Alex and James’ Almighty London Pub Crawl

Alex and I always used to drink in the same couple of pubs and yet there are thousands of pubs and bars in London (3800?). Since 2007, Alex and I have been 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 with a mission to visit every pub in the City of London (The Square Mile). We completed that in just over two years 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 30th Jul 2015
  • Thur 24th Sept 2015
  • Thur 29th Oct 2015
  • Thur 26th Nov 2015
  • Tue 29th Dec 2015
  • Thur 28th Jan 2016
  • Thur 25th Feb 2015

pub crawl statistics

As of Oct 2014, we have...

  • done 82 pub crawls, over eight years
  • visted 616 individual pubs (not counting repeat visits)
  • visted 635 pubs (counting repeat visits)
  • averaged 8 pubs per crawl (median visited)
  • visited up to 12 pubs per crawl (maximum visited)
Plots showing number of pubs and number of people per crawl:

Past pub crawls

2nd July 2015 - South from Hammersmith

I met Alex in the Hop Poles near Hammersmith tube station for our follow-up to the previous crawl. We cleaned-up a bunch of pubs in the area before heading south. We Stopped in the Distillers, Old Suffolk Punch (OSP) and the Southern Belle (all good pubs) before ending up in the Crabtree. This pub has a great outdoor space but we were in the middle of nowhere (next to Craven Cottage). We made a break for the Coulton Arms and vowed to begin near Baron's Court next time.

a) The Hop Poles
17-19 King Street, W6 9HR

b) Hammersmith Ram
81 King Street, W6 9HW

c) The William Morris
2-4 King Street, W6 0QA

d) The Yard Bird
17-18 Broadway Shopping Centre, Hammersmith, W6 9YD

e) The Duke of Cornwall
48 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 9PH

f) The Distillers
64 Fulham Palace Road, W6 9PH

g) O.S.P.
80 Fulham Palace Road, W6 9PL

h) Southern Belle
175 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8QT

i) Crabtree Tavern
Rainville Road, W6 9HA

j) Colton Arms
187 Greyhound Road, W14 9SD

28th May 2015 - North from Hammersmith

I met Alex in the Swan near Hammersmith tube station. We headed north from there twoards Brook Green stopping at Bellushi's (!!!) and gatecrashing a Sony party at the Draught House. We paid a second visit to the Brook Green Hotel where we bumped into Dave who I work with. This prompted a thought about how unlikely it is to bump into someone you know in a pub somewhere in London (think birthday paradox). We moved on to the Queen's Head where we met Steve (who I aslo work with) and headed eastwards. We stopped at four more, ending near Steve's house in West Kensignton.

a) The Swan
46 Hammersmith Broadway, London, W6 0DZ

b) Belushis
28 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 7AB

c) The Draught House
238 Shepherds Bush Rd, London, W6 7NL

d) Brook Green Hotel
170 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7PB

e) The Queens Head
13 Brook Green, London, W6 7BL

f) Latymers
Hammersmith Road, W6 7JP

g) The Albion
121 Hammersmith Road, W14 0QL

h) Cumberland Arms
29 North End Road, W14 8SZ

i) Live and Let Live
35-37 North End Rd, London, W14 8SZ

30th April 2015 - South of Shepherd's Bush

I met Alex in the Green followed shortly by the Other Alex (D). This is just around the corner from QPR's ground and apparently often packed with footie fans. We moved across the road to The Defectors Weld which is massive and serves quite good beer. We headed up to Westfield :\ to the Bull and then south to proper pubs like the Bull and the Havelock Tavern. We then looped past the Bird in Hand, Jameson, Brooke Green Hotel and finished in the Richmond.

a) The Green
172-174 Uxbridge Road, W12 7JP

b) The Defectors Weld
170 Uxbridge Road, W12 8AA

c) The Bull
Wood Lane, Unit 1033, Westfield Shopping Centre, London, W12 7SL

d) Havelock Tavern
57 Masbro Road, W14 0LS

e) Bird In Hand
88 Masbro Road, W14 0LR

f) The Jameson (ex Fox and Hounds)
43 Blythe Rd, W14 0HR

g) Brook Green Hotel
170 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7PB

h) The Richmond
55 Shepherds Bush Rd, London, W6 7LU

26th March 2015 - Notting Hill to Shepherd's Bush

I met Alex in The Hillgate which is pub we somehow managed to miss on our previous Notting Hill crawls. We headed west to a few pubs around Ladbroke Grove before hitting Shepherds Bush for Bellushi's! We found a Brew Dog bar there that sold dangerously strong and tasty beer (mistake to have 4 1/3rds). We ended on a whiskey in the Sindercombe Social which was an unusual end to a pub crawl.

a) The Hillgate
24 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR

b) The Mitre
40 Holland Park Avenue, W11 3QY

c) Ladbroke Arms
54 Ladbroke Road, W11 3NW

d) The Academy
57 Princedale Road, W11 4NP

e) The Castle
100 Holland Park Ave, W11 4UA

f) The Stuart Arms
26 Norland Road, London, W11 4TR

g) Belushi's
13-15 Shepherds Bush Green, West 12 Shopping Centre, London, W12 8PH

g) The Central Bar
Unit 1, West 12 Shopping Cente, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8PH

h) BrewDog(ex ONeills)
Goldhawk Road, W12 8QD

i) Sindercombe Social
2 Goldhawk Road, White City, London W12 8QD

19th February 2015 - Lincoln's Inn Field to High Holborn

Having told Dave I am never late for a pub crawl. I was 5 min late meeting Dave and Alex in Ye Olde White Horse. I even had to leave them in the pub to get some food! We met Fran in the George IV which was pub with a strong funk of farts when we visited. Nice!. From there we headed west via a student union bar (3 tuns) and also visited a previous favourite, the Lowlander. We ended on a high note in the Craft Beer Co.

a) Ye Olde White Horse
2 St Clements Lane, WC2A 2HA

b) George IV
28-30 Portugal Street, WC2A 2HF

c) The 3 Tuns
1 Sheffield Street, WC2A

d) AllBarOne
58 Kingsway, London WC2B 6DX

e) Philomenas (formerly ONeills)
40 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA

f) Lowlander
36 Drury Lane, WC2B 5RR

g) Sun Tavern
66 Long Acre, WC2E 9JD

h) Crown and Anchor
22 Neal Street, WC2H 9PS

i) The Craft Beer Co
168 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA

29th January 2015 - Charing Cross to Covent Garden

I met Alex in the Theodore and Bull Frog which as you might guess by the name is more bar than traditional pub. We stayed with that theme for All BAr One before getting to The Beer Room in Charing Cross station which is actually not terrible for a station pub. From there we headed along The Strand to the Savoy Tup before heading north to Covent Garden for the Punch and Judy and a few others we have somehow not managed to hit before.

a) Theodore Bull Frog
26 John Adam Street, WC2N 6HL

b) All Bar One
6 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NQ

c) The Beer Room (Ex Boadicea?)
Charing Cross Station, WC2N 5HS

d) Savoy Tup
2 Savoy Street, WC2R 0BA

e) Punch and Judy
The Market Piazza, WC2E 8RF

f) Belushis
9 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ

g) Nell of Old Drury
29 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JS

h) Marquess of Anglesey
39 Bow Street, WC2E 7AU

i) Coach and Horses
42 Wellington Street, WC2E 7BD

j) The Globe
37 Bow Street, WC2E 7AU

29th December 2014 - Round London Bridge and Borough

We had Fran and Dave with us for our yearly romp around Southwark. We met in the Globe for a few before heading off to the Rack where we met a guy sat at the bar with a load of cheese doing an impromptu beer and cheese pairing session. He had quite a big knife and a threatening manner so we ate the cheese and didn't question too much. From there we made it do a bunch of pubs that were open and five that were closed or gone.

a) Bunch of Grapes
2 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RS

b) The Globe
8 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL

c) The Rake
14 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG

d) Rose and Crown
65 Union Street, SE1 1SG

e) Blue Eyed Maid
173 Borough High Street, SE1 1HR

f) Lord Clyde
27 Clennam Street, SE1 1ER

g) The Union Jack
225 Union Street, London SE1 0LR

h) Lord Nelson
243 Union Street, SE1 0LR

4th December 2014 - Around Temple and The Strand

Just Alex and me this time. We started in The George near the Temple. From there we headed next door to Daly's Wine Bar that had beer on tap. We then found a bunch of pubs we did not know existed that were quite good. Devereux is right next to the Temple and the exteria has a whiff of that place Harry Potter goes shopping. The Temple Brew House was a microbrew pub and well worth a visit. From there we hit a bunch of places not worthy of mention. One thing to note is me hijacking a karaoke session in the Walkabout.

a) The George
213 Strand, WC2R 1AP

b) Dalys Bar
48 Essex Street, WC2R 3JG

c) Devereux
20 Devereux Court, London, WC2R 3JJ

d) The Temple Brew House
46 Essex Street, London, WC2R 3JF

e) Edgar Wallace
40 Essex Street, WC2R 3JF

f) Cheshire Cheese
5 Little Essex Street, WC2R 3LD

g) The Temple Bar (formerly Milfords)
1 Milford Lane, WC2R 3LL

h) Walkabout
Temple Station, Temple Place, London WC2R 2PH

i) Wellington
351 Strand, WC2R 0HS

j) Lyceum Tavern
354 Strand, WC2R 0HS

k) Coal Hole
91 Strand, WC2R 0DW

l) Nell Gwynne Tavern
1-2 Bull Inn Court, WC2R 0NP

22nd November 2014 - round Brixton and CARTER!

Alex and I were off to see (probably) the last gig Carter USM played. We decided to get in a pub crawl before the gig which with hind sight was probably a terrible idea. We started in the Canterbury Arms where a load of other Carter fans were gathering (Dog T-shirts). From there we jaunted past another five pubs before the gig. We ended up at the after party in Brixton Jamm where Clinton USM did a set and I surprised everyone with a stage dive! I ached like hell the next day. Alex tells me he had a fat ear from getting booted by a stage diver in the Brixton Academy.

a) Canterbury Arms
8 Canterbury Crescent, SW9 7QD

b) The Duke of Edinburgh
204 Fearndale Road, SW9 8AG

c) The Beehive
407-409 Brixton Road, SW9 7DG

d) The Prince
469 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH

e) Market House
443 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LN

f) The Prince Albert
418 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF

g) Jamm
261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH

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

See the archive of past crawls