well i reckon what's been said at the beginning is true about the Scotia - nice pub with cool garden... if you have cash and not relying on switch! I'm moving back to the area soon too so would love to know if any more nice places have sprung up. The Kings Arms on Tooley Street can be okay, but lacking something... I haven't found anywhere that's got it quite right in SE1 yet...
Biscuit boy, if you do start up a bar, and I'm right with you on that one, good on ya! I agree the place needs some cool pubs and restaurants. I'd like somewhere close to home (soon to be) where I know I can go to chill, socialise, have parties, invite my mates from out of town to... I think in a year, time'll be just right to start up something... can't happen soon enough for me!
It's a shame because the William used to be just like that. DJ bar on Sundays, beer garden, just really relaxed, great (amazing) food and packed out with funky young bohemian tings. About a year ago a new management took over and the whole place became the worst kind of old mans pub ever. Whats that pub almost opposite Top Notch on Thomas Street called? It has a garden and a terrace and is not toooo bad. Someone should hire out the upstairs bar and get some music going...
I know the pub you mean, I've seen the terrace walking down the road, and always wondered what it was like! Hmmm sounds like a good idea if it's quite nice in there. If anyone knows the name, I'll investigate...
The horseshoe is alright, the bar staff are friendly and the food is quite good too. They used to have a monster of a girl there who worked behind the bar. We were in there to watch the footie once as we used to do every week and she wouldn't put the sound up because she wanted to play music for 'the group over there who have a birthday' all 4 of them, so about 12 of us left at half time and went to the Elusive camel. I didn't know they had an upstairs room, does it have a bar?.
The camel itself would be a good place to ask about dj'ing the upstairs there would be ideal, only problem is you need to go downstairs to get drinks. the barstaff change quite regularly (your usual aussie travellers) but again friendly - once about a year ago had to wake the barman up off the sofa to get served. one night there was about 10 people there and the staff went around with a bottle of that sickly green stuff midori?? and did the dentists chair thing to anyone who wanted some.
Mint, nice place - drinks are lethal though
Belushi's good place if you want backpackers/underage/party crowd plays usual cheesy disco and party favourites - jump around, walk this way etc, have a club type thing in the basement and always have cheap drinks promotions, some nights girls drink free from aroun 8 til 10 so you get groups of 17 year olds lining the bar and loads of dodgy slimey old guys waiting for the teeny boppers to get pissed, they will let you hire out the downstairs for free somenights too.
Marigold near the antiques market, good sarf london pub, cheap booze, pool table, footie and most important - lock ins!!!!!!
Slug and lettuce - oh dear faceless chain pub, but it does of course have the lovely ladies, suggest first few here then when failure ensues head off to st christophers/belushis when beer goggles/cider visor are firmly in place.
Yup the horseshoes has a bar upstairs bar that opens up on to the terrace (and beer garden below) that you can hire out for private do's. mind you probably only good for summer as the bar itself is diddy.
Upstairs in The Leather Exchange is another option. Its always open but for some reason people dont tend to do up there. Check it out, its absolutely stunning in a kind of stateley home way (battered leather sofas and heritage red walls) You can also hire this out.
I don't rate belushis at all. It's dire straits, and full of builders and foreigners. dodgy is an understatment.
Simon the tanner seems to have changed again, this time from a rather nice tapas bar and restaurant to a pub. I know that you can hire the whole thing out and I think would be an ideal place to hold a sunday bash.
There is definately scope for something like sunday best in clapham (did anyone round here used to go?) in SE1. Just needs someone with enough time and inclination to do it. reckon they're on to a winner if they do!
ha ha! Tess, see what ya saying, it was me, and not terrace walking down the road!
BB, used to Dj in the Elusive Camel, when it was the King of Belgium - it was wicked then, but something (like atmosphere and customers!) got lost when it was taken over by Elusive. not sure about going back there again... Sounds like there's not much choice hey!? Will def. investgate the Horseshoe - if the barmaid isnt gonna kick up a fuss about loud music...