Pubs - 6
Geocaches - 0
Walk Inspiration - Andrew Duncan's 50 Greatest Walks in London
I know that you are not going to believe it, but this is an official walk. Detailed in one of the best waking guide books available for London. Its a couple of miles from Goodge Street Station to Charing Cross Station and takes you on a meander through the fleshpots of Soho.
Where there are a high volume of Good Beer Guide pubs. Fortunately, for future generations, I am here to record them for prosperity. This keeps happening.
|Once an historic Soho Boozer - Now a Burger Bar|
Newman Arms, Rathbones Street - London Pride
Random BeerintheEvening Quote - "My one reservation would have to be the prevelance of 'beanie hats' behind the bar, very strange. It's cost them a point, 9/10"
|Proles at the Newman Arms|
|George, keeping a watchful eye|
Such finery as furniture is nearly totally dispensed with. There's just the one chair available - an incongruous high stool that looked liked it was stolen from a 70's breakfast bar.
There's a sign pointing to a restaurant upstairs. I venture up and find only a hipsters single gear racing bike. A conversation with the barman points out that is was closed down a couple of weeks ago. It seemed impolite to ask why.
For additional cultural references, I head out the side door and down the dingy alley - used to great effect and historical accuracy as the setting for a knocking shop in Michael Powell's 1960 film - Peeping Tom.
Random BeerintheEvening Quote - "The Orwell room upstairs is an oasis of calm in Soho"
|The Dog and Duck - Soho|
I've eaten here before and it a great place to get an elevated view of Soho Craziness.
|Soho from Above|
And down below is where all the beauty is. Quite rightly, the Dog and Duck is lauded for its heritage interior.
|Downstairs Bar at the Dog and Duck|
Star and Garter, Poland Street - London Pride
Random BeerintheEvening Quote - "As someone mentioned before, it's a proper old school boozer and long may it continue."
|The Star and Garter - Soho|
I wasn't intending on coming to this one, saving it for another day - but as my walking route took me right past the door, it would have been rude not to explore.
My favourite pub of the night. A proper old school boozer in the heart of Soho. Who knows how long it will be before its converted into a burger bar.
Its not all tradition, mind. I receive my first plastic fiver in my change.
|Old School, in the heart of Soho|
The Old Coffee House, Beak Street - Bethnal Green Bitter
Random BeerintheEvening Quote - "When I mentioned the taste of the beer and what the barman had done, he to told me to F*ck off!"
|Not quite Hogarth's Gin Lane|
The reviews on BITE are not 100% complimentary but I have to speak as I find - The bitter was in fine nick.
Sat at bar, looked at the famous autographs and determined that I am the only person in London who pays with cash - plastic or otherwise.
|Happy in his work|
The Queens Head - Denman Street - London Pride
Random BeerintheEvening Quote - "It is like a small miracle or an oasis in the desert of shite that is Piccadilly"
|Into Picadilly and The Queens Head|
Normally, I have problem finding the cask marque certificate in pubs. Here, they are that proud of their achievements over the years, they are all on display.
This is a pub to seek out.
|Justifiably Proud of their wares|
The Lyric, Great Windmill Street - Harbour Brewing Amber Ale
Random BeerintheEvening Quote - "Was drawn inside by the board outside. "Try an Olde Tart for only £2"You have to be careful, taking photos in these parts. Derek Raymonds bouncers will hunt you down from the Windmill over the road.
This independent pub is another for beer lovers to seek out. Especially if you like to try new brews.
|Even spotted the chalk board first to make a decison|
Just time for a bit of sightseeing before disappearing into the tube.
|Walk, Beer, Food, The Sights|