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The port bar
On this evening, I met up with an old friend from University and we went on a smidge of a pub crawl.

I don't think either of us meant to - it just sort of happened.  But it was a lovely night, as proved by the fact I can only remember the names of the first two pubs! 

We met at Covent Garden tube station.  This is surprisingly hard to find, because the tube station only has lifts, not escalators, and they try to encourage people to use Leicester Square.  But I found it and we went into Covent Garden for the first drink and to start catching up on who was married, who had had kids, and who had decided "screw it" and got a job abroad.  The Cove was a nice bar, with a terrace, but I can imagine it being insanely busy at times and my goodness, it was London prices.
Covent Garden

It started to get cooler, so we went off to the Nell Gwynn.  It is lovely, very close to the Strand but serving nice beer and with a cozy sort of atmosphere.  I'd definately go back.  it might even be OK on my own if I could get a seat.  Next stop, Paul wanted to take me to the bar on a boat in the river - the something castle?  maybe someone can help me with the name.  The bar itself is nothing too special, but it has wonderful views over the river and is worth it for that.  Apparently it also has comedy nights.

Last stop was a bar that specialised in port and was in what seemed like a big dark cave.  We were both a little tipsy by now, and I do apologise if you are the lady in the dreadful photo.  but it gives you the idea that if you are six feet tall you need a table.  Actually, I loved this place.  there are very few places that specialise in port, which I am fond of, and are in dark cellars.  I'll go back one day, especially if anyone can tell me the name of the place.  it's near Embankment station.  Someone must know?


Oh well.  I was very cheerful when I waved goodbye to Paul and went back to my hotel. 

londonstudent says:
The Tattershall Castle - on one comedy night we had a sort of Ruby's-21st-birthday mini-meetup there last summer. What a coincidence - I just missed seeing you by about 9 months!
I'm not sure about the port place but it could have been Gordon's, in Villiers Street.
Posted on: Apr 21, 2010
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The port bar
The port bar
Covent Garden
Covent Garden
View from the bar on the boat
View from the bar on the boat
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Nell Gwynn
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Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle is a bar on a boat in the Thames. It has comedy nights from time to time, but the night I went it was just a normal bar. People w… read entire review
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The Cove
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