Before the invention of radio and television, pubs—short for “public houses”—served as meeting places for neighborhood residents to relax and pass the time with drink, food, and lively conversation. The St. George’s Tavern harkens back to that bygone era of boisterous British pub life, with classic English décor, traditional cuisine, and a focus on “real ales” served straight from the cask. After streaming single file into the wood-accented room with your lads, head straight to the bar so you can look over the tap handles and ask the barman for a recommendation. The signature house brew, Nicholson’s Pale Ale, is not to be missed, but if you can’t decide on just one, be bold and order a flight of several different varieties from across the U.K. (Your friends will certainly help you finish any you don’t want.) If the gang doesn’t feel like descending to the cozy cellar lounge, guide your procession of pints to a table near the window and sip your suds as you watch a parade of well-dressed Londoners rush down Belgrave Road. After a round or two, you’ll feel that familiar rumbling in your stomach. No need to get a curry tonight, since the kitchen’s open late and the fish and chips here are legendary. The golden-crusted filets are flaky enough to fall apart while you eat them—thankfully you have your friends to pass you napkins when your fingers get slathered in a patina of fish-and-chip grease and tartar sauce.