Dear Ms Unladylike Jo, sorry, I jumped the gun, or rather jumped on the bandwaggon regarding the Final Furlong. I only went in there once and it was very quiet. Playing music seems like my type of pub. A type of pub that is sorely missing in these parts.
As for the Pommellers Rabbie, you must remember it is only an approximation of a pub, like most Wetherspoons outfits. They all seem to lack the X factor. The beer's cheap but you always have to wait ages to get served while some charming Italians try and order food after visiting Tower Bridge. Oh, the charms of SE1.
And the bagel shop. I don't know how he feels about opening on Saturdays, but it would dovetail nicely with the SoBo coffee crowd.
Wow what a memory Jan has, and thank you to her for stirring up some of mine, playing kiss chase outside the Earl of Derby, as I was not allowed in. (Honest I was a child at the time and not just a thrown out drunk).
Although the Pub on the corner of Griggs place was Samsons, the Earl of Derby was the next road down, which I think is Fendall St or something similar.
In Abbey St, there used to be The George, and The Fleece, The Lilliput on the corner of Abbey Street and Old Jamaica road.
Further down Old Jamaica Road was a Pub which for years stood all alone apart from a bike shop, and was used for the car crash/Fire in which Steve Died and Phil escaped in Eastenders.....what was that called?
I seem to remember a pub that was called "Uncles" (?), on Alice St, just between The Jam Factory and Tower Bridge Road.
As for the Beigal shop, yeah it is nice but unreliable for opening times, the man who runs it learnt his skills in one of the beigal shops in Brick Lane, which are both open 24 hours a day, and only 15 minutes away by car. (Spot the midnight snacker).