Alphabet puB Crawl route v3.0

This route does not work because The Wheatsheaf has closed down permanently. This is a work in progress. This route is a refinement on version two.


Meet 10:30am at South Kensington station. Take a photo of all the starters.

Leave the station by the south exit at 11am. Cross the kite-shaped junction and go down Old Brompton Road. Clearly signposted on the right is the first pub:

  1. Z: The Zetland Arms

    2 Bute Street, SW7 3EX

    Open 11am to midnight on Saturdays

    This is the only pub in London beginning with Z (worth speaking of, anyway) and it is also the worst pub on the crawl as well as being the most distant from all the others. That makes it an ideal starting point.

    Return to South Kensington station and take the Circle or District 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. Go right at the fork in the road and then right into Stoney Street. The next pub is on the left.

  2. W: The Wheatsheaf

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

    Continue up Stoney Street towards the river, passing Borough Market, until you reach Clink Street. Turn right and the next pub is here:

  3. O: Old Thameside Inn

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

    020 7403 4243

    Go back along Clink Street and follow the river bank until you reach the next riverside pub which is:

  4. 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."

    020 7407 1577

    I have never actually been inside this pub, every time I've visited it somebody else has gone inside to order and brought the drinks out.

    Continue along the South Bank passing many interesting sights until you reach the Tate Modern. Right outside the gallery is the next small pub, a self-contained unit which should hopefully be relatively empty at this time of day.

  5. F: Founders Arms

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

    Opens 9am on Saturdays

    After this pub, go back the way you came and cross the Millennium Bridge. Carry on straight up Peter's Hill to reach Queen Victoria Street. Turn left and then at St. Andrew's Hill turn right.

  6. S: Shaw's Booksellers

    34 St. Andrew's Hill, EC4V 5DE

    Closed on Saturdays

    Carry on up St. Andrew's Hill and turn left at Carter Lane. The next pub is here on your left:

  7. R: Rising Sun

    61 Carter Lane, EC4V 5DY

    020 7248 4544

    Go up Creed Lane opposite the Rising Sun and turn left at Ludgate Hill. On the right you'll see:

  8. Y: Ye Olde London

    42 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7DE

    020 7248 1852

    Go back along Ludgate Hill and turn left at Ave Maria Lane, then right at Paternoster Square. Here is the last pub for this part of London:

  9. P: The Paternoster

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

    020 7248 4035

    After this pub, head for St Paul's station which is to the east. Get on the Circle Line headed west and stay on it until you reach Lancaster Gate. Turn left out of the station and head along Stanhope Terrace until you reach a mini-roundabout where the next pub is located:

  10. V: The Victoria

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

    020 7724 1191

    This is a nice pub to the south of Paddington. After drinking here, you head north, up Sussex Place and then London Street towards Paddington station. There are two pubs inside Paddington station, one of them on the second floor:

  11. M: The Mad Bishop And Bear

    Paddington Station, W2 1HB

    020 7402 2441

    ...and then next one is on the ground floor, nearer the platforms.

  12. I: The Isembard

    Platform 11, Paddington Station, W2 1HA

    020 7262 6161

    Head along the platforms towards the Hammersmith & City platforms. Before you get there, take a right turn along a covered walkway. This is the north exit from Paddington station. Continue in this direction and you'll follow along to the left of a tall wall which will eventually disappear to reveal a canal which you are walking alongside. Continue in this direction and the next pub is on the corner here:

  13. U: The Union

    Sheldon Square, W2 6EZ; Mike's suggestion

    020 7289 3063

    After this pub go back the way you came towards Paddington and get on the Hammersmith & City line east. Get off at Euston Square station. Cross Euston Road and head up North Gower Street. Take the fourth right turn, Starcross Street, where you'll find the best "X" in London:

  14. X: The Exmouth Arms

    1 Starcross Street, NW1 2HR

    020 7387 5440

    Next, go down Cobourg Street, left at Drummond Street, right at Melton Street and you'll get back to Euston Road. Go left and traipse along here until you see the next pub, on your right:

  15. E: The Euston Flyer

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

    020 7383 0856

    Carry on along Euston Road, passing St. Pancras station and King's Cross station as Euston Road becomes Pentonville Road. Turn left into Northdown Street and on the left is your next pub:

  16. K: King Charles I

    55-57 Northdown Street, N1 9BL

    020 7837 7758

    After this head back the way you came and enter St. Pancras station. Climb up the stairs to platform level and at the near end of the platforms there is a nice pub:

  17. B: The Betjeman Arms

    St Pancras Station, NW1 2QP

    020 7837 0522

    You don't have to leave the station for the next bit, just go downstairs and hop onto the Piccadilly Line south to Covent Garden station. Just opposite the station is the first of the final clutch of pubs:

  18. N: Nag's Head

    10 James Street, WC2E 8BT; chosen by Mike

    020 7836 4678

    After leaving the pub go left down James Street. Skirt left around the edge of Covent Garden and leave it via the far left corner, continuing south to reach Tavistock Street. Cross the road and go straight on down Burleigh Street. Turn left when you reach the Strand and you will see the next pub on your left.

  19. L: The Lyceum

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

    020 7836 7155

    Go back down the Strand and continue until you reach Bedford Street on your right. Go right and then left into Chandos Place. Continue along until you reach the next pub on the route, which is on the right:

  20. H: The Harp

    47 Chandos Place, WC2 4HS

    020 7836 0291

    Carry on down Chandos Place and turn right when you reach William IV Street and then right again into Charing Cross Road. Head up this road keeping to the left hand side until you see your next pub on your left, which is:

  21. C: The Cambridge

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

    020 7494 0338

    The next pub is very nearby. Turn left out of the Cambridge and go along Moor Street. At the next crossroads is:

  22. T: The Three Greyhounds

    25 Greek Street, W1D 5DD

    020 7494 0902

    Turn left out of the Three Greyhounds and go along Old Compton Street until you reach the end where it meets Wardour Street. Turn right and then look for the third left turn, which is Broadwick Street. Carry along here looking out on the right for:

  23. J: John Snow

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

    0207 437 1344

    Go straight ahead on leaving this pub, down Lexington Street. Take the second right turn into Brewer Street.

  24. G: Glasshouse Stores

    55 Brewer Street, W1F 9UN

    020 7287 5278

    Turn right out of this pub and carry on until you reach the crossroads, then go left into Sherwood Street. Take the first left and the final two pubs are here, opposite one another:

  25. D: Devonshire Arms

    17 Denman Street, W1D 7HS

    020 7437 2445 - closes 11pm on Saturdays

    Cross the road for the last pub:

  26. Q: Queen's Head

    15 Denman Street, W1D 7HN

    020 7437 1540 - closes midnight on Saturdays

    Finally, you are now within spitting distance of Piccadilly Circus and can easily stagger home.

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