Chanced across this little gem of a boozer after sadly spending the last part of the first night in our overpriced hotel bar sipping awful beer.
The Stanhope was busy but not too overcrowded - good mix of age groups, lots of visitors such as ourselves but with a re-assuring smattering of locals.
REAL ALE was available as well as the usual keg beers, lagers etc.
Enjoyed London Pride, Spitfire, Old Speckled Hen and Greene King IPA, first in that order and then back again and at about £3 for a really decent pint in London I was made up after the initial horror of the first night back at the hotel bar.
(I'm from up north, a Lancashire lad and yes you can get a decent pint in London!)
Staff were very friendly / efficient and the bar manager / landlord came across as a bloke that knows how to run a pub and interact well with the punters.
Got talking with lots of people from UK, Europe, USA etc and all were upbeat, enjoying the evening with some happy to join us at our table after talking at the bar.
Very friendly atmosphere with a lot of passing trade as well as those settled in for the night. Some great music played in background with Rugby showing on large screen.
Pub wound up at about 12 midnight after ample warning to get your last drinks with the landlord / manager clearing his pub in a friendly manner, dispensing handshakes along the way.
Needless to say went back the next day to enjoy a nice pub meal before setting off home after another frantic day of sightseeing - if we had stayed another night in London it would most certainly have been spend once again in this pub!
Most certainly highly recommended!