116 Wardour St, London, United Kingdom
020 7437 8446
The Ship London Reviews
Music isn't dead Jan 04, 2012
London is heaven and is hell. In no other city on earth does an immense weight of history combine with such a vast population of creative genius. So what’s a good way to enjoy and experience this? Well, go to a place where there is music and people…
London’s pubs have stood and watched the generations come and go. Photos adorn walls in Soho pubs of people long dead and forgotten. In more recent times, the fashions of popular culture have blown through and faded away. The 1960’s brought a self-indulgent generation, smugly talking about “free love” (Did their parents have to pay for sex?) The 1970’s brought back realism, self doubt and economic malaise. The 1980’s heralded the commercialization of London. As buildings were pursued as real estate opportunities so their histories perished with their sales.
The 1990’s brought an orgy of consumption, syndicated pubs, each as identical as Starbucks outlets; now giving bland consumers the bland replicated product they wanted. And so in the heart of this great city,as eccentric landlords succumbed to old age , pubs with enduring character have steadily decreased in number.
There are few places left where I can get what I NEED. However “The Ship” in Wardour Street is one such place. Here music is a way of life for discerning staff who will distill the best of five decades of music for you. The music is from the heavier end of the spectrum. On Friday and Saturday evenings as the daylight fades, the lights are lowered and volume simultaneously raised. You may select from a fine variety of English ales and settle deeper into your seat.... Now you are free to contemplate the abyss of human existence with consistently good sounds utill close…..
Note: "heavy metal" sounds do predominate at the weekend.
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