximates.) the layout is good, a variety of tables and benches. Good decor, vintage beer ephemera. But the top attraction is the vinyl. Yes, the Southampton Arms actually plays real vinyl records for their house music. I’ve been to a few bars/pubs around the world and this is the first place I’ve seen do this. The warm crackles and hisses just add infinite layers of credibility, excellence and deeceness to this pub. All beers and ciders were in good condition and the bartenders were pleasant and dealing with the crowds well. I recommend this place very highly.
A cosy and intimate free house offering four ciders and eight, hand pulled cask ales during our stay in late September. Early Bob Dylan on vinyl, a lit fire place, wooden benches and chairs, all making drinking here a joyful experience. With our Oyster cards it took 25 minutes to move from King William IV in East London to Southampton Arms in the north by taking the train from Leyton Midland Rd. to Gospel Oak. The pub is just a short walk from the station (Visited, 29.09.2010).