The Beehive

Woohoo! It’s Friday! Thank goodness. What a long week. I wish I could report that my week was tough, but I was super productive. I can’t. All I can say about this week was that it dragged on and on and on and I thought Friday would never arrive. Never! Well it did arrive and that means time for me to talk about a new pub.

004The Beehive on 60 Carter Street, London is a gem. My friend Isobel from Isobel and Cat’s blog introduced me to it last year, but for some odd reason I didn’t take any photos even though I’m positive I had my camera with me. Turned out to be a good thing since it gave me the perfect excuse to go back. This time I brought the Better Half. Before heading to the pub we met Isobel and two other friends for dinner and then all five of us wandered over to The Beehive. The plan was to have drinks and dessert, or as the English say, pudding.

We arrived and everyone took turns buying rounds. The conversation was lively and entertaining. It was my first time meeting one of the party members and I have to say the woman is a real hoot and I hope she’ll join us for another pub outing. And isn’t that what pub visits are all about: meeting friends, making new acquaintances, partaking in sparkling conversations, and laughing. There was much laughter. In fact, we had so much fun we forgot to order dessert. I’m slightly disappointed in myself for forgetting dessert. That is so unlike me. But it gives me another reason to go back to the pub.

I’m not sure how long we stayed at the pub, but at one point I saw some staff members placing chairs on top of tables. At first I was shocked. Why were they closing so early? I was going to knock a point off or two when I reviewed them. Then The Better Half said we should go or we would miss the last train home. What? How did the entire night fly by? I actually argued and said it wasn’t that late. I was wrong. In my mind, that makes for a memorable trip to a pub. Saying that, I give The Beehive five out of five stars. Also, I would like to thank my companions for such a wonderful time. Friends and pubs—you just can’t beat it. And for those who are curious, we did make the last train home. When they announced over the PA system that it was indeed the last train, The Better Half gave me the I told you so smile.

And I do like The Beehive’s sense of humor. I’ll let you decide if I found this card the morning after or not.

"If you find this card the morning after the night before,we have yours. It is in safe hands. Just call us or pop in."

“If you find this card the morning after the night before,we have yours. It is in safe hands. Just call us or pop in.”

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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41 Responses to The Beehive

  1. lazybill says:

    That looks like a really nice pub…whereabouts in London is Carter Street? There is nothing better I think than sitting around a table in a good pub with friends just chatting the night away. Oh and by the way, some people in England call pudding ‘afters’!

    • TBM says:

      Afters. I haven’t heard of that one yet so thanks. I love learning the local lingo. Carter Street is south of the river near the Elephant and Castle Tube stop. And yes we chatted the night away. I love the atmosphere of pubs here–very different from the bars in the States.

  2. I agree! It has been a very long week, and I could really use a visit to that bar right about now. I’ll meet you there ok? 🙂

  3. frizztext says:

    “The plan was
    to have drinks and dessert,
    or as the English say,
    thanks for my
    daily lesson.

  4. The Hook says:

    There must be quite the buzz about this place….
    Yeah, I went there.

  5. adinparadise says:

    Sounds like a great evening. I see it’s one of London’s oldest pubs, dating back to 1884. How on earth could you forget to order pudding?!! I’d rather have pudding than drinks. 😀

  6. nrlymrtl says:

    Sounds like a great night out. That is a great card. So considerate….and funny. In safe hands….buying beer.

  7. IsobelandCat says:

    It was a good evening wasn’t it. I must admit when Celia decided to go to Brighton instead I was worried about the conversation being wholly about sport! Happily there were several subjects under discussion.
    Have you tried the Royal Oak in Tabard Street se1? It is also a nice local pub, and I know Charlie wants to go there.

  8. bulldog says:

    Tough job well done once again… keep ’em coming TBM

    • TBM says:

      I’ll do my best bulldog. Another weekend is upon us so time for more grueling work. Lift pint, set it down, lift pint, set it down—never ending work.

  9. I’ve eaten in several pubs, but never thought to have dessert, er, pudding. What do they usually offer?

    • TBM says:

      Many pubs have some type of chocolate cake, Eton mess, bread pudding. Recently a pub had salted caramel pie that was wonderful. Geez, what pub was that? I need to go back.

  10. Caroline says:

    That sounds like a really great night out. It’s been a while since I’ve last been almost booted out of a pub for staying too long.

  11. Valentina says:

    In Europe pub atmosphere is so inviting. You are right, bars in the States are not the same, that’s why I don’t go.

  12. Sounds like a brilliant night out and no you’ll have to go back again for your “pud”!

  13. I love bars with a sense of humor.
    I would like a full review of the pudding next time. I guess that means you’ll have to go back. 🙂

  14. Vishy says:

    Nice post and lovely pictures, TBM! Loved that card too 🙂

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