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Nightlife Guide – Pubs in London

Put on your boogie shoes and dance your way through the streets of London. This big city offers plenty of bars, pubs and nightclubs for everyone.

The nightlife guide is divided into three parts and I’ve picked five venues that I’ve been to or want to visit. Look out for the next blog post about nightclubs in London.

5 Pubs in London
The World’s End
Located in cool Camden and the rumour says it’s the biggest pub in Europe. Check it out and see for yourself if it’s true.
> Find it on our Britain Map

Ye Olde Chesire Cheese
Dates back to the 17th century and is famous for being a watering hole for famous people like Mark Twain and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With so much history in the walls, this pub is definitely worth visiting.
> Find it on our Britain Map

The Red Lion
Walls are covered with mirrors and extravagant patterns. Come here and enjoy a pint and a home cooked meal.
> Find it on our Britain Map

The Lamb and Flag
The oldest pub’s in Convent Garden. Bare-fist fights were held here and used to go by the name “Bucket of Blood”.
> Find it on our Britain Map

The Princess Louise
A traditional old-fashioned Victorian pub. It’s named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter and has an impressive interior made from Victorian craftsmen .
> Find it on our Britain Map

Useful links:
> UK’s top 10 historic pubs

> Pubs – on a budget

> Late-night London

What’s your favourite pub in London?

For bars in London, read more here.

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Our pub expert tells her story

Remember the pub expert competition we had in Norway a couple of months ago? Here, the winner, Hanne Diana, tells her story about her whole week of pub crawling in Newcastle:
My name is Hanne Diana, I am 22 years old and I was the lucky winner of the NewcastleGateshead “pubexpert” competition. Winning this competition meant I got to travel to Newcastle for one week, visit lots of pubs, and when I got home I would write a pubguide for other Norwegian tourists. Who would not want a job like that?! I was so happy to be the winner, and I also got to bring a person with me – To all my friends disbelief I chose to bring my mom! We had a GREAT week, and here is a little info on what we filled our days with:

There was so much action going on the seven days we were down there, but I think I will start by telling you a little bit about our very first day: We met up with our “guide” for the week – Alistair Gilmore: A lovely man originally from Scotland, but living in Newcastle. He has written three books about beer and food, and so I think it is safe to say that this man knows his beer! Our first beer of the day we cracked open at a pub called “The sun in”. The funny thing about this pub is that it takes you back to the early 1900s and 1800s, even the people who work there are wearing clothes from way back when, so obviously that made it quite a funny, and not to mention a very different experience. After this we got to visit this little local brewery called “The Stables”. This was my first time at a brewery so it was quite interesting, and not to mention I learned a lot about the production of beer. Coming out of there, of course – I felt like a beer expert (still do).

As this day went by we visited a lot of different pubs, both in the city centre as well as a couple ones outside town. I got to drink som great beer, experience some great pubs, and we met up with plenty of very nice people. It was a great day and I thought Newcastle was a lovely place to be. The following days we checked out some more pubs, tasted different beers, and saw more of Newcastle. Besides that we also got to do some other interesting things: Like visiting “The Journal”. “The Journal” is one of Newcastle’s biggest local newspapers and for me who wants to be a journalist this could not have been more ideal. Alistair used to work there as a journalist, and even though he does not work there everyday anymore he still has his weekly column in the paper. This morning I got to talk to different people about their job, sit in at a news conference – basically, had the best time!

That same day we also got to see “Glenn McCrory`s international school of boxing”, wich was very fun. Glenn MCrory is a previous boxer, who won the world champion in 1989, and he now has his own gym. We got to chat with him, and to see him work. I have to  say that both me and mum developed a little crush.. – He was not just nice and charming you see, but also tall and big and had wonderful eyes. During this week Alistair also took us to a new opening, a design show. There I got to see some funny looking furniture, drink some nice wine, and I had a good night. All toghether our week in Newcastle could not have been any better, and besides experiening many great pubs and beers, we got to see an amazing city. I loved it.
Hanne Diana

Sounds like a great week! Please send us your personal tips, perhaps you have been pub crawling in another British city? And if you’re going to Oxford, make sure to try out their ultimate pub crawl, I sure did!

Have a Happy New Year everyone and I wish you all the best for 2010!

– Hanne –

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iPhone app to Londons night life

Going clubbing in London or just want to know which restaurant to go to and you have no idea on where to start? Then I have the perfect tool for you. Time out Guides and Magazine has developed an iPhone app together with Smirnoff and it actually works really well. Every week Time Out editors pick their favourite of London gigs, events, restaurants, club nights and essential film releases. Today for example, the app told me that Paul McCartney is playing at the O2 or that I can see Peter Pan on West End theatre. So if you’re going to London, check it out.  Since I’ve only tried it from home, send me feedback if you use it.

Merry Christmas,

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And then we found our pub expert..

hannadianaHere she is! Hanne Diana is her name and she is the oh so lucky winner of our pub expert competition, winning a trip to Newcastle.

1600 Norwegian pub enthusiasts wanted the opportunity of going pub-to-pub in Newcastle for a whole week. And who could blame them? Who wouldn’t want a week in this beautiful city, sinking in the pub atmosphere and trying out different kinds of food and beer? And then to write you very own pub guide!

The famous Norwegian Torkjell Berulfsen thought Hanne Diana stood out from the rest because of her particular motivation and the effort she had put into her application. And of course it helps that she loves the English pub culture, and has done so ever since her grand parents had a local pub in Stratford-upon-Avon when she was younger.

Hanne Diana will bring her English mother on her trip to Newcastle, since they’re both pub enthusiasts and practically grew up in an English pub.

Congratulations, and have a great trip! We will hear more from Hanne Diana when she’s back, and I guess she will have a couple of great Newcastle pubs to recommend to you!

– Hanne –

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East Midlands canal boat trip

A year ago, we had a competition where the prize was a canal boat trip to East Midlands. Our Swedish winner, Per, shares his story with us:
SE kanalbåtLast autumn I won a competition arranged by VisitBritain. The prize was a canal boat trip to East Midlands including flight, train and boat for 4 people. It wasn’t difficult to gather up a crew! I called my best friends to ask if they wanted to come along. None of them said no!

This summer it was finally time to go. Early in the morning 4 hopeful guys flew from Arlanda to London. Then we took the train to Long Eaton in Nottingham. Because of the beautiful weather, we decided to walk to Sawley Marina where the canal boat was waiting for us and a 2 hour training. None of us had actually any experience with boats, so we were a bit nervous.

In the afternoon it was time to leave. A representative from Robin Hood Boats took us out from the marina and to the first canal lock. We practiced on how to control the boat, open and shut the canal lock and how to let the water out. Then we were on our own. So now we had 4 days on the canal with a 14 meter long narrow boat. The boat had 4 beds, toilet, shower, a kitchen, as well as a tv and a dvd player. Everything we needed.

SE pubWe celebrated the beginning of our trip with a Carling. And us being nervous was really unnecessary. We managed the first lock perfectly. After a few hours we arrived in Shardlow where we stayed for the night. There were a couple of cosy pubs right by the canal.

The warm and nice weather continued on our second day. All of us took turns in driving the boat, and we got really good at it! Though it was a bit narrow when we tried to go through the canal locks with another boat. We ate lunch at the Coopers Arms – a 5 minute walk from the canal. Most pubs and restaurants are situated right by the canal locks. 

We continued on our way to Willington where we were going to turn the boat around. That went smoothly. When we went down to the shops, the streets were crowded with people. And it turned out to be a local beer festival! We tried out several local types of beer and hang out with the locals. We had a great time!

SE havnaThe third day was also nice and sunny. We were thinking to ourselves; – Is this really England? We had packed our raincoats at the top of our back packs, but we didn’t need to wear them at all. Canal boat is a relaxing way to spend your holiday, and there was always something to look at along the way: small cosy houses, other boats, people walking or cycling along the canal, small bridges made of stone and nice pubs. Idyllic! Back at the Shardlow, we visited our favourite pub New Inn.

During our trip we tried different types of food and several types of beer. John Smith’s Extra Smooth became a favourite. In the evening we drove towards Sawley Marina and stayed outside the marina, ready to take the train to London the next morning. So we had time for an afternoon in London with lots of shopping and culture!

Then it was time to go home. Sadly our plane was cancelled! We stayed at the airport for several hours. An unknown woman at the British Airways check-in counter gave us new tickets, a hotel and an evening meal for the four of us. Well done!

We would like to thank VisitBritain for an amazing trip! We had a great trip and could really recommend East Midlands and Sawley Marina to everyone who wants to hire a canal boat. It’s so much fun!!
SE broPer Axelsson with crewSE båten parkert

After reading this, perhaps you would like to go on a canal boat holiday to Britain? To read more, click here. Our Danish winner also shared her story with us. To read it, click here.

– Hanne-


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Want to be a pub expert in Newcastle?

It might seem too good to believe, but it’s not! NewcastleGateshead is looking for a Norwegian pub expert to create an official pub-guide in Newcastle this autumn. The winner will get to go to Newcastle for a week, trying the food and drink menus on all the pubs in Newcastle. And he/she is allowed to take one research assistant along, to help with the workload..

Newcastle is strongly connected to Norway, and the hope is that a pub-guide written by a Norwegian will make it useful for other Norwegians visiting the city. And also to make the city more attractive.

The famous TV-personality Torkjell Berulfsen will be in the jury to choose a winner. So how can I win? – you’re probably thinking. Well, it’s important to be motivated and to have good skills in writing. And of course you have to have a sincere interest for the pub culture being a part of  English culture. 

So hurry! You have until the 20th of September to participate.
Click here for the Newcastle pub expert competition 
Check out an article about the competition in VG
Click here to learn more about the up-and-coming city of Newcastle

– Hanne –


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Pubcrawl in London

Two guys from Norway travelled to London this June with a special mission. After having read a book about 100 good pubs in London, they wanted to experience this in real life. They had 5 days in London and they managed to visit 38 pubs! That seems like a hectic schedule!

This is a great way to discover various parts of London and to experience the British culture. Check out their own blog http://38pubs.blogspot.com and be inspired to go pubcrawling the next time you are in London!

– hanne –


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