HYSTERIA, Dalston, East London
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hysteria-Dalston/214147698696140 Nearest Overground: Dalston Junction
Hysteria is the location for our Club night, BOP! CLUB. It’s a two minute walk from Dalston Junction station and is a really cool little bar.
It’s been refurbished extensively since its previous guise as The Junction Rooms and is now very candlelit and sexy. It has a great open windowed front, out of which you can watch the busyness of Dalston pass you by as you sip on your booze of choice. They also do great pizzas from a pizza oven.
THE VICTORIA, Mile End, East London
http://www.facebook.com/thevictoriae3 Nearest Tube: Mile End
An old friend of ours, Alfie, owns The Vic and it’s become a second home for the band; we’ve played tonnes of gigs there, had photo and video shoots there, worked behind the bar there and also played for The Vic’s 5-a-side football team (1st Division Winners 2010).
It’s a great boozer with an array of comfortable seating areas, taxidermy on the walls, great live music and great food.
LOCK TAVERN, Camden, North London
http://www.lock-tavern.com/ Nearest Tube: Camden Town
The unofficial meeting place of our band… although none of us live in Camden we always seem to go for meetings in the Lock Tavern. When I say meetings they’re really just glorified piss-ups.
THE LAMB BEER AND LIQUOR, Holloway, North London
http://www.facebook.com/TheLambN7 Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
This is a relatively new discovery but it’s a bit of a gem. It’s a five minute walk from the flat Joel and I share and has a no-nonsense approach. It’s a room. Which sells beer and liquor. Been there a couple of times now when a traditional Irish band have been busting out some jigs. Great way to spend an evening.
THE HEMINGFORD ARMS, Islington, North London
http://www.capitalpubcompany.com/our-pubs/the-hemingford-arms/ Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
Discovered this little pub a while ago now and it was a good find; really cozy warm pub full of character.
I am yet to have a Sunday Roast there yet, but I can imagine it will be tasty. A large selection of ales and a good menu for food and a nice chilled vibe. I fully recommend checking it out.
THE WHEELBARROW, Camden, North London
http://www.wheelbarrowlondon.com/ Nearest Tube: Mornington Crescent
Really good place to go and watch some up and coming bands- free entry with a good sound (which is becoming a rarity in London).
THE KENTON, Hackney, East London
http://www.kentonpub.co.uk/site/Home.html Nearest Overground: Homerton
When John and I were living in the Warehouse in Hackney we would drink here after having band practice. Lovely local with a top landlord, Egil, a laid back atmosphere and a great little cinema room in the back where they put on various weird and wonderful films.
THE RED LION, Soho
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
This seems to be the place we gravitate towards when we go for a drink after working in central London. It’s a Samuel Smith’s pub and that means cheap alcohol which is always a good thing. A traditional, old school, London boozer.
THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB, Clerkenwell, London
http://www.theslaughteredlambpub.com/ Nearest Tube: Barbican
This big open plan pub is a great night out. Our friend Jimmy runs it and Ash had his 21st Birthday there which was a right old knees up. They serve some great beers and real ales from Camden Town Brewery and have some great live acts playing in the basement bar.
THE NEW CROSS HOUSE, New Cross, South London
http://www.thenewcrosshouse.com/ Nearest Overground: New Cross Gate
I recently moved to New Cross so we’ve been going out to the local pubs and seeing what New Cross has to offer. This pub has a ping pong table in the (pretty large) beer garden- that sold it to us. Beer and table tennis is all you need for a good night out right?
BROCKWELL PARK. Herne hill, South London
I thought the outdoor areas of London should get a look in here as the sun has been beaming down recently. This park is brilliant. Really friendly vibe all round, situated on a big hill in the heart of south London. The primrose hill of da south.
BROCKLEY MESS, Brockley, South London
http://www.thebrockleymess.com/ Nearest Overground: Brockley Station
There is a lot of competition for where to go the morning after a biggie for a sobering fry up. Builder’s cafe, organic artsy cafe or the much loved leader in overpriced diner food, The Breakfast Club… On this occasion Brockley Mess wins. Good sized portions, big coffees and delicious milkshakes. Also, the girls who work there are pretty gorgeous (you know who you are Fran). It’s a relaxed, slightly boho vibe cafe with a big glass front letting in lots of natural light. A must visit if you find yourself waking up hungry in south east.