Worst Pub in London?
I need an awful pub, with drunk pensioners wetting themselves, football goons assaulting bar staff, used syringes on the floor in the gents, and poorly cellared (though fairly priced) beer. Something like the Red Lion and Pineapple in Acton but with a greater threat of violence. Acton/Ealing/Chiswick, Bethnal Green, Dagenham or Deptford areas preferred (that makes it easy, no?).
I am meeting an old girlfriend against my will on my next trip. I want a venue so uncomfortable that she will cut the session short, and I don't want to overpay for the (mis)pleasure.
Remember to wear really tacky shades. Remember Benjamin Braddock's first date with Elaine Robinson at the strip club.
if you live in london and have access to sky tv you can watch a program on sky one called worst pubs of britain, i cannot remember if its this sunday or monday coming, there should definitely be at least one or two from london, even though from the trailer it looks like the worst ones are from up north. acton, ealing, chiswick are too nicer areas for rough pubs, i would definitely go with dagenham or deptford..
I agree with some of the other posters, you could end up enjoying yourself in one of the pubs you described.
What you want is the archetypal pub. Populated by two people, sitting silently at opposite ends of the pub. Bored bar-person, who eventually deigns to serve you, accompanied by deep sighs and scowls. Foul, flat, stale beer served in a filthy glass. Last, but not least the chow-angle, "No food after one thirty!" barked in your face for having the temerity to want to eat a little later.
Mind you, with the quality of food on offer in the average English pub, you may want to arrive at twelve thirty to order some 'food'. Get your ex to sample something dragged from the freezer and plunged into hot, rancid oil, served with a limp lettuce leaf, half a tasteless tomato and a scattering of cress. You'll never see her again.