Part 1 : Saturday 13th June 1992

The idea of this trip was to attempt to have a drink by most of the pubs along the North London line which goes from North Woolwich to Richmond. It proved impossible to finish this trip in one day, in fact part 1 halted at Hackney Central station. This trip was then recommenced as part 2

Part 2 : Saturday 12 September 1992

Part 2 started at Hackney Central but again was unable to finish the whole remaining part. This part terminated at Kentish Town West. The end part to Richmond took two further trips.


1. North Woolwich

Royal Pavilion Hotel - 2 Pier Rd (B1/35 E)
John Smiths, Directors
Pub with restaurant, Darts, Sat 11:30-3, 7-11

California - 12 Albert Rd (B1/6 E)
Courage Best, John Smiths, Directors
Large corner pub, darts & pool, open all permitted hours

Churchills - Albert Rd (B1/8 E)
Green King Abbot & guest beers
Darts & Pool, Sat 11-3 & 7-11

2. Silvertown & London City Airport

Railway Hotel - 2 Connaught Rd (B2/28 E)
Ruddles Best & County
Darts & Pool, Karaoke Sat, open all permitted hours

3. Custom House

Artful Dodger - 272 Victoria Dock Rd (B2/2 E)
Barge - 271 Victoria Dock Rd (B2/3 E)

4. Canning Town

Durham Arms - 24 Stephenson St (A2/11 E)
Charrington IPA
Friendly back street pub, darts, garden, Sat 11-11


5. West Ham

6. Stratford

Theatre Royal Bar - Gerry Raffles Sq (A1/44 E)
Charles Wells Eagle
Theatre bar open to public, open 11-3, 5-11

Sparrows - North Mall, Stratford Shopping Centre (A1/40 E)
Charrington IPA
Small restaurant area, open all permitted hrs, closed Sun

Railway Tavern - 131 Angel Lane (A1/37 E)
Charrington IPA, Bass
One bar Victorian corner pub, open all permitted hours, games room, food and snacks.

7. Hackney Wick

Lea Tavern - 90 White Post lane
Ruddles County, darts & pool

8. Hackey Central

Crown - 418 Mare St (B1/10 E)
Websters Yorkshire bitter
One bar pub, open all permitted hours.

Earl Amhurst - 19 Amhurst Rd (B1/18 E)
Charrington IPA, Bass
One-bar pub, collection of washing jugs over the bar, pool

6. Dalston Kingsland

Three Compasses - 99 Dalston Lane (A1/56 E)
Charrington IPA
Two bar pub, darts and shove halfpenny

Queensbury Rules - 2 Jude St (5/20 N)
Sheperd Neame bitter
Small lounge style bar, big screen TV, pub sign retains original name of The Railway.

7. Canonbury

Grosvenor Arms - 75 Grosvenor Avenue (5/9 N)
Courage best, Directors
One bar pub opposite Canonbury station

8. Highbury & Islington

Hen and Chickens - 109 St Pauls Rd (3/26 N)
Charrington IPA, Bass
Bare floorboards, pleasant atmosphere overlooking Highbury Corner. Pub theatre upstairs, good food lunchtimes.

Castle - 81 Holloway Rd (3/65 N)
Charrington IPA, Bass
Former Wenlock pub with leaded stained glass windows, two bars.

Flounder and Firkin - 54 Holloway Rd (3/67 N)
Bruces bitters (?)
Usual Bruces style pub, once called the Highbury Brewery Tap

9. Caledonian Rd & Barnsbury

Edinburgh Castle - 297 Caledonian Rd (3/16 N)
Courage Best
Two bar pub with live country and western music on Saturday night.

Hemingford Arms - 158 Hemingford Rd (3/25 N)
Free house, Eldridge Pope, Arkells ?
Nice fittings, 8 handpumps, fringe theatre in function room on Saturday night.


10. Camden Rd

Falcon - 234 Royal College St (6/32 N)
Charrington IPA, Bass
Dimly lit, frequented by colourful range of people, function room at back has jazz sessions.

Old Eagle - 251 Royal College St (6/48 N)
Charrington IPA
Small and characterful public bar, larger lounge with rear conservatory.


11. Kentish Town West

Trafalgar - 77 Castle Rd (6/68 N)
Green King IPA, Abbot
Quiet one-bar local, distinctive green fascia

Grafton Arms - 20 Prince of Wales Rd
Charrington IPA, Bass
Brightly furnished local, large upstairs pool room, opens at 7:00 on Saturday evenings.

12. Gospel Oak

Old Oak - 1 Mansfield Rd
Watneys Yorkshire bitter
Formerly the Gospel Oak and described in the 1850's as the noisiest and most objectionable pub in the district, but that was some time ago.

13. Hampstead Heath

Railway Tavern - 14 South End Grove (3/21 N)
Charrington IPA
Next to Hampstead Heath station, half timbered pub of the pre-war period, unspoilt interior. Good lively two-bar pub, food in evenings, large patio area.

14. Finchley Rd & Frognal

O'Henerys - 317 Finchley Rd (8/19 N)
Free House, Hooke Norton, Marstons ?
Formerly Carney Arms, split level interior, cellar bar, lots of bric-a-brac, patio overlooks railway track.

15. West Hampstead

Old Black Lion - 325 West End lane (9/17 N)
Courage best, Directors
Rebuilt 1912, lively split level pub, stained glass above the bar, walled beer garden at rear.

Railway - 100 West End lane (3/19 N)
Watneys, Websters Yorkshire bitter
Large corner pub, upstairs games room, seperate room has discos on Saturday nights.

16. Brondesbury

Black Lion - 274 Kilburn High Rd (9/12 N)
Truman best bitter, Websters
Impressive pub rebuilt 1898, embossed ceiling and wood panelling. Live music some evenings, outside drinking area at side.

17. Brondesbury Park

18. Kensal Rise

19. Willesden Junction

Fishermans Arms - 50 Old Oak Lane
Taylor Walker, Benskins
Two bar pub near canal and station.

20. Acton Central

Albion - 2 Churchfield Rd (7/1 W)
Ind Coope, Burton, Taylor Walker
Next to the level crossing gates of the North London line, name taken from an old locomotive.

21. South Acton

22. Gunnersbury

John Bull - 590 Chiswick High Rd (7/21 W)
Ruddles County, Websters Yorkshire bitter
Large pub opposite station, loud music Saturday night in one bar, smaller bar for drinkers.

23. Kew Gardens

24. Richmond

Angel & Crown - 5 Church Court
Fullers London Pride, ESB
Historic pub with compact and attractive lounge bar

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