A few years ago Troy and Jonno met up with 7 American students on vacation in London. It was a chance meeting on the underground when our student friends were talking about pubs and how bad Wetherspoons were. I should add that their disappointment with Wetherspoons was that the pub was a bit commercial and just wasn’t what they expected in London. As we say – not London’s best pubs!

Wetherspoons, not the best London pubs

Whetherspoons Pub the Knights Templar

A great Wetherspoons pub in London

Troy and Jonno to the rescue! We joined in with their conversation and asked what they expected. Not surprisingly they didn’t actually know, they had never been to London so didn’t know what a London pub should be like. We joked that they were probably expecting a Dickensian style pub, a hidden London pub with little nooks and crannies and a roaring fire! Laughing they agreed that yes, actually that would be great. So Troy and Jonno suggested they come on a pub crawl with them the next day.


Great Walks in London

Tower Bridge

Great views of Tower Bridge can be seen by the Angel

So a warm Sunday afternoon saw Troy and Jonno escorting 13 tourists around some of London’s best pubs. Our friends had got so excited about a pub trip they invited a lot of their friends along.

Well Troy and Jonno thought it was a great idea and hell, they weren’t paying for the tour, so the more the merrier! With bright red baseball cap in hand as a visual clue, Jonno got his guide mojo going. Starting off at the Angel pub on the Thames, which is a lovely pub on the water. Our friends enjoyed a small beer and a few stories of pirates and privateers.

Sadly the barman was a bit grumpy and got upset that he had a group of 13 taking up his seats with not everyone buying a drink, and asked that we leave. I say sadly, as the pub was half empty when we left. But that is a true London experience, being asked to leave an empty pub because of the barmans bigoted attitude. We had 4 more pubs on our list, so it was his loss. I hear now that pub maybe forced to close as Thames Water want to build a super sewer there, which will totally F@@@ up the Thames river and the beautiful park that exists there (so typical of tiny minded corporate types).


The Founding Fathers of America and the Mayflower

The Mayflower

A fantastic Thames pub

Our second pub was the site of the departure of the boat that took the founding fathers to America. Our friend were absolutely in awe at standing in a pub that could be considered as one of Americas birthplaces.

It is said that this pub is the only pub that can legally sell American stamps outside of the States. A short walk and a train ride through an historic tunnel took us to our final pubs ending with the very well known Prospect of Whitby right on the river. The Prospect is said to be London oldest riverside pub, (it’s not the oldest pub in  London) with a pub having been on this site since the 15th century. It was a long day and our American friends thanks us profusely for taking the time to show them what they were really looking for.


You can find these pubs on the Best London Pubs app for the iPhone

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