Charing Cross Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 7:30 PM

The Nell Gwynne

1/2 Bull Inn Court, London, WC2R 0NP


Nell Gwynne

This pub crawl takes us to some of the best pubs in the Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square area, starting at The Nell Gwynne – – 1/2 Bull Inn Court, WC2R 0NP.

Bull Inn Court is a narrow alleyway which runs between the north side of the Strand and Maiden Lane. The entrance from the Strand is halfway between the Adelphi Theatre and the Vaudeville Theatre, which are themselves around midway between Trafalgar Square and Aldwych. The Maiden Lane entrance is next to “Condesa”, 15 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NG.

The nearest underground stations are Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Embankment.

The Nell Gwynne is the type of traditional pub which is nowadays very rare in Central London. The present Grade II listed building dates from the late 19th century, but it was built on the site of the Old Bull Inn which dates back to much earlier times and was frequented by Nell Gwynne in the mid to late 17th century, hence the name by which it is currently known.

Even the alleyway, still with gas lighting and some Art Nouveau tiling, has some history. Back in 1897, William Terris, a famous actor of that era, was murdered here by a stage hand from the Adelphi.

The plan is to move on to The Harp, 47 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS – – at 8.45 and then The Old Shades, 37 Whitehall, SW1A 2BX – – at around 10.00.

The Harp is now owned by Fuller’s, but is still run more like a Free House with up to 10 hand-pumps in use at any one time. Despite dating from the 18th century, it is rather surprisingly only an unlisted “Local Building of Merit”.

The Old Shades is run by Redcomb, a small independent group, and usually has an interesting selection of ales on offer. The building itself dates back to 1898 and is Grade II listed. It’s somewhere we really ought to visit more often.

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Moorgate Pub Crawl

Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 7:30 PM

The Flying Horse

52 Wilson Street, London, EC2A 2ER


Flying Horse 2

This pub crawl takes us to a new area for the group, starting at The Flying Horse, 52 Wilson Street, EC2A 2ER – – a Grade II listed traditional pub, which dates back to the early nineteenth century.

The nearest station is Moorgate, served by several underground lines and National Rail. Take the exit for Moorgate east side, turn right when you leave the station and head towards Finsbury Square, crossing over South Place and Lackington Street and passing Barclays Bank, Marks & Spencer and Gap on the way. As soon as you reach Finsbury Square (there’s a “wasabi” right on the corner but the fascia was obscured by scaffolding when I did the recce), turn right and you’ll see the pub about 150 yards ahead of you.

The plan is to move on to Finch’s, 12A Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AN – – at around 8.45 and then the Long Arm Pub & Brewery, 20-26 Worship Street, EC2A 2DX – – at around 10.00. The Long Arm should be open until midnight, but the nearby Singer Tavern, 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG – – is open until 1am and might appeal to those who want to stay out a bit later.

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“The London Beer Festival”

Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 8:00 PM

The Crosse Keys

9 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0DR


Crosse Keys

The Crosse Keys, 9 Gracechurch St., EC3V 0DR – – is one of Wetherspoon’s rather grand bank conversions. This one was once the London headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

Their “London Beer Festival” features a selection of reasonably priced Craft Beers and Real Ales from 20 London Brewers*, so there should be something to suit most tastes. I haven’t checked but you can usually sample any three of the Festival ales in third-of-a-pint glasses, for the same price as a pint.

I’ve put up a slightly later than usual starting time for this event, simply because I’m not sure I’ll be able to get there any earlier, but if you’d prefer to get there before 8 o’clock please feel free to start without me!

The Crosse Keys is just a few minutes walk from Monument underground station, which is at the bottom end of Gracechurch St., but please note that there is no Circle Line service between Hammersmith and Tower Hill via King’s Cross on 3rd February. However, for those who would normally use this service, finding a different route should be fairly straightforward with a bit of forward planning.

One other option is Bank (Central & Northern lines and DLR). Take exit 6, walk straight down Lombard St. and turn left when you reach Gracechurch St., which is the last major road before you get to the “Walkie-Talkie”.

The plan is for this to be a one-pub event (although I will try to come up with a late-night option) but, as ever, we may need to do things differently on the night. To sign up for the event, please join the group at

*Anspach & Hobday, By The Horns, Cronx, East London, Enfield, Five Points, Hop Stuff, Moncada, Portobello, Redemption, Reunion, Sambrook’s, Signature, Southwark, Truman’s, Twickenham, Watneys, Wild Card, Wimbledon and Windsor & Eton.