Man walks into a bar – then another bar, and another, and another. Fear not, this isn’t a case for Alcoholics Anonymous. The man in question is Euan Ferguson, who gallantly and anonymously covers the pubs and bar scene for Time Out London. He’s just written a diminutive but informative book called ‘Drink London: The 100 Best Bars and Pubs’.
As readers of his work will know, Ferguson has a remarkable ability to summarise the essence of a place – history, décor, ambience and liquid offerings in very few words. Inevitably, most places are in the centre of town, but over a third are outside it, ranging east, west, north and south.
Our favourite feature: the Index, which has tick boxes for those who, like us, plan to drink our way methodically through every single den of delight. As perfectly made and served as a Duke’s Martini.
‘Drink London: The 100 Best Bars and Pubs‘, Frances Lincoln, £9.99
For another great book about London, take a look at the stunning photos in ‘Subterranean London‘.
By Richard Ehrlich