Saturday, March 17, 2018 – 7:30 PM
66 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HT
As it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll probably make The Tipperary the main feature for this event but, as it usually closes quite early on Saturdays, I’ve got two other places in mind – one recently re-branded and now open on Saturday nights and the other with its own micro-brewery and open till midnight.
The Tipperary has a genuine claim to be one of the most authentic Irish pubs in London, becoming the first Irish pub outside Ireland when it was bought by the Mooney Brewery of Dublin over three hundred years ago and then, later, the first to have Guinness available, first in bottles, then on draft.
It was originally known as The Boar’s Head, but was renamed in 1918 after the song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”, at the behest of the printers returning to Fleet Street at the end the Great War. For anyone interested, there is more about the pub’s history on the board to the right of the entrance.
The nearest station is City Thameslink, served by National Rail but with good connections to other services at various points along the Thameslink routes. Take the Ludgate Hill exit (at the front of the train if you’re southbound or the back of the train if you’re northbound), turn left out of the station, cross over Ludgate Circus and you’ll find the pub about 250 yards along Fleet Street.
The nearest underground station is Blackfriars – aim for the Crowne Plaza hotel diagonally opposite the exit from the station and carry on walking up New Bridge Street. Turn left when you get to Ludgate Circus and you’ll find the pub about 250 yards along Fleet Street. Chancery Lane and St. Paul’s aren’t too far either, but probably only worth considering if you’re using the Central Line.
The plan is to move on to the Editor’s Tap, 5-11 Fetter Lane, EC4A 1BR – https://www.craft-pubs.co.uk/editorstaplondon – at around 9.00 and then the Temple Brew House, 46 Essex Street, WC2R 3JF – http://www.templebrewhouse.com – at around 10.15.
As ever, we may need to do things differently on the night. Other pubs in the same area include Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU, Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AA and The George, 213 Strand, WC2R 1AP, so we could well end up in one of those.
To sign up for the event, please join the group at http://www.meetup.com/London-Pub-Meetup/