A travel journal
to London by ashford
Quote: London Pubs looks at some of the fine hostelries to be discovered on a trip to London.London pubs come in all shapes and sizes: there are cavernous Victorian ale houses,plush modern joints,small,trendy,cosy old inns and even a few surviving Cockney knees-up haunts where the locals thmselves often head for.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2001
18 Wilton Row
(017) 1235 3074
38 Panton Street
44 Old Compton Street
London, England W1D 4TY
Restaurant | "The Builders Arms"
13 Britten Street
London, England SW3 3TY
+44 20 7349 9040
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2001
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152
Attraction | "Hyde Park"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2001
Hyde Park & Kensington Stables
63 Bathurst Mews & 11 Elvaston Mews
London, England W2 & SW7
+44 20 7723 2813
Attraction | "Portabello"
Portobello Road Market
London, England W11
Greenwich, London SE10 9NW
+44 20 8858 2909
The bar service friendly but highly efficient and the patrons an interesting mix including overseas visitors, lecturers and students from the University of London and other local residents of Bloomsbury. The atmosphere here is best described as cosy and cheerful.
The Marlborough Arms comes in the traditional category of London pubs but it has the modern conveniences including very clean toilets. The prices are just about average for Central London, there are certainly dearer joints around but equally there are pubs which are cheaper. The pub comes under the Scottish and Newcastle group and is well worth a visit if you are in the Bloomsbury area.
The clientele appears to be a very mixed one. Besides local residents the Hereford Arms attracts out of town visitors and quite a number of overseas vistors make tracks for this lovely pub. It also appeals to all age groups.
If you want to have a bar snack or a more substantial meal then this hostelry will not disappoint you - it serves good pub fare and at prices which can only be considered as quite reasonable for Central London.
The Albert serves up fine real ales as well as a good range of lagers, wines and spirits and it is just possible you might meet your MP there. Definitely a convivial place worth lingering in! If you begin to feel hungry you can adjourn to the first floor restaurant which has a very elegant and excellent carvery. Prices are reasonable and the ambiance very pleasant.
If you are an exceptionally early riser there is another bonus - the Albert serves English breakfast from around 7.45 am and I am reliably informed the food is very good.
To get to this fine, traditional, watering hole you can take the tube to St.Jame's Park or Victoria or alternatively use a London Transport double decker bus service.
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