Brits love a bracing walk (and it’s set to be a pretty bracing start to Spring). In fact, we’d probably pick a rugged, cold climb up a crumbling path over a pleasant downhill stroll with the sun on our faces. It’s that red-faced, cheek-tingling, numb extremities feeling – it’s like our crack. Or maybe it’s the promise of a pint at the end. Because let’s face it, we all know what ‘bracing’ actually means. It means tip your heart rate ever-so slightly over 100bpm and let the wind whip you around enough so that three pints and a packet of … Continue reading AUTUMN WALKS WITH BEER


As someone that travels into Canary Wharf each day, it’s quite sad seeing 99% of commuters with their necks arched over staring at their little screens. This is society across the board now. The consumption of disposable content. Then I came across this article about a site posting candid shots of commuters deemed ‘hot’. I was More curious to know anyone else’s thoughts on this, if you or your partner were snapped and featured, how would you feel? It was a Friday evening on a Piccadilly line carriage packed with people making a beeline for the pub. George Weir was … Continue reading TUBE CRUSH: A BREACH?


A Little Background For all its name’s melodrama, the Dark and Stormy’s history is tame. In 1806, an early Gosling family member sailed from England bound for Virginia. He didn’t make it to America—the sea was too still—so the ship headed for the nearest dock instead, which happened to be in Bermuda. There, he used his family background in spirits to create the recipe for Gosling’s aged black rum. On another part of the island after World War I, British naval officers were brewing up ginger beer to combat sea sickness. They swirled the two together in a cup, a … Continue reading DARK AND STORMY


WHETHER IT’S AN old-school pale ale or a sumptuous pint of stout, one thing is for sure: no one keeps cask beer quite like the British. While more or less every pub in London will have a couple of lines of cask on draught, it’s not always of tip-top quality. For the absolute best selection of cask beers – old-school and craft – give these pubs and bars a go.  The Harp 47 CHANDOS PLACE, WC2N 4HS If the thousands of pump clips hanging above this Covent Garden pub’s bar say anything to us, it’s that they probably know a thing … Continue reading LONDON CASK ALES


THE BEER THAT STARTED IT ALL.  A decade ago there was a revolution. A beer revolution. Punk IPA is the beer that kick-started it. This light, golden classic has been subverted with new world hops to create an explosion of flavour. Bursts of caramel and tropical fruit with an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, precede a spiky bitter finish. This is the beer that started it all – and it’s not done yet… PUNK – Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist. PUNK. OUR FIRST BORN. THE BEER THAT STARTED IT ALL Our scene-stealing flagship is a byword for … Continue reading BREWDOG: PUNK IPA


1.Travel around London with a Visitor Oyster card A Visitor Oyster card is a smartcard with pay as you go credit that allows you to travel on most public transport in London. Buy one online and have it delivered to your home so that it’s ready to use as soon as you arrive in London. That way, you won’t have to queue to get one.  Pay as you go fares are cheaper than buying paper single tickets. You can also use your contactless debit or credit card to pay as you go on London’s public transport, although overseas transaction fees may apply. 2. Touch … Continue reading LONDON TRAVEL TIPS