Lambeth to Borough

03/04/2012 at 21:24 | Posted in Crawls | 3 Comments
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In March 2012, I led the crawlers back to south London for a walk from Lambeth North to Borough.

As ever, we met up at a pub handy for a zone 1 station, or in this case at least a couple. The Crown & Cushion doesn’t look or feel like it’s in central London, but not only is it about 100 metres from Lambeth North, it’s also a short hop from Waterloo, and not far from Westminster. It’s something of an Irish pub, with old signs on the walls, but serves ales and is a perfect meeting point, lively but without the crowds usually found at 6pm on a Friday.

The pub’s almost next door to the former London Necropolis Railway station, and its first class entrance on Westminster Bridge Road. A short walk east brings us to Hercules Road – where Passport to Pimlico was filmed in 1949, and the former Century House, home to MI6 during the Cold War.

The Three Stags formed the next stop, which has been nicely renovated and sits just across the road from the Imperial War Museum, once the Bethlehem insane asylum, first founded in the City in 1247 and origin of the word Bedlam.

Heading east again, we came to the Albert Arms, a Brakspear pub tucked away in a lovely knot of Victorian houses behind the Bakerloo line depot. This is a lovely little two-bar corner pub, smartly kept and with several interesting and well-kept ales on the bar.

Onward again, via St George’s Circus – where the roads to Lambeth, Westminster, Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges meet – to the Duke of York. In 1979 this was the birthplace of the Firkin chain of pubs, when it became the Goose & Firkin microbrewery. The Firkin empire grew rapidly until the 1990s and has since been broken up, with this one now part of the Shepherd Neame’s growing London pub estate. We bagged a comfy corner for ourselves here, but there was no danger of us flouting the “No petting” rule!

A very short hop now to The Ship, on the corner of Borough High Street, a friendly local where I spent New Year’s Eve a couple of years ago.

East again, through the gorgeous Trinity Square conservation area to the Roebuck. This is a cracking pub serving good ales, and probably my pick of the crawl. With the clock past 11 by this time, we headed back towards Borough tube station for the final call of the evening, the Trinity next to the station, a very convenient pub if perhaps lacking some of the killer charm of some of the area’s other cracking drinking options.

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