Welcome to London NFL fans!
Are you ready to drink like the British do?
Well, it’s doubtful you can.
Brits quaff pints like Americans consume pharmaceutical commercials-but that doesn’t mean you can enjoy a tipple like Londoners do.
We have a few tips to help you out.
The NFL has a deal with Fullers pubs to help promote each team. These are great places to meet like-minded fans, and tip back a few cask ales. They are NOT sports bars however, so there are no TVs, and you can’t watch games there. They also traditionally close around 11pm, so if you’re looking for late beers-you might try elsewhere. Since these are London pubs-so expect London prices of around £6 a pint.
Both are in very touristy areas, so you can always slide to another expensive pub should you wish.
Londoners love to get smashed after work. So if you’re looking to hit the pubs around 4pm, sharpen your elbows. Pubs generally stay busy until after work (7-9ish) then drunken suits hit the trains to the north, south and angry-spouse.
No need to tip bar staff for pulling pints, unless they are REALLY nice. Generally they will just look at you quizzically. You can tip servers if they bring food & drinks to you, but as a general rule look at the bottom of the receipt to see if the tip is included, or just ask!
Bars we Recommend
So where would we recommend you drink?
Good question-here are a few of our faves in London.
Brewdog is an amazing brewery/ bar group started by two young Scottish lads over a decade ago. Now they have some of the hippest brewpubs in the world.
They have big locations in Camden, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf, Dalton and more.
Great beers at an affordable price, plus good food as well.
One of the best beer chains in the city.
If you do head to the Bears bar in London bridge, then you have a whole host of bars that await you behind it. Rake, The Miller and Gladstone Arms are all nicely tucked in behind the market and have outdoor spaces. Best of all-if you’re hungry, just nip to one of the lovely local food stalls which will be tempting you with their aroma.
Granary Square/Coal Drops Yard
Located next to Kings Cross Station, this new development of condos, restaurants and bars is very cool. Next to the canals, there are loads of reasonably priced places to grab a drink, sit down to a nice meal, or just hit a brew pub. This area has changed dramatically, and is not to be missed!
Very close to the station, so you can get pretty much ANYWHERE in London
Camden has a reputation as a rock’n’roll haven for naughty. It has gentrified quite a bit recently, but you can still find some great bars and restaurants, and the area is open much later than the rest of London. Plus, pints are cheaper than the other touristy areas.
Loads of places are next to the canals, so you can sit outside and enjoy the view.
Or feel free to walk up the road a bit to Kentish Town, which has some nice pubs of its own.
Enjoy your visit! And let us know if we can help make your vacation better!
See you Sunday!