Monday 17 November 2003 4.39pm
I wouldn't be surprised if you find that you can get a drink in a few places at lunchtime, but not in the evening (i.e. the time when you really want to get out of the flat).
Otherwise, what about somewhere that's got residents and will have the bar open for them?? When I used to visit my parents in their old house (pretty rural, plenty of old people, not prime territory for pubs of any kind on any day), the last resort used to be to be very polite and negotiate a couple of drinks in amongst the resident dowagers staying in the local hotel.
For SE1 the options could range from the Tower Thistle to the Dover Castle. Do put up a post if you find somewhere. Stuff like that's always good to know.
...if you press it, they will come.