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 20th Feb 2014
  • Wed 26th Mar 2014
  • Thur 17th or 25th Apr 2014
  • Thur 29th May 2014
  • Thur 26th Jun 2014
  • Thur 31st Jul 2014
  • No crawls in August (GBBF, Craft Beer fest)
  • Thur 25th Sep 2014
  • Thur 30th Oct 2014
  • Thur 27th Nov 2014
  • Thur 18th Dec 2014

pub crawl statistics

As of Feb 2013, we have...

  • done 61 pub crawls, over six years
  • visted 356 individual pubs (not counting repeat visits)
  • visted 402 pubs (counting repeat visits)
  • averaged 8 pubs per crawl (median visited)
  • visited up to 12 pubs per crawl (maximum visited)

Past pubcrawls

12th December 2013 - yet more Fitzrovia

Alex and I missed our usual jaunt to the excellent Pig's Ear Beer Fest so we did another pub crawl pronto. Alex had to meet Merdol so had a pint start on me. I started in the Crown and Two Chairmen which was rammed with what looked like a Christmas party. We headed south to the French house which was French in the sense that they only served halves! After that we hit the Golden Lion, Alex got some much needed McDonalds and then the St. James Tavern. From there we visited the White Horse (Sam Smiths!) and then the Lyric. I have a note that the Lyric has the best ale in Soho but I am uncertain of what that really means. After that we found the Duke of Argyll (another Sam Smiths!), the Old Coffee House and finally the Sun and Thirteen Cantons - which had very nice Brodies ales on tap.

a) Crown and Two Chairmen
31 Dean Street, W1D 3RZ

b) French House
49 Dean Street, W1D 5BE

c) Golden Lion
51 Dean Street, W1D 5BL

d) St. James Tavern
45 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7NE

e) White Horse
45 Rupert Street, W1D 7PJ

f) The Lyric
37 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LT

g) Duke of Argyll
37 Brewer Street, W1F 0RY

h) Old Coffee House
49 Beak Street, W1F 9SF

i) The Sun and Thirteen Cantons
21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG


26th September 2013 - Chelsea part 1

This was a tour around familar ground. Sean and I met Alex at the Zetland and were joined by Rich, Kerry and Sarah. We stayed for a couple there before Alex, Sean, Rich and I headed off to the Hoop and Toy. Rich departed there and we headed to the Anglesea Arms where we uncovered what appeared to be two suited 'gentlmen' engaging two 'prostitutes' seamingly of Easten European origin. After that, we hit the Crown, followed by the Sydney Arms where we left Sean in good company. Alex and I tried the Bricklayers (Builders?) Arms but gave up as it was rammed. We instead went to the Cadogan for a swift half followed by the Pigs Ear, Trafalgar and Chelsea Potter - again for halves.

a) Zetland Arms
2 Bute Street, SW7 3EX

b) Hoop and Toy
34 Thurloe Place, SW7 2HQ

c) The Anglesea Arms
15 Selwood Terrace, SW7 3QG

d) The Crown
153 Dovehouse Street, SW3 6LB

e) Sydney Arms (formerly Wellesley Arms)
70 Sydney Street, SW3 6NJ

f) Cadogan Arms
298 Kings Road, SW3 5UG

g) The Pigs Ear
35 Old Church Street, SW3 5BS

h) Trafalgar
200 Kings Road, SW3 5XP

i) Chelsea Potter
119 Kings Road, SW3 4PL


24th July 2013 - Round Marylebone Station

I thought I had been the first to arrive. After texting Alex, we realised that we were in different but neighboring pubs... This seems to be an old stomping ground for Alex as he had some great stories about a few of the pubs we went to (getting barred after becoming covered in paint???). My Lasting memory was that a sort-of pub we wondered into (The Phoenix - It's in fact a hostel) served the worst lager I have ever drunk. We did go into the Globe (47 Marylebone Rd) but it was way too busy to get served in time and we ended up in the Volunteer instead.

a) Sport and Grill
Marylebone Station, Melcombe Place, NW1 6JJ

b) The Globe
47 Lisson Grove, NW1 6UB

c) The Perseverance
11 Shroton Street, NW1 6UG

d) The Bell House (Formerly the Constitution)
91 Bell Street, NW1 6TL

e) The Phoenix Hostel
6 Daventry Street, London NW1 5NX

f) The Brazen Head
69 Lisson Street London, NW1 5DA

g) The Green Man
308 Edgware Road, W2 1DY

h) Allsop Arms
137 Gloucester Place, NW1 5AL

i) Volunteer
247 Baker Street, NW1 6XE


27th June 2013 - Finishing off Mayfair

Just Alex and me for this one where we polished off what we could find left in Mayfair. It looks like we missed a few that we will catch-up with later.

a) Barley Mow
82 Duke Street, W1K 6JG

b) Running Horse
50 Davies Street, W1K 5JE

c) Spread Eagle
8 Woodstock Street, London, W1C 2AD

d) The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP

e) The Explorer
23 Great Castle Street, W1G 0HY

f) The Cock Tavern
27 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QG

g) The George
55 Great Portland Street, W1W 7LQ

h) The Kings Arms
68 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QL

i) Crown and Sceptre
86 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 6SD

j) Yorkshire Grey
46 Langham Street, W1W 7AX


29th May 2013 - More Mayfair with Fran

Fran joined us from the Coach and Horses onwards. We ended up straying over Regents St into SoHo for the last two pubs

a) Marlborough Head
24 North Audley Street, W1K 6WB

b) Audley
41-43 Mount Street, W1K 2RP

c) Guinea
30 Bruton Place, W1J 6NR

d) Coach and Horses
5 Bruton Street, W1J 6PT

e) The Burlington Arms
21 Old Burlington Street, W1S 2JL

f) Windmill
6-8 Mill Street, W1S 2AT

g) Masons Arms
38 Maddox Street, W1S 1PY

h) Clachan
34 Kingly Street, W1B 5QH

i) The Shaston Arms
4 Ganton Street, W1F 7QN

j) White Horse
45 Rupert Street, W1D 7PJ


9th May 2013 - Mayfair with Sean

We had the pleasure of Dr Hooper's company for this devastating trip around Mayfair. We started sensibly with pints in the pubs around Hertford St. Things got a bit messy just before Ye Grapes where we met a woman dressed as a whoopie cusion and man dressed as Garth from Wayne's World. We found the Red Lion on Waverton St but it was long gone. From there on we switched to halves which explains how we managed to get around a total of 11 pubs. I don't remember much of the rest of the evening and the notes I have are totally useless.

a) Shepherds Tavern
50 Hertford Street, W1J 7ST

b) Market Tavern
7 Shepherd St, W1J 7HR

c) Kings Arms
2 Shepherd Market, W1J 7QB

d) Ye Grapes
16 Shepherd Market, W1J 7QQ

e) Punch Bowl
41 Farm Street, W1J 5RP

f) Coach and Horses
5 Hill Street, W1J 5LD

g) The Only Running Footman
5 Charles Street, W1J 5DE

h) Clarence
4 Dover Street, W1S 4LD

i) Duke of Albemarle
6 Stafford Street, W1S 4RS

j) Kings Head
10 Stafford Street, W1S 4RX

k) Goat Tavern
3 Stafford Street, W1S 4RP


26th March 2013 - NoHo part 3

We were graced with the rare appearance of Tatsuya this evening. Mostly sensible - pints for the first half and halves for the second. There was a long walk between the Devonshire and the Union. The Three Cheers (29 James St) seems to have been bulldozed...

a) Lamb and Flag
24 James Street, W1U 1EL

b) Pontefract Castle
71 Wigmore Street, W1U 1QB

c) Cock and Lion
62 Wigmore Street, W1U 2SB

d) Devonshire Arms
7 Duke Street, W1U 3EE

e) Union
88 George Street, W1U 8PA

f) The Bok Bar
56 Blandford Street, W1U 7JE

g) Tudor Rose
44 Blandford Street, W1U 7HS

h) Barley Mow
8 Dorset Street, W1U 6QW


21st February 2013 - NoHo part 2

Alex and I were joined by Darragh, Alex (Dyson) and Verena (work colleagues of Darragh) from the Dover Castle. We stayed there for 2 pints (it's a Sam Smiths) and then headed for Inn 1888. This was quite busy and done up with antique-looking wall paper and tiles. We headed for the Prince Regent where Fran caught up with us. The rest of the evening passed without too much mischief until we got to the Golden Shower Eagle. There was a gentleman who looked to be an octagenarian playing a piano with four younger gentlemen who looked to be Maries. There is a short video of me joining in singing 'Jollity Farm'. After watching this the next day I was surprised by how drunk I sounded...

a) Dover Castle
43 Weymouth Mews, W1G 7EH

b) Inn 1888
21a Devonshire St, W1G 6PG

c) Prince Regent
71 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5JN

d) Marylebone Tup
93 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW

e) Kings Head
13 Westmoreland Street, W1G 8PJ

f) Fat of the Land (formerly Duke of York)
35 New Cavendish Street, W1G 9TR

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

h) Golden Eagle
59 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NW


31st January 2013 - NoHo return

Just Alex and I for the first pub crawl of 2013 and hence we ploughed through a wide swath of pubs in Fitzrovia. The Albany had a ukelele class running downstairs which gave me the chance to strum a bit of Jolity Farm (a theme that would recur in the next pub crawl). Also of note, we couldn't find a pub called the Stags Head (102 New Cavendish Street), There is an 'XX' next to the King's Arms (possibly shut?) and Alex wrote "BAR STAFF" in big letters next to the second Green Man (letter j on the map).

a) The Masons Arms
8 Devonshire Street, W1W 5EA

b) The Albany
240 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QU

c) Green Man
383 Euston Road, NW1 3AU

d) Smugglers Tavern
28 Warren St, W1T 5NE

e) George and Dragon
151 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QF

f) Tower Tavern
21 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BA

g) Ship
134 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6YB

h) Crown and Sceptre
86 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 6SD

i) Yorkshire Grey
46 Langham Street, W1W 7AX

j) The Green Man
36 Riding House Street, W1W 7ES

k) The Cock Tavern
27 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QG


30th December 2012 - London Bridge

Last pubcrawl of 2012 - we had Fran and Phipps helping us around some familiar territory.

a) The Market Porter
9 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA

b) Wheatsheaf
6 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA

c) Southwark Tavern
22 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU

d) St. Christophers Inn
121 Borough High Street, SE1 1NP

e) George Inn
77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH


20th December 2012 - Marylebone

Just Alex and me venturing into the Marylebone area. We had halves between the Windsor Castle and the Chapel and pints in the rest. Alex was actually a pint and a half ahead of me before the start (but I was full of mulled wine...)

We decided to pre-define the dates for the pubcrawls we'll be doing in 2013. We'll be aiming for the last Thursday of each month. That's the 31st Jan, 28th Feb and 28th Mar for starters.

a) The Victoria
10a Strathearn Place, W2 2NH

b) Duke of Kendal
38 Connaught Street, W2 2AF

c) Duke of York
45 Harrowby Street, W1H 5HT

d) Wargrave Arms
40-42 Brendon Street, W1H 5HE

e) Windsor Castle
27-29 Crawford Place, W1H 4LQ

f) The Larrik
32 Crawford Place, W1H 5NN

g) The Beehive
7 Homer Street, W1H 4NJ

h) Chapel
48 Chapel Street, NW1 5DP

i) Harcourt Arms
32 Harcourt Street, W1H 4HX


31st October 2012 - Clerkenwell/Holborn

We had Ioannis with us for the first 5 pubs and Fran for the last five pubs.

a) Princess Louise
208-209 High Holborn, WC1V 7BW

b) Newton Arms
33 Newton Street, WC2B 5EL

c) The George
8 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5DH

d) Hercules Pillars
18 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5DG

e) Shakespeares Head
64-68 Kingsway, WC2B 6BG

f) White Hart
191 Drury Lane, WC2B 5QD

g) Old Crown
33 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BH

h) Plough
27 Museum Street, WC1A 1LH

i) Museum Tavern
49 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BA


10th October 2012 - Farringdon (6)

I met Alex in the Yorkshire Grey, we avoided the gentlemans club on Theobalds Street. Dave caught up with us at the Apple tree and stayed for the next four places. We ended up heading in the direction of King's crossfor the last two pubs. Hangover 2/10 with a pre-drinks kebab and a post drinks pint of water.

a) Yorkshire Grey
2 Theobalds Road,London, WC1X 8PN

b) Lady Ottoline
11a Northington Street London WCIN 2JF

c) The Apple Tree
45 Mount Pleasant, WC1X 0AE

d) Pakenham Arms
1 Pakenham street, London WC1X 0LA

e) Blue Bear (previously Blue Lion)
133 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8TZ

f) Calthorpe Arms
252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR

g) The Harrison
28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF

h) Carpenters Arms
105 Kings Cross Road, WC1X 9LR


26th July 2012 - Farringdon (5)

We had a big group for this one. I met Darragh and Alex in the Lamb. Steve, Amy, Sarah, Nicolas, Xav and Tatsuya arrived and after a couple of pints we headed for the Perseverence*. Xav was asked to return his glass to the previous pub in front of a police man... Another pint plus cupcakes for the ladies** and we headed to the Rugby. Fran joined us here along with some American guys. We ended up at the Queens Larder.

* Or the per-severence
** actual cupcakes - not Dutch hand-grenades

a) Lamb
94 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ

b) Perseverance
63 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB

c) Rugby Tavern
19 Great James Street, WC1N 3ES

d) Queens Larder
1 Queen Square, WC1N 3AR


7th June 2012 - Farringdon (4)

We had Fran and Phipps join us at the Craft Beer Co. (CBC). It was halves from the Crown onwards with an extra pint in the CBC. Phippsy said if he could liove in the CBC, he would.

a) The Eagle
159 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AL

b) The Bowler
32 Bowling Green Lane, EC1R 0BJ

c) The Horseshoe
24 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AG

d) The Crown
43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG

e) Craft Beer Co
82 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TR

f) The Argyle (formerly King of Diamonds?)
1 Greville Street, EC1N 8PQ

g) The Christopher Hatton (formerly Goose at Hatton Garden)
4 Leather Lane, EC1N 7RA

h) Ye Olde Mitre Tavern
1 Ely Court, EC1N 6SJ

i) The Gate
18 - 20 St John Street, EC1M 4AY

j) The Dovetail Bar
9 Jerusalem Passage, EC1V 4JP


24th May 2012 - Farringdon (part 3)

It was a Friday night and Alex and I both had a pint head start before we began. Darragh joined us for the last three pubs.

a) City Pride
28 Farringdon Lane, EC1R 3AU

b) The Green
29 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU

c) Sekforde Arms
34 Sekforde Street, EC1R 0HA

d) The Well
180 St. Johns Street, EC1V 4JY

e) The Dovetail Bar
9 Jerusalem Passage, EC1V 4JP

f) The Bear
2 St. Johns Square, EC1M 4DE

g) The Crown
43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG

h) Three Kings
7 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0DY


1st May 2012 - Old Street (1)

Alex had a head start at South Ken. We headed for Moorgate, hit the recently refurbed Jugged Hare before heading in the direction of Old Street.

a) The Jugged Hare (formerly The Kings Head)
49 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA

b) Two Brewers
121 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8JH

c) Artillery Arms
102 Bunhill Row, EC1Y 8ND

d) The Angel
73 City Road, EC1Y 1BD

e) Windmill
27 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4DE

f) The Fox
28 Paul Street, EC2A 4LB

g) Old Kings Head
28 Holywell Row, EC2A 4JB

h) Horse and Groom
26 Curtain Road, EC2A 3NZ

i) Master Gunner
12A Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AN


16th March 2012 - revisiting Angel

We had a large group for a change (us plus Merdol, Dave G, Fran, Darragh, Nick, Nicks mate and, towards the end, Emma). I think we went to a few more pubs than are listed below but I was not keeping track properly.

a) Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ

b) Harlequin
27 Arlington Way, EC1R 1UY

c) Filthy McNastys Whiskey Cafe
68 Amwell Street, EC1R 1UU

d) The Castle
54 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9HF


16th February 2012 - King's Cross

Fran and Emma joined us for this jaunt around the surprisingly not-too-scummy King's Cross locale.

a) King Charles I
55-57 Northdown Street, N1 9BL

b) The Miller (Formerly The Dun-A-Ri Bar)
19 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX

c) The Fellow
24 York Way, London, N1 9AA

d) Waiting Room
26-30 York Way, N1 9AA

e) Smithys
15-17 Leeke Street, WC1X 9HZ

f) Queens Head
66 Acton Street, WC1X 9NB

g) McGlynns
1-5 Whidborne St, WC1H 8ET

x) SimmonS
32 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DT


30th December 2011 - All over the map

Emma and I met Alex and Kate in the Market Porter (Borough Market). Three pints later or so, the kids went home with Emma and Alex, Kate and I headed west along the South Bank to the Anchor Bankside pub. From there is was over the bridge and round a bunch of pubs we new were pretty good from our Square Mile pubcrawls. We ended up north of the City in the Clerk & well (a restaurant really) and finished in teh Castle. Not too many new pubs but lots of decent ones...

a) The Market Porter
9 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA

b) The Anchor
34 Park St, SE1 9EF

c) The Cockpit Public House
7 St Andrew's Hill, EC4V 5BY

d) Viaduct Tavern
126 Newgate Street, EC1A 7AA

e) Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU

f) The Clerk & Well
156 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DU

g) The Castle
34-35 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DB


27th October 2011 - Farringdon (part 2)

We had Darragh and Fran helping us find more Farringdon pubs this time

a) Bleeding Heart Tavern
Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ

b) One Tun
125 Saffron Street, EC1N 8QS

c) Sir John Oldcastle
29-35 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JF

d) Three Compasses
66 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BP

e) The Castle
34-35 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DB

f) The Hope
94 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BH

g) Jerusalem Tavern
55 Britton Street, EC1M 5NA


10th October 2011 - City of London (part 23... The End...)

This was the day after we were interviewed by the Brewing Network (at 2am) and hence had to take a day off work. It gave us the opportunity to officially cross off the last pub in the Square Mile (Simpsons Tavern - shuts at 4pm). After a hair of the dog there we set off on a higgledy-piggledy march across the city. We had halves in Abacus (more a bar than a pub) and from there went north to the Chiswell Street Dining Room. This was a closed pub last time we passed by (2009) but has been open since the summer. It is more a restaurant/bar now so halves all round. From there we passed another closed pub (the other side of the Whitbred Brewery) due to re-open in 4-6 weeks and on to Old Doctor Butlers Head. This is one Justin Crosley would like (divets galore) and we sampled the Late Red (Shepherd Neame) outside in the courtyard. We grabbed a McDonalds at this stage which seemed to have a sopporific effect on us both. We headed for Smithfield market and visited the Old Red Cow. It's still great and still has the free jukebox. From there we moved to the Bishops Finger where some doctors (consultants) from Barts seemed to be taking phone calls about ill children whilst boozing!!! We finished off in the pub we started the Sqaure Mile pubcrawl in in 2008 - Ye Old Mitre. There seemed to be tourists in there on a Guy Ritchie-themed pubcrawl (it was featured in Snatch). That was about 6pm - when we usually start - so definitely the earliest we have ever finished.

a) Simpsons Tavern (shut in evening)
Ball Court, 38 Cornhill, EC3V 9DR

b) Abacus
24 Cornhill, EC3V 3ND

c) Chiswell Street Dining Room (formerly St Pauls Tavern)
53-56 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA

d) Old Doctor Butler's Head
Old Doctor Butler's Head, Mason's Avenue, EC2V 5BT

e) The Old Red Cow
71-72 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ

f) Bishops Finger
9-10 West Smithfield, EC1A 9JR

g) Ye Olde Mitre Tavern
1 Ely Court, EC1N 6SJ


22nd September 2011 - City of London (part 22)

This was Alex re-tracing some of the better pubs and mopping up the final few we had missed. We started in the Bavarian Beerhouse which opened since we originally started the pubcrawl. Lots of German beers as you would expect (I had the Munich Helles). We moved on to the Wine Lodge which was surprisingly very much a pub. After that we headed for the Jamaica Wine house for old time sake. From there we tried to get into the Champagne bar in Tower 42. This time we made it past the security gaurd but declined to actually go up the tower when we were told there was a minimum spend of £10 and the cheapest glass of wine was £9.20... We crossed the road and found The Gallery which was more nightclub than pub but we popped in for a half anyway. We headed to Browns Old Jewry after that for a half and then took a long walk to finally get to the Loose Cannon. After that, we re-visited the Cockpit which seems to have turned into quite a gay place. We stood outside where some really pissed engineers on an alcohol fueled treasure hunt showed up. We finished up at the Crown and Sugar loafs before calling it a day.

a) Bavarian Beerhouse
The Arches, 9 Crutched Friars London, EC3N 2AU

b) The Wine Lodge
145 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 6BL

c) Crosse Keys PH
7-12 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0DR

d) The Gallery
10-11 Austin Friars, EC2N 2HG

e) Browns Bar and Brasserie Old Jewry
8 Old Jewry, London, EC2R 8DN

f) Loose Cannon Sports Bar
13-16 Allhallows Lane, EC4R 3UL

g) The Cockpit Public House
7 St Andrew's Hill, EC4V 5BY

h) Crowne & Sugar Loaf
26 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT

x) Vertigo 42 / Rhodes 24
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HN


27th July 2011 - Farringdon (part 1)

We had Karren and Juan with us. This area has lots of great pubs so we will need to come back and mop them up. It also joins up with the Sqaure Mile...

a) Craft Beer Co
82 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TR

b) Hat and Tun
3 Hatton Wall, London, EC1N 8HX

c) The Gunmakers
13 Eyre Street Hill, London, EC1R 5ET

d) Coach and Horses
26 Ray Street, London, EC1R 3DS

e) Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3BL

f) Dovetail Bar
9 Jerusalem Passage, London, EC1V 4JP


20th April 2011 - Nottinghill (cont.)

Alex, Andy and I visited more pubs near Nottinghill Gate

a) Prince Albert
11 Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HQ

b) Sun in Splendour
7 Portobello Road, London, W11 3DA

c) Prince Edward
73 Princes Square, London, W2 4NY

d) The Chesterfield
39 Chepstow Place, London, W2 4TS

e) Portobello Gold
95 Portobello Road, London, W11 2QB

f) Earl of Lonsdale
277-281 Westbourne, London, W11 2QA

g) Duke of Wellington
179 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2DY


18th January 2011 - Angel (part 4)

Just Alex and me finishing off Angel.

a) Old Red Lion Theater Club
418 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NJ

b) Charles Lamb
16 Elia Street, London, N1 8DE

c) Prince of Wales
1 A Sudeley Street, London, N1 8HP

d) Island Queen
87 Noel Road, London, N1 8HD

e) The Narrowboat
119 St Peter's Street, London, N1 8PZ

f) The Duke of Cambridge
30 St Peters Street, London, N1 8JT

g) Zenith Wine Bar
125 Packington Street, London, N1 7EA

h) The Winchester
2 Essex Road, London, N1 8LN

i) Slim Jims Liquor Store
112 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1QN

j) Round Midnight
13 Liverpool Road, London, N1 0RW


15th December 2010 - Angel (part 3)

We had Darragh, Kate and Debbie along with us.

a) Kings Head
115 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN

b) Slim Jims Liquor Store
112 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1QN

c) The Bull
100 Upper Street, London, N1 0NP

d) Slug and Lettuce
1 Islington Green, London, N1 2XH

e) The Camden Head
2 Camden Walk, London, N1 8DY

f) The York
82 Islington High Street, London, N1 8EQ

g) Nag's Head
12 Upper Street, London, N1 0PQ

h) Round Midnight
13 Liverpool Road, London, N1 0RW


11th November 2010 - Angel (part2)

We had Merdol assissting us on this leg of the Angle pubcrawl.

a) The Castle
54 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9HF

b) The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB

c) The Chappel
29a Penton Street, London, N1 9PX

d) Lord Wolseley
55 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PP

e) The Compass
58 Penton Street, London, N1 9PZ

f) The King of Denmark
7 Cloudsley Road, London, N1 0EJ

g) The Crown
16 Cloudesley Road, London, N1 0EB

h) The Islington Tap
80 Liverpool Road, London, N1 0QD


14th October 2010 - Angel (part 1)

This was Alex's first pubcrawl as a married man and for a change we started near Angel.

b) Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ

c) Shakespeares Head
1 Arlington Way, EC1R 1XA

d) Harlequin
27 Arlington Way, EC1R 1UY

e) Queen Boadicea
292-294 St John Street, EC1V 4PA

f) Exmouth Arms
23 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QR

g) Wilmington Arms
69 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RL

h) Easton
22 Easton Street, WC1X 0DS

i) Filthy McNastys Whiskey Cafe
68 Amwell Street, EC1R 1UU


14th August 2010 - Nottinghill (Stag proper)

We had about 3 pints in the Old Swan to start and ended with 2 pints in the Henry Holland. The rest we had pints in... That's about 10 pints for me which I think is a personal record. Thank God I had a pork pie in my bag to keep me going. Alex had a few tequillas and the odd pastis too. How we survived it I don't know.

a) Old Swan
206 Kensington Church Street, W8 4DP

b) Champion
1 Wellington Terrace, W2 4LW

c) Black Lion
123 Bayswater, Road W2 3JH

d) Mitre
24 Craven Terrace, W2 3QH

e) The Tyburn
18 Edgware Road, W2 2EN

f) The three Tuns
1 Portman Mews South, W1H 6HR

g) Henry Holland
39 Duke Street, W1U 1LP


29th July 2010 - Nottinghill (Stag practice)

We had Loïc, Andy T and Darragh joining us this evening to check out the area in preparation for Alex's impending stag-day pubcrawl.

a) Old Swan
206 Kensington Church Street, W8 4DP

b) The Mall Tavern
71 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RU

c) Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN

d) Windsor Castle
114 Campden Hill Road, W8 7AR

e) Uxbridge Arms
13 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TQ

f) Sun In Splendour
7 Portobello Road, W11 3DA


3rd June 2010 - City of London (part 21... Almost the last City of London pubcrawl)

We had Darragh and Lauren (Darragh's new house mate) with us this time. There is more to write up later...

a) Wine Tun
Scandinavian House, 2-6 Cannon Street, EC4M 6XX

b) All Bar One
103 Cannon Street, EC4N 5AG

c) London Stone
109 Cannon Street, EC4N 5AD

d) Walrus & Carpenter
45 Monument Street, EC3R 8BU

e) Steam Wine Bar
1 St George's Lane, EC3R 8DJ

f) Bangers Too
1 St Mary At Hill, EC3R 8EE

g) Agenda (bar) / Luc (restaurant)
3 Minster Court, EC3R 7DD

h) The Old Tea Warehouse
4-8 Creechurch Lane, EC3A 5AJ


6th May 2010 – City of London (part 20… The worst pubcrawl ever!)

I met Alex in The Last which is built into a modern office block and just a couple of meters round the corner from two other pubs we have previously visited. This was quite a large bar but had two decent ales on hand pumps. We headed from here to the All Bar One at the south end of Old Baily. We had a half in here and had to get out. From there we passed the still closed Ryan’s Bar before finding that the Davy’s on Creed lane passed as a pub (of the Courage/Old Wallop on tap variety). This place was downstairs (as many serving Old Wallop are) and has a huge amount of brass piping in the gents. From here we went north in search of a Slug and Lettuce on Aldersgate St but it turned out to be shut (hooray!). Having dodged that bullet, we header to a bar at the foot of City Point called the Cuban which was pretty bad and definately not closed. I don’t recall what we drank but it was a half. We left there and walked towards the Broadgate Arena, stopping at a place called Brasserie Rocque which had really high urinals. Other than that not much to say about this place. From there we hit a new low by sitting in the Wren bar in Liverpool Street Station. This was pretty awful. Not even a pidgeon to ammuse us. We walked a strage way out of the station to get to the Sir Paul Pindar which was an even lower point than the Wren Bar. The fabric on the seating was stained with god knows what. The floors were ruined (cheap laminate), there was someone wailing down a mic and the beer was dreadfull. Normally I take an write-ups on beerintheevening.com with a pinch of salt figuring that only people with an axe to grind ever write them but everything BITE say about this pub is true. From here we tried to get into the Champagne Bar in Tower 42 but the secuirty gaurd ran in from having a fag and stopped us. I think we can probably rule it out as a non-pub anyway. We visited a pitcher and Piano for a half before passing through the Royal Exchnage – discovering that the bar had no pumps. We checked out number 25 Birchin Lane to confirm it was a restaurant (it is) before finally having a decent beer in an old favourite – the Jamaica Winehouse. What a great end to the worst pubcrawl ever.

a) The Last
Unit 2, Athene Place, Shoe Lane, EC4A 3BQ

b) All Bar One
44-46 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7JZ

c) Davys at Creed Lane
10 Creed Lane, EC4M 8SH

d) Cuban
Citypoint Piazza (Open Space), 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9BG

e) Brasserie Rocque
37 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS

f) Wren Bar (pub next to Burger King)
Unit 5, Food Court, Liverpool Street Station Liverpool Street

g) Sir Paul Pindar
14 Bishopsgate Arcade, EC2M 3YD

h) Pitcher & Piano
28-30 Cornhill, EC3V 3ND

i) Jamaica Wine House
Jamaica Wine House, St Michael’s Alley, EC3V 9DS


10th April 2010 – Richmond with Kate

I met Alex and Kate at the station in Richmond and went to get fitted for a suit. Following that, we found ourselves in the Waterman’s Arms watching the Grand National. I think Don’t Push-It-won. Kate pointed out how odd it is that Footballers get paid so much to kick a bag of air around on a field. We had a couple of pints here then moved on around the corner to the White Cross which is right on the river. We stood by the river and briefly considered comandeering one of the rowing boats before coming to our senses. I must have been talking a lot as I still had the best part of a pint when Alex and Kate had finished. We walked along the river to get to the White Swan where we sat outside at the back. I set fire to a glow in the dark bracelet which I cannot recommend. It was not spectacular, made a gooey mess on the floor and was probably giving off toxic fumes. This was the last pint of the day before we switched over to halves for obvious reasons such as the glow-stick indcident. We left the White Swan and headed to the Green where we found The Prince’s Head (where we sat inside) and the Cricketers where we stood outside. We actually got shooed away from the doorstep of an anoyed looking resident of the neighbouring house. We headed across the green to the opposite corner from here. There was a bridge over the railway, a quick step through a car park and footbridge over the A316 to get to the Triple Crown. Due to a series of thefts, this pubs apparently once glorious book selection was reduced to nothing. We consoled/nourished ourselves with many bags of pickled onion flavour Monster Munch and moved on to the last two pubs – the Red Cow and the White Horse. These are back towards Richmond but still bizarely stranded out alone and together. I don’t remember much about these places but I have a feeling they were worth visiting.

a) Waterman’s Arms
12 Water Lane, TW9 1TJ

b) White Cross
Riverside, TW9 1TJ

c) White Swan
Old Palace Lane, TW9 1PG

d) Prince’s Head
28 The Green, TW9 1LX

e) The Cricketers
The Green, TW9 1LX

f) The Triple Crown Inn
15 Kew Foot Road, TW9 2SS

g) The Red Cow
59 Sheen Road, TW9 1YJ

h) The White Horse
Worple Way, TW10 6DF


1st April 2010 – City of London (part 19… Second Aniverssary)

I met Alex and Fran in the Minories which is in arches underneath a railway and was pretty packed. At one point, 20-30 young exchange students marhed through the pub and into a restaurant. Darragh arrived as we were leaving. We went to the Duke of Somerset next which is a pub we nearly made it to the last time we were in the area but couldn’t quite find it. Google maps satelite view helped us this time. I hesitate to say this but the pub was filled with slappers and had kareoke. Surfice to say we stood outside and drank our beers. We went from here to the Slug and Lettuce on Fenchurch Street. Another truely awful place – why are we doing this to ourselves? Fran had a lucky escape as he ran back to the Minories to collect Polly. We left the Slug in search of The Assembly. This place was actually quite decent despite the definate restauranty-feel. They had a nice beer selection and when Nick arrived, he drank to pints to our one. We fell out of that place and into the All Bar One adjacent. Things were getting quite messy by now and I think I (alone) switched to halves. We left ABO and went onto the Sugar Quay to try and find a place called Jetty but it had no pumps to we abandoned it. Alex and I actually went down some steps and one to the little beach. I have a photo of Alex leaning against one of the wooden jetty legs. We got back on to the road and went to three pubs we have previusly visited – Hung Drawn and Wankered, The Walrus and Carpenter and the Porter’s Lodge. This was actually a big mistake as Polly nearly got into a fight after she called a woman ‘fatso’ (well, she was fat) and I was in a right state. Alex very kindly escorted me home and kipped on the sofa. Thankfully the next day was Good Friday. This is a reminder that 6 pints is OK (on food). Seven pints is definately a bit of a hang over and eight pints means piles of puke on public transport.

a) Minories Food Ale & Wine
64-73 Minories, EC3N 1DD

b) Duke of Somerset PH
15 Little Somerset Street, E1 4NJ

c) The Slug & Lettuce
100 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5JD

d) Lewis and Clarke (The Assembly)
The Assembly, 14 Seething Lane, EC3N 4AX

e) All Bar One
16 Byward Street, EC3R 5BA

f) Hung Drawn & Quartered
27 Great Tower Street, EC3R 5AQ

g) Walrus & Carpenter
45 Monument Street, EC3R 8BU

h) The Porters Lodge
17-19 Arthur Street, EC4 9BR


18th February 2010 – City of London (part 18)

I met Alex in the Gable which is a modernish sort of bar built into the corner of an office block. We headed from there as it began to rain and when I say rain, I mean rain like a pissing cow! We went to the Guild hall to try and find the bar in there. It turns out there used to be a bar but it was lost during a refurb. The Queens Dinner event was happening and I nearly had to go through a metal detector when I went to ask for advice. Seems like a swizz to call it the Queens Dinner when she was not attending – or so they told us. Anyway, we couldn’t find the bar so went in search of the Fine Line which is where slowly other people joined us. Jon turned up, followed by Darragh, Florian and two other Frenchies and finally Fran. We stayed here for an extra pint and then headed for Ye Olde Watling to show the French visitors a more traditional London pub. Jon had left us by this point. From here we went to Mustard which was definately at the bar end of being a pub but they had beer on tap. We finally ended up in the Rising Sun. A pub we have visited several times before but a good one nonetheless.

a) The Gable
25 Moorgate, EC2R 6AR

b) The Fine Line
1 Bow Churchyard, EC4M 1DQ

c) Ye Olde Watling
29 Watling Street, EC4M 9BR

d) Mustard
2 Old Change Court, EC4M 8EN

e) The Rising Sun
61 Carter Lane, EC4V 5DY


22nd December 2009 – City of London (part 17)

I met Alex and Kate in the Broadgate Exchange round the back of Liverpool Street station. Not a bad place and I arrived to find that Alex and Kate had kindly bought me a pint of London Pride. What more could a man ask for? We moved from there to the Crispin which was on the edge of a plaza with an amazing neon light maze set out in the patio. It looked beautiful. We had Tim Taylors (Fosters shandy for the lady) and marveled at the use of bare breasted statue being used as a crisp packet display shelf. From there we went across Moorgate to the Bishop of Norwich which we had inexpicably missed on previous pubcrawls. This place was underground and we had Old Wallop in pewter tankards. Alex recalled that he had heard that Old Wallop was a bizarre marketing device that renamed Courage and according to ratebeer.com, it is! We left there in search of the City Boot which we found but dissappointingly turned out to be a Davy’s wine bar (no taps in sight)… Instead, we went to the O’Neill’s on London Wall. We had halves for the obvious reason and headed from the frying pan to the fire that is All Bar One. To be fair, I rate All Bar One quite a bit higher than Slug and Lettuce/Corney and Barrow/Pitcher and Piano but we still we stuck to the halves. To prolong the torture, we visited the Slug and Letture on Stony Lane (halves)… From there we gave ourselves a treat in the form of the Old Tea Warehouse. This place was pretty decent so we stuck around for pints. We finished off with yet another shite bar/pub – the Picther and Piano on Bishopsgate (halves). This left us conventiently close to Liverpool St for Alex and Kate to get home.

a) Broadgate Exchange PH
2 Exchange Place, EC2M 2QS

b) The Crispin
3 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PA

c) Bishop Of Norwich
91-109 Moorgate, EC2M 6SJ

d) O’Neill’s
64 London Wall, EC2M 5TP

e) All Bar One
106 Houndsditch, EC3A 7BD

f) Slug & Lettuce
9 Stoney Lane, EC1 7BH

g) The Old Tea Warehouse
4-8 Creechurch Lane, EC3A 5AJ

h) Pitcher & Piano
200 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR


28th October 2009 – City of London (part 16)

I met Alex in the Saint in Paternoster Sq. This place was a rip-off (£4.45 for an Old Speckled Hen and £3.75 for a draught Becks Vier) yet lots of people were merrily passing their credit cards about. It also needed a few more light bulbs… Bah humbug. We moved on to the Spectator on Little Britain which had no cask ale so we tried kegged beer called Twaits Smooth. Alex reckons that there was possibly some lesbotic polish staff thing going on. From there we headed past the Old Baily and found Firefly which was surprisingly pub-like but also suffered from a lack of lightbulbs. From there we went to a ‘pub’ we had previously rejected due to it being suspiciously wine-bar like. It was the Press House (Wine Bar) but they had beer on draught so we got in there. We had an Adnam’s beer that you don’t tend to see around much (Spindrift) I think it is like a pilsner? I wore a wine bucket on my head to protest about something. Alex told me that he was going to ask a lawyer to send a cease and dissist letter to his co-worker Simon Alexander demanding that he stops using the initials A.S. At this point, we heard from Fran and Phipps and began the tricky task of performing a rendezvous. We intended to go to a pub we had not previously visited but we were not organised enough to accomplish this to met Fran and Phippsy in one of the best pubs we have visited so far (Williamsons Tavern). We scored some Adnam’s beer-themed rock (the confectionary) here and Fran’s played the hillarious prank of slipping some HP sauce into the last of my beer. Luckily from me I didn’t drink it but lets just say that Fran requested I sign a piece of paper formally promising not to dip my nob into his beer that evening. From there we hit two more pubs we had previously visited (the Jamaica Wine House and the Crosse Keys). We said goodbye to Fran and Phipps in between these two. A good thing about re-visiting pubs is that sometimes we don’t remember much about a place. This was true for the Crosse Keys (see 29th April 2008). Hence we know they have an enourmous Weatherspoons stylee oval bar with 24 real ale pumps that all seem to be working… Nice. We called it a day there. On the way home, there was a strange mist hanging over Southwark.

a) The Saint
1 Rose Street, EC4M 7DQ

b) The Spectator
6 Little Britain, EC1A 7BX

c) Firefly
18-20 Old Bailey, EC4M 7EP

d) The Press House Wine Bar
St Brides House, 1 St Bride’s Passage, EC4

e) Williamsons Tavern
1 Groveland Court, EC4M 9EH

f) Jamaica Wine House
12 St Michaels Alley, Cornhill, EC3V 9DS

g) The Crosse Keys
9 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0DR


24th September 2009 – City of London (part 15)

We had a large group from the lab due to it being combined with a leaving doo for Andy T (Me, Alex, Darragh, Emma, Steve, Silke and of course Andy). We started in the Arbitrager. Emma, Silke, Darragh and Alex arrived first and went downstairs. I arrived and took a while to get a beer at the bar (It was the 250th anniverssary of the Guinness brewery) by which time, they had gone outside and confusion ensued. Steve and Andy turned up as we were finishing and so went ahead to The Wall, on London Wall. We caught up with them there to find it was a fairly crappy bar stuck onto a 1970’s building but we stood outside and drank our kegged Bass. We headed on from there over London Wall (I attracted the attention of a police man by looking at him and feared arrest for behaving strangely – paranoia) and arrived at The Lord Abercromway just before Liverpool St. This place was great with platters of free pork-based snaks being handed around by the bar staff. I took this as an opportunity to open the packet of MiMi-Star chillied dried pigs ears that Dave had brought back from Tokyo for me. I followed a lady with a platter around and as she left a table, I wondered up and offered these nibbles that were a bit like a chilli flavored pork scratching. Suprisingly, about 50% of those offered accepted. Even about half of the group tried them (Steve, Andy, Alex and me). They were not bad – a bit like spicy bacon with elastic bands weaved through them. We had some unusual Tim Taylor’s in this place and Alex even managed to bag a shot of hot mulled cider (Mmmmm). Steve and Darragh left us at this point and we went in a circle round the block to get to the King’s Arms. This place was a bit of a hole and we ended up sitting out the back. There was a strange small building that used to be a kind of public bath in the middle of a plaza there. We investigated and found that there was a private ball being set-up for that evening. When we left, Emma and Silke went their separate ways and Alex, Andy and I continued on to the Mail Coach across the cross-roads on Camomile St. This place was downstairs and kitted out for darts and pool. We played some darts (badly) and I think there may have been a guy setting up for karaoke… We headed round the corner to the Slug and Lettuce on Saint Mary Axe, opposite the Gerkin. Unsurprisingly, this place was did not serve cask conditioned ale (all kegged beer – yuk). I don’t recall but we may have gone with the flow and had a nice refreshing glass of Pilsner. From here we headed down to the Underwriters that definately had Karaoke going and a lot of pissed people taking part. It was downstairs with not much more than a garden shed for an entrance. I tried to hand out more of the cillied pigs ears here but with less success than in the Lord Abercromway. From there we made a bee line to the Gerkin and checked out the bar in its ground floor. Pretty much what you’d expect… Modern decor, like a goldfish bowl and lots of young blokes in suites. From there we headed to the Baracuda bar on Houndsditch. This was a large and fairly empty (for its size) sports bar. We had halves and finally finished off the pigs ears. We walked across the road to the White Horse (formerly O’Niell’s) where we got talking to the landlord. He pointed out to us the deliberate error in some decorative writing around the wall just below the cieling (‘Fulllers London Pride’). From there we ended up at the Stoned Horse (paper cow?). According to my extensive notes this place was some kind of lesbian heaven, had pool (Alex 2, James 1, Andy nil), had OK beer and had a furry squirrel in a glass display case stuck to the wall. Very odd. We call got home safely and miss Andy’s presence in the lab a lot.

a) The Arbitrager
27a Throgmorton Street, EC2N 2AN

b) The Wall
45 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HU

c) Lord Aberconway
73 Old Broad Street, EC2M 1QS

d) Kings Arms
27 Wormwood Street, EC2M 1RP

e) Mail Coach
1 Camomile Street, EC3A 7EE

f) Slug & Lettuce
25 St Mary Axe, EC3

g) Underwriters Public House
15 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8BA

h) The Sterling
30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP

i) Barracuda Bar
133 Houndsditch, EC3A 7BX

j) White Horse (formerly O’Neill’s?)
31 Houndsditch, EC3 7BD

k) Stone Horse
128 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4HX


20th August 2009 – City of London (part 14)

I met Alex in the East India Arms on Fenchurch Street which was a Sheapherd Neame pub. We were most of the way through a pint when Fran joined us. Alex and I had another half while Fran caught up with a pint. We left there and walked Westwards to the Elephant. This was a Young’s pub that did not really resemble a pub but the beers did taste better than in the East India. The place was empty (one barmaid and her boyfriend) because all seven customers (us included) were outside on the Pavement. We left there and headed east agin and down London Street towards Fenchurch Street Station. We were looking for the Fen Bar and had to ask a workman for directions. We found the place on the upper concourse of the station. I had the London Pride while Alex and Fran stuck with the Youngs. This place was a Free House with a pet pidgeon. There really was a pidgeon pecking about on the carpet looking for crisp or peanut fragments. I nearly sent Fran and Alex to sleap trying to explain how the internet works. They managed to retain conciousness to finish their pints and we headed off past the Windsor (already visited) to the Ship. This place was a priceless boozer with it’s very own Lesley-from-the-George. The were ties hanging from a beam that apparently, the Land Lady has collected from patrons. There also seems to be a pub quiz happening on Tuesday nights which gave us an idea for when we finish this pubcrawl malarky – we could choose random pub quiz nights in the City or elsewhere for a bit of variety. We managed to drag ourselves out from the Ship and headed for the Crutched Friar. We had actually been here before but never got to buy a beer (as they were closing early). I had a Deuchar’s IPA, Alex had the Twaites Wainwright and Fran had the London Pride. We all had a taste of the Top Banana which was a Caledonian beer that tasted like their fermentation control had gone haywire during the summer months causing some dodgy yeast esters to be present and they were selling it off as ‘banana flavoured beer’. We left there (trying to take some of the bollards with us) and headed to…. The Picther and Piano. This place was not as bad as you might expect but that said, there was not a cask beer in sight. I am not certain but I think we had three halves of Amstel (Fran capitulated his resistance to halves under extenuating circumstances). From there we headed around the corner to the Slug and Lettuce which was massive and empty. This was an equally non-cask-beer place so we had halves of Fuller’s London Pride from a keg. It was a weird experience and the beer definately had a buttersctoch flavor (diacetyl) compared to the cask version (proof that cask ale is best). We stood outside by the door with out little 12 US Fl.Oz. glasses and admired the cute little topary bushes. From there we headed across Minores to the Peacock and Mary Janes (avoided due to cocktailbarness and bouncers). The Peacock was more of a proper pub but sat underneath a large modern building. We had proper pints here. There is some photographic evidence of Alex playing on an arcade game but I don’t remember much else about it. We were pretty sensible this night and actually passed up a beer before last orders. Everyone got home safely and the hangover was only 1/10.

a) East India Arms
67 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 4BR

b) The Elephant P.H.
119 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5BA

c) Fen Bar
Fenchurch Street Station, EC3M 4AJ

d) The Ship
3 Hart Street, EC3R 7NB

e) The Crutched Friar
39-41 Crutched Friars, EC3N 2AE

f) Pitcher & Piano
9-9c Crutched Friars, EC3N 2AR

g) The Slug & Lettuce
1 America Square, EC3N 2LB

h) Peacock
41 Minories, EC3N 1DY


30th July 2009 – City of London (part 13)

The plan was to visit as many of the pubs along the north bank of the Thames within the City. I met Alex – who had already bumped into Helen and Darragh – in the Samuel Pepys. This place was down an ally called Stew Ln, upstairs and right on the river bank. Florian and Chloe joined us there. Chloe seemed to have some new shoe problems that required her to afix quite a few plasters to her feet. There was an NBC-online office party going on in the back bit but we did muscle through that to take a look at the nice balcony overhanging the water. We got out of there and had to walk away from the river, along Upper Thames street and down Cousin Ln to get to the Banker. This was a Fuller’s place and built into the arches underneath Cannon Street Station. The weather was quite nice at this point and we stood outside. There was a set of steps going down to the water that I guess may give access to a beach? The tide was in. Helen accidentally got Alex and me pints of Fuller’s ESB which Alex noted had the familiar taste of washing-up liquid about it… Florian’s mate Nico from Marseille joined us here. We moved on underneath the bridge and onto a boat called the London Regalia. This had an address within the Square Mile and so we pretty much had to board it. The tide was coming in and the boat was quite wobbly. Everyone looked pretty pale and uneasy until we got our sea legs on. The beer was amazingly not-over-priced when compared to the only other pub-on-a-boat I have been on on the Thames (Tatershall Castle). We disembarked the vessel and Nico said goodbye. We went north up Swan Lane and found the Porter’s Lodge which was not on our Fancyapint.com map (but was on the big list). Helen also left us at this point whilst Alex, Darragh, Florian, Chloe and I went downstairs to find a massive darts-oriented bar with the Landlord setting up the Karaoke. I got straight in their with a bit of Space Oddessy by David Bowie. Then Chloe and Florian followed. A guy (not with us) did a great Jonny Cash impersonation and after that, I think Darragh and Florian did another. By this point, we really had to leave. We sat outside for a while – not sure why – during which time, I managed to offend Chloe with my impersonation of a South African accent. It went down like a turd in a punch bowl. After that incident, Florian and Chloe departed and Alex, Darragh and myself continued in a haphazard manner up Martin Lane – past Wodin Shades winebar – along Cannon Street and round the corner to… Dizzys. This place was more of a posh bar than a pub but was OK. We didn’t know until we had finished our beers but there is a massive sports bar downstairs! I think we all had halves. We crossed the road heading for the Monument and found the Fine Line. This was a slightly up-market bar that was not all that busy. My memory is hazy and there are not too many photos but I think we had halves again (Darragh had vodka and coke). We headed over the cobbled street to the Monument (the pub, not the tower). This used to be a HogsHead bar years ago but does not seem to sport the same branding now. Alex and I had a beer called Golden Zest (A light summer ale with a hint of lemon!!!). I am pretty sure Darragh stuck to the V&C. We saw the saddest sight of the evening in the form of an area reserved for Tim that had about five people in it. From there we headed quite a way to the next pub. So far in fact that Darragh had to stop and pee in a loading bay. We passed the Rajistan curry house and found the Hung Drawn and Quatered. I think we finished on pints in this place and stood outside with some ornamental barrels for a beer rest. We were passed last orders by this point so headed homewards along Great Tower St. Alex went North from there, Darragh went south and I hopped on the 40. Everyone got home safely.

a) Samuel Pepys
Stew Lane, EC4V 3PT

b) The Banker
2 Cousin Lane, EC4R 3TE

c) London Regalia
Swan Pier, Swan Lane, EC4R 3TN

d) The Porters Lodge
17-19 Arthur Street, EC4 9BR

e) Dizzy’s
28 King William Street, EC4R 9AT

f) Fine Line
1 Monument Street, EC3R 8BG

g) The Monument (Hogshead)
18 Fish Street Hill, EC3R 6DB

h) Hung Drawn & Quartered
27 Great Tower Street, EC3R 5AQ


30th June 2009 – City of London (part 12)

I met Alex in Ye Olde Cock Tavern at the Aldwych-end of Fleet St. This must have been a free house as they had London Pride Greene King IPA and Adnam’s bitter on tap – we had the latter. This pubcrawl was precarious as we were relatively unprepared with maps of where pubs were and we had been to so many in this area. I turned out to be a bit of a mop-up job for stray pubs we had somehow missed on our previous pubcrawls. Alex noted that if ever there was a ‘tourist pub’ then this was it. From the Cock, we went east along Fleet St and checked out Serjeants (closed) and El Vino (definite wine bar). We went up Fetter Ln and stopped in the Slug and Lettuce. They had one bitter on tap (Broadside) so we ordered two halves. It was murky and about 20 deg. C. We exchanged them for non-cockupable Heineken and sat by the open window (UK heat wave!). From here, we continued up Fetter Ln to see if a few places we had missed/were shut were still there. The Printer’s Devil is not looking good (boarded up) and the Blue Anchor was shut due to fire. We also checked out the Volupte Lounge (cocktail bar) and Bertorelli (restaurant). We stumbled from New Fetter Ln down Bartlett Ct and ended up in the court yard where Dr Johnson’s house is/was. We played with the cats money and I did a Cher impression on the cannon near Wine Office Ct. We wondered past Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and checked out 61 Fleet St (late night bar?) and 65 Fleet St (corporate bar?) and concluded that the building numbers on Fleet St do not follow the evens on one side, odds on the other rule. The low numbers start on the south side at the west end and increase as they move east. Then they flip over to the north side and increase as they go west. Anyway, we needed beer by this point and so headed up Shoe Ln to the Cartoonist. Alex didn’t think much of this place but I kind-of liked it (better beer than the Slug and Lettuce – not hard). That said, it was in the shadow of an NCP car park. We then whizzed around the corner to the City Retreat (Youngs). One pint later, we headed east down a coridor of glass-fronted buildings and ended up near a Corney and Barrow that we wrote-off as not a pub as everyone was drinking wine and they had no beer on tap. We ended up in the Hoop and Grapes on Farringdon St which is a great Shepherds Neame pub. We sat out the back and had a conversation about poor old Jeremy Beadle’s hand and then moved over the road to the White Swan. This place was not as fantastic as the Hoop and Grapes but was very decent. I was probably ill-advised when I commented on the barmaid’s squelchy pump. We were taking photos of the pub and I have a feeling that the landlord thought we were going to do some sort of write-up on the internet of his pub (ha ha) and he hung near our table. We headed south into familiar territory and passed the Evangelist that was definitely closed down/gone. There was a pizza place near by but it was no pub. We ended up in Shaw’s Booksellers which may well sell some books but is definitely a pub. Alex ordered halves in here because we were behind in our usual rate of pub coverage. From there we went next door to the Cos bar (halves again). Not much to say about this place but from memory, it lived up to the ‘bar’ part of it’s name. We finished off in the Rising Sun, a place that we visited on the third City of London pubcrawl. The barmaid was trying to open the till with a knife and apparently had a pierced nipple. Neither of us were going to tell her how to do her job. We both got home safely and had no hang-overs!

a) Ye Olde Cock Tavern PH
22 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AA

b) Slug & Lettuce
5-11 Fetter Lane, EC4A 1BR

c) The Cartoonist
76 Shoe Lane, EC4A 3JB

d) City Retreat
74-75 Shoe Lane, EC4

e) The Hoop & Grapes
80 Farringdon Street, EC4A 2TR

f) White Swan PH
20 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AB

g) Shaws Booksellers
31-34 St Andrew’s Hill, EC4V 5DE

h) Cos Bar
148 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4BY

i) Rising Sun
61 Carter Lane,EC4V 5DY


27th May 2009 – City of London (part 11)

I met Alex in the Centre Page which is pretty much the first pub on the left as you go north over the wobbly bridge. I was surprised to find Alex looking smarter than usual (new job). The barman must have had his mind on other things as he managed to consistently pour a different drink than that requested which was a bit odd. We left there just as Darragh and Ian arrived and so all walked on to the Sea Horse PH (a pub we had to use some detective work to locate). This establishment had a conspicuous high male:female ratio and may well have been a gay bar although the experts among us were not totally convinced. Fran called to say he was on his way and I tried to persuade Ian to speak with a German accent and pretend his name was Helmut Kaas when Fran arrived but it lasted about 2 seconds before the cat was out. Fran downed a pint and we all headed north to the Livery. I had it on good authority (fancyapint.com) that this was owned by Fuller’s and used to be called One of Two but there was no evidence as such. The place was a bit like a night club inside and we ended up standing outside to get away from the noise. It was the coldest pint of bitter (Bass) I have yet had in London. We continued north to the Red Herring which is more of what we would call a (Fuller’s) pub. Fran and Alex went for the (5.5%ABV) ESB whilst I had a cleansing (3.5%ABV) Chiswick. Darragh and Ian played it safe with lager. We continued north to a very tall and old building in the middle of the Wood St where we found the Cape. This was a massive bar on the corner. There was a footy match on and it was packed. We all got beer and stood outside with the overspilling crowd. It was at some point here that I sustained a minor eye injury but it was fun! We also tried one of my finest IPAs here. Fran and Alex liked it but I was surprised by Ian who also said it was good. We headed west from here through St Alban’s Court and passed a strange bit of ruined wall on Noble St. It was here that Ian made the proclamation “we love Fran!” an informed me that he was going to set up a Facebook.com group for people of like mind. We arrived at the Lord Raglan PH of which I remember virtually nothing. However, I do have a video of Alex doing a dance that involved quite a bit of pelvic thrusting and definitely confirms that this was a proper old boozer. We left the Raglan and headed south to the City Pipe. This was a downstairs kind-of-place that sold beer in pewter tankards which is a novelty that never grows dull (the metallic-taste with every sip helps). To end, we headed west along Cheapside to one of Ian’s favorites – The Paternoster. Fran had to depart at this point. We stood outside and apparently (according to the photographic evidence) tried to decide who was taller than who. Having the studied the evidence, I infer that James < Darragh < Alex < Ian is the order. Alex, Ian and Darragh caught the tube from St Pauls and I walked along Fleet St and got the 176 from Aldwych.

a) The Centre Page
29-33 Knightrider Street, EC4V 5BH

b) Sea Horse Public House
64 Queen Victoria Street, EC4N 4BA

c) The livery (formerly One of Two)
Three Keys House, 130 Wood Street, EC2V 6DL

d) The Red Herring
49 Gresham Street, EC2V 7ET

e) Cape
2 Love Lane, EC2V 7JQ

f) Lord Raglan PH
61 St Martin’s Le Grand, EC1A 4ER

g) City Pipe
33 Foster Lane, EC2V 6HD

h) Paternoster
St Martin’s Court, 1 Queen’s Head Passage, EC4M 7DZ


7th April 2009 – City of London (part 10)

I met Alex in the Sutton Arms where – not for the first time – I was confused by a mirror. Alex was half way through a pint of Fullers Chiswick so I got a pint of the same and a half to top up Alex. The place was a bit of an old boozer but with stripped floors and as it turned out, was not even within the City of London… We moved on to the Shakespear which was in the City. I had a pint of Black Sheep and Alex went for the Broadside. This place looked like s**t from the outside but was OK on the inside, except for the feeling that a small proportion of the clientel could kick off at any moment. We then tried to head to either the King’s Head, The Whitbred Brewery or the St Pauls Tavern (on Chiswell St) but all were closed and covered up. From the look of things, they may re-open so we will have to check back. This turned out to be a theme for this part of the evening as the next place we aimed for was also gone (Marylebone Rifle and Pistol, 2 Fore St) and we spotted another two that were looking derelect (The Plough and The Podium). We managed to get a couple of halves in The Globe (Alex had Sly Fox and I went for Tim Taylor’s Landlord), which doubled as The Keats. I went into the Globe, Alex went into the Keats and we met in the middle. At this point, both Fran and Nick made contact so after finishing our halves, we went to meet them. We bumped into Fran and Nick wandering along London Wall (with Fran’s sister Alice and hubby James) near the aforementioned defunct Podium. We headed up Wood St, down Fore St and wended our way to the Rack and Tenter. Nick and I went for a pint of Breakspear and Alex and Fran went for the Cockahoop. We sat outside for some reason, possibly to justify the shocking site of a patio heater with no one snuggled underneath it? We moven on in search of the City Boot but could not find it and instead went to the Red Lion. Alex and Fran went for the Abbot whilst Nick and I had the Bombadier. We rolled out of there, round the corner and straight into the Bangers. We only just made last orders in here by having halves (Old Wallop all round – served in pweter tankards :) , that or they did not want our sort in there. We moved on up the road to the Fleetwood where I think I became officially quite drunk. Alex, Fran and I went for the Fuller’s ESB whilst Nick had the Discovery. This was quite a big place. There was some quiz machine action but I stepped outside to snap some pics. We moved on to the Flying Horse which was another one right on the edge but not in the city. I had the GK IPA, Alex and Nick had the Hobgoblin and Fran had the Discovery. We followed Finsbury Ave round and stumbled across an All Bar One which for some reason or other, we went into and all drank halves of Duval (with a grean label…). We headed north and past the Broadgate Exchange but for another reason that escapes me, we didn’t go there. We did end up at the Railway Tavern near Liverpool St Station where Alex and Fran had GK Abbot Ale, I had the Old Specled Hen (now also brewed by GK) and Nick had some other indecipherable GK brew. We all dispersed and one way or another got home safely. [Photos]

a) Sutton arms
6 Carthusian St, London, EC1M 6EB

b) The Shakespeare PH
2 Goswell Road, EC1M 7AA

c) The Globe
83 Moorgate, EC2 6SA

d) Rack & Tenter PH
45 Moorfields, EC2Y 9TH

e) The Red Lion
1 Eldon Street, EC2M 7LS

f) Bangers
2-12 Wilson Street, EC2M 2TE

g) Fleetwood PH
36 Wilson Street, EC2M 2TE

h) Flying Horse
52 Wilson St, London, EC2A 2ER

i) All Bar One
18-20 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AS

j) Railway Tavern PH
15 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7NX


17th March 2009 – City of London (part 9)

It was St Patrick’s day and I met Alex and Kate in the Shooting Star which was a decent Fuller’s pub. We moved on south in search of the Old Monk which appears to have gone to the great landlord in the sky. We over shot and stumbled into the Market Trader which seems not to be a City of London pub and was, in terms of the clientle ‘a bit Shoreditch’. We headed back up Middlesex street and found another non-City-of-London pub called the Poet. Nice enough place if not a bit All-bar-one-ish. We had halves in there before moving on to the Kings Stores. The inside of this pub was quite visible from the outside and it reminded me of a cricket pavillion sort of building. We carried on around the corner and into Williamson’s Wine and Ale House which was playing really loud Irish folk music (they called it the Oirish Roooow-ver) and it was actually impossible not to sit further then 8 feet from a speaker (we stayed for halves). We carried on to Woodin’s Shades which was a Nicolson’s pub. We tried to get them to stamp our loyalty cards but they refused and pointed out that the ’stamps’ we already had were useless as they were in fact just scribles made with a pen and were highly forgable (ha ha). We carried on down Bishopsgate to Dirty Dicks. There was a wierd bum-shaped stool at the bar that we were not alowed to sit on. We had halves and Alex managed to knock his over (I gave him some of mine). We headed down New Street to the Magpie which was pretty pleasant. However the thing I remember most about this place was the state of the back board after we had adjusted it to say that all dishes on the menu were on… complete with a pud. We left there and took some photos of a bricked up doorway and then went the longway round to the Bull. Kate went to get the round in but it seems there was some mysogeny at the bar as all the blokes got served first even though she was waving a 20. We skipped the Stone Horse Paper Cow as it looked crappy and instead went over the road to the White Hart. We messed about taking photos of a really red person and I think I lost the map at this place. We headed over the road to the George which was apparently part of a hotel (according to fancyapint.com) but I didn’t notice (too pished). I ran back to the White Hart to try and find the map but it was not there. We ended up in Hammilton Hall just outside Liverpool Street Station. This is a huge Weatherspoons place so not much else to say. We went and got burger’s from the BK in the station (Alex bourght mine) and all went home. [Photos]

a) The Shooting Star
125-129 Middlesex Street, E1 7JF

b) The Market Trader
50 Middlesex St, London, E1 7EX

c) The Poet
82 Middlesex Street, E1 7DA

d) Kings Stores PH
14 Widegate Street, E1 7HP

e) Williams Ale & Wine House
22-24 Artillery Lane, E1 7LP

f) Woodin’s Shades
212 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4PT

g) Dirty Dicks P.H.
Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR

h) The Magpie
12 New Street, EC2M 4TP

i) The Bull
4-6 Devonshire Row

j) White Hart
121 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TH

k) George
Great Eastern Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN

l) Hamilton Hall
32 Liverpool Street Station, Liverpool Street, EC2M 7PY


17th February 2009 – City of London ( part 8 )

I met Alex in the Black Friar near City Thames Link Station. Quite a nice pub inside with lots of interesting carved wood on the walls depicting monks. We left there intending to go East but on our walk about, Fran called from the Black Friar so we headed back to collect him We walked up New Bridge Street and cut down Bride Lane. We went past the Bridewell Theater bar and the City Boardroom (Wine bar) and went to the Crowne and Sugar Loaf instead which was a Sam Smiths place. We went to the Coach and Horses next (greene King) and then headed back to the Tipperary. This was an old Irish bar with the loo at the very top of the pub. I managed to offend the Irish landlord by asking if he was from Southern Ireland to which he replied ‘where else’. I didn’t push my luck by offering Ulster as an alternative. We did have a fascinating discussion about rodent’s vaginal plugs (they eat them apparently). We wondered east down Fleet St and checked to see if our tip that the Kings and Keys was no more and it was indeed no more. We went to the Albion next (ex O’Neills, now Youngs). Darragh went to fetch Florian and we headed onwards to the St Brides Tavern where I was politely asked to remove my hat by the bar maid (this was not a posh place). Bizzarely, Phippsy turned-up at this point and we headed on to the Harrow. I don’t remember much about this place but I do remember the barmaid giving me a funny look at the next place (The Witness Box) and telling me that I was too drunk to get served. I took my hat off and she changed her mind… I think the hat is trouble.

a) Black Friar PH
174 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4DB

b) Crowne & Sugar Loaf
26 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT

c) Coach & Horses
35 Whitefriars Street, EC4 8BH

d) Tipperary
66 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1HT

e) Albion? (was this the old O’Neills?)
2-3 New Bridge Street, EC4V 6AA

f) St Brides Tavern
1 Bridewell Place, EC4V 6AP

g) Harrow Ph
22 Whitefriars Street, EC4 8BX

h) Witness Box
36 Tudor Street, EC4Y 0BQ


6th January 2009 – City of London (part 7)

Kate and Darragh gave us a hand this time. We Began in Williamsons Tavern which is a lovely Nicholson pub, if a little tricky to find. We rolled out of there and straight into Ye Olde Watling which was another Nicholsons place. The Pavilion End was a bit on the poncy side so we stayed for a half. We walked down the road and there is a photo of me sat on some brass statue. Next, we headed to O’Neils which was regrettable. For some reason the Alex did not like the taste of his half and the Landlord took umbridge. We left there (I ran back to photograph the grumpy landlord) and went in search of the elusive Sea Horse. Needless to say we never found the Sea Horse that night althouh some detective work using fancyapint.com and Google maps has since located it… We stumbled into the Hatchet (of which I have no memories) and then tried to visit the London Stone and the All Bar One but both were shut. We couldn’t find the Cannon and so in frustration, re-visited the Golden Fleece (we went there in Oct 2008). It was here that Darragh surprised us with his fascination with women. Kate tried to get her friend Debra to send her a picture of her lady garden but was declined. From there we headed towards Monument and found the Bell. According to the notes we have, this pub had a creaky chair and for some reason Kate had a cold bum. We headed onwards (it was freezing cold) and did another re-visit of the Ship in Talbort Court. From there we went to the Brittania (Weatherspoons-esque downstairs place) which was at the foot of the Monument. It was here that someone uttered the wise words ‘you don’t want to choke on a stiffy!’ Amazingly, I finished my pint before Alex… A pub crawl first. We finished up in the Walrus and Carpenter where a pud was chalked on the wall. [Photos]

a) Williamsons Tavern
1 Groveland Court, EC4M 9EH

b) Ye Olde Watling
29 Watling Street, EC4M 9BR

c) Pavilion End P.H.
23 Watling Street, EC4M 9BR

d) O’Neill’s Irish Bar
65 Cannon Street, EC4 5AA

e) The Hatchet
28 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2BA

f) Golden Fleece PH
8-9 Queen Street, EC4N 1SP

g) The Bell Public House
29 Bush Lane, EC4R 0AN

h) The Ship Ph
11 Talbot Court, EC3V 0BP

i) Brittania
22 Monument Street, EC3R 8AJ

j) Walrus & Carpenter
45 Monument Street, EC3R 8BU


9th December 2008 – City of London (part 6)

We had some help from Darragh and Fran on this one. I met Alex in the Hoop and Grapes which is probably the most easterly pub in the City. I thought it was a ‘Nicolas’ pub (like the wine merchants) but it was a Nicholsons pub… Not important. We moved along to the Still and Stars which was down a strange little road with an entrance similar to a coaching inn. The place was dead when we arrived and had a faint whiff of urinal blocks. Darragh met us there having just eaten a rice crispie square for his dinner. Fran tried to meet us there but couldn’t find it. I found him wandering along Fenchurch St. By the time I had collected Fran, we were finishing our pints so we all moved on the Hennessy’s. According to the photos, it was re-built in 1939 just in time to be bombed during WW II! It was a proper Irish pub in the sense that the owners were Irish, so I imagine that Darragh felt at home. We doubled back on ourselves to head down Minores. We visited the Three Lords which was a nice Youngs establishment. We spotted some dirty herbert having a slash against a wall across from the pub (see photos) and contemplated whether the cellar door inside the pub would take our weight if we bounced on it (decided not to test the hypothesis) and then stood outside for a bit. We headed across Minores to the Chamberlain Hotel (Fullers) which was actually more pub than hotel (but they did have conference facilties downstairs. I went for a pee in the loo and heard what sounded like a tube train rumbling underneath (could have been the Bombay Badboy Pot Noodle I had for lunch). Darragh had to leave us at this point and we cut Crosswall to find another pub. We passed the Angle which looked like it used to be a pub but is now more of an empty restaurant and had dilemas about where to go next. We tryed to go to the East India Arms but found it was shut. We stopped outside for a photo opportunity and for some reason, I decided it would be ammusing to lie on the ground. This girl walked past and asked if I needed help and suggested that I listen to some music. She shoved her iPod earbuds into my ears at which point, I decided that I should really stand up as it was getting a bit wierd. We walked down London St (probably) and went into the Windsor. Despite the building being a bit grotty, it was not a bad place. Alex and I had a pint of Santa’s Tipple, not sure about Fran. We played on the quiz machines for a bit and then proceeded along Crutched Friars. It was somewhere along there that we saw a road called Savage Gardens which gave me a slightly nauseus recollection of the cheesey Aussie pop duet. There was another place called Ordinary French Court… Wierd names! We wound up back at the Chessire Cheese (that we had passed earlier). I had thus far failed to persuede Fran that having halves after the first few pints is a good thing but somehow the bar maid new this and asked us if we wanted halves. Maybe we looked like another pint would have finished us off. We went to the Cructhed Friar next which had it’s doors open but was empty. We were told that they were shut for the night (at 22:40). Fran needed to get back so we walked him to Tower Hill and pointed him in the direction of Monument. Alex and I went for one last one in the Liberty Bounds of which I recall virtually nothing other than it was a Weatherspoons pub. After that, we walked up Great Tower St and East Cheap, I got the 40 and Alex continued on to Liverpool St station. Hangover was 2/10. [Photos]

a) The Hoop & Grapes
47 Aldgate High Street, EC3H 1AL

b) Still & Star
1 Little Somerset Street, E1 8AH

c) Hennessy’s
36 Jewry Street, EC3N 2ET

d) Three Lords
27 Minories, EC3N 1DD

e) Chamberlains Hotel
130-135 Minories, London, EC3N 1NU

f) Windsor at Fenchurch
2 New London Street, EC3R 7NA

g) Cheshire Cheese
48 Crutched Friars, EC3N 2AP

h) Liberty Bounds
15 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AA


19th November 2008 – City of London (part 5)

I met Alex in the Hand and Shears, a lovely oldee stylee pub in a street just round the corner from Barbican tube station. For the first time in my life I was 15 min early. We moved on to The Old Red Cow on Long Lane. This recently re-opened and had a faint whiff of incense. We sat upstairs where there was a free Jukebox and free pens. Actually, I scored a pen from the barman on the promise that we would return for celebratory shots when we had finished all the pubs in the city. We moved onto the Rising Sun which was a Sam Smiths pub (cheeeep beeeer) and then wandered down Cloth Fair and up Barley Mow Alley to find that the Barley Mow was no longer. We decided to switch to halves from here on for longevity. We went to The Distillers which was another recently renovated pub. Someone had ordered a lot of chandeliers. There were chandeliers all over the place. It also had one of the more interesting mullets I have seen (see the photos). I think we went more or less next door after that to the Butchers Hook and Cleaver where we had London Porter (good). I cannot remember why we didn’t go into ‘Club Gascon’ but I think it was not a pub. Instead we went across the weird roundabout thing to the Bishops Finger. This, as you might imagine, was a Hook Shepherd Neame. After some bizarre discussion of how body mass index is too simple a measure to account for different body shapes, we moved onto The Cock. This was downstairs, a bit Student Uniony and had a worrying smell of furniture polish. Apparently it does open at 06:00 for the market if you fancy a tipple on the way to work? We went to 26 Smithfield next which had an unusual torso light. This was the point in the evening that I was declared officially drunk. This was evidenced by me trying to enter the City Raj which was definitely not a pub. We crossed under Holborn Viaduct and over Farringdon St to the Plum Tree. This was a posh place, more a bar than a pub. We had coronas here as i don’t think they had any draught beer. We crossed back over Farringdon St and went to the White Hart. I remember nothing about this place We finished off in the Viaduct which for some reason, Alex noted that this is ‘the original gin palace’. There were two customers in there when we arrived. Pretty quite and the bar maids all turned around when I tried to take their photo but I don’t remember much else about the place. We called it a day then. I was quite disorientated up on the Viaduct but Alex gave me directions. unfortunately, I missed the turn and walked up Grays Inn Rd and ended up in King’s Cross The mile walk did me good. Hangover was 3/10. [Photos]

a) Hand and Shears
1 Middle Street, EC1A 7JA

b) The Old Red Cow
71-72 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ

c) Rising Sun
38 Cloth Fair, EC1A 7JQ

d) The Distillers
64-66 West Smithfield, EC1A 9HE

e) Butchers Hook and Cleaver
61 West Smithfield, EC1A 9DY

f) Bishops Finger
9-10 West Smithfield, EC1A 9JR

g) The Cock
East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH

h) 26 Smithfield
26 Smithfield Street, EC1A 9LB

i) Plum Tree
54 Farringdon Street, EC4A 6BD

j) White Hart
7 Giltspur Street, EC1A 9DE

k) The Viaduct
126 Newgate Street, EC1A 7AA


14th October 2008 – City of London (part 4)

It was just Alex and me this time. I met Alex in the Jamaca Wine House which was a very nice old pub with an incrediby worn threshold at the entrance. We moved on northwards to the Cock and Woolpack (a small Shepard Neam pub with some atmosphere) and then on to a modern bar called Phoenix. This has a no smoking sign hanging up with the witty statement ‘a pub with atmosphere’. This was also ironic as the place had virtually no atmosphere! After that, we stopped at the Telegraph which was possibly the most efficiently run pub I have ever visited. We were practically served beer before we even got there! From there we crossed the road to find the Old Doctor Butler’s head which was a very nice old pub indeed. As you can imagine, we were pretty wrecked by this stage so we swicthed to half pints for the next four pubs. We passed by the City Tup which was closed (for good) and instead went to the City Tavern. This place was empty and had really cheap beer. A bit of a worrying combo if you ask me. We did play pool though (after the machine swallowed Alex quid and we had to ask the barmaid to get the balls out with the key). From there we went on to the Golden Fleece (I don’t remember much about this place) and then the Green Man (which was in an underground shopping center). At this stage we went to get a McDonalds. After a bit of food, we were up for another (proper pint) and so finished up in the Red Lion. I owed Alex £10… [Photos]

a) Jamaica Wine House
12 St Michaels Alley, Cornhill, EC3V 9DS

b) The Cock and Woolpack
6 Finch Lane, EC3V 3NA

c) The Phoenix
26 Throgmorton Street, EC2N 2AN

d) The Telegraph
11 Telegraph Street, EC2R 7LL

e) Old Doctor Butler’s Head
2 Mason’s Ave, EC2V

f) City Tavern
29-30 Lawrence Lane, EC2V 8DP

g) Golden Fleece
8-9 Queen Street, EC4N 1SP

h) Green Man
1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ

i) Red Lion
8 Lombard Court, EC3V 9BJ


28th May 2008 – City of London (part 3)

We had a larger bunch that normal. Fran and I met Alex in the Cockpit which was a really great pub. Darragh and Nick joined us there later. We moved on to the Rising Sun and started a Kitty. Florian and Derrien arrived. Next we tried to go to the Goose at the Castle but could not find it. Instead we went to Ye Olde London, which was a place Alex and I visited (and later lost) on the first pub crawl we did. About 90% of the pub is down stairs. Dave joined us there. We then moved on to the Punch Tavern and next door to the Old Bell. We finished up in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (another pub from the first pub crawl). Thankfully, by the time we had decided to move on to another pub, time had been called. We walked down Fleet St looking for somewhere but found nothing. The hangover was about 7 out of 10. [Photos]

a) Cockpit
7 Andrews Hill, EC4V 5BY

b) Rising Sun
61 Carter Lane,EC4V 5DY

c) Ye Olde London
1 Old Bailey, EC4M 7BG

d) Punch Tavern
99 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DE

e) The Old Bell
95 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DH

f) Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU


29th Apr 2008 – City of London (part 2)

Darragh had to bail on us for this one. I met Alex in The Ship, near Monument. The pub turned out to be down a loading bay, as many pubs round here seem to be. We moved on to the Swan Tavern which had the smallest bar you could imagine with a mirror at one end that appeared to double the size. Alex thought it was another part to the bar but upon realising the mistake, we had to leave the pub and re-enter to save face. We went upstairs whci had more room but we were the only ones there not wearing pin stripped suits. We moved on to the Ship Tavern which was a weird underground bar with an upsidedown canoe on the entrance ceiling. Only stayed for a half in there before moving on to the Grapes just up the road. This was not on the fancyapint.com map but was a decent place. We stood outside and chatted with smokers under a very leaky shelter. Next was the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market. Not a bad Youngs pub. We had proper pints there. We went round the corner and found the New Moon, on the edge of the market. The footy was on and it was rammed so we sat outside (covered in the Market) on what appeared to be 150 pint kegs. I remember very little about the Crosse Keys as by this point I was wrecked. I do remember something about the last place we went to (Counting House) and that was that it had an amazing glass ceiling resembling the dome of St Paul’s. We finished our pints, stomachs still full of beer and went home at about 9:45. I remember Alex saying you look like s**t. Still, at least I didn’t puke this time!

a) The Ship
11 Talbot Court, EC3V 0BP

b) The Swan Tavern
77-80 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0AS

c) The Ship Tavern
27 Lime Street, EC3M 7HR

d) The Grapes
14 Lime Street, London

e) Lamb Tavern
10-12 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LR

f) New Moon
88 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0DN

g) The Crosse Keys
9 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0DR

h) Counting House
50 Cornhill, EC3V 3PD


1st Apr 2008 – City of London (part 1)

Darragh and I met Alex in Ye Olde Mitre in which is not within the square mile and is tiny and difficult to find but has been called ‘the best pub in London’. We moved on to the Melton Mowbray where we were served ESB in lame (not Gay) pint glasses. We went in to the backstreets at this point and stopped at the Castle. Darragh went to fetch Kevin, then we tried to go to the Printers Devil (98-99 Fetter lane, EC4A 1EP) only to find it closed. Luckily, the White Swan was just next door. After that, we cut down Greystoke passage and went into the Blue Anchor (23 Rolls Passage, EC4A 14U). We didn’t stop as there was a private function in progress. Instead we went on to the Old Bank of England. This is an amazing building inside but also a huge waste of space (30 foot high ceilings covered in murials). We headed back to the Knights Templar after which Darragh and Kevin departed for Boom-boom street. Alex and I left the square mile and headed for The Seven Stars. The bar maid in their was WWWierd. I had one sip of my pint and had to go outside to vomit. Alex finished his pint but was totally freaked out by the bar maid. No one remembers exactly how they got home… [Photos]

a) Ye Olde Mitre Tavern
1 Ely Court, EC1N 6SJ

b) Melton Mowbray
18 Holborn, EC1N 2LE

c) The Castle
26 Furnival Street, EC4A 1JS

d) The White Swan
108 Fetter Lane, EC4A 1ES

e) Old Bank of England
194 Fleet Street, EC4A 2LT

f) Knights Templar
95 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1DT

g) The Seven Stars
53 Carey Street, WC2A 7JB


26th Feb 2008 – round Fitzrovia (Noho) with Darragh

I Met Alex in the Crown, then Darragh joined us. The Jack Horner and Marquis of Granby passed without any issues. Things went pear-shaped when we marched into the Newman’s and somehow orders 6 pints when we wanted 3. I have little recollection of the Wheatsheaf and the Bricklayers except for this guy in one of them with some odd glasses that had prongs resting on is cheeks. The Burger King saved me from a massive hangover. [Photos]

a) The Crown
51 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BL

b) The Jack Horner
46 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 2ED

c) The Marquis of Granby
2 Rathbone Street, W1T 1AH

d) Newman Arms
23 Rathbone Street, W1T 1NQ

e) Wheatsheaf
25 Rathbone Place, W1T 1DG

f) Bricklayers Arms
31 Gresse Street, W1T 1QY


29th Oct 2007 – Soho to Piccadilly Circus

It was Halloween and we had the tricky territory of south of Soho to cover. We started well in De Hems. Sunk to a low in Waxy O’ Connors (interesting use of trees) and then picked a random selection of pubs between there and the Blues Bar. We did see a shark attack victim/shark impailed on a person costume… [Photos]

a) De Hems
11 Macclesfield Street, W1D 5BW

b) Waxy O’Connors
14-16 Rupert Street, W1D 6DF

c) The Crown
64 Brewer Street, W1F 9TR

d) Leicester Arms
44 Glasshouse Street, W1B 5DP

e) Red Lion
14 Kingly Street, W1B 5PR

f) Blue Posts
18 Kingly Street, W1B 5PX

g) The Blues Bar
20 Kingly Street, W1B 5PZ


Sept 2007 – round Covent Garden and Soho with Darragh

Things nearly went west in the Lowlander when Darragh and I missed Alex. The freemason’s would have been dull had Alex not produced a bag of ‘Creamy Dreams’ that he bought on holiday. The Cross Keys and Two Brewers were very nice pubs. The Rupert Street bar and G-A-Y bar were ‘interesting’. [Photos]

a) Lowlander
36 Drury Lane, WC2B 5RR

b) Freemason’s Arms
81-82 Long Acre, WC2E 9NG

c) Cross Keys
31 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA

d) Two Brewers
40 Monmouth St, WC2H 9EP

e) Rupert Street
50 Rupert Street, W1D 6DS

f) G-A-Y Bar
30 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JX


21 Aug 2007 – Round Holborn

The Cittie of York was a good (Sam Smiths) place to start. The Old Nick was a classic boozer and the Bountiful cow was a bar that sold cow and cigars and were also in the business of weird milk dispensers. The Bung Hole was hilarious, mainly due to them selling beer in pewter jugs. Alex liked it so much he left his bag there and had to run back when he realised in the Red Lion. The Ship and the Na Zdrowie Bar were both bizzarrely back ally numbers and Alex tells me that the Ship was definately smokey, even though this was after the smoking ban.

a) Cittie of York
22 High Holborn, WC1V 6BS

b) Old Nick
21 – 22 Sandland Street, WC1R 4PZ

c) The Bountiful Cow
51 Eagle Street, WC1R 4AP

d) The Bung Hole Cellar
57 High Holborn, WC1V 6DX

e) Old Red Lion
72 High Holborn, WC1V 6LS

f) Ship Tavern
12 Gate Street, WC2A 3HP

g) Na Zdrowie Bar
11 Little Turnstile, WC1V 7DX

h) The Sun
21 Drury Lane, WC2B 5RH


31 July 2007 – Bethnal Green with Kate

I met Alex and Kate at Bethnal Green tube station and we walked a long way to the Cat and Mutton. It was the first day of the UK smoking ban so there were lots of people outside. There were also lots of people (blokes) with very odd facial hair (moustaches mainly) in the Cat and Mutton that evening. The Dove was a great Belgian beer/gastro pub. We saw a dutch/belgian family that had unusual splayed lips…

a) Cat and Mutton
76 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ

b) The Dove
24 Broadway Market, London, E8, UK


15 June 2007 – The Inaugural Pub Crawl (Alex, James and Emma)

Alex and Kate moved to the other side of London. Alex, Emma and I were discussing meeting up in the future and came up with the idea of meeting in a random-ish pub and going on from there… A month later, Alex and I start off in the Market Porter. We grabbed some Lowenbrau from the Londis near Borough Market and carried on over London Bridge. We either went via Cheapside or Cannon St, it is disputable but either way, we went to a pub where I offended the Polish bar maid by being surprised that she had heard of Doctor Who… We went to the fine bub that is Ye Olde Cheshire and a guy in squeaky trousers passed by that I felt compelled to video (to be posted). Emma joined us and we went on. I don’t recall but there is photographic evidence of unspeakable things being done to the great bastion of British justice. There was a stop at the BurgerKing on Kingsway, then we wound up at the Prince of Wales on Drury Lane. About 200 school kids went marching past (Emma took video). We wound up in the Porter House and managed to find Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. What a great end to a great start of an almighty London pub crawl. [Photos]

a) The Market Porter
9 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA

b) Ye Olde London
1 Old Bailey, EC4M 7BG

c) Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU

d) Prince of Wales
150-151 Drury Lane, WC2B 5TB

e) The Porter House
21 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA