Summertime Pub Crawls

A drinking revolution is taking place – but not in the West End.

  • Historically a centre of radicalism, Clerkenwell Green is where Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, produced 16 issues of Iskra (The Spark) from a tiny office at 37a (now the Marx Memorial Library). It's where in August 2004 graffiti artist Banksy unveiled his six-metre bronze statue of Lady Justice in G-string, suspenders and thigh boots. It's also where you can rebel against the corporate boozer and celebrate a bit of liquid diversity.

    43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG (020 7253 4973) Farringdon tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Sat 12noon-11pm; Sun 12noon-9.30pm. Food served Mon-Thur 12noon-5pm, 6-9.30pm; Fri-Sun 12noon-5pm.
    9 Jerusalem Passage, EC1V 4JP (020 7490 7321/ Farringdon tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Sat 12noon-11pm. Food served Mon-Sat 12noon-3pm, 6-10pm.
    55 Britton St, EC1M 5UQ (020 7490 4281) Farringdon tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm. Food served Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm.
    7 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0DY (020 7253 0483) Farringdon tube/rail. Open Mon-Fri 12noon-11pm; Sat 7.30-11pm. Food served Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm.


    86-88 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1M 5RJ (020 7324 4455/ Farringdon tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Thur 12noon-11pm; Fri, Sat 7-11.30pm; Sun 12noon-10.30pm.

    Late eats

    44-46 St John St, EC1M 4DT (020 7689 2424) Farringdon tube/rail.
    Open daily 24hrs.

    London's most perfectly filmic street, Stoney Street runs beside the cast-iron framework of Borough Market and under the high brick arches of the railway as it curves in to London Bridge. It's a setting for Orson Welles to step out of the shadows, for Michael Caine to draw on a smoke under a street light, or for Bob Hoskins to flatfoot it round a corner pursued by goonish thugs. It's also a fine place for a piss-up with four good venues within 200 metres, followed by a short walk to what we consider to be one of the very best pubs in town, the Royal Oak.

    9 Stoney St, SE1 9AA (020 7407 2495) London Bridge tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Fri 6-8.30am, 11am-11pm; Sat 12noon-11pm; Sun 12noon-10.30pm. Food served daily 12noon-3pm.
    23 Southwark St, SE1 1TU (020 7403 0257) London Bridge tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10.30pm.
    44 Tabard St, SE1 4JU (020 7357 7173) Borough tube or London Bridge tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm; Sat, Sun 12noon-6pm. Food served daily 12noon-3pm.
    6 Stoney St, SE1 9AA (020 7407 7242) London Bridge tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 12noon-11pm. Food served Mon-Sat 12noon-2.30pm.
    Stoney St, SE1 9AD (020 7940 8335/ London Bridge tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm. Food served Mon-Sat 12noon-9.30pm.

    Late eats

    West Cornwall Pasty Co
    Unit 11, Main Concourse, London Bridge Rail Station, SE1 9SP (no phone) London Bridge tube/rail.
    Open Mon-Sat 7am-midnight, Sun 8am-12midnight.
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