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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 11: Trinity Arms, Brixton
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The Trinity is the only pub outside Zone 1* on this list. That’s not to say that we are a bunch of central London fanatics, but it is where we pretty much all work and, therefore, where[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 12: The Bricklayers Arms, W1
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There are loads of good pubs called The Bricklayers Arms. And this one, may not be the canonical best of the bunch. Yet again its a Sam Smiths, yet again its in Fitzrovia and yet again we have spent too much time in there to be in anyway objective ab[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 13: Cask
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Most of the pubs on this top 25 list have offered years’ worth of fond memories, but even so there’s always the chance for new discoveries. You have to sneak them in though sometimes, when your contingent of drinkers has visited the Doric[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 14: The Hope
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Anyone who paid attention in GCSE Geography will be aware of the concentric circle model of a town, with the CBD in the centre and the ‘commuter zone’ around the outskirts. Each zone has its own advantages and disadvantages for why people[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 15: The Blue Posts, Rupert Street
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You can fall in love with a pub. Sometimes there are pubs which you are suited to, fit with your personality and your needs perfectly. These may be locals, ones which make you feel at home, or they could be pubs which just do everything in the way yo[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 16: The Hole In The Wall, Mepham Street SE1
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The Hole In The Wall
The Hole in the Wall is not a hole in a wall so much as a space under a railway arch by Waterloo. That is to say, it has a smallish carpeted front bar with a handful of tables for cushioned lounging in an L-shape facing the bar;[…]

THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00’s No 17: The Spanish Bar, Downstairs, Hanway St
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In my notes for the night we made this list (in the Exmouth Arms) it says the following: “THE SPANISH BAR IS THE KID A”. What on earth can this cryptic comparison mean?
The Spanish Bar is not a pub. I cannot imagine a time when you would […]

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THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00’s No 18: The Exmouth Arms, Euston
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We have only ever been to the Exmouth Arms once. Which must lead you to the conclusion that it was a pretty awesome night out and on so incredible that perhaps a touch of fear has set in, that to revisit it would clearly spoil the experience in retro[…]

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THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00’s No 19: The Blue Posts, Newman St.
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I’m not very good at writing about pubs – my excuse is that I tend to care a hundred times more about the company than the place. Nonetheless, this was a regular haunt of mine for many years before I even moved to London. For no particula[…]

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THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00’s No 20: The Chandos
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Sometimes I feel that I am the only one who likes the Chandos – a large Sam Smiths pub near Charing Cross station where the downstairs always feels kind of old and stuck in time, and the upstairs like a velvet throne of luxury and depraved deca[…]

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