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SonOfHermann07  [Member]
2/18/2012 4:22:20 PM
I'm cross-posting this from GD in hopes of getting more input...


THE IMAGE ABOVE IS A PAID ADVERTISEMENT
I have a buddy that is going to London for a week in March. He was asking me about London pubs: Having
not been there myself, I advised him to get a copy of CAMRA's "Good Beer Guide". Other than that, can anyone
recommend some 'must visit' pubs??? Thx!

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UKjohn  [Team Member]
2/18/2012 4:38:02 PM
pub + London = shandy
other than that , i got nothing
Mrblackrifle  [Member]
2/18/2012 4:45:56 PM
Hi seems ike there is lots of info on http://www.pubs.com/
It really depends on where you are in london as its quite a big place, comparing in size roughly to your local wallmart.
LV426  [Member]
2/18/2012 5:26:01 PM
If near Borough Market (worth a visit especially on a Friday or Saturday) there are quite a few good pubs nearby such as
-The old King's Head
- The George
- the Lord Clyde
and literally backing onto the Market
- the Market Porter
Or my current favourite, also next to the Market,
- The Rake ( a truly tiny pub with more real ales than you would think possible).

All the above are within a few minutes of London Bridge station and all are worth a try. You will find me in one of the above every Friday lunchtime.
FALus  [Member]
2/18/2012 6:29:33 PM
Originally Posted By LV426:
If near Borough Market (worth a visit especially on a Friday or Saturday) there are quite a few good pubs nearby such as
-The old King's Head
- The George
- the Lord Clyde
and literally backing onto the Market
- the Market Porter
Or my current favourite, also next to the Market,
- The Rake ( a truly tiny pub with more real ales than you would think possible).

All the above are within a few minutes of London Bridge station and all are worth a try. You will find me in one of the above every Friday lunchtime.


These are all good pubs and well worth a visit, although the Market porter is usually pretty busy.

If you're near Covent Garden, try The Cross Keys in Endell Street.
rapifen  [Member]
2/18/2012 6:46:46 PM
When i lived lived there last i loved the 'Hermits Cave' .... this link should give you the location and someone has nicely put a photo up (on the left of the screen)
Hermits
Its not the nicest part of town though, so would only say to go there ("down sarf") if in the area already.... i couldnt sum up 'real London' anywhere better than this.

The Market Porter as already mentioned in London Bridge was good, Also in the same area is The Anchor - recently briefly featured in the film 'Get him to the Greek' .... and where we went for a wake for a friend who died young..... nice pub.
Anchor

If your friend is up Camden way... i used to like the Dublin Castle and the 'Good Mixer' when i lived in Camden...was a while ago now, but google shows them both doing well!
Dublin Castle
Good Mixer

Finally if in Russell Square (more central) i would say go to the 'Friend at Hand'... literally 10 seconds walk round the corner from the tube station. And by far the best pub now in that area... was there week before last, still going good.
Friend at Hand

As a snakebite drinker though i cant comment on 'real ale' pubs, as would be promoted by the CAMRA guide
lynk  [Member]
2/19/2012 6:12:05 AM
Can't tell you much about the booze there (I don't really drink) but as I work in the city I have to recommend this "Tavern" which has been in the same place since 1757 (tho it's older than that). Great food, I usually have the mixed grill with the chump chop and stewed cheese for desert.

Simpsons Tavern
SonOfHermann07  [Member]
2/20/2012 7:40:28 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions so far! My friend is staying at the Berjaya Eden Park Hotel in Bayswater.
Bradders  [Moderator]
2/20/2012 7:44:02 AM
Originally Posted By SonOfHermann07:
Thanks for all the suggestions so far! My friend is staying at the Berjaya Eden Park Hotel in Bayswater.


Why do you Yanks always go to Bayswater?
SonOfHermann07  [Member]
2/20/2012 9:13:40 AM

Originally Posted By Bradders:
Originally Posted By SonOfHermann07:
Thanks for all the suggestions so far! My friend is staying at the Berjaya Eden Park Hotel in Bayswater.


Why do you Yanks always go to Bayswater?

I have no idea –– I'm sure this is a package deal arranged by the university team staff. What's Bayswater area like??
Bradders  [Moderator]
2/20/2012 9:16:23 AM
Originally Posted By SonOfHermann07:

Originally Posted By Bradders:
Originally Posted By SonOfHermann07:
Thanks for all the suggestions so far! My friend is staying at the Berjaya Eden Park Hotel in Bayswater.


Why do you Yanks always go to Bayswater?

I have no idea –– I'm sure this is a package deal arranged by the university team staff. What's Bayswater area like??


Bedsit land, lots of cheap hotels that aren't cheap and full of tourists and other foreigners.

LoneSniper  [Team Member]
2/20/2012 10:08:09 AM
I'd recommend The Chandos http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/65/657/ near Trafalgar Square. Lovely cheap ales there. If you are in town after the 15th March I'll meet you there for a pint.
Also The Wellington at Waterloo has a good ale selection and fine food http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/21/213/Wellington/Waterloo


QwikKotaTx  [Team Member]
2/22/2012 4:56:22 PM
Originally Posted By LV426:
If near Borough Market (worth a visit especially on a Friday or Saturday) there are quite a few good pubs nearby such as
-The old King's Head
- The George
- the Lord Clyde
and literally backing onto the Market
- the Market Porter
Or my current favourite, also next to the Market,
- The Rake ( a truly tiny pub with more real ales than you would think possible).

All the above are within a few minutes of London Bridge station and all are worth a try. You will find me in one of the above every Friday lunchtime.


I'm going to try to take a taxi from Paddington Station to the area you are describing this saturday. Is Borough Market all I need to tell the taxi driver or should I be more specific by picking a pub?
Bradders  [Moderator]
2/22/2012 5:04:16 PM
Originally Posted By QwikKotaTx:
Originally Posted By LV426:
If near Borough Market (worth a visit especially on a Friday or Saturday) there are quite a few good pubs nearby such as
-The old King's Head
- The George
- the Lord Clyde
and literally backing onto the Market
- the Market Porter
Or my current favourite, also next to the Market,
- The Rake ( a truly tiny pub with more real ales than you would think possible).

All the above are within a few minutes of London Bridge station and all are worth a try. You will find me in one of the above every Friday lunchtime.


I'm going to try to take a taxi from Paddington Station to the area you are describing this saturday. Is Borough Market all I need to tell the taxi driver or should I be more specific by picking a pub?


That will be an expensive taxi ride.
Better to get the tube to Borough station
http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/page/visit-us
QwikKotaTx  [Team Member]
2/22/2012 10:03:50 PM
Originally Posted By Bradders:
Originally Posted By QwikKotaTx:
Originally Posted By LV426:
If near Borough Market (worth a visit especially on a Friday or Saturday) there are quite a few good pubs nearby such as
-The old King's Head
- The George
- the Lord Clyde
and literally backing onto the Market
- the Market Porter
Or my current favourite, also next to the Market,
- The Rake ( a truly tiny pub with more real ales than you would think possible).

All the above are within a few minutes of London Bridge station and all are worth a try. You will find me in one of the above every Friday lunchtime.


I'm going to try to take a taxi from Paddington Station to the area you are describing this saturday. Is Borough Market all I need to tell the taxi driver or should I be more specific by picking a pub?


That will be an expensive taxi ride.
Better to get the tube to Borough station
http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/page/visit-us


Really? Even on that "short" of a ride? I was going to take a taxi from Heathrow to London but that Express tube is too cheap to pass up. Thanks for the link.
Dave-UK  [Team Member]
2/23/2012 2:23:41 PM
Originally Posted By Bradders:
Originally Posted By QwikKotaTx:
Originally Posted By LV426:
If near Borough Market (worth a visit especially on a Friday or Saturday) there are quite a few good pubs nearby such as
-The old King's Head
- The George
- the Lord Clyde
and literally backing onto the Market
- the Market Porter
Or my current favourite, also next to the Market,
- The Rake ( a truly tiny pub with more real ales than you would think possible).

All the above are within a few minutes of London Bridge station and all are worth a try. You will find me in one of the above every Friday lunchtime.


I'm going to try to take a taxi from Paddington Station to the area you are describing this saturday. Is Borough Market all I need to tell the taxi driver or should I be more specific by picking a pub?


That will be an expensive taxi ride.
Better to get the tube to Borough station
http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/page/visit-us


Black cab fares - could be up to £8.20 a mile