We started our evening in the festively decked Builders Arms. A classic Chelsea local, elegantly styled but traditional and cosy - it would be a great place to while away a Sunday with a group of friends.
Next stop, The Phoenix pub on Smith Street. With a trendier vibe and quirky touch, this place has more of a party atmosphere.
To get us into the zone, we got to sample a variety of cocktails made with gin from lux London brand Sipsmith. The Christmas special - a gin cocktail with spiced hot apple juice - is a really scrumptious, fruity alternative to mulled wine.
The Surprise on Christchurch Terrace. Of all the pubs on our Chelsea pub crawl, this was the most understated. Despite the trademark Geronimo Inn quirks (as with all the other pubs we visited), this pub had a more sophisticated, mature feel and was packed with locals. Here we got to sample haggis canapes and beer from Sharps brewers. Also worth mentioning is the alcoholic ginger beer from London-based company Hawkes we tasted - sweet, zingy and beautifully boozy.
The Prince Albert has a quirky interior in the vein of the Phoenix but being a lot bigger it felt less intimate and more like a chain.
We ended our night fittingly - sampling port and specialist cheeses from Plumpton College, an artisanal supplier based in East Sussex.