We spent about a week in London following our trip to check out the flat in late May. This time we had a better reason, with two "dos" to attend. Firstly, Eileen's small company's delayed Christmas Lunch and, secondly, our nephew's wedding. It also coincided with weather which could probably best be described as "scorchio".
We then had a couple (Camden Hells for me) in the rather attractive Kings Stores, a place we've been to before, then on to another haunt, the Castle on Commercial Road. This is an attractive pub, described on Google Maps as "Sophisticated Old World Pub". Well, sort of. We had Portobello Lager here in unetched tulip ale glasses, which did nothing for an otherwise very ordinary lager of little distinction. I should add, in its dog days, the application of Covid 19 regulations here, was less than assiduous, but we checked in and sat in a well ventilated area, between two open doors, so all was well.
As befitted our BSF credentials, we all supped imported beers while catching up.
The "Christmas" meal in the posh Charlotte Street restaurant The Ninth, was excellent and open air, but you could see a lot of closed businesses around. Hopefully temporarily. A subsequent walk to a rammed Soho, was a bit abortive, as not only were outside areas filled, but people were hanging around hoping someone would leave.
We retreated to another old haunt, Sam Smith's Bricklayers Arms, just off Soho in Gresse Street, and some excellent Nitro Stout and a most informative chat with the landlady who had been there for years. Sadly the pub was pretty empty. For those interested, a pint of nitro stout and a half of Pure Brewed was £8.45. Cards accepted.
Next Up: Richmond on Thames and the East End.