Zipf’s Covent Garden Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 7:30 PM

The Harp

47 Chandos Place, London, WC2N 4HS

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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 – http://www.harpcoventgarden.com. 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 – https://www.lemontreecoventgarden.com/ – at around 8.45 and then The Marquis, 51-52 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS – https://www.themarquiscoventgarden.co.uk/ – 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.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup/

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 – http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thefeatherswestminsterlondon/ – 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 – https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/grafton-arms/ – at around 8.45 and then The Albert, 52 Victoria Street, SW1H 0NP – https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/albert/ – 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.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup/

Burns Night on Caledonian Road

Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 7:30 PM

The Parcel Yard

King’s Cross Station, London, N1C 4AH

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As it’s Burns Night, I thought it’d be an idea to head off to an area with genuine Scottish connections, starting at The Parcel Yard in King’s Cross station – http://www.parcelyard.co.uk/ – which is at the top of the steps between platforms 9 and 9 3/4. We’ll be in the main bar area at the back of the pub.

The plan is to move on to the King Charles I, 55-57 Northdown Street, N1 9BL – https://whatpub.com/pubs/NLD/5551/king-charles-i-london – at around 8.30 and then The Scottish Stores, 2-4 Caledonian Road, N1 9DT – http://www.thescottishstores.co.uk – at around 9.45.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup/

New Year in Borough Market

Saturday, January 4, 2020 – 7:30 PM

The Globe

8 Bedale Street, London, SE1 9AL

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The Globe Tavern, 8 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL
– http://www.theglobeboroughmarket.com/#the-bar-home – is probably best known for its role in Bridget Jones’s Diary.

The nearest underground station is London Bridge – take the exit for Borough High Street (east side), turn right, cross over the main road and you’ll find the pub about 30 yards or so along Bedale Street, just beyond the railway bridge. I couldn’t see a sign for Bedale Street when I did the recce, but if you’ve got Leon on your left and Borough Market Hall (a glass building) on your right you’ve found the right street.

The plan is to move on to The Rake, 14A Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG – https://boroughmarket.org.uk/traders/the-rake – previously the cafe for the original local market, at around 8.45 and then The Market Porter, 9 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA
– https://www.themarketporter.co.uk – a traditional and unspoilt market pub, at around 10.00.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup/

Twixmas at The Porterhouse

Saturday, December 28, 2019 – 7:30 PM

The Porterhouse

21-22 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NA

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The Porterhouse, 21-22 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA – http://www.theporterhouse.ie/bars-london-coventgarden.php – is the London outpost of Dublin’s Porterhouse Brewing Company. It is reputed to be the largest pub in London, with 12 different levels, and there’s usually live music in the basement.

Being Twixmas, it’ll probably be a lot quieter than a normal Saturday night, so we shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a suitable area on the ground floor. The nearest stations are Charing Cross, Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup/

Carnaby Street at Christmas

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 7:30 PM

The Clachan

34 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QH

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This event takes us to a few of the pubs just off Carnaby Street (famous for its lights at this time of year, as well as its associations with The Swinging Sixties) in the north-west corner of Soho, starting at The Clachan, 34 Kingly St., W1B 5QH – https://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/restaurants/london/theclachankinglystreetlondon. The nearest underground station is Oxford Circus.

The plan is to move on to The Blue Posts, 18 Kingly St., W1B 5PX – https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/blue-posts/ – at 8.45/9.00 and then O’Neill’s, 37-38 Great Marlborough St., W1F 7JF –https://www.oneills.co.uk/national-search/london/carnaby-street – at around 10.15.

For anyone interested in staying out a bit later, the Blues Bar – http://www.aintnothinbut.co.uk/
– which is almost next door to The Blue Posts, is open until 2am (but please note that there is a modest charge on the door after 8.30pm on Friday & Saturday nights).

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup/

Theatreland Pub Crawl

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 7:30 PM

The White Horse

45 Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PB 

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This pub crawl takes us to an area just to the north of Piccadilly Circus, starting at The White Horse, 45 Rupert Street, W1D 7PB – https://whatpub.com/pubs/WLD/16488/white-horse-london – a Sam Smith’s pub with the usual blend of eccentricity and reasonable prices. The Old Brewery Bitter is apparently dispensed from wooden casks.

The White Horse is close to Piccadilly Circus underground station – take Exit 1 for Regent Street (East Side), turn right and then, after about 50 yards, turn left into Shaftesbury Avenue. Walk up Shaftesbury Avenue for about 200 yards until you come to the Gielgud Theatre on your left. Turn left into Rupert Street and you’ll find the pub straight ahead of you.

The plan is to move on to The Lyric, 37 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LU – http://www.lyricsoho.co.uk – at around 8.45 and then The Queen’s Head, 15 Denman Street, W1D 7HN – http://www.queensheadpiccadilly.com – at around 10.00. The Lyric is a locals type of pub – now few and far between in Central London – and The Queen’s Head is a free house dating back to 1736.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup

Earl’s Court Pub Crawl

Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 7:30 PM

The Blackbird

209 Earl’s Court Road, London, SW5 9AN 

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This is a new area for the group, suggested by Saj, our host for the event.

He’ll be taking us to three pubs, all conveniently close to Earl’s Court underground station (District & Piccadilly lines), starting at The Blackbird, 209 Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9AN – https://www.blackbirdearlscourt.co.uk/

Take the Earl’s Court Road exit, turn right when you leave the station and you’ll find the pub about 100 yards down Earl’s Court Road.

The plan is to move on to The King’s Head, 17 Hogarth Place, SW5 0QT – https://www.kingsheadearlscourt.co.uk/ – at around 8.45 and then the Prince of Teck, 161 Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9RQ – http://www.princeofteck.com/ – at around 10.00.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup

Fitzrovia Pub Crawl

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 7:30 PM

The Duke of York

47 Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1NW 

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The Duke of York, 47 Rathbone Street, W1T 1NW – https://whatpub.com/pubs/WLD/16532/duke-of-york-london – is just a few minutes walk from Goodge Street underground station.

Turn right when you leave the station and after around 75 yards turn right into Goodge Street. Walk along Goodge Street for about 250 yards until you come to Goodge Place/Oxfam. Cross over into Charlotte Place (just to the right of “Fabrique”) and you’ll find the pub straight ahead of you.

The plan is to move on to The Newman Arms, 23 Rathbone Street, W1T 1NG – https://www.thenewmanarms.co.uk – at around 9.00 and then The Queen Charlotte, 43 Goodge Street, W1T 1TA – https://www.drafthouse.co.uk/locations/the-queen-charlotte – at about 10.30.

The Queen Charlotte is open until midnight, but there is at least one late-night haunt nearby for those for whom the night is still young.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup

Covent Garden Pub Crawl

Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 7:30 PM

The Cross Keys

31 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9BA

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This pub crawl takes us to three quite different pubs at the top end of Covent Garden.

The Cross Keys – https://whatpub.com/pubs/WLD/15930/cross-keys-london – still feels like a local, despite being only a stone’s throw away from Covent Garden, the Craft Beer Co. is a contemporary-style bar with a huge range of beers and The White Hart is probably best known for having music and dancing later on in the evening.

For The Cross Keys, the nearest underground station is Covent Garden. Turn left out of the station, right on Long Acre and then, after about 100 yards, left into Endell Street. The pub is around 150 yards down Endell Street. Tottenham Court Road, Holborn or Leicester Square stations might work better for those using the Central or Northern lines.

The plan is to move on to the Craft Beer Co., 168 High Holborn, WC1V 7AA – http://www.thecraftbeerco.com/covent-garden/ – at around 9.00 and then The White Hart, 191 Drury Lane, WC2B 5QD – https://www.whitehartdrurylane.co.uk/ – at around 10.30, but there’s no rush – the Craft Beer Co. is open until 1 am and The White Hart is open until 2 am.

To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup