The Pineapple Pub, Kentish Town


The Pineapple Pub, although hidden away in a backstreet and mainly known to locals, was voted Best Pub in Kentish Town by the Londonist and that already speaks for itself. If you’re lucky enough to stumble upon this gem then you won’t be disappointed. The pub is cosy with a well equipped bar featuring a huge selection of local beers and ales at the front and a nice conservatory in the back. For hot days there’s a lovely little beer garden which is home to special events and beer festivals – and on cold days you can warm yourself at the fireplace. On Mondays there’s a pub quiz and live bands and comedians are invited on a regular basis. On top of that they’re serving some of the best Thai food you’ll ever find outside of Thailand and all at a very reasonable price. Plus they have two pub cats 🙂

Pineapple Pub Cat

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The Lion & Lamb|Hoxton


Everyone on the East Side of London knows that the question of where to go to eat, have a beer, or go out, ends with the answer… Hoxton. Sometimes it is a lot of fun to go from one place to another, meet some friends there, and there, and some new people everywhere. That’s what Hoxton all about, isn’t it?

For some, it is. For ClubCat it is important to feel like home. In a sense that all your friends are in one place, you can all have some food, one or more drinks and then party till the dawn.

Try to search ‘The Lion & Lamb’ in Google, Facebook or anywhere on the internet. The place has a minimal publicity apart the events calendar and the location. Simply because it doesn’t need it. The word of mouth is the best promotion, and my, oh my, people talk about this place!

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Being and empty space in an awesome area, over the last few years it underwent a lot of changes and had different purposes: an art gallery, an East-end boozer, and an underground club. The Lion & Lamb now has it all.

Over a year ago, a group of London-based, experienced, modern-thinking promoters, DJ’s, producers opened up this place to hide from the commercialised Shoreditch. Its purpose is to unite the community of the artists. And… the music!

18195136_1318648288221306_3025935670600382213_nLion & Lamb is set to become a favourite destination for creative people and music lovers in the area. The plans are big. For now, let’s keep its secrecy and talk about what’s on.

Tonight: Alex Arnout and Clive Henry (DC-10)

23rd September Saturday 20/20 vision @The Lion&Lamb 

With: Ralph Lawson | Jonny Rock |Bobby Pleasure

Tickets here.

24th September Sunday | Craig Richards & Friends with One Records

Tickets.

See you there!

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Sunday Roast @The Pig & Butcher, Angel


Yesterday we’ve been to the Pig & Butcher in Angel to try their famous Sunday Roast and we can honestly say we’ve been blown away. The pub is known for their amazing cuisine and the roast was indeed marvellous. Everything on that plate was just super delicious, from the high-quality and super tasty meat to the roasted potatoes and vegetables bursting with flavour and the massive Yorkshire pudding.The portions were so big that we couldn’t fit in a dessert – which is a shame because they were probably just as good as the main!

Although the pub was buzzing with customers the service was quick and very friendly. We were lucky enough to get a table in the back of the restaurant where it’s a lot quieter and less busy than in the front. Our meal was accompanied by a couple of beers from their outstanding selection of ales and lagers and we would have loved sampling more drinks – if we hadn’t been so stuffed from the meal! There’s not much left to say apart from we’ll definitely be back and can seriously recommend this pub!

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The Carpenters Arms, Fitzrovia


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.

Carpenters Arms Rooftop

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.

How To Visit London The Right Way (Part One)


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.

  1. Oxford Street (mainly Primark)
  2. Piccadilly Circus (with no basic understanding why… oh, the big screen. Well, it’s off at the moment)
  3. Leicester Square (cinemas…?)
  4. Covent Garden (I read the book once, about the homeless and his cat and I think it was based here…)
  5. Big Ben (to take THE picture)
  6. London Eye (with an adorably optimistic hope to actually get on it. As it ever happens)
  7. 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 bIMG_0384eautiful 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.
Enjoy.
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.

Stay tuned!

The Bull & Last, Kentish Town


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.

 

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Stay tuned!


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!