Good for: Bar scene
Neighborhood: Islington / Clerkenwell
Description: The Gunmakers is an independent pub in a Clerkenwell back street with a loyal band of regulars. Our focus is on British cask ales and ciders (we offer seven) and proper pub cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients by our own chef. The wine's pretty good too thanks to our relationship with a speciality wine merchants (who just happen to be regular customers too). What we do, we do well, and we don't bother with the rest: so there's no piped music, cocktails, alcopops, tea or coffee. Oh, and you can't book a table or an "area" in the evening. We prefer spontaneous people who aren't afraid to mix with others.The building was constructed in the 1840s and is the sole survivor of what was once a dense terrace of narrow houses, now surrounded by larger industrial and commercial buildings constructed many years later. It was briefly a riflemaker's workshop, before being converted to a beerhouse before 1861. It has traded as a pub ever since. London's Little Italy grew up around the area, with Italian culture holding sway for around a century before the community dispersed in the 1950s/60s.