Adventurous Tube traveller Sam Cullen is a man on a mission – a mission to have a drink in a pub close to every London Underground station.

As we last reported back in April, Sam’s epic pub crawl started in 2013 when he was inspired by the combination of the Tube’s 150th anniversary and a desire to write a London pub blog.

Sam has so far ticked off more than 200 of the 270 stops on his quest, which has taken him to boozers in all corners of the capital.

Here for Local London he reflects on five of his favourite pubs he has discovered outside of Zones 1 and 2.

They may take slightly longer for some people to get to on the Underground, but they are worth venturing further afield for.

The Rose and Crown, Chorleywood, Zone 7

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The Rose and Crown in Chorleywood feels pretty much as far removed from central London pubs as you could get. For a start, it backs onto the 200 acres of Chorleywood Common!

It’s a welcoming country pub with a snug front room complete with a roaring open fire as well as a larger dining area at the back.

There were ales from nearby breweries on offer and locally sourced ingredients are used for its menu of traditional British dishes. It may be Zone 7 but certainly worth the trek.

The Greyhound, Hendon Central, Zones 3/4

This Is Local London: Greyhound pub, Hendon Central

Tucked away past Hendon Tube and the busy A41 is The Greyhound, a hidden treasure of a boozer.

It’s part of the Ram Pub Company, a group of pubs individually run from Youngs, flying the flag for that Wandsworth institution north of the river.

The interior is cosy with comfy leather armchairs and traditional decor. During the week there are also excellent deals on food – all pizzas a fiver on Tuesday with burgers the same price on Wednesdays.

A homely, welcoming pub which I wish I lived closer to.

Ye Olde Mitre Inn, High Barnet, Zone 6

This Is Local London: Ye Olde Mitre Inn, High Barnet

It might be at the very end of the Northern line, but Ye Olde Mitre Inn is well worth the trek to High Barnet.

A coaching inn has been on the site since at least 1633 and the present building is thought to date back to 1785. The pub is divided into a series of rooms with wooden beams, low ceilings, the historic features here are clearly well looked after.

There is a wide range of ales available and hearty solid pub grub. An excellent pub with bags of character and history behind it.

The North Star, Leytonstone, Zones 3/4

This Is Local London: North Star pub, Leytonstone

The North Star is an east London boozer with a twist in Leytonstone.

It’s in the Browning Road conservation area, dating back to 1858. The pub has a suitably traditional interior with pictures of the area from back in the day, dart board and wide range of decent ales.

At the same time it has a wood-fired pizza oven set up in the back garden AND a Thai food menu. It had a friendly local atmosphere here as most people here seemed to know each other. A gem of an East End boozer.

The Foresters, Northfields, Zone 3

This Is Local London: The Foresters pub, Northfields

You're well on your way to Heathrow by the time you reach The Foresters.

It’s a grand old pub in a Grade II listed building which has been sympathetically restored. It still has separate saloon and public bars which you can only pass between by going outside!

It’s won plenty of Camra awards over the years and has a wide range of English pub grub, Thai food and a weekend carvery.

On top of all that, it’s got a big garden for those hot summer days. Another fine pub worth spending an afternoon in.

Sam has now only got the following 36 Tube stations left to visit:

Redbridge, Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Barkingside, Fairlop, Hainault, Grange Hill, Chigwell, Roding Valley, Loughton.

Buckhurst Hill, West Ruislip, South Ruislip, Ruislip Gardens, Debden, Theydon Bois, Epping, Walthamstow Central, Blackhorse Road, Tottenham Hale.

Seven Sisters, Highbury and Islington, Vauxhall, Brixton, Pimlico, Hatton Cross, Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3, Heathrow Terminal 4, North Greenwich, Canning Town.

Bermondsey, Canada Water, Canary Wharf, Southwark, Heathrow Terminal 5, Wood Lane.

He is after recommendations for the best pubs to visit near to the stations, so give him a shout on Twitter @innsidetrack.

You can read his full adventure so far on his blog at