Al Murray the Pub Landlord's South Bank pub crawl

The guvnor himself maps out the pint perfect route to his Southbank saloon



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Illustration Ellen Wishart

Pub crawling is a noble art – it’s not for the fainthearted and you have to get it right. My advice: have a game plan and an end in sight. The combination of boozing and frequent movement offsets the possibility of getting utterly bladdered, and the prospect of a finish line means you can stagger into the final pub like a marathon runner with friends.

The South Bank offers the crawling drinker a plethora of alcoholic establishments (and a Slug and Lettuce). So, you’ve donned your sturdy walking shoes, you’ve popped to the cashpoint – let’s crawl!

1. The Anchor & Hope

Okay, the name is the wrong way round, and it’s a gastropub, but there’s a mighty fine selection of draught beers to sample here, so it makes a good first stop. If you’re going to eat, best make sure your party doesn’t include any veggies – this is a pub that revels in carnivorism. (Is that a word? It is now.)
36 The Cut, SE1 8LP

2. The Kings Arms

All pub crawls should include a KA, and this one – with its hanging baskets, top-notch ales and sticky wooden floor – is a classic. Drink number two, sorted.
25 Roupell St, SE1 8TB

3. The Mulberry Bush

Stop number three is situated opposite the ITV studios, so you might catch Ant and Dec enjoying a swift pint (between them).
89 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP

4. The Hole in the Wall

You can’t go to Waterloo and ignore this railway arch gaff. Sup a mild, and you’re ready for the home straight…
5 Mepham St, SE1 8SQ

5. The Pub Landlord’s Southbank Saloon

For three Saturdays only, I’ve got myself a tent, a bar, a band, a variety show and an audience – you! – and I look forward to seeing you at the end of your crawl. Cheers!
London Wonderground, Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX

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Sex-positive laffs for this annual benefit in aid of Brook, the young people's sexual health charity. Al Murray the Pub Landlord is on hosting duties, introducing a large line-up of top acts including David Baddiel, Mark Thomas, Shappi Khorsandi, Doc Brown, Andrew O'Neill, Ava Vidal, Bec Hill, Gráinne Maguire, Nish Kumar, Scott Capurro and Shazia Mirza.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Sat Jan 10
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