Bar / Beer Garden
Party Earth Review Walking into Elk Bar can feel like entering a cabin in the middle of the Adirondacks, save for the rowdy young regulars who are far more preppy professional than plaid-clad lumberjack. This spacious, high-ceilinged bar has deep red walls and hardwood floors, pictures of mountain habitats, and that sort of fake rural ... more
587 Fulham Road
London SW6 5UA
Culture / Drinking Activity
Party Earth Review An interactive museum for adults, Vinopolis (City of Wine) is a self-guided tour of wines from all over the world. Starting in ancient Georgia, where wine is believed to have been invented, the tour continues through the major regions of Europe before entering the “New World” of wine production, including California, Australia ... more
No.1 Bank End
London, SE1 9BU
Party Earth Review Practically a rite of passage for some residents and visitors alike, organized pub crawls take advantage of the variety, accessibility, and vitality of London’s social scene. Although such events are often reserved for graduations, bachelor parties, or other special occasions, it may be worth one’s while to indulge in a ... more
Bar / Drinking Activity
Party Earth Review Icebar London is the UK’s first permanent bar made entirely of ice. Constructed from crystal ice imported from Sweden’s Torne River, the bar is kept at a temperature of minus five degrees Celsius all year round, the better to keep the bar stools, glasses, sculptures, igloos, and walls from melting. The small space is best ... more
31-33 Heddon Street
Mayfair, London, W1B 4BN
Party Earth Review Live music, comedy, sports, and a mountain of Fuller’s pints can be found at George IV, a popular local pub that attracts a wide range of happy boozers. Part of the extensive chain of pubs branded by Fuller’s – whose 1840s-era brewery is less than a mile away – the venue’s dark wood bar is top-heavy with London Pride ... more
185 Chiswick High Road
London W4 2DR
Party Earth Review Slightly removed from Dalston’s gritty heart, The Shacklewell Arms is a casual pub, music venue, gallery, and cozy beer garden rolled into one unapologetically grimy bun. And they have hot dogs! With something on the docket most nights, the venue draws music lovers off the beaten track to sling drinks that won’t break ... more
71 Shacklewell Lane
London E8 2EB
Drinking in London sort of goes without saying when you consider there are literally thousands of pubs strewn throughout the city. And sure, one way to have a classic London drinking experience is to hop from pub to pub – but another is to venture off the beaten path and try something a little different for once.
For starters, London Pub Crawls allow locals and tourists alike to experience the timeless London tradition of endless beer drinking. There are many different types of pub crawls, both organized through tour groups or ones you can simply do on your own. For example, buy a one-day tube pass and hop on at the nearest Circle Line stop. Hop off at each stop, where you will invariably find a new pub to plow into. Be prepared – there are 26 total stops, so it can be a long day. Or check out the British Monopoly board and create a pub crawl with all the classic stops on there. Another 26 stops later and you’ll need a week to recover.
Beyond the pubs, there are some unique drinking experiences to discover in London like at Vinopolis, which is half bar, half wine museum, or Icebar London, which is made entirely of ice. Vinopolis is on the south side of the river and is a self-guided tour of wines from all over the world. Icebar London is an icy escape kept at minus five degrees all year round where patrons are given thermal gear and frosty glasses filled with vodka.
You don’t have to be a club-goer to enjoy a drinking experience in London. You just have to know where to look to find something a little different. So grab some mates, hit the town, and try something new – you’ll at least learn something or get drunk trying.