12. The Windsor Castle Pub

On Saturday afternoon, we met five amazing and lovely people, and we spent the afternoon talking about Vegas, music, comedy, television, and other fun stuff in the Windsor Castle pub. We chose this place to meet, partly because Fancy a Pint had such great things to say about it, and partly because it was centrally located.

The pub is cozy, with lots of interesting pictures and oddities on the walls. They had a good selection of cider and beer (I tried at least two of each). It was a great place to kick back and have a conversation, too. We were concerned about finding a somewhat quiet pub in the midst of the Saturday rugby games, and we found it.

They also had some interesting decorations in the ladies’ bathroom. I felt a little weird using the facilities next to this.

Despite the embroidered stares of Charles and Diana as I did my business, I’d love to return to this place again. Great drinks, great service, and great company.

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8. The Victoria

The Victoria is a pub near Paddington Station, and it was conveniently located near our hotel.

The inside is cozy, with several table seating areas and seats around the bar. When the weather allows, it’s fun to sit outside and watch people and cars go by. The intersection isn’t extremely noisy, and it’s busy enough to provide constant entertainment. I enjoyed playing “big man in a tiny car” several times.

As with almost all pubs, it’s a great place to grab a pint. We had Fuller’s Discovery and a Red Fox. Both were delicious and refreshing, and a great way to start our London beer adventures.