The Bow Bells is a local's pub with real ale, food, quiz nights, karaoke and a big screen for sporting events.
116 Bow Road, Mile End, London, E3 3AA
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+44 (0)20 8981 7317
'Never judge by a book by its cover.' A lesson drummed into all of us from an early age, and when it comes to The Bow Bells I'm glad I listened. I don't know who painted it or why they chose the most ghastly shade of orange imaginable but it's certainly eye-catching and not in a good way.
Inside however is a different story. The Bow Bells is a timely reminder of what a real pub should be:...more
This is my local and it's a proper pub. Staff and punters are all very friendly. There's a good selection of beers, pool table and Sky sports for when I want to kick the other half out the house.more
This is a 'textbook' local. Homely, comfortable, pleasantly worn and comfortable round the edges, good beers on tap, big screen for big sporting events. And even a dingy pub carpet, STILL!
They got pool, a good jukebox with pub-rock classics. A sign outside the pub makes the dubious claim that they sell the best pies in East London. I didn't actually try any, but it's a brave claim to...more
When it comes to drinking in east london nothing goes past a cockney pub though on the various occasions I have been to this establishment I have heard the ever so familar aussie accent a little too often - not to say that the pub should discriminate (after all I am an Australian myself) but I must say I did go there for a more localness feel - not to say that this is like this all the time....more