Theatreland Pub Crawl

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 7:30 PM

The Queen’s Head

15 Denman Street, London, W1D 7HN


This pub crawl takes us to a new area for the group, just to the north of Piccadilly Circus, starting at The Queen’s Head, 15 Denman Street, W1D 7HN – – a free house dating back to 1736.

The Queen’s Head is very close to Piccadilly Circus underground station – take Exit 1 for Regent Street (East Side), head straight ahead into Sherwood Street and after about 50 yards, just beyond Jamie’s Italian, look to the right and you’ll see the pub right next door to the Piccadilly Theatre, just a few yards along Denman Street.

The plan is to move on to The Lyric, 37 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LU – – at around 9.00 and then the St. James Tavern, 45 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7NE  – – at around 10.30. The Lyric is a “locals” type  of pub – now few and far between in Central London – and the St. James Tavern is part of Stonegate’s craft pub estate.

All three of these pubs should be open until midnight, but the Be At One cocktail bar at 20 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LA (opposite The Lyric) is also open to midnight and might appeal to some of those who want to stay out a bit later. 

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“The World’s Biggest Real-Ale Festival”

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:30 PM

The Metropolitan Bar

7 Station Approach, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LA


Wetherspoon’s real ale festival – –  (the “World’s Biggest” according to them) looks like another excellent opportunity to meet up in the grandeur of The Metropolitan Bar – – named after the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first urban underground railway. 

The pub is adjacent to the Marylebone Road exits from Baker Street underground station, although the entrance was obscured by scaffolding when I was last there.

The Festival features Real Ales from 30 different brewers – including 5 from abroad (one each from Australia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the USA) – so there should be something to suit most tastes. You can sample any three of the Festival ales in third-of-a-pint glasses, for the same price as a pint.

The pub itself, which was fully refurbished around a year ago, offers a rather strange mix of Wetherspoon’s usual downmarket prices with the less typical upmarket surroundings. There’s an interesting range of artwork and memorabilia on display – here’s just one example from the ceiling, but there’s a lot more on the walls, both in the main bar and the smaller rooms on the way in.

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