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Hand & Shears

1 Middle Street, City of London, London, EC1A 7JA

The Smithfield-Farringdon area has no shortage of decent pubs. Plenty are flashier, or have a more extensive range of ales, but none has quite the same homeliness as the Hand and Shears.

Tucked down a quiet back street, it's hard to believe you're in the Square Mile, the world's pre-eminent financial district, or just metres from the country's largest meat market and a major Crossrail site. This could be a sleepy Yorkshire town.