Alex and James’ Almighty London Pub Crawl

We drink in the same pub night after night and yet there are thousands of pubs and bars in London (3800?). Alex and I are trying to visit as many of them as possible before our livers pack in and we have to slow down. This is a record of these pub crawls.

We started a mission to visit every pub in the City of London (The Square Mile) in 2008.We completed that towards the end of 2010 and have since been expanding out to other parts of London. You can see a summary of our status here. Pubcrawl progress

Download the slides we refer to in an interview with the Sunday Session.

Upcoming pub crawls

  • Thur 27th Nov 2014
  • Thur 18th Dec 2014
  • Thur 9th Jan 2015
  • Thur 26th Feb 2015
  • Thur 26th Mar 2015
  • Thur 29th Apr 2015
  • Thur 28th May 2015
  • Thur 25th Jun 2015
  • Thur 30th Jul 2015

pub crawl statistics

As of Oct 2014, we have...

  • done 81 pub crawls, over seven years
  • visted 530 individual pubs (not counting repeat visits)
  • visted 578 pubs (counting repeat visits)
  • averaged 8 pubs per crawl (median visited)
  • visited up to 12 pubs per crawl (maximum visited)

Past pub crawls

16th October 2014 - Round Pall Mall

I met Alex in the first of two Red Lions. Nice pub down an ally as all the best ones are. We headed east around Pall Mall then to Piccadilly and finally down towards Charing Cross. There was some confusion over the Old Shades as we were certain we were drinking outside it last time but did not have a record - hence the x

a) The Red Lion
23 Crown Passage, London SW1Y 6PP

b) Golden Lion
25 King Street, SW1Y 6QY

c) The Red Lion
2 Duke of York Street, London SW1Y 6JP

d) Walkers
32a Duke Street, London SW1Y 6DF

e) The Chequers Tavern
16 Duke Street, SW1Y 6DB

f) Three Crowns
Babmaes Street, SW1Y 6HD

g) Tom Cribb
36 Panton Street, SW1Y 4EA

h) The Two Chairmen
1 Warwick House Street, SW1Y 5AT

i) Lord Moon of the Mall
16-18 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY

j) Walkers
15 Craig's Court, London SW1A 2DD

k) Princess of Wales
27 Villiers Street, WC2N 6ND

x) Old Shades
37 Whitehall, SW1A 2BX


25th September 2014 - Belgravia part 3

Just Alex and I. We started at the Albert and decided to mop up the straggling pubs in this part of Belgravia and then head towards Westminster Bridge - Off the map! We relied on the mobile app which was alarming but worked. Somewhere around the Old Shades or Silver Cross we got talking to some people who recommended the Ship and Shovel to us. We also got in the Harp which was one of Alex's suggestions.

a) The Albert
52 Victoria Street, SW1H 0NP

b) The Abbey
1 Abbey Orchard St, London, SW1P 2LU

c) The Speaker
46 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2HA

d) The Marquis of Granby
41 Romney Street, SW1P 3RF

e) St. Stephens Tavern
10 Bridge Street, SW1A 2JR

f) Red Lion
48 Parliament Street, SW1A 2NH

g) Clarence
53 Whitehall, SW1A 2HP

h) Silver Cross
33 Whitehall, SW1A 2BX

i) Harp
Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS

j) Sherlock Holmes
10-11 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DA

k) The Ship and Shovell
1-3 Craven Passage, WC2N 5PH


4th September 2014 - Belgravia part 2

I met Alex in the Windsor Castle and gave him the good/bad news that we had not realised that during the last pub crawl we had crossed the 500 pub mark! I later discovered that I had miss calculated and in fact we had only been to 495 pubs, making the White Swan (Young's) our 500th pub... This was also the first time we got to try out a mobile app that helps us keep track of pubs and edit them as we go.

a) Windsor Castle (ex The Cardinal)
23 Francis Street, SW1P 1DN

b) Jugged Hare
172 Vauxhall Bridge Rd, London, SW1V 1DX

c) The surprise at Pimlico
110, Vauxhall Bridge Rd, London, SW1V 2RQ

d) The Moo (ex Lord High Admiral)
43 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 2TA

e) White Swan
14 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 2SA

f) Morpeth Arms
58 Millbank, SW1P 4RW

g) White Horse and Bower
86 Horseferry Road, SW1P 2EE

h) The Royal Oak
2 Regency Street, SW1P 4BZ

i) Barley Mow
104 Horseferry Road, SW1P 2EE

j) The Loose Box
51 Horseferry Rd, London, SW1P 2AA

k) Strutton Arms
2 Strutton Ground, SW1P 2HP


23rd July 2014 - Russell Square

Alex and I started in the College Arms. From there we did a long trek over to The Swan where Fran managed to meet us. We headed north to some surprisingly not too grotty pubs.

a) College Arms
18 Store St, WC1E 7DH

b) The Swan
7 Cosmo Place, WC1N 3AP

c) London Pub
Woburn Place, WC1H 0JZ

d) The Marquis Cornwallis
31 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AP

e) Lord John Russell
Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AL

f) Norfolk Arms
28 Leigh Street, WC1H 9EP

g) The Boot
116 Cromer Street, WC1H 8BS

h) Skinners Arms
114 Judd Street, WC1H 9NT

i) Callahan's Irish Pub
Holliday Inn, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT

j) Friend at Hand
4 Herbrand Street, WC1N 1HX

k) Night and Day
Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB


25th June 2014 - Finishing NoHo

Alex and I covered pretty much all of NoHo finding the odd pubs we had missed here and there. This was quite tricky as we needed to avoid pubs we had already been in. We failed to do this in the Golden Eagle - only realising it was strangely familiar after we had bought pints... We ended up near Senate House in the Birkbeck bar followed by one of Darragh's old haunts the Malborough Arms.

a) The Globe
43 Marylebone Road, NW1 5JY

b) Metropolitan Bar
Baker Street Station, NW1 5LA

c) Golden Eagle
59 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NW

d) The Coach Maker
88 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PZ

e) The Social
5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD

f) Horse & Groom
128 Great Portland Street, W1W 6PS

g) Stags Head
102 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6XW

h) Jetlag Bar
125 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QB

i) Fitzroy Tavern
16 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NA

j) George Birkbeck Bar (4th Floor of Birkbeck College main building)
Mallet Street , London, WC1E 7HX

k) Marlborough Arms
36 Torrington Place, WC1E 7HJ


29th May 2014 - Belgravia pert 1

Alex had a head start on me in the Phoenix. We met Fran in the Buckingham Arms and then Dave Britton in the Old Star. We ended up over looking Westminster Palace on Birdcage Walk before heading south to The Old Monk. I managed to not continue drinking in Peckham with Dave.

a) The Phoenix
14 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA

b) Cask and Glass
39-41 Palace Street, SW1E 5HN

c) The Colonies
25 Wilfred Street, SW1E 6PR

d) Buckingham Arms
62 Petty France, SW1H 9EU

e) Adam and Eve
81 Petty France, SW1H 9EX

f) The Old Star
66 Broadway, SW1H 0DB

g) Sanctuary House Hotel
33 Tothill Street, SW1H 9LA

h) Two Chairmen
39 Dartmouth Street, SW1H 9BP

i) The Feathers
20 The Broadway, SW1H 0BH

j) Strutton Arms
2 Strutton Ground, SW1P 2HP

k) The Old Monk Exchange
61 Victoria Street, SW1H 0HW


24th April 2014

Alex and I were joined by Sean, starting in the Gunmakers. I had a wierd pint that tasted alarmingly of eucalyptus! We headed to the Marylebone and the Phoenix where Sean departed and we were joined by Ben. From there we headed towards Soho and even went into the Admiral Duncan. we made it as far as the Crown at Seven Dials before calling it a day.

a) The Gunmakers (Ex-William Wallace)
33 Aybrook Street, W1U 4AP

b) The Marylebone (Ex Marylebone Tup)
93 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW

c) The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP

d) The Green Man
57 Berwick Street, W1F 8SR

e) Blue Posts
22 Berwick Street, W1F 0QA

f) The Ship
116 Wardour Street, W1F 0TT

g) Admiral Duncan
54 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UD

h) Coach and Horses
29 Greek Street, W1D 5DH

i) The Crown
43 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9EW


26th March 2014 - Mayfair with Gaston

Alex and I started in The Carpenters Arms which is a sister pub to the Marker Porter! We were joined by Dave Gaston who was shortly to be heading off to Canadia. We wondered north up Seymour Place, east across Crawford Street and south down Marylebone High Street. We finished in a pub that we had done just over a year befor in Feb 2013 (Angel in the fields)

a) Carpenters Arms
12 Seymour Place, W1H 7NE

b) The Portman (Ex The Masons Arms)
51 Upper Berkeley Street, W1H 7QW

c) Duke of Wellington
94a Crawford Street, W1H 2HQ

d) Thornbury Castle
29A Enford Street, W1H 1DN

e) The Temperance
74-76 York Street, W1H 1QN

f) The Victory
4 Brendon Street, W1H 5HE

g) Beehive
126 Crawford Street, W1U 6BF

h) Angel In The Fields
37 Thayer Street, W1U 2QU


20th February 2014 - Soho and Charing Cross Road

Alex and I started in the Tottenham which was surprsing considering the North London Derby that was on. This is also the only pub actually on Oxford St. We moved on to the very, very pink Royal George which apparently is not really a gay bar. From there we headed to the Pillars of Hercules which definitely is a gay bar and met up with Fran and RB. We stumbled into Montague Pyke which used to be the Moon Under Water (Still a Weatherspoons). We spent the rest of the night working down towards Cambridge Circus where we bumped into Sevda and ended in the Garrick Arms.

a) The Tottenham
6 Oxford Street, W1D 1AR

b) The Royal George
133 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EA

c) Pillars of Hercules
7 Greek Street, W1D 4DJ

d) The Montagu Pyke
105-107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0BP

e) Molly Moggs
2 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TA

f) Spice of Life
37-39 Romilly Street, W1D 5AN

g) Three Greyhounds
25 Greek Street, W1D 5DD

h) Garrick Arms
8-10 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HG


17th Janurary 2014 - All day in Fitzrovia

Alex and I started at lunchtime in Mabels Tavern where I bumped into Merdol. Things got very messy until Fran joined us at 8pm and we sobered up.

a) Mabels Tavern
9 Mabledon Place, WC1H 9AZ

b) The Northumberland Arms
119 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 5AW

c) Prince of Wales Feathers
8 Warren Street, W1T 5LG

d) Grafton Arms
72 Grafton Way, W1T 5DS

e) The Court
108a Tottenham Court Road, W1T 5AA

f) The Jeremy Bentham
31 University St, WC1E 6JL

g) Fitrovia Belle (formerly Mortimer Arms)
Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7NT

h) Carpenters Arms
68-70 Whitfield Street, W1T 4EY

i) Dog and Duck
18 Bateman Street, W1D 3AJ

j) Carlisle Arms
2 Bateman Street, W1D 4AE