The Monopoly Pub Crawl: Part 3
It’s time for the red and yellow squares, taking in the heart of the financial district, Theatreland and the best of the West End on some of London’s most famous streets. Be sure to have a camera at the ready as there will be lots of photo opportunities on this side of the board.
Bar: Mask Bar
Travel: The next stop is only 0.7 miles away, if you can manage it then walk or crawl to the next stop, if not hail a cab.
It’s nearly time for bed, but there’s always room for a nightcap. Reconvene with the rest of the group at the beautiful Mask Bar at the Strand Palace Hotel on The Strand for a delicious cocktail from the extensive menu. It’s the perfect place to unwind before crawling upstairs to bed for a sleep in one of the 786 hotel rooms; a bargain £65 a night for two sharing. Get some well-deserved rest before you have to check out the next morning.
Travel: Rise and shine, it’s hangover day. Get some fresh air to clear your head by taking a leisurely walk along the road for 0.6 miles to the next destination.
The only way to get over your morning after feeling is to go for a hearty breakfast at Lutyens on Fleet Street which serves delicious breakfast daily from 7:30am. Dig in to pastries, buttered kippers, devilled kidneys, eggs Benedict, omelettes or the perfect English breakfast. Wash it all down with what they call the “best freshly squeezed orange juice in town" while sitting back and reading the day’s papers.
Café: Café in the Crypt
Travel: See if you can find a London tuk tuk to take you and your full bellies the 1.5 miles to the next stop. If not, hail a cab or, if you can manage, walk the distance.
Wash down breakfast with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate at the Café in the Crypt at Trafalgar Square. Head downstairs in to the atmospheric 18th century crypt of St Martin’s to find yourself in the middle of a café busy with tourists and Londoners alike.
Fenchurch Street Station
Bar: Willy’s Wine Bar
Travel: Walk to Embankment, get the District or Circle line anticlockwise to Tower Hill, then walk the small walk to the next destination.
Still feeling groggy? It must be time for a hair of the dog treatment at Willy’s Wine Bar just a small walk away from Fenchurch Street Station. The basement wine bar is popular with the suits of the Financial District who go there to quaff fine wines. Join them for a Cabernet, Chablis or Pinot Gris from just £4.75 a glass.
Bar: The Fountain
Travel: Back on the tube for you. Take the westbound District line to Embankment and then the Bakerloo line to Piccadilly Circus.
Get some more sightseeing in by taking a photo (at the same time as a hundred other tourists) of the Horses of Helios Fountain at Piccadilly Circus, one of the most famous Waterworks in London. Carry on the water theme by stopping by at The Fountain at Fortnum and Mason on Piccadilly. Quaff on a glass of champers with a dozen oysters, if your stomach can handle it, and afterwards head to the F&M food hall for some shopping.
Café: Café Koha
Travel: Walk a few minutes to the next destination.
Soak up the atmosphere of Theatreland at Café Koha, just a minute walk from Leicester Square tube. Set between the Noel Coward and Wyndham theatre stage doors, Koha is the perfect place for supping on a glass of wine and watching the world go by. Sit outside in the sunshine or under the awning in the rain and see if you can spot the actors and actresses on their way to work at the theatres next door.
Restaurant: TGI Friday’s
Travel: Walk just a few hundred metres to the next stop.
Time for lunch, admire the knick-knacks on the walls, the waiting staff’s crazy uniform and the all-American atmosphere at TGI Friday’s on Coventry Street while tucking into a huge rack of ribs, ultimate burger or sizzling fajitas. Secretly tell a waiter that it’s one of your friend’s birthday and see the singing treat they’ll get whilst going bright red and standing on their chair. Don’t forget to tuck in to one of TGI’s world famous cocktails while you’re there, we love the Barnamint Bailey’s ice-cream cocktail as a dessert.
Restaurant: The Wolseley
Travel: A 10 minute walk will get you to your next destination while burning off that naughty but simply delicious dessert.
From all-American to the grandeur of the British, head to the Grade II listed building, The Wolseley on Piccadilly, luxury at it’s finest. With the most exquisite interior of Japanese lacquer screens and wall paintings, polished floors that gleam and high ceilings, it’s no wonder that this place is a regular celeb haunt. The breakfast is iconic amongst the rich and famous and is a real treat when the purse strings can stretch to it but you should still be full from your TGI lunch so opt for drinks at the front of the restaurant in the saloon bar. For pure decadence have champagne by the glass, or for a cheaper alternative opt for a glass of Chardonnay or Merlot.
Go To Jail
Travel: Go directly to Jail, do not pass go, do not collect £200. Take the Bakerloo line to Oxford Circus and then the Central line to St Paul’s.
Do you really want to Go To Jail? Then head to the Temple Bar, the previous location of a prison from way back in the Middle Ages, Sir Christopher Wren redesigned the arch just in time for the 18th century when the heads of traitors were mounted on pikes and exhibited on the roof. After much moving about, Temple Bar was re-erected in 2004 as the entrance to Paternoster Square. The heads have gone now but you can still see the Bar in all it’s glory from the aptly named Paternoster Chop House. Take in the views of both Temple Bar and St Paul’s Cathedral with chilled glass of vino or one of their speciality lagers in your clutches.
Now move onto Part 4.
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