Alphabet puB Crawl route v2.0

This crawl has been tested and found wanting. This is a refinement on version one but it is not yet usable. It is kept here for historical reasons and to serve as the basis for version three. You can find a map here. This document was used for scorekeeping. Unless otherwise stated all pubs on the route were selected by me.


Meet 10:30am at Russell Square Station. Take a photo of all the starters. Depart 11am.

Turn right out of the station and left into Marchmont Street. Continue down until you hit Leigh Street on the right and go that way to find:

  1. N: The Norfolk Arms

    21 Leigh Street, WC1H 9EP; picked by James B.

    Turn right out of the Norfolk Arms and head along Sandwich Street. Turn left at Hastings Street and then right into Mabledon Place to continue north. Once you reach Euston Road, turn right for:

  2. E: The Euston Flyer (interior)

    83-87 Euston Road, NW1 2QU; picked by Julian

    Turn left out of the Flyer and trek along Euston Road, until you reach the junction with Gordon Street on the left and Melton Street on the right. Go right. Take the second left into Drummond Street, then a right into Coburg Street. Ahead of you you will see:

  3. X: The Exmouth Arms (interior)

    1 Starcross Street, NW1 2HR

    This is the least dire X we could locate. Originally suggested as a starting point.

    Keep along Starcross Street to the end and then turn left into North Gower Street. Follow this all the way back to Euston Road and take the nearby subway to reach Euston Square station which is visible on the other side of the road. Take a Hammersmith & City train to Paddington station. It's important to take an H&C train because it drops you at a different part of the station which is MUCH closer to the next pub than the Metropolitan or Circle lines. Just as you emerge from the Tube station into Paddington Station proper, turn left into a short covered path which leads left again and down along a long straight path with a tall wall on your right. After you pass this you'll find yourself alongside a canal. Keep walking until you see, on the corner:

  4. U: The Union (interior)

    Sheldon Square, W2 6EZ; Mike's suggestion

    Return to Paddington station and now descend into the national railway platform proper. There are two pubs inside the station proper:

  5. I: The Isembard

    Platform 11, Paddington Station, W2 1HA

    After this pub it is lunchtime. There is plenty of fast food around the place including a Burger King mere steps away. This will provide a pleasant break and some lining to the stomach before heading upstairs to the other pub in here:

  6. M: The Mad Bishop And Bear (interior 1, 2)

    Paddington Station, W2 1HB

    Leave Paddington station by one of the front ramps leading up to street level in Praed Street. Turn left and head in that direction until you hit London Street. Turn right and follow London Street as it becomes Sussex Place. The next pub is visible from WAY off:

  7. V: The Victoria (interior)

    2a Strathearn Place, W2 2NH; Mike's suggestion

    Turn right, up Southwick Place towards a T junction. Take either direction and follow the loop around until you meet Burwood Place from either direction. Follow Burwood Place to Edgware Road. Here, get on a number 414 bus. This will take you on what is hopefully a scenic route past Hyde Park and down south towards South Kensington tube station. Get off when you see the station (not sure of precise bus stop locations). Cross the big junction outside South Kensington station to get to Old Brompton Road. The next pub is on the right, clearly signposted:

  8. Z: The Zetland Arms

    2 Bute Street, SW7 3EX

    Return to South Kensington station and take the Circle Line to Westminster. Change to the Jubilee line and carry on to London Bridge station. Turn right out of the station, follow Borough High Street away from the river. Follow along here until you see Newcomen Street on the left. On the right is:

  9. K: The King's Arms

    65 Newcomen Street, SE1 1YT

    Turn left out of the King's Arms and head back towards the river along Borough High Street. Go left at the fork in the road, then cross Southwark Street into Stoney Street. On the left is:

  10. W: The Wheatsheaf

    6 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA; chosen by James R.

    Follow Stoney Street all the way along towards the river and Clink Street. Turn right here and you'll see a ship, this is Pickford's Wharf. Head in that direction and turn left to find:

  11. O: Old Thameside Inn

    Pickford's Wharf, Clink Street, SE1 9DG; chosen by Julian

    Go back along Clink Street to the end. Turn left into Bankend and on the right is Park Street and:

  12. A: Anchor Pub

    34 Park Street, SE1 9EF; chosen by Julian. "It's really cool as it has many copies of the FT and WSJ on the walls."

    Follow the pleasant Thames Path, enjoying the sun and scenery, until you reach the Tate Modern on your left and the following pub not far outside of it:

  13. F: Founders Arms

    52 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH; chosen by James R.

    A good jumping-on point or jumping-off point.

    The Millennium Bridge should be visible from here. Cross it and head all the way up to St. Paul's Cathedral. Follow around the left-hand side of the cathedral and go down the Paternoster Steps to reach Paternoster Square where you should be able to see the obviously-named pub:

  14. P: The Paternoster

    2/4 Queens Head Passage, Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX

    Go right out of the pub, take the first left and then right into Ludgate Hill. On the right you will encounter:

  15. Y: Ye Olde London (interior)

    42 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7DE

    Get on an 11, 15 or 23 bus headed along Ludgate Hill and stay on it all the way along Fleet Street until you hit the Strand. Get off at King's College, London and cross the street for:

  16. L: The Lyceum

    54 Strand, WC2R 0HS; a Samuel Smith's pub, as requested by Julian

    Turn right out of the pub and continue along the Strand. Ignore the turnings on the right until you find Agar Street. Go left at the end of Agar Street for:

  17. H: The Harp

    47 Chandos Place, WC2 4HS

    Turn right out of the pub along William IV Street and right again up Charing Cross Road. Carry on all the way up here, stopping at Leicester Square for fast foor dinner. Continue up Charing Cross Road until you pass Shaftesbury Avenue. The next pub is on the corner on the left here.

  18. C: The Cambridge

    93 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DP; requested by Mike

    Turn left out of the pub and immediately left again into Moor Street. Follow along here and the next pub is on the corner.

  19. T: The Three Greyhounds

    25 Greek Street, W1D 5DD

    Head all the way along Old Compton Street until you reach Wardour Street. Here, turn right and carry on up Wardour Street until you reach The Ship, which is on the right.

  20. S: The Ship

    116 Wardour Street, W1F 0TT

    Head straight out down Broadwick Street, directly opposite the pub. After two turns on the right you will encounter the next pub on the right.

  21. J: John Snow

    39 Broadwick Street, W1F 9QP; a Samuel Smith's pub, as requested by Julian

    Carry on along Broadwick Street and turn right at Marshall Street, and then left at Genton Street. This will spit you out onto Kingly Street. There are two pubs here, the first to your right:

  22. B: Blue Posts

    18 Kingly Street W1B 5PX

    Head back the way you came down Kingly Street and on the same side of the road is the next pub:

  23. R: Red Lion

    14 Kingly Street, W1B 5PP; a Samuel Smith's pub, as requested by Julian

    Carry on down Kingly Street, turn left when you reach Beak Street and take the second right into Upper James Street. Carry on down Upper James Street as it becomes Lower James Street and when you reach the crossroads turn left into Brewer Street.

  24. G: Glasshouse Stores

    55 Brewer Street, W1F 9UN; a Samuel Smith's pub, as requested by Julian

    Go back down Brewer Street and turn right where Lower James Street becomes Sherwood Street. Turn left into Denman Street.

  25. Q: Queen's Head

    15 Denman Street, W1D 7HN

    Almost directly across the road on the same street is our final stop.

  26. D: Devonshire Arms

    17 Denman Street, W1D 7HS

    For a successful conclusion, you must now make your way to the (usually packed) Piccadilly Circus for a triumphant survivors' photo.


This route was tested on [[alphabet2|2nd August 2008]] and found to be lacking in certain respects:

  • The Norfolk Arms are not open for business at 11am
  • The Exmouth Arms are not open for business at 11:40am, when we reached it
  • The routes to and from the Zetland Arms are much, much too long and tedious
  • The King's Arms is closed, possibly until late afternoon, possibly forever, who knows
  • Pubs on the South Bank are extremely busy and it takes time to get served
  • There isn't enough food on the route (Leicester Square is too late for dinner)
  • There is too much walking.

Version Three is forthcoming.

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