The pair are seen at Notting Hill's The Cow

David Beckham and his friend Tom Cruise don’t always want to hang out at flashy venues.

The pair shocked regulars at Irish pub The Cow in Notting Hill, London earlier this week when they popped in for a casual drink.

They were snapped chatting as they sat together on a bench with a cup of clear liquid next to Tom, 51, and what appeared to be a pint of Guinness by David, 39.

A bottle of wine and two filled-up glasses were also on the table in front of them.

Footballer David showed off his tattooed arms in a grey T-shirt while his American actor pal looked casual wearing a long-sleeved black top.

The stars have known each other since 2003 but became very close when David was signed by soccer team LA Galaxy four years later and his family moved to California.

David and wife Victoria, 40 – who have kids Brooklyn, 15, Romeo, 11, Cruz, 9, and Harper, 3 – lived two minutes away from dad-of-three Tom.

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