PRE-EMPTIVE ANTICS ON THE ISLE OF DOGS

The Dr Who video games machine in my next pub in E14 hasn’t made it up to Christopher Eccleston yet, let alone Jodie Whittaker.  SPOILER ALERT: The new Doctor is great, but kebab salad man is the star. The walk away from the skyscrapers into the residential Isle of Dogs is a highlight. Do any… Continue reading PRE-EMPTIVE ANTICS ON THE ISLE OF DOGS

DRINKING PETROLEUM WITH SCOTS ON THE WHARF

One new London chain pub is a joy, so what of a second in quick succession ? A mere 7 minutes hop over the many footbridges across the Wharf to the Henry Addington, punctuated by (let’s be honest here) pure gorgeousness. The Henry is the one that BRAPA didn’t take to. Pub 1327, Henry Addington,… Continue reading DRINKING PETROLEUM WITH SCOTS ON THE WHARF

CANARY (WHARF) IN A CHAIN PUB COAL MINE

I tried so hard to get a blog title using the Police classic (do Americans rate Zenyatta Mondatta ?).  Not sure I succeeded. “You get so dizzy even walking in a straight line“.  Yep, that’s me. Down to the Thames next, and a walk along the Narrow to the top of Canary Wharf. It’s a… Continue reading CANARY (WHARF) IN A CHAIN PUB COAL MINE

6.5% BREAKFAST STOUT BY THE PINT

A couple of short posts praising London (calm down !, calm down !), and then I’ll give you my review of GBG19, featuring bits nicked off BRAPA’s post last night. Amongst the GBG ticking fraternity*, we use the word “professional drinking” to indicate sensible quaffing that maximises ticks without busting the Government limits (the Spanish… Continue reading 6.5% BREAKFAST STOUT BY THE PINT

IN THE TEMPLE OF LOVE (FOR QPR ’67)

Part 3 of the Great Central London Wash-Up took me west (checks compass) from Shoreditch to Temple, via Barbican and Smithfield Market. The route through Farringdon is a lot less glossy than the walk along Fleet Street into Bank, and you bump into less suits. Smithfield is crumbling a bit, but trees growing out of… Continue reading IN THE TEMPLE OF LOVE (FOR QPR ’67)

“AIN’T NO WARM BEER IN THE HEART OF THE CITY”*

  Suddenly, the whole world has discovered London, a fast growing town 200 miles south of Manchester. First, BRAPA explores the so-called “hipster quarter” (well, the Tand, Quinno, Doris and I were there recently) King’s Arms, Bethnal Green. This is the most modern day London pub ever! Like a 2018 Chas n Dave with just… Continue reading “AIN’T NO WARM BEER IN THE HEART OF THE CITY”*