We found there’s no better place than an old traditional English pub to provide a means of quenching your thirst while providing a taste of history.
|Ale taps at Audley Pub - Mayfair District|
|Interior Audley Pub - Mayfair District - London|
|Stand up and sip outside the Audley Pub - Mayfair District|
The Audley, like most pubs in London, is crowded in the early evenings with a mix of professionals who’ve come from their ‘dress-for-success’ offices and are still ‘talking shop’ and other more casually dressed drinkers, like us, who simply want a beverage and atmosphere.
|George, a private club, occupies part of building across the street from Audley Pub|
Audley Pub provided hearty servings of both beverage and atmosphere. We aren’t ale fans, but found a good selection of wine from which to choose. And once selected, we headed to the sidewalk (where smokers partake of tobacco because of recent anti-smoking laws) and others of us were there to enjoy the good weather and neighborhood surroundings.
A change we noticed from our last London visit, was that each pub had a security officer to make sure the patrons don’t block sidewalks or worse, step out into traffic.
|Audley House - Mayfair District - London|
We’d pondered its history while sipping our wine and having researched it since returning home, we plan to go in next time to see its Long Room which was used during WWII by General Dwight Eisenhower’s staff to plan battles.
British Pubs – Here today – gone tomorrow?
While British pubs are as iconic a part of London as its red phone booths and double-decker buses, there aren’t as many of them around as there used to be. In 2014 the British Beer and Pub Association reported there were 51,900 pubs in the United Kingdom, a sharp decrease from 1982 when 67,800 pubs operated there.
|The Salisbury - theatre district - London|
|The Salisbury - London pub|
|The Iron Duke - Mayfair District - London|
(You’ll note here we were surrounded by the dress-for-success-after-work crowd.)
|Prince Regent Pub - Marylebone High StreetAdd caption|
Marylebone is an affluent area, walking distance from our hotel near Hyde Park in Mayfair - for those who are able to walk several blocks. Its High Street is alive with small shops and cafes. According to Wikipedia, “Marylebone gets its name from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St. Marylebone Parish Church(1817); the original church was built on the bank of a small stream or “bourne”.
|Angel in the Fields - Maryleborne - London|
If you aren’t up to setting out on your own, simply “Google” London pub tours and a variety of options will appear. I did a quick search and found a 3-hour afternoon walk from $33.81US; a 4-hour west end tour from $64.91US and a Literary Pub Crawl and Tavern Tour from $24.34US.
|Ale taps - Prince Regent Pub - Maryleborne|
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