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The Cow, London

89 Westbourne Park Road
Notting Hill, W2
Tube: Westbourne Park
Tel: 44 207 221 0021's insider take:

Owned by Tom Conran, son of Terence, the Cow is actually a gastropub with a dining room upstairs, but you can have a good night here on alcohol alone. The Cow serves a very good Guinness (accompanied, if you're peckish, with a half-dozen oysters or a pint glass of prawns). With its retro posters and eclectic furniture of a traditional bent, it's a chill place to grab a daytime drink, but the evening brings some serious crowds of Notting Hill trendsters that spill out onto the street (at least in the warmer months). Be prepared to push and plead to get near the bar. Equally enjoyable, the Westbourne is just across the road if you fancy a pub crawl (101 Westbourne Park Villas; 44-207-221-1332;

Mon–Fri 7–11 p.m., Sat 12–3 p.m. and 7–11 p.m., Sun 12–3 p.m. and 7–10:30 p.m.

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