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‘I visited the Bermondsey Beer Mile and I’ll never book a London pub again’ – John James


If you are extremely disorganised and principled like me, you most likely have been annoyed since pubs reopened.

Since pubs and beer gardens re-opened on April 12, it has been simpler to journey overseas than it’s to seek out a desk of six for drinks in London.

This is as a result of hordes of individuals (who for my part do not perceive the idea of spontaneity) have booked each desk out there for months, spoiling the reopening for everybody else.

But, all hope just isn’t misplaced, as a result of a little identified road in Bermondsey affords maybe the most full London pub crawl – and you do not have to book.

The Bermondsey Beer Mile is hidden in plain sight

Few individuals outdoors of Bermondsey learn about the space’s beer mile owing to its uncommon place beneath a railway arch on Enid Street.

But when you’re conscious of the delights that cover beneath the tracks, you may positively be coming again.

Of course, I used to be a little sceptical earlier than I arrived.

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I’ve been to ‘beer markets’ earlier than and most of the time they’re overpriced, drab affairs.

What if the fabled Bermondsey Beer Mile turned out to be nothing greater than a few Carlsberg tents and a fly ridden hog roast?

Luckily, my fears had been unfounded.

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Punters take pleasure in the solar alongside the mile

Rather than pump out the commonplace lager you may pay £6 for throughout London, the beer mile’s focus is on genuine London beer produced by London brewers.

Beneath the hallowed arches, I encountered beers from all method of London establishments together with Cloudwater Brewing and Brew By Numbers.

The pubs assembled beneath the arches sadly do have a reserving coverage however earlier than you click on off in a rage, hear me out.

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Unlike different London ‘pubs’ who may grace you with a full worth takeaway pint in a plastic cup, the brewers at the mile all supply a takeaway service of ice chilly cans.

Many of the brewers additionally supply offers on their beers, so you may get properly sloshed on a good number of beers for much less cash.

Naturally after weeks of prowling round outdoors pubs and begging bouncers for favours, I took kindly on the mile’s flexibility and ordered a good variety of cans – 10 to be exact.

This value me about £40 which sounds costly however is definitely higher worth than most London pubs and the product is arguably higher.

As the Beer Mile discourages its punters ingesting alongside the pavement, all I had left to do was discover a park and crack on.

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My afternoon handed in a blissful haze of IPA fuelled contentment and by the finish my thoughts was hardened.

Never once more (throughout the pandemic not less than) would I am going cap in hand to the huge boys of the London pub scene, begging for scraps.

You can preserve your two hour reserving slots, I’m pleased with a can of craft beer and a park bench thanks!

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