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Title: London
Post by: oscarvan on January 22, 2011, 09:19:23 PM
OK, tonight I go to London. Be staying in West Kensignton. There's a brewery nearby, billed as the last family brewery in London. In the UK the breweries own most of the pubs and this one is no exceptions. Have a little Google Maps pub tour planned out. Will report back.

http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=3
Title: Re: London
Post by: alikocho on January 22, 2011, 09:54:47 PM
How long you in London for?
Title: Re: London
Post by: mrbowenz on January 22, 2011, 10:31:03 PM
If your in West Kensington , go a mile or 2 further and visit the Old City Arms, right at the base of the Hammersmith Bridge, great pub and one of my favorites in that section .

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/DSCF0138.jpg)
Title: Re: London
Post by: euge on January 22, 2011, 11:15:18 PM
You must be a pilot.  Or a steward(ess)? Sounds like a badass job- I'd be hitting the pubs too.  ;D
Title: Re: London
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 23, 2011, 01:11:44 AM
Have reservations for the tour.  It is worth it. The reception area/museum/brewery tap in the vaults is very impressive, and the beer is not bad.   Go to the brewery shop afterwards for some alcohol fueled purchases.

You can walk along the Thames back towards Hammersmith (hint - keep the river to your right).  Stop at the Dove for a pint, as it is a historic pub that the wife and I have fond memories of.  Continue along the Thames, stop at the pub by the bridge that mrbowenz recommends.  That will be a good day.
Title: Re: London
Post by: oscarvan on January 23, 2011, 01:59:41 AM
Yes, I drive the bus. 24 hours which includes two naps. Not sure if they're open on Sunday's. Thanks for the recommendations. My day at the office just started. Going to be a long night.
Title: Re: London
Post by: oscarvan on January 23, 2011, 08:22:52 PM
No Fullers tours on Sunday.... Someone in entourage needed to see NFL... in 3 Famous Kings... 4 beers on cask we will survive... ( not sure they're meeting style descriptions..  But who cares)
Title: Re: London
Post by: alikocho on January 23, 2011, 08:27:25 PM
No Fullers tours on Sunday.... Someone in entourage needed to see NFL... in 3 Famous Kings... 4 beers on cask we will survive... ( not sure they're meeting style descriptions..  But who cares)

Famous Three Kings - not a fan I'm afraid. Beer's ok, vibe not great. Having said that, it might just be me with the bum vibe.

The sign might make you laugh (based on who they have as the third king)
Title: Re: London
Post by: oscarvan on January 23, 2011, 08:29:40 PM
Like I said, some people needed to watch the game....
Title: Re: London
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 23, 2011, 08:34:13 PM
No Fullers tours on Sunday.... Someone in entourage needed to see NFL... in 3 Famous Kings... 4 beers on cask we will survive... ( not sure they're meeting style descriptions..  But who cares)

Is that the place in Clerkenwell?  I think we walked by there and did not stop.

From there you couild go to Ye Olde Mitre (hard to find), might not be open on Sunday.
I was about to suggest some more, but nah, whose won't be open.


Title: Re: London
Post by: alikocho on January 23, 2011, 08:46:05 PM
No Fullers tours on Sunday.... Someone in entourage needed to see NFL... in 3 Famous Kings... 4 beers on cask we will survive... ( not sure they're meeting style descriptions..  But who cares)

Is that the place in Clerkenwell?  I think we walked by there and did not stop.

From there you couild go to Ye Olde Mitre (hard to find), might not be open on Sunday.
I was about to suggest some more, but nah, whose won't be open.




Famous Three Kings is in West Kensington, which is some way and several postcodes from Clerkenwell. Still, the tube would get you about if you were motivated.
Title: Re: London
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 23, 2011, 09:33:36 PM
No Fullers tours on Sunday.... Someone in entourage needed to see NFL... in 3 Famous Kings... 4 beers on cask we will survive... ( not sure they're meeting style descriptions..  But who cares)
Is that the place in Clerkenwell?  I think we walked by there and did not stop.
From there you couild go to Ye Olde Mitre (hard to find), might not be open on Sunday.
I was about to suggest some more, but nah, whose won't be open.
Famous Three Kings is in West Kensington, which is some way and several postcodes from Clerkenwell. Still, the tube would get you about if you were motivated.
OK the one of was thinking of is The Three Kings in , Elvis was one of the kings.
It might look different today.  http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/17/1792/Three_Kings/Clerkenwell
Title: Re: London
Post by: alikocho on January 23, 2011, 09:46:57 PM
No Fullers tours on Sunday.... Someone in entourage needed to see NFL... in 3 Famous Kings... 4 beers on cask we will survive... ( not sure they're meeting style descriptions..  But who cares)
Is that the place in Clerkenwell?  I think we walked by there and did not stop.
From there you couild go to Ye Olde Mitre (hard to find), might not be open on Sunday.
I was about to suggest some more, but nah, whose won't be open.
Famous Three Kings is in West Kensington, which is some way and several postcodes from Clerkenwell. Still, the tube would get you about if you were motivated.
OK the one of was thinking of is The Three Kings in , Elvis was one of the kings.
It might look different today.  http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/17/1792/Three_Kings/Clerkenwell
These are different pubs, but with very similar names, so one can see the confusion. Strangely enough though, Elvis is one of the kings on the Famous Three Kings sign.

Somehwere, someone has written about British pub names and the recurrence. There's some fairly deep history in some of them, and some quite unusual names.
Title: Re: London
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 23, 2011, 11:19:55 PM
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These are different pubs, but with very similar names, so one can see the confusion. Strangely enough though, Elvis is one of the kings on the Famous Three Kings sign.

Somehwere, someone has written about British pub names and the recurrence. There's some fairly deep history in some of them, and some quite unusual names.
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Sort of like all of the Red Lion pubs not too far from Tragalger Square.
Title: Re: London
Post by: phillamb168 on July 19, 2011, 03:16:44 PM
Bump. Headed to London in two weeks' time. Already planning on going to The Rake Thursday Aug 4 to see my friend Roger talk about his brewery (http://www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/). We'll be hitting Borough Market, of course, and Books for Cooks, and the Shaun of the Dead house, and Whole Foods.

Any other suggestions? Oscar, did you end up going to the Fullers brewery?
Title: Re: London
Post by: alikocho on July 19, 2011, 03:38:35 PM
If you're in London on a Saturday, worth checking out the Kernel (not too far from the Rake). Not much to tour, but some great beers.

Depending on how mobile you want to be, there's also Meantime in Greenwich and a new craft beer pub called the Craft Beer Co near Farringdon.
Title: Re: London
Post by: phillamb168 on July 19, 2011, 04:14:28 PM
We'll be all over - staying in Islington, plan on roving from Shoreditch to London Bridge to Kensington, and the SotD house is in Weston Park (N8) so I don't see why Greenwich would be a problem.
Title: Re: London
Post by: alikocho on July 19, 2011, 06:17:14 PM
Oh, and I forgot. The Great British Beer Festival is at Earls Court while you're in town.

http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home (http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home)
Title: Re: London
Post by: firedog23 on July 19, 2011, 07:15:21 PM
Was on our way to The Craft Beer Co but we never made it.  We did get to the Rake which was a good spot even if it was an expensive one to try out some American Beer.  Da Hehms in Soho (China Town) is not too bad.
Title: Re: London
Post by: phillamb168 on July 20, 2011, 09:27:15 AM
Oh, and I forgot. The Great British Beer Festival is at Earls Court while you're in town.

http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home (http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home)


Ah, good spot. You wanna come out for a pint?
Title: Re: London
Post by: alikocho on July 20, 2011, 09:43:54 AM
Oh, and I forgot. The Great British Beer Festival is at Earls Court while you're in town.

http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home (http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home)


Ah, good spot. You wanna come out for a pint?

I'd love to, but it all rather depends on whether I can organize a trip to London just to drink beer.....
Title: Re: London
Post by: phillamb168 on July 20, 2011, 09:57:07 AM
Oh, and I forgot. The Great British Beer Festival is at Earls Court while you're in town.

http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home (http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home)


Ah, good spot. You wanna come out for a pint?

I'd love to, but it all rather depends on whether I can organize a trip to London just to drink beer.....

Ah of course you can.

Re GBBF, my only concern is this:

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Can children visit the event?
Yes, but children under the age of 18 years old must stay in the Family Room and be accompanied by at least one adult at all times.
It is free for children to attend.

We have a 1-year-old - it sounds like we can't tour the beer stalls together, and that one of us has to be locked down in the 'family room' - do you think we can slip through with a baby bjorn?