Sam Cullen has spent the last three years doing a tube-pub crawl - because why not?
'The idea of visiting a pub at every stop on the London Underground came about because it was the 150th anniversary of the tube. At first, I came out of the traps really quickly, all enthusiastic, and got past 50 quite early on. But things slowed down when it came to some of the further out stops. I had to build some resilience to go up to the bleaker, more forlorn places. I never thought of packing it in, though. I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel. I just had to keep going and show a bit of perseverance.
‘I’ve had friends with me all along the way and although I did have to do some arm-twisting to make it to some places, it was like earning a badge of honour, going somewhere like Amersham or Watford.
‘There’s a curious little place at Hatton Cross – it’s pretty industrial, but there’s this old pub called The Green Man: it has low ceilings with wooden beams and feels like it’s in the countryside. How it has survived while everything else has been uprooted I don’t know. When we were in there, one of the locals befriended us and showed us a spot behind the fireplace where Dick Turpin would hide from the authorities during his highwayman days!
‘I finished the project in The Defector’s Weld by Shepherd’s Bush Green, having several pints with the friends who have been with me throughout. It was a fitting send-off. Now, I think a period of quiet reflection and rest is deserved.’
Retrace Sam's footsteps at his blog, innsidetrack.wordpress.com.
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