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Drinking in London

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Depends where/if you're staying.

 

After three years of regularly working in London, I've grown to love the range of pubs and quality on offer. If you know where to look, it really doesn't live up to the Northern stereotype of flat beer and miserable customers.

 

My favourite area for drinking in is Clerkenwell, Bloomsbury and Islington. On a week night it's great - at a weekend it can be quiet, with many pubs closed Saturday/Sunday, except Islington which can get v. busy at weekends.

 

Gunmakers Arms, Eyre Street Hill, Clerkenwell - my favourite pub. Great landlord, best beer in London (Taylor's Landlord is excellent, as is Purity Mad Goose). Can be busy on a Friday tea time, but quiter after rush hour. (CLOSED SATURDAY)

 

Jerusalem Tavern, Britton Street, Clerkenwell - great boozer tucked away behind Farringdon Station. Only pub run by St Peters Brewery

 

The Lamb, Bloomsbury - nice pint, popular with Gt. Ormand Street staff. Famous for it's "snob screens" on the bar so that doctors didn't have to look at their juniors!

 

Nags Head, Upper Street, Islington - good pint of Fullers' Pride. Popular. Busy on a Friday night. Handy for Angel tube.

 

Camden Head, off-Upper Street, Islington - recently refurbed pub with good following, roaring fireplace and decent beer.

 

Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell - Busy little boozer that specialises in London brewed beers

 

The Lexington, Pentonville Road, Angel - busy late-night pub which is great after-hours. Good mix of music on a weekend. Live bands earlier in the evening. Serves a great pint of  Meantime Lager

 

* By "busy" I mean busy enough to be sociable and atmospheric without being rammed

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If you have a look at the Timothy Taylor website it lists quite a few pubs and their locations which they supply.

Before I ever visit London I always make a list of pubs that are near my hotel from their site.

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Depends where/if you're staying.

After three years of regularly working in London, I've grown to love the range of pubs and quality on offer. If you know where to look, it really doesn't live up to the Northern stereotype of flat beer and miserable customers.

My favourite area for drinking in is Clerkenwell, Bloomsbury and Islington. On a week night it's great - at a weekend it can be quiet, with many pubs closed Saturday/Sunday, except Islington which can get v. busy at weekends.

Gunmakers Arms, Eyre Street Hill, Clerkenwell - my favourite pub. Great landlord, best beer in London (Taylor's Landlord is excellent, as is Purity Mad Goose). Can be busy on a Friday tea time, but quiter after rush hour. (CLOSED SATURDAY)

Jerusalem Tavern, Britton Street, Clerkenwell - great boozer tucked away behind Farringdon Station. Only pub run by St Peters Brewery

The Lamb, Bloomsbury - nice pint, popular with Gt. Ormand Street staff. Famous for it's "snob screens" on the bar so that doctors didn't have to look at their juniors!

Nags Head, Upper Street, Islington - good pint of Fullers' Pride. Popular. Busy on a Friday night. Handy for Angel tube.

Camden Head, off-Upper Street, Islington - recently refurbed pub with good following, roaring fireplace and decent beer.

Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell - Busy little boozer that specialises in London brewed beers

The Lexington, Pentonville Road, Angel - busy late-night pub which is great after-hours. Good mix of music on a weekend. Live bands earlier in the evening. Serves a great pint of Meantime Lager

* By "busy" I mean busy enough to be sociable and atmospheric without being rammed

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If you have a look at the Timothy Taylor website it lists quite a few pubs and their locations which they supply.

Before I ever visit London I always make a list of pubs that are near my hotel from their site.

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Pontefract Castle on St Christophers place/Wigmore St W1. Nice pub, several floors, Decent Ales, near Bond St tube so can avoid Baker

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Cheers for the list Jonty. I've got 15 of us booked into the travelodge in Kings Cross from Friday. That list saves me having to do any research.  :drinks:

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Cheers for the list Jonty. I've got 15 of us booked into the travelodge in Kings Cross from Friday. That list saves me having to do any research.  :drinks:

 

Enjoy! Kings Cross is pretty handy for the places I've listed - the closest of them are about 20 mins walk away or 5-10 mins on the bus.

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Pontefract Castle on St Christophers place/Wigmore St W1. Nice pub, several floors, Decent Ales, near Bond St tube so can avoid Baker

 

Pre-Wembley, it's location's ok.  But it's a pretty dismal pub. 

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If you don't mind Sam Smiths (personally I don't like it), I can recommend the Cittie of Yorke on High Holborn. Worth a visit for the building alone - it looks like a medieval great hall, although it's barely 100 years old.

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The last few years we've been using the Nicholsons chain of pubs when down for a weekend in London

We also did their Ale Trails around Blackfriars and Soho/Oxford Street on this years Wembley trip. Ale Trails link :

http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/aletrails/london/

They generally have a really good selection of beers (except their own Pale Alewas dodgy ), food is about average.

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The Harp on Chandos Place, Covent Garden, was CAMRA pub of the year a couple of years ago. Wonderful place and surprisingly cheap.

I'll be in The Parcel Yard at KX, which is also excellent.

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Sad that I'm not in London for the games now... I'll have to wait until I go to Skolars v Wigan in January instead!

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Cheers for the list Jonty. I've got 15 of us booked into the travelodge in Kings Cross from Friday. That list saves me having to do any research.  :drinks:

 

If you're out on Friday, head 10 mins up the hill to Islington from Kings Cross.  First stop, the Craft Beer Co pub on White Lion Street for the biggest and best beer choice of your life, then head up Upper Street and bounce of either side... Nags Head...Kings Head etc...the new Tap Room is fantastic...

 

Most of Jonty's advice is excellent - but the Gunmaker's always used to smell of Dettol, and the Lexington on a Friday could be full of students.  ;)

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Sad that I'm not in London for the games now... I'll have to wait until I go to Skolars v Wigan in January instead!

The Artillery Arms in Bunhill Row would be my choice for that game.

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The Artillery Arms in Bunhill Row would be my choice for that game.

 

Nice pub. Good pint of Pride.

 

Last year I did a good pub crawl the night before the Skolars' game from Bank to Angel via Smithfield.

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Another pre-Wembley alternative (although the early kick-off might limit options) is Harrow-on-the-Hill. Great views of Wembley and London, village atmosphere and some decent pubs. Can recommend the Castle and the White Horse. Wembley Park is less than 10 mins on the tube.

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The Harp on Chandos Place, Covent Garden, was CAMRA pub of the year a couple of years ago. Wonderful place and surprisingly cheap.

I'll be in The Parcel Yard at KX, which is also excellent.

The Harp is an excellent pub. There is also the Coal Hole which is in the Strand which is walking distance from there.

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The Harp is an excellent pub. There is also the Coal Hole which is in the Strand which is walking distance from there.

Tha Cole Hole is a pickpockets favourite.

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Another pre-Wembley alternative (although the early kick-off might limit options) is Harrow-on-the-Hill. Great views of Wembley and London, village atmosphere and some decent pubs. Can recommend the Castle and the White Horse. Wembley Park is less than 10 mins on the tube.

 

Good shout; Harrow is very pleasant.

 

Personally, my pre-match drinking will start with a couple of cans on the 1143 from Hemel.

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Enjoy! Kings Cross is pretty handy for the places I've listed - the closest of them are about 20 mins walk away or 5-10 mins on the bus.

With the added advantage that the areas round Kings Cross is a hell of a lot less squalid than it used to be.

 

By the way, anyone in the area from Tuesday to Friday (11:00am to 2:30pm) should check out the Kerb Food pitch. Five different traders per day, selling some cracking food, especially Tongue'n'Cheek and The Rib Man.

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