Let’s get London finished, then I can move on to more exciting places like (checks notes) Great Glen, Gidea Park and Bucharest.
The final leg of my Thursday in South London started at Elephant & Castle, always an exciting place at 5pm.
Even if the Charlie Chaplin has finally bitten the dust. I would, of course, love to tell you that the Charlie was the victim of a certain legislative event in the spring of 2007, the ultimate elephant in the room when discussing pub viability.
Sadly, a quick search on Bing reveals the true reason.
Don’t let that put you off the area. This is of the UK’s liveliest transport hubs and markets, and an essential stop on any American tourist’s itinerary.
And just look at the multi-layered art composition.
I’m here for the
loo stop yet another Antic GBG newbie.
Back in the day I used to make occasional visits to the NHS admin block at Skipton House where we’d discuss important subjects like DEL, AME and Resources without Cash. You needed a pint of Guinness (the safest bet) in the Charlie after that.
The new Antic isn’t as much fun as the Charlie, that’s for certain, and the clientele are (or look) 40 years on average younger. But the furniture is of similar vintage.
Oh, look ! A Volden tap takeover !
This was uber-Antic, if you like. Chairs and tables reclaimed from a care home or social club, Wham’s “I’m Your Man” playing to the office crowd, decent beer (NBSS 3) ruined by being served in a handled jug.
But it was OK, it was OK.
Until they put on Annie Lennox.
I actually walked a bit of Southwark after that, before realising I was running behind time and catching the tube to Bond St.
You know how much I love corporate Christmas decorations.
I was meeting Matt at Kings Cross so we could walk into Kentish Town for the Car Seat Headrest gig. I’m amazed he’ll still be seen dead with me at 17.
I suggested he finds a table at the new Spoons at St Pancras. You couldn’t get in the door, so BrewDog Camden it was. Great burger & chips, beer too fizzy.
At the O2, the beer range was cutting-edge.
Matt went down the “pit” (as the kids say), I sensibly stood behind the sound desk. CSH are a great night out, but really ought to write some new songs now.