pubs/bars in three locations [London]
- steve h. Jun 9, 2008 07:20 PM
deb and i will be in london beginning july 5. goofy scheduling means we'll be staying at the following: renaissance chancery court, high holborn; the landmark london, marylebone rd.; and the sheraton belgravia, chesham place.
any thoughts on neighboring pubs/bars where i can grab a drink and decompress a bit before "going home" at 6 p.m. or so? cost is not the overriding issue. comfort is. noise is ok if the vibe is benevolent.
thanks for your consideration.
The bar at The Renaissance actually has a couple of solid mixers as does the bar at Pearl, the restuarant in the same building
The Seven Stars Pub on Carey st is close too and worth a visit
As is The Mitre on Grays Inn Road ( out of the hotel and turn right, walk for five mins and its on the left)
The latter is a particularly famous old pub and on the CAMRA trail, so dependable for a good pint.
Just 100 yards from the Sheraton are both the Star Tavern in Belgrave Mews West and Motcombs bar and restaurant in Motcomb St. Both good.
Also nearby and lively is the bar in the Rib Room of the Carlton Tower hotel. Amusing to see many Middle-Eastern gentlemen with their nieces, who all appear to be Russian, oddly enough. Take lots and lots of money to this one.
I used to work on Gray's Inn Road and my favourite pub was The Duke of York, tucked away off the main road near the ITN building. The Calthorpe Arms is also on Gray's Inn Road and has won CAMRA pub of the year a few times. Also not far from there is The Eagle.
I also used to work on Marylebone High Street and I never really liked the Marylebone Tup. Much better to get off the beaten track a bit. The Dover Castle isn't bad, I seem to recall, on Weymouth Mews.
And now I come to think of it, I've worked in Belgravia as well (albeit quite a while ago now)! For a bit of history you could visit The Plumber's Arms, famous as the pub where a bloodstained Lady Lucan announced that her husband had tried to kill her! We also used to like The Ebury Street Wine Bar, but haven't been for years.
re: Simon Majumdar
In Belgravia, I really like the Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street. It's very gastropubby and the dining room upstairs is pretty fancy (and the food is lovely) but it's an attractive pub on a nice street.
And I completely agree about the Seven Stars. Great place to drink -- have never eaten there, mainly because you can never get a seat!
re: mighty_ one
Sorry, the downstairs bar at Thomas Cubitt is hell on earth - imagine a bar packed to the rafters and the unrelenting sound of braying (think Eddie Murphy from the Shrek movies).
Similary, if you want to hear hedge fund managers talk endless twaddle about their big cellars (is that a euphemism ?) then the Pantechnicon rooms would be perfect.
Meanwhile the rest of us who just want a decent pint in a convivial atmosphere will be ordering the "Ordinary" in a proper pub like The Lamb (although I haven't a view yet on whether the move of Young's from Wandsworth to Bedford has ruined what was a very fine range of ales).