This post is a little delayed as I’ve been so busy finishing up with work and you know just generally having a good time but I just had to post about this hilarious afternoon my friends and I had a couple of weeks ago during the tube strike in London.
Back in January my friend Cara purchased tickets to see ‘The Mentalists’ play with the awesome Stephen Merchant, little did we know that on that day there would be a tube strike. Londoners know the pain and aggravation a tube strike causes, especially in the summer so we decided to turn the shit situation into a fun one and create the Tube Strike Pub Crawl. We all work in Highbury and the theatre was in Leicester square so we made it our mission to walk there and have a few stops along the way, so here is how it went.
First stop: The Albion
This pub is located in Barnsbury, a very posh area in Islington. The pub has an incredible beer garden out the back and also seats out the front where we parked ourselves for the first leg of the journey. It was a beautiful sunny day so we basked in the sunshine and planned the rest of our journey.
Second stop: The Crown
The crown was a short walk from the Albion and also has lot of tables out the front to enjoy the sunshine. The bar tender kindly obliged when we asked for our picture (as long as we tagged them on instagram haha) and one funny punter thought it would be even better if he photo bombed us.
Third stop: The Perseverance
We walked about 45 minutes through Angel and Clerkenwell to get to our next stop and the drinks were very much needed. I love this little pub that is located on Lambs Conduit Street. It has a real old pub feel to it for somewhere so close to town. We went here a few months back for a friends leaving party and it was so nice to be back.
Fourth stop: Belushi’s Covent Garden
Beluishi’s read about our Tube Strike Pub Crawl on twitter and tweeted us to come and visit and we’d get some free cocktails, not one to turn down a freebie we made our way into Central London to Covent Garden and ordered our Route 56 cocktails. We stood out the front, watched the world go by and decided after our very strong cocktails that it was time to grab some food.
Fifith stop: Shake Shack Covent Garden
We were all feeling pretty happy/hungry/tipsy by this point so food was most definitely needed. I’ve never been to Shake Shack but have read good things, especially about their cheese fries from The May Fairy so we headed on over. I must say I left feeling a little disappointed and Dan left with a horrific case of food poisoning the following day. The burger was so small, not that tasty and I expected a hell of a lot more for a £10 burger! The cheese fries were good though. I still think Five Guys is the best American burger in town.
Sixth and final stop: Delfont Mackintosh Theatre
WE MADE IT! After leaving work at 4pm we finally arrived at 7.20pm to see the show ‘The Mentalists’ with Stephen Merchant. It was a funny show but still quite dramatic and I even hung around like a groupie at the end to meet the man (in a non stalker way). He obliged with a signature on my ticket and a photo with me and my friends.
After being so smug about walking into town and not having to use the bus we totally forgot how we were going to get home. After standing at my normal bus stop and watching 3 packed buses go past I knew we had a walk on our hands. So I walked from Leicester square to Euston Station and got on a bus from there. It only took me an hour and a half so it wasn’t too bad. So next time there is a tube strike I can highly recommend a Tube Strike Pub Crawl.
How did you deal with the Tube Strike?
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