Friday, 20 May 2011

Beer: Of High Learning

As you may have seen, I spent a day in London yesterday...

Even if it was a day off and a visit pretty much a tourist one I only stopped for one. Beer, of course. And I have a secret to share with you, in case you'd like to have a comfortable, inexpensive pint (of real ale, of course) right in the centre of London. I'll start with the less central of the two pubs I have in mind, The Lyceum. At the Waterloo Bridge end of Strand it offers two floors with a bar on each. It is usually nearly empty during office hours so it is a place of choice to get away from all those pesky tourists. It gets VERY busy in the evenings and weekends, though, so plan accordingly. The other one is right across the National Portrait Gallery and aptly named The Chandos. Belonging to the same Samuel Smiths chain it offers exactly the same liquid refreshments, prices, and atmosphere. Highly recommended at all times, but beware the after work and apres the theatre crowds. Still, only a stones throw from the Trafalgar Square you can't beat it for cheap and pleasant thirst quenching stop at a place not many tourists will go into. One thing to note about these two, and presumably other Samuel Smiths pubs, is that they offer only Samuel Smiths and similar independent drinks, and they are very serious about it. I mean, you can't even get a Pepsi or a Coke there, but only (a very decent) independent brand of cola (the name of which escapes me right now). So, there you go. Enough for a belated Friday beer post.

I hope you enjoyed it, and see you in London next time...