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A Right to Pub

Even though I don't live in Britain, local pubs are very special places. They are islands of freedom of conversation, a spiritually uplifting atmosphere that simultaneously conveys the history of the place, the connection of generations and a totally relevant agenda that you can't help but consider once you're inside. I've heard conversations here about politics, fashion, football, rugby, which at times amaze the level of expertise of the participants. Although maybe my admiration was then ruled by a couple of pints, which, however, doesn't matter at all.

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The Crown Tavern
17:3030 min

The Crown Tavern

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Having previously been an absolute beer fan, I've thoroughly enjoyed exploring London's pub map. I've done many famous ale trails - beer trails where you explore an area of the city through visits to the most famous pubs. My fondest memory of one of these "trails" was a final visit to The Crown Tavern pub, located next to the Karl Marx Memorial Library. I was, of course, unaware that local communists liked to go there. And so, after a pint or three, I found myself arguing vehemently with one such rare follower of the belief in Lenin's ideals, who chided me that I and other "Soviets" had, to put it mildly, missed the chance to build a great communism. The conversation was hard, but the journey home was even harder because British Marxists rejected the cult of food and were very active in consuming ale without any snacks.
1 km15 min
Cittie of Yorke
18:1530 min

Cittie of Yorke

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In fact, on the border of Clerkenwell and Holborn is another of my favourite traditional pubs, the Cittie of Yorke. Huge ceilings, massive wooden booths and an emphasis on conservatism in detail, coupled with a great range of ales and bitters, it's definitely recommended to a keen drinker.

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