One of the many things I’ve really enjoyed since moving to London are the pubs. Not only are they quaint and fun to visit but they are part of the culture in England. According to an article in The New York Times, 12 percent of the denizens in London partake in a drink more than five days a week. Not sure how many people that is? I wasn’t either so luckily the article gave a more tangible number, 12 percent of the London population is approximately 900,000. Almost a million. That’s a lot of people. Moreover, the article cites a 2009 report that claims that in the United Kingdom, approximately 17 million working days are lost due to drink.
Now my goal isn’t to become a heavy drinker. I enjoy savoring a pint and not going crazy. And I can’t afford to go out more than 5 times a week. The real objective is to explore London and the surrounding areas. Both of us enjoy the history of the pubs and let’s face it, having a pint is an added bonus. I have decided to feature a new pub each week on my blog. My plan is to post each Friday about a new pub that we’ve visited. Trust me I know this will be hard work. But I was a good student in my younger days and I am willing to put in the extra hours to seek out decent pubs with great brews. Homework is never fun, but I’ll do my best to stay positive about this new challenge.
For those who follow my blog on a regular basis know that I enjoy a good beer. And some of you may remember my beer trunk that I made last year with all of the beer labels that I had collected over the years. So it shouldn’t be too much of a shock that now I hope to visit as many pubs as possible while in London to learn more about the city. Are you buying that one yet?
First up is The Blackfriar pub in London. It is right across the street from the Blackfriars Tube station and it isn’t too far from Fleet Street. This pub was constructed in 1905 and it sits on the site of a Dominican friary. H. Fuller-Clark was the architect and the artist was Henry Poole. When you go inside you will notice that they’ve kept to the friar theme. The artwork is fun and there is so much to take in. We stopped off for a quick drink here before meeting some friends. It was well worth it and if you are in the area, I highly recommend this pub. Please enjoy the photos below. I’m off to research more pubs. I love research. And if you have any suggestions on pubs please let me know.