How to do the Circle Line Pub Crawl in LondonBy braniac for ehow.com
(pictures and links added by awanderlustgirl)
Probably one of London’s most (in)famous pub crawls is the Circle Line Pub Crawl. This circular subway line in central London has 27 stops.
At each one, you must hop off and have a drink. The goal is to finish at your starting point for your 28th celebratory drink. This is definitely not a pub crawl for the faint of heart. While you might only have a half pint at each pub, that’s still 14 pints of booze! Certainly a memorable experience, but only up to the point where you black out!!
- All day zone 1 Tube pass
- Tube map
- At least £40 to cover your half-pints
- A group of likeminded friends/drinkers/co-pilots
- A free day and morning after where you can sleep off your inevitable hangover
1) Start off at Baker Street Tube Station. There are a number of pubs nearby including The Globe just opposite the Marylebone Street exit.
It has outdoor seating, a variety of draft ales and if the weather’s foul, seats inside to keep you toasty. After your drink, head back to the tube station and go west on the circle (yellow on map) line to Edgware Road station.
2) As you come out of Edgware Road station, turn left onto Chapel Street and head for The Chapel which is on the right.
3) There is the Reef bar at Paddington in the main terminal, but if you want a taste of real London, head to the Dickens Tavern by exiting using the Praed Street exit. Turn right and follow London Street. The pub is at the junction with London Mews.
4) Your next stop is Bayswater station. The area is filled with pubs, cafes, restaurants and shopping, so while you’re still sober(ish) there are opportunities to buy souvenirs or food. Turn left out of the station and head for The Rat & Parrot at the junction with Moscow Road.
5) Next stop – Notting Hill Gate! There are plenty of pubs to be found in the area, but you must remember your goal – about 23 drinks left to go!! Opposite the exit to the station, you’ll find Mook. This modern bar’s exterior is white, so you can’t miss it!
6) High Street Kensington is just a quick train journey away. At the High Street exit of the arcade, turn right and follow the road for about 150 yards. At Kensington Church Street, you’ll see the Prince of Wales on your right.
7) At Gloucester Road station exit to the right. The Stanhope Arms is just up the road on your right hand side. It offers indoor and outdoor seating areas and a good selection of beers.
8) The Colbert (formerly The Oriel) is your next destination and can be found close to Sloane Square tube station.
9) Victoria Station and the area surrounding it is a pub crawlers paradise when the weather is glorious. However, being England, it often isn’t! So if you are able to get past the bouncers, who frown on those who have had slightly too much to drink, try the Wetherspoons and stay dry.
10) St James Park does not seem to appreciate circle line pub crawlers, so it’s best to keep yourself on best behaviour in these parts! Use the Palmers Street exit of the station to find The Feathers pub.
11) At Westminster station, use the Bridge Street exit and head for Big Ben. St Stephens pub is ahead of you on the right hand side.
12) Next station – Embankment. If you’ve been drinking halves, you’ll be just finishing your 6th pint in The Ship & Shovell. Come out of the station and head up the hill. Opposite the Princess of Wales pub there’s a shopping arcade, The Arches. Head in there and you will find this real ale pub which has plenty of snugs for you to chat quietly or grab a moment’s shut eye!
13) There are a few pubs to choose from at your next stop, Temple. But after 6 pints, there’s all the likelihood that you’ll get lost. Let’s it keep it simple. Walkabout is located just 50 meters down the road from the station exit. Take a left out of station and follow steps. At the top, turn left again and you’ll see it ahead on the left.
14) At Blackfriars station, take exit one. Just opposite the exit you’ll find the Blackfriars pub.
15) At Mansion House, try The Hatchet, a small City pub. Take a right at the station exit and it’s ahead of you.
16) The Banker at Cannon Street offers views of the river Thames from its balcony.
17) Nearly 2/3 of the way through your journey and you’re at Monument. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could try a drunken climb up to the top of the Monument to the Great Fire. But be warned, it’s a long way up that narrow, spiralling staircase. Worth it for the view, but in your drunken haze, it could be best to check it out another time. Instead, head for the Monument (formerly Hogs Head). As you leave the station, turn right. You will see the Monument ahead of you on your left and opposite, you find the pub!
18) Tower Hill is your next stop. Exit the station and follow the path to your right. You have a choice of several pubs, but for a weekend jaunt, Pepys at the Novotel is your best bet.
19) At Aldgate, the pub closest to the station is the Still & Star. Cross the road after exiting the station and you’ll find the Still & Star at the rear of the buildings in front of you.
20) Nearly there…well a few more to go! Liverpool Street has a few pubs closeby. The closest two are the Railway and the Lord Aberconway.
21) Still in the City, many of Moorgate’s pubs are shut at weekends. The John Keats is the closest to the station. Just turn right after exiting and it can be found on the right side of the road.
22) At Barbican, try the Barley Mow at Smithfield.
Re-opened a year ago, it has friendly staff and great amenities including a pool table, quiz machines and a dartboard. As you leave the underground, head right. Take the first road on the right and it’s just a short walk down the road.
23) So you’ve had 11 pints, can you make it to 14? Try The Sir John Oldcastle pub, in Farringdon for your next drink.
24) The Duke of York on platform 8 at Kings Cross is your next destination. If the weather’s foul, it means not having to leave the station. It’s a good place to grab a swift half and move on to finish your trek!
25) Use the North exit at Euston Square to reach The Crown & Anchor on Drummond Street. Exit to the right – away from the main road. Go past the first junction and the pub can be found on the right hand side.
26) Great Portland Street has a few decent pubs closeby. Perhaps the best and most convenient is just behind the station. The Albany has a good selection of foreign draughts and the atmosphere is lively during the week.
27) You’ve made it!! So, you can head back to The Globe for your last drink or head into the Metropolitan which is just outside the station for your grand finale. The Met is another Wetherspoons Pub so expect good food and service…not that you’ll be in much of a state to judge by this point. To get there, take a left out of the Marylebone Road exit and you’ll see steps leading up on your right hand side.