Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Day 82 (21/8) - Beer, Pubs and London

Our second organised tour in London, a pub crawl. We met our guide John at the base of The Shard, a 310m eyesore thrusting  out of historic old London Bridge district. We then proceeded to walk through some of the most striking old pubs in London while our guide continuously filled our slowly fogging brains with a mix of pub history, beer history, literary history, London history and lies. He also took us to a the London Gin Club as a distraction at one point, 197 Gins in one bar. After our tour we fittingly enjoyed a cheap classic English pub meal.

After dinner we hired some bikes and rode out to Buckingham Palace to take a quick gander. Then climbing up on the lions under Nelson's Column. We then weaved our way slowly back to the hotel while drinking in the sites and sounds of London at night.

The George Inn, Shakespeare's local

Anne-Marie under the umbrellas

The Blackfriar, Art nouveau pub

Amazing monk themed designs

Reuben at the bar

The London Gin Club, first time I've had any drink with a sprig of rosemary

At Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

The Seven Stars, full of private booths and mystery

Scotish egg followed by a steak and ale pie at The Ships Tavern

Anne-Marie outside Bucking Huge Palace

London Eye from a pedestrian bridge

St Peters Cathedral at night.

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