Definitely hit the King William. It's a short hop on the bus to Hackney where you have the Pembury Tavern, and I think it's just a few stops on the train down to the Olympic area at Stratford where the Tap East brewpub is, in the Westfield shopping centre.
I was in London recently for the first time in years, having lived there for around a decade this was my first tourist trip. Arrived on a Thursday evening on a long haul from the Middle East.
Thursday: Craft, Leather Lane. Some lovely ales and great pork pies. I had been pork free for a few weeks. Too tired to remember the names of the ales.
Drpped into an old haunt on my way to my hotel. The Lamb on Lamb Conduit St. Has been renovated and has changed since my dy. Original features had been kept but soft seating and a carpet have been installed, a Youngs pub.
Friday: HOHO bus and finally a stop in Civent Garden for a pint in The Round House. Fullers pub and a nice pint of Brithop. Ventured onto The Harp in nearby Chandos Place. Excellent ales here including Kernel Pale Ale.
Saturday: Pub highlight. Southampton Arms on Highgate Rd. My old stomping ground. 10 cask ales, 8 cask ciders and again excellent pies and scotch eggs. Ales were by Redemption, Brodies, Howling Hops and others that slip my mind. One pint of cask cider and it was great. This place is on the trendy side of shabby, no cards, no phone, no TV, LPs on the turntable, beer drinkers paradise.
Most pints were circa £3.90, with Craft charging according to the ABV band that the beer was in. Higher ABV, higher price, which I thought fair.
All in all I enjoyed the change of scene. Irish pubs could take some lessons from their UK cousins on quality and choice of beer. If somewhere as basic as the SA can provide beer and snack food of such high quality there is no reason why Irish pubs cannot do the same. A lack of interest and propensity to whinge seem to be the order of the day here among many.
I'm off to London next weekend. Arriving friday night in Gatwick at 9, staying near Waterloo station. I'm looking for somewhere nearby to go for a pint that wont close at 11:30, anyone got any suggestions?