For a whole lot of reasons this pub is one of my favourite places in London – located close to Waterloo and London Bridge station it’s always in easy reach and a great destination after showing the city to visiting friends, the burgers are absolute top class and the best in London (probably among the best in the world!) and if that wasn’t enough already they also serve quality beers and ciders – and the taps are right on your table so you can pour your own pint! Furthermore the staff at the Thirsty Bear pub are always nothing but lovely and very helpful, there are massive screens showing the footy (and various other sports) and the usual pub games, table football, pool and dart, are not missing either. This place is perfect to stop by at after a sightseeing tour or a stroll along the Southbank for a nice, filling burger and some great beers among friends. There really isn’t much more to say apart from – go and check out what all the hype is about!
The Carpenters Arms in Fitzrovia, conveniently located just off Tottenham Court Road in-between Warren Street and Goodge Street station, is a very British pub with all its ups and downs. They sell a nice selection of ales and lagers as well as some decent wines and cocktails. The food menu is clearly aimed at students from nearby UCL with meaty and filling pub dishes and a very reasonably priced sandwich menu for lunch.
To put some icing on the cake, The Carpenters Arms has a lovely roof terrace tucked away from the buzz of Tottenham Court Road so you get to enjoy some peace and quiet here. Patio heaters make sure you don’t get cold during your night out but make sure you arrive early as the place gets pretty packed once the clock hits beer o’clock.
Of course none of this is particularly new or groundbreaking but if you’re in for a solid British pub serving traditional pub grub and an excellent selection of drinks then this is for you.
Not trying to sound too presumptuous, only talking plainly from personal experience… Tourists, visiting parents or friends, looking to use the opportunity of a free place to crash and tick the box ‘Got smashed in London’, have their own little plan in mind.
- Oxford Street (mainly Primark)
- Piccadilly Circus (with no basic understanding why… oh, the big screen. Well, it’s off at the moment)
- Leicester Square (cinemas…?)
- Covent Garden (I read the book once, about the homeless and his cat and I think it was based here…)
- Big Ben (to take THE picture)
- London Eye (with an adorably optimistic hope to actually get on it. As it ever happens)
- One of the clubs that celebrities go to. (No comments)
Little do they know… Living here for four years now, let me present you the ultimate one-day London tour, improved and approved by us & ClubCat.
First stop – Greenwich.
Being a little bit more remote from the center, it is the perfect place to start your tour. Getting off at the Cutty Start and Maritime Museum station and heading down to the river-path, there is your first surprise. You will see…
Going further down, you reach the historical University of Greenwich. Breathtaking. Make sure you visit the painted hall where Jonny Depp was dancing on the table in the fourth part of Pirates of Caribbean. Also, pop into the magnificent chapel (which is a part of the actual university!)
Not to mention that there are at least a few great maritime museums around, saving the precious time of the best day of your life, not strolling down to the Greenwich Market would be a significant loss.
Pancakes, pumpkins, and lasagna; Jamaican, Vietnamese and Italian – you name it, it’s there. Old stuff – new stuff and creative stuff. Little treasure box. Don’t get too lost and spend all day there!
Pick up a calzone and some mini pancakes with Nutella and head straight to the beautiful Greenwich Park. Why is it better than the famous Hyde Park?
Where do I start… Despite the breathtaking scenery, it has so much more to offer. Rose gardens, tennis courts, and even deers! The highlight is the Greenwich observatory. Testing your endurance by claiming up the hill, you can reach the famous Greenwich Meridian timeline. (Yes, you can feel the time stops there… Technically, it does.) The view that opens up is something indescribable. The panorama view stretching all the way from London Eye to the O2 Arena.
Greenwich Park is the last stop before your next destination…
ClubCat Tip: Oliver’s Jazz Bar is the hidden gem you MUST visit when you in Greenwich the next time. In the evening. Trust the ClubCat. It knows best.
I’ve been living in Kentish Town for 4 years now and go for a stroll in Hampstead Heath almost every day. Yet to the present day I have never managed to check out the Bull & Last. This gastropub, located conveniently just opposite the Parliament Hill entrance to the Heath, has one of the best reputations in the area for its seasonal menu, drink selection and fantastic service. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that you have to wait a couple of weeks to book a table at the weekend…
We were lucky enough to get a table this weekend and after a night out partying we made our way there for a well deserved, hangover curing Saturday lunch. Breaking news first? The lunch did in fact cure my hangover.
The Bull & Last is a lovely venue with a real pub feeling to it.The bar is well stocked with a good selection of ales and ciders from small, independent breweries, the walls are decorated with stuffed animals and tankards and the whole place has a lively and welcoming atmosphere. Although we arrived early at 12pm most tables were already taken and the place was buzzing with families and children, dog walkers, couples and groups of friends.
We started off the meal with a Bloody Mary and this Bloody Mary was, I kid you not, the best drink I’ve had in a long time. An aromatic, spicy drink, neither too strong nor too bland, garnished with some pepper and celery. We went on to try some of the ales and cider to go along with the food. We went for a pretty standard choice, beef burger and fries and fish and chips. The vegetarian choices are limited, especially if you don’t like fish. The food was tasty and the service was super quick. Our waitress was absolutely lovely, very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu but at the same time super easygoing and joking away with us as if we had known each other for a long time.
To sum this up, we had a lovely lunch and felt well looked after at the Bull & Last. I was more impressed by the laid-back atmosphere and the outstanding service than the quality of the food but I’d definitely be willing to give the grub another try. The food is quite pricey with mains ranging from £15-£30 but the portions were huge and they only use fresh ingredients, which you can definitely taste. Altogether, I can definitely recommend this place and if it’s only for a quiet pint after a long walk at the Heath.
After over two years of silence we now want to bring this blog back to life and we are currently giving this page a well needed makeover.
Expect an awesome new design and many other exciting changes. Soon we’ll be working with a whole team of writers checking out a broad range of activities all over London.
So stay tuned for fresh parties, book launches and shop openings, activities with kids and dogs, fashion events, outdoor gatherings and, as always, the best pubs and the hottest news from the underground music scene.
Time to unveil London!
Happy new year everyone!! 🙂
Hope you all had stunning Christmas and a massive party on New Year’s Eve and are now ready to rock 2015!
The insane work & exam marathon that was bugging me over the last couple of months is now finally over and after some well deserved partying and a week-long sleep I will hopefully find the time to update this blog again!
So long, have an awesome one! 😉
Fröhliches neues Jahr euch allen! 🙂
Ich hoffe, ihr hattet wundervolle Weihnachten, eine großartige Party an Silvester und seid nun bereit, 2015 endgültig zu rocken!
Der wahnsinnige Arbeits- & Prüfungsmarathon, der mich über die vergangenen 2 Monate auf Trab gehalten hat, ist nun glücklicherweise vorüber, und nach einigem wohlverdienten Partymachen und einem gefühlt wochenlangen Schlaf werde ich hoffentlich bald etwas Zeit finden, um diesen Blog wieder auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen!
Bis dahin, lasst es euch gutgehen! 😉
Happy Halloween people!! Here’s some tips for spooky activities in London this weekend!
Horror movie classic Halloween is being shown tonight only in a few selected cinemas, for example at ODEON Camden or Holloway! For a full listing of all participating cinemas, click here. If you’re in for a more extraordinary film experience, check this out: In Shoreditch, you can watch scary films while relaxing in a hot tub sipping a drink of your choice, and in Portobello Pop-up Cinema in Notting Hill you’ll have a hell of a time watching scary movies in their outdoor cinema.
If you plan on spending Halloween with your children, why not head down to London Zoo? It’s always a great experience for the whole family and extra for Halloween they’ve come up with some fun activities going on over the whole of the weekend!
Of course there’s plenty of Halloween themed pub and club nights going on; almost every London venue is hosting their very own party. Just check out your favourite’s website and get ready for jelly shots, costume contests and live gigs! These are my picks for awesome Halloween fun:
If you’re in for an all-nighter then come down to XOYO , their Bugged Out….! party night is always fun and tonight’s Halloween special won’t be any different. Or head down to the almighty EGG Club on York Way and rave to some Berlin inspired dance music. If you prefer pop and rock music, then the Phoenix on Cavendish Square close to Oxford Circus might be right for you. Or you give yourself the whole nine yards and check out the Halloween weekender at The Four Quarters – mad fun on a budget that is!
No matter where you go and what you’ll be up to this weekend, I hope it’ll be fun and you’ll have a blast. Now put on that spooky costume and happy Halloween, everyone!
Fröhliches Halloween, euch allen!! Hier gibt’s einige Tips für gespenstische Aktivitäten an diesem Wochenende in London!
Der Horrorfilm-Klassiker Halloween wird nur heute Abend in einigen ausgewählten Kinos auf großer Leinwand gezeigt, zum Beispiel im ODEON in Camden oder in Holloway. Eine Liste aller teilnehmenden Kinos findet ihr hier. Falls es euch nach einem etwas abgefahrenerem Kino-Erlebnis gelüstet, könnt ihr euch in Shoreditch Horrorfilme ansehen, während ihr in einem Whirlpool sitzt und ein Getränk eurer Wahl schlürft; oder ihr zieht euch im Portobello Pop-up Kino klassische Gruselfilme unter freiem Himmel rein.
Falls ihr das Halloween-Wochenende mit euern Kindern verbringen möchtet, kann ich den Zoo nur wärmstens empfehlen! Der ist immer ein tolles Erlebnis für jung und alt und besonders für Halloween hat man sich hier eine Reihe lustiger Aktivitäten ausgedacht, die über das gesamte Wochenende laufen.
Natürlich stehen auch jede Menge Halloweenparties an. Beinahe jeder Pub and jeder Club hier in London veranstaltet eine eigene Party, also schaut einfach mal auf die Website eurer Lieblingsbar und macht euch bereit für Jelly Shots, Kostümwettbewerbe und Live Musik. Hier ist meine Auswahl der besten Halloweenparties:
Falls euch der Sinn nach einer ganzen Nacht durchfeiern steht, dann ab ins XOYO. Deren Bugged Out…! Clubnacht ist immer ein Erlebnis und das heutige Halloween-Spezial wird keine Ausnahme sein. Oder ihr macht euch auf zum besten aller Clubs hier in London, dem allmächtigen EGG Club in der Nähe von Kings Cross, und zappelt die Nacht durch zu feinstem Berlin-House. Falls ihr doch eher auf Pop und Rockmusik aus seid, könnte der Phoenix in Cavendish Square beim Oxford Circus das Richtige für euch sein. Oder ihr gebt euch die volle Breitseite und macht aus dieser Nacht ein ganzes Wochenende voller irrwitziger Ideen zu guten Preisen im Four Quarters in Peckham.
Ganz egal, wofür ihr euch entscheidet, ich hoffe, ihr habt Spaß und eine richtig gute Zeit. Jetzt fix verkleidet und dann ab auf die Piste – happy Halloween!!