A FINSBURY FROLIC

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Less words, more pics from That London, including a rare diversion into unheralded Finsbury.

Finsbury

A night at Tower Bridge was inevitably followed by a Miner’s Benedict in the scruffiest (but somehow lovable) Spoons in the kingdom.

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I resisted the easy-drinking breakfast beer.

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No ta

You risk bumping into folk, of course, but there’s some weird stuff around Liverpool St at the moment.

This is clearly a Japanese micro on London Wall.

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Entrance that will test even Duncan

The other big draw here is the Crossrail Tourist Office, now selling souvenirs of the 2018 grand opening at 25% off.

At Liverpool Street I ignored the urgent instructions from Google Maps and went out on a limb, probably in search of overpriced artisanal coffee.

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Ten-a-penny London architecture

Instead I ended up at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground.  It seems you’re drawn to cemeteries once you reach 50, or realise you’re never going to get an NBSS 5 beer.

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Dead at 50

An area either side of Old Street I’ve rarely ventured, a mix of council housing, a Museum of Methodism, Union offices and closed pubs.

The Britannia, a “working-class local” sounds like a BeerMat of a pub.

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Details are sketchy

The snapshot of GBG pubs in the area is enlightening.  Only that bastion of Proper Pubbiness in hispster land, the Old Fountain.

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Poor old Barbican

Sadly, the Corner Bar has replaced handpumps with Thai food.

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Will bet Alan Winfield was here

Pentonville brings smarter housing but less scruffy pubs, a win/lose for me.

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Very Mary Poppins
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No longer called the George & Monkey, obvs

It’s a gem of a spell, the peace only broken as you emerge at the back of the Time Out offices and spot Kings Cross Road.

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Mae a great Spoons

I’ll leave you with some London poetry, it probably being poetry day somewhere in the world.

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Never change/always change.

24 thoughts on “A FINSBURY FROLIC

  1. Do you know the story behind that Japanese-style building? Whoever decided to install that clearly spared no expense– it really looks like a genuine building from Japan dropped out of the sky and landed there!

    I do love seeing these little references to Alan Winfield. He would be pleased to know he is still celebrated on a regular basis.

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  2. I had a pint in The Britannia almost exactly a year ago, It was very much a locals pub to the extent that just after opening time on a Sunday, three of the bar stools had reserved signs on them awaiting the incoming regulars, I kid you not.

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    1. Regulars who have a lie in on Sunday morning and can’t get there for opening time.
      You get all sorts in London nowadays.

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  3. Goodmans Fields is fine by me -been many times whilst staying in Premier Inn near Old (closed ) Dispensary.It was the scene of the Great Fish Friday scandal when a plate turned up with only 4 chips -oh how we laughed .At breakfast time we have generally found it very civilised

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