The Thirsty Bear, Southwark


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 Thirsty Bear

The best burgers in town!

Thirsty Bear Beer Tap

Beer taps to draw your own pint.

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Sunny Day in Richmond!


I’ve used the brilliant weather these days as an opportunity to explore a part of London that I haven’t visited much before, the picturesque town of Richmond in the southwest of London. Summer is the perfect time for a stroll around Richmond and to explore the cute little shops and cafes in town. You can then walk along the river to Richmond Hill and the famous park.

 

 

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If you get hungry along the way then there’s numerous pubs and restaurants right by the river that let you enjoy a nice little nosh and an ice cold beer overlooking the Thames. I went for Stein’s pub, a German beer garden with a nice selection of Bavarian beers and traditional German food.

 

 

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Since it gets incredibly busy on the weekends and moreover there’s a chance of trains and whole tube lines being cancelled, I would highly recommend making your way to Richmond during the week.

How To Visit London The Right Way (Part Two)


I know you’ve been waiting for it! In case you’re here in London for the bank holiday weekend, you still have one last chance to do it right!

Kicked off in Greenwich, we’re moving on. You either could catch a DLR train to Bank station, or… Cycle! For those who don’t know, you can find Santander bicycles all around the city. Pick it up for only £2 and drop it off at any station within 24 hours.

Find one in Greenwich, and off we go! Fun ride down the foot tunnel, stretching across Thames river, and you end up emerging in a beautiful park by the Island Gardens station. On the other side of the river – breathtaking views of the University of Greenwich. You need to see it to believe it…
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Pedalling down the riverpath it is difficult to get lost. Unless… You love animals. Isle of Dogs is only one of many beautiful residential areas in London, but since it’s on your way, why not explore it a little bit more.

ClubCat doesn’t like animals to be captured. Instead of going to London Zoo, why don’t you swing by Mudchute Farm. Yes! It’s a farm! And yes, it is in the middle of the city. Say hi to alpacas, horsies, sheep etc. Free. free of charge and free of animal torture. Grab some lunch in a nice cafe inside the farm and continue your amazing day! Get back on track where you can smell and hear those splashing waves… The best is still to come.

My friend Karl says hi 😉

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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!

Richmond Park :)


Took advantage of the stunning weather and headed down to Richmond Park for a walk in the largest Royal Park. Although it’s November already it was a beautifully sunny day and got quite warm in the bright sun! It’s always a bit of a mission to make it down to Richmond from where I live in North London, especially over the weekend with all the tourists and whole tube and overground lines closed due to engineering works, but it was totally worth it! Here are some shots from today:

Habe das zauberhafte Wetter genutzt für einen Spaziergang im größten königlichen Park hier in London, dem Richmond Park. Obwohl schon November war es ein wundervoll sonniger Tag und wurde recht warm in der prallen Sonne! Es ist zwar immer ein ziemlicher Aufwand, von meiner Wohnung im Norden Londons nach Richmond zu kommen, besonders am Wochenende mit all seinen Touristen und für Inspektion geschlossenen Bahnlinien, aber das Ganze war die Umstände absolut wert! Hier einige Schnappschüsse von meinem Ausflug:

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The BNY Mellon Boat Race


Happy white Chris…. er, Eastern everyone!
Fröhliche weiße Weih… Äh, Ostern euch allen!

Too cold
Although it’s hilariously cold in London, the sun is shining and it’s a lovely day so far! The annual and widely known boat race between the universities of Cambridge and Oxford on the river Thames takes place today! Start off is 4.30 PM at Putney Bridge but there are loads of other places around the course where you can watch plus many, many activities and games for young and old and lovely pubs and cafés if it gets too cold on the outside! What a nice opportunity to have a stroll along the river!

Obwohl es extrem kalt draußen ist, scheint wenigstens die Sonne in London und es ist ein schöner Tag, zumindest bis jetzt! Das jährliche und weithin bekannte Boat Race zwischen den Rudermannschaften der Universitäten Cambridge und Oxford auf der Themse findet heute statt. Beginn ist 16.30 Uhr an der Putney Bridge, aber es gibt noch viele, weitere gute Brücken und Parks entlang der Strecke, von wo aus man das Geschehen verfolgen kann, außerdem viele, viele Events und Spiele, die für Jung und Alt organisiert werden und eine Menge netter Pubs und Cafés, falls es doch draußen zu kalt werden sollte! Was für eine schöne Gelegenheit, um mal wieder einen Spaziergang am Fluss zu unternehmen…