Lamb, Bloomsbury

Date February 18, 2010

Contrary to popular belief, and even contradicting all signage, the name of this pub has nothing to do with sheep: it rather refers to William Lamb, a 16th century citizen who built a conduit, which today only lives on in the street name Lamb’s Conduit Street, where the Lamb is based. This pub is definitely [...]

Hampstead’s Heath and Pubs

Date February 14, 2010

Being stressed is not good. I almost missed this meetup with friends in Hampstead, and I would have missed out on a perfectly relaxing afternoon, taking in the wintery sights of Hampstead Heath and the culinary (liquid and solid) delights of some of Hampstead’s brilliant pubs.
Luckily I still got in time to The Rosslyn Arms, [...]

Rugby Tavern

Date February 10, 2010

This one has certainly become my most visited pub: The Rugby Tavern. Tucked away in Rugby Street off Lamb’s Conduit Street in the Bloomsbury/Holborn area, it is rather surprising that this pub features an outside sitting area on a sort of pedestrian-only mini-plaza that you would not necessarily expect here. I suppose no tourist would [...]

Sole Street Circular Walk

Date January 30, 2010

No, Sole Street is not a street in London. It is a hamlet in north Kent, 43km from London Victoria, and you have probably noticed that I refuse to use Imperial units. Anyways, the most noteworthy aspect about Sole Street is perhaps its railway station, which was our starting point for a leisurely (and muddy) [...]

The Tom Cribb

Date January 20, 2010

And I thought London’s tourist hotspot was largely void of decent real ale pubs…enter Tom Cribb. Named after a famous 19th century boxer who ran a pub in the same street, this pub is now owned by Shepherd Neame. It is very small, and given the location, you would expect it to be crammed after [...]

Camden Head Delights

Date January 13, 2010

As I am not exactly living in Islington, I cannot claim that this is my local, but the Camden Head is definitely my most visited pub in the Angel area. Wait a minute: Angel? Why is it called Camden Head then?
The name derives from the Camden Passage, or Camden Walk, where this nice pub is [...]