Thursday, 21 January 2016

Smithfield Pub Crawl


    London from being a 24-hour city. Alcohol licensing laws were relaxed in 2003, but finding a late-night drink still requires ingenuity. There is one part of city, however, that doesn't sleep: Smithfield. The neighborhood is home to a historic meat market, which operates in ornate Victorian halls weekdays from 4 a.m. to noon — and many of the local pubs and cafes open early to serve pints and hefty fry-ups to the market workers.
Start your evening at Ye Olde Mitre, an 18th-century pub in the jewelry district adjacent to Smithfield; then, head east through Ely Place to the market, on the way passing St Etheldreda's the oldest Catholic church in England. Taste the wines of southwestern France at theCellar Gascon bar and Comptoir Gascon restaurant; their posh sister, Club Gascon, has bagged a Michelin star for its exceptional cooking. The Fox and Anchor boasts the tastiest scotch eggs in the country — and keenly priced accommodations. Catch a nap in one of the designer rooms above the bar or go straight back out to dance off the calories at the so-hip-it-hurts nightclubFabric. You may want to refuel at Kurz & Lang, a tiny joint selling German bratwurst and beers; it's open until 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and never closes on Friday and Saturday.
Before daybreak, try The Hope for your early morning pint, and Ferrari's Snack Bar for an artery-clogging full English breakfast. Just what the doctor didn't order.
  • 1. Ye Olde Mitre
    1 Ely CourtLondonU.K. EC1N 6SJ44-(0)20-7405-4751
  • 2. St Etheldreda's Roman Catholic Church
    14 Ely PlaceLondonU.K. EC1N 6RY44-(0)20-7405-1061
  • 3. Cellar Gascon and Comptoir Gascon
    63 Charterhouse StreetLondonU.K. EC1M 6HJ44-(0)20-7608-0851 More Info
  • 4. Fox and Anchor
    115 Charterhouse StreetLondonU.K. EC1M 6AA44-(0)
  • 5. Fabric
    77A Charterhouse StreetLondonU.K. EC1M DHN44-(0)
  • 6. Kurz & Lang
    1 St. John StreetLondonU.K. EC1M 4AA44-(0)20-7993-2746
  • 7. The Hope
    94 Cowcross StreetLondonU.K.44-(0)20-7250-1442


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