Wembley

          
               John Betjaman                                                 The Bree Louise    
 
I wouldn't recommend drinking or eating too close to Wembley, but to either visit places mentioned on our main London page, or near the following stations, which are all on tube lines that go straight to Wembley. The closest tube station to the stadium is Wembley Park, which is on the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines, and Euston Square, King's Cross and St Pancras are all on the Metropolitan Line.

At St Pancras Station is The Betjeman Arms, NW1 2QP (0207 923 5440), a name that pays tribute to the poet Sir John Betjeman's love of St. Pancras station (there is a statue of him nearby, as well as the newly famous 'The Kiss' statue), and which is upstairs and opposite the Eurostar platforms at the south-east corner of the restored Barlow shed. There is a main bar, two contemporary dining rooms, and two terraces. The menu includes British gastro-pub fare, eg smoked haddock with poached egg and hollandaise, grilled rib-eye steak béarnaise, and roast cod on white beans and chorizo.  Also, close by, and overlooking the platforms. is a Champagne Bar and associated Grand Restaurant, if your likes and pocket stretch that far.

Behind Euston and Euston Square tube stations is The Bree Louise, 69 Cobourg Street, NW1 2HH (0207 383 2141), an increasingly important pub for real ale drinkers and good food eaters. This has up to 18 ales on at a time, with 7 hand pumps and 11 beers provided on gravity (ie straight from the barrel), 10 real ciders and perry, special whisky/whiskey and tequila menus, and great food, including home made 'award winning' pies, which is served from 12.00 to 9.00pm every day of the week, including Sundays.

If you want to go onto the main road, there is a Fuller's pub, The Euston Flyer, 83-87 Euston Road, NW1 2RA (0207 383 0856), which is also very close by St Pancras and King's Cross stations. This is a large modern pub, serving the usual good Fuller's ales and food, and with a very diverse clientele, travellers and people on their way home from work among them.

If you have a bit more time, and can come back towards St Pancras from the Flyer and turn south (right) down Judd Street, to the left, at the bottom, is Coram Fields and on the right of that is the Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ (0207 405 0713), a Young's house. The pub is named after William Lamb, who, in 1577, improved upon an existing conduit so that clean water could be brought from Holborn. The Lamb was built in the 1720s, is a Grade II listed building, and has an excellent Victorian interior, including original 'snob screens' above the bar, which enabled the clientele to drink in privacy. This is one of my favourite pubs in Central London.

A little further away from Wembley Stadium is Wembley Central, which is on the Bakerloo Line, as is Paddington Station, which houses the Mad Bishop & Bear, on the First Floor, up 2 flights of escalators, and above most of the shops within the station, W2 1HB (0207 402 2441). This Fuller's establishment is a superbly designed station bar that integrates older features of the building (tiled floors, mirrors and glass and wood panelled partitions) with viewing sports channels on plasma screens, though with the sound usually turned down low. You also can buy great Fuller's beers and there is a good value menu.

 

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