As we’re staying not far from the London Olympic stadium we went exploring one day last week, to see if we could find any great East London pubs we could include in our Best London Pubs iPhone app. We walked along Regent’s Canal, past Victoria Park and to the Olympic site to have a ganders (you can’t get very close at the moment, as the army is keeping people a fair distance). Although it was a short inspection of the area, we were surprised how lacking Stratford is in quality pubs!
We did find 3 pubs on the pleasant walk along the canal that you can pop in for a pint and view of the Games, on your way to or from Olympic Stadium. At first glance I don’t think Jonno would let all 3 of these into our Best London Pubs iPhone app, or our London Pub Walk iPhone app. But if you are a victim of location and in dire need of a pint near the Olympics, here are three quick ones to check out.
Top Of The Morning - East London pub close to the Olympics
Every time I go to say or type the name of this pub I can’t help this nagging Irish accent popping into my head.
Not the most traditional looking of pubs, possibly the most redeeming feature of this pub is its location – a short walk from Victoria Park, it sits right on the edge of the canal leading from Regent’s Canal and is about 1km from the Olympic site. So, if you needed to cram in one final pint before your event started, you could.
I think – due to its location, not quality – this could very well be one of the London pubs at risk of running out of beer for the 2012 London Olympics!
The Crown - East London pub on the edge of Victoria Park
A good selection of ales on tap, so don’t be shy and if you have never really tried English ale, this could be the spot. Especially if the sun is out!
The Palm Tree - East London pub on Regent’s Canal near Mile End Tube
This is a top little pub right on Regent’s Canal, just past Victoria Park if you are coming west along the canal. Don’t be fooled by it’s exterior, the pub hasn’t been shutdown for demolition. Inside you will find a cosy, proper English pub. It has a small but permanent stage for bands to play music from, which is usually weekly.
Pubs along Regent’s Canal on the way to the Olympics
Here is a map showing the route we walked. We started at Haggerston Overland Station to the left of the map, 2 pubs on the way to the 2012 Olympic site then back along the smaller canal then turned left when we hit Regent’s Canal for a final pint at The Palm Tree, before heading home from Mile End Tube. The walk totaled around 8.5km, so a nice afternoon wander for 2-4 hours including drinking time.
Remember, if you want to find historic, hidden and the highest quality pubs in London be sure to download our Android or iPhone London Pub Walk app. Further west along Regent’s Canal are two of our favourite London pubs, tucked away in back streets only 100m either side of the canal. Our app easily guides you there and provides 2 more wonderful pubs, to complete a 3km London pub walking tour.
And while in East London you may want to grab our Jack the Ripper PDF walking pub route tour.