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One of the first pubs I happened upon after a day of a "LOT" of walking was The Swan which happened to be just down the street from my Hotel in Lancaster Gate. This place was a little different from your typical English Pub in that it had a outdoor balcony. (to which I spent 99.4 percent of my time.) The reason I spent so much time on the balcony is because the weather was so nice for this time of year. Normally, at this time of year people are huddle inside around a fire place inside, but not his day. So I took advantage of the balcony that over look Hyde Park. (London's largest "Village Green". ) Another thing I liked about this pub (other then the balcony and its proximity to my hotel) is that it has a fire place in the bathroom! I don't know if I have ever seen that before. (Klassy). This bar also had some pretty solid English beers on tap. They had Fullers London Pride, Frontier, Oliver's island and Seafarers. https://www.swanhydepark.co.uk/

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Angle in the Fields on Thayer Street, was probably my favorite pub that I happened upon by accident. I was walking down Oxford Street and it was so crowded that I decided to take some side streets in order to avoid the crowds that made it impossible to traverse. I was meandering a few blocks off Oxford Street and I came across Angle in the Fields it looked cool so I thought I would check it out. I was not disappointed with this place. Talk about cozy. This pace had it all. Wood walls, a fire place and a bar that was surrounded by stain glass windows, and it was not crowded when I was there. which is always a plus, plus!

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The Ship Tavern was a cool place I found in the Holborn District of London. This place I found when I was walking around London killing time before I headed to Arsenal to check out the scene before the Arsenal Football match. This Pub was down a narrow ally and when I saw on the sign it has been in operation since 1545 I figured I had better check this place out. Apparently this Pub as build to quench the thirst of exhausted laborers who were tending to the nearby fields, now partly Lincoln Inn Fields (obviously 1545 London was a much different place because this is downtown London now) so apparently in 1545 there was really nothing around.

The Ship Tavern has served many purposes in its lifetime. During the Reign of Henry the VIII, Catholics would sneak into the Ship Tavern to attend mass, conducted by priests from behind the bar! (Now that is sort of cool)

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Mitre Lancaster Gate was solid Pub that was located a block behind my hotel and I sort of found this place by accident when I over shot my hotel and ran into this place. I thought this Pub was really solid because you could get a pint and read the paper and chill. Just a nice place to hang out and they had a pretty large selection of English Ale's to boot.
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Posted by DC Dave 11:03 Archived in England

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