Aintree Grand National
You don't need to be in Aintree this weekend to enjoy watching the Grand National Darren Staples/Reuters

You don't have to be a horse-racing expert to enjoy the Grand National, especially when you're sat inside a good pub. Whether you have been checking the ground levels for weeks or simply picking the horse that has the nicest name, make sure you find a decent pint and a good place to be sat before 5.15pm in time for the horse race of the year. Below are some choice London establishments to head for.

Albion, New Bridge Street, EC4V 6AA

Belle Vue, Clapham Common, SW4 7AA

The Burlington Arms, West End, W1S 2JL

Camden Arms, 265 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 7BU

Cheshire Cheese, 48 Crutched Friars, Tower Hill, EC3N 2AP

Comedy, 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE

Crown and Sceptre, 57 Melina Road, White City, W12 9HY

Duke of Somerset, 15 Little Somerset Street, Aldgate, E1 8AH

Enkle Arms, 34 Seven Sisters Road, N7 6AA

Euston Flyer, 83-87 Euston Road, NW1 2RA

Flying Horse, 52 Wilson Street, EC2 A 2ER

Fox and Hounds Putney, 165-167 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 6SE

Goose at Fulham, 248 North End Road, SW6 1 NL

Joiners Arms, 51 Ballards Lane, N3 1ZP

Minories, 64-73, The Minories, EC3N 1JL

One Tun, 58-60 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4ND

Pavilion End, 23 Watling Street, EC4M 9BR

Phoenix, 26 Throgmorton Street, EC2N 2AN

Rileys Sports Bar, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE

Rudds, 148 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4BY

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Steam Passage Tavern, 44-46 Upper Street, N1 0PN

The Abbeville, 67-69 Abbeville Road, Clapham, SW4 9JW

The Avalon, 16 Balham Hill, Clapham, SW12 9EB

The Bird in Hand, 35 Dartmouth Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 3HN

The George, 70 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2QL

The Goose, 264 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 3A

The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW

The Lost Hour, 217-219 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NB

The New Inn, 62 St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5EX

The Old Bell, 38 High Road, Kilburn, NW6 5UA

The Railway Tavern, 15 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7NX

The Rosendale, 65 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8EZ

The Sheephaven Bay, 2 Mornington Street, NW1 7QD

The Ship, 68 Borough Road, Southwark, SE1 1DX

The Sporting Page, 6 Camera Place, Chelsea, SW10 0BH

The Victoria, 166 Queenstown Road, Battersea, SW8 3QH

Walkabout Temple, Temple Station, Temple Place, WC2R 2LH

The Windmill Tavern, 86 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LW