Zipf’s Covent Garden Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 7:30 PM

The Harp

47 Chandos Place, London, WC2N 4HS



Last time out we had to contend with Storm Dennis, so for this event I’ve stuck to the Principle of Least Effort (aka Zipf’s Law, apparently). This area is just about as central as it gets and the pubs are literally crawling distance from one another.

Anyway, we’ll be going to some of the best independently run pubs just to the south of Covent Garden, starting at The Harp, 47 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS – Although now owned by Fuller’s, it still feels more like a Free House with up to ten hand-pumps in use at any one time.

There’s normally more room in the alleyway at the back of the pub than there is inside or on the pavement at the front, so we’ll probably give that a try if the weather’s fine. The nearest underground stations are Charing Cross and Leicester Square.

The plan is to move on to The Lemon Tree, 4 Bedfordbury, WC2N 4BP – – at around 8.45 and then The Marquis, 51-52 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS – – at around 10.00.

The Lemon Tree is a small individually run pub, which had a particularly well thought out selection of real ales when I did the recce, and The Marquis is part of a family-owned group, which includes The Sun Tavern on Long Acre and The White Hart at the top of Drury Lane.

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St. James’s Park Victorian Pubs

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 7:30 PM

The Feathers

18-20 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BH


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Our first pub, The Feathers, 18-20 Broadway, SW1H 0BH – – is late Victorian and takes its name from the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

The nearest underground station is St. James’s Park. Take the Petty France exit (which may well be the only one open when we get there), turn right and then, after about 50 yards, turn right again into Broadway and you’ll see the pub just to the right of the Conrad Hotel.

The plan is to move on to the Grafton Arms, 2 Strutton Ground, SW1P 2HP – – at around 8.45 and then The Albert, 52 Victoria Street, SW1H 0NP – – at around 10.00.

The Grafton Arms, which dates from the mid-nineteenth century, is probably best known for being where Jimmy Grafton and the Goons wrote scripts for the Goon Show. The Albert, an ornate, listed, mid-Victorian building, now somewhat out of place in its surroundings, is named after the Prince Consort who had died in 1861, aged just 42.

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