Subject: Re: Fun in London
Candice of NYC,

Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street. This is one of the older pubs in London and, apparently, was frequented by Dr Samuel Johnson (who famously wrote the first English Dictionary.) The interior, while still old, is not original but is quite intriquing and worth visiting for this alone. But do stop to have a beer as it is run by Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Ltd, who brew their own beers in Tadcaster (Yorkshire, I believe.) Personally, I am a fan of the Samuel Smiths beer, especially their Imperial Stout. Normally Samuel Smiths pubs are not too easy to identify from the outside (they are obviously pubs, but it is difficult to identify them as the owner) but I know the Chandos (near Leicester Square) is also a Samuel Smiths Pub.

If you want good pub grub look for any of the Fullers Ale and Pie Houses. The sign on the outside normally identifies them as such. If you are visiting The Tower of London you could visit The Counting House, ornately decorated at 50 Cornhill, or The Barrowboy and Banker on the South Side of London Bridge (handy for the London Dungeon.) Both do excellent pies. Alternativly, on The Strand you could visit The Old Bank of England - they do excellent doorstep sandwiches. In any Fullers pub (and there are several), I can recomend that you try a pint of Chiswick or the Organic Honey Dew beer, which I think they should have on tap at this time of year.

When I was working in London, the Counting House and the Old Bank of England were favorite stop-off points for food.

All of above, except the Barrowboy and Banker, are closed on weekends as they depend on business trade during the week London. The ones below should be open 7 days a week.

In South Kensington, the only pub I know is the Admiral Codrington on Mossop Street. It's a fairly modern but quite relaxed place but is famed for it's food.

Chutney Mary's restaurant is on the Kings Road. I've never been there but have heard good things about it and it has a good reputation.

If you make it to Wimbledon and fancy a pint and food pop into the Fox and Grapes, which is round the corner from Canizzaro Park and is just off Wimbledon Common. They do excellent grub - bit pricier than most pubs (about 7 to 8 GBP for a meal) but it is well worth the extra money. Quite a relaxing place to eat and drink. Have a pint of Bombadier.

I don't know about wineries, but you can visit two of Londons most famous and old breweries. Fullers (in Chiswick) and Youngs (in Wandsworth). They are both local brewers and don't really sell outside of London or the South East of England (although I do know Fullers exports one beer to the US.) More information on their tours can be found on their websites at www.fullers.co.uk and www.youngs.co.uk

Hope that helps. Mark Sukhija, in Seville