It’s National Beer Day on the 7th of April, and we’re celebrating with a nice cold pint in Victoria! But where’s the best place in Victoria for a brew – we hear you ask – considering you’re spoilt for choice in the area, we’ve put together a list of just a few brilliant places you can visit!
For the traditional beer drinker:
Not only does The Albert – a Grade II listed building – have a beautiful interior and exterior to marvel at, it also comes with a great history. Built in 1862 by the Artillery Brewery and named as a testimony to Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, Prince Consort, The Albert has managed to maintain its nineteenth-century aesthetic by remaining unharmed throughout The Blitz. In honour of its over-a-century-and-a-half long history, the pub contains memorabilia, including the House of Commons Division Bell and a napkin belonging to Queen Victoria.
Legend has it that MP’s used to spend their lunch breaks at The Albert – where they were charged less tax on alcohol than in Westminster – and the Division Bell would be rung when they were meant to go back to work. Due to the very nice time they were having, they wouldn’t get up straight away, and so on a daily basis local residents would see MP’s in their swathes rushing back to Parliament with their belongings flailing behind them. The pub also has the Prime Ministers Gallery, recognising many bygone political figures, some of whom visited and frequented The Albert.
The Albert is the perfect place to spend National Beer Day, with their variety of ale and beer including their own 1730 Special Pale Ale, London Glory, Greene King IPA, and more, it’s a great way to end the day off!
Victoria is a great area with a mix of people, that’s why at The Barley Mow it’s a daily occurrence to find government officials, professionals, as well as many members from the South Westminster local community. This traditional English pub has a selection of constantly changing cask conditioned ales, draught and bottled lagers as well as wines from around the world.
Their large open plan ground floor bar has a lively and welcoming atmosphere, whilst Sky Sports and BT Sport channels playing all major sporting events on their big screen mean it’s a great place to go to for a sociable pint to discuss the score!
For the beer drinker who sometimes likes to stray
The Feathers is a traditional British pub, well known for being close to the site where Dick Turpin once lived. Their diverse array of real ales and quality pub foods make The Feathers a brilliant place for National Beer Day! Like The Albert, The Feathers has had its fair share of historical experiences, with its sign over the Victorian exterior commemorating the feathers of the Prince of Wales as when the pub was built, the prince at that time was shortly to become King Edward VII. The Feathers is also surrounded by history, situated opposite the grand head office of the London Transport Executive, as well as having sculpted figures by Epstein, depicting ‘Day,’ with ‘Night’ represented on the other side of the building.
If that’s not enough to entice you, The Feathers are also celebrating the impending royal nuptials with their limited edition Skipper 4.9% ale! This ale is an appropriate collaboration between Britain (St Austell Brewery in Cornwall) and the USA (Harpoon Brewery in Boston), the perfect way to celebrate an alternative take on National Beer Day.
The Cavalry Bar at The Rubens hotel is the perfect place for beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike! Their relaxing atmosphere means it’s a great place to socialise, or to go to for a work event. You’ll be taken in by their red interior, luxurious fabrics, cocktails and live daily music, but if you’re asking where all the beer is to help you get in the National Beer Day mood, you’re in for a treat!
Alongside their choice of wines and spirits (including Lanson Champagne and an Inverarity ten year old single malt whisky, bottled especially for The Rubens in Speyside, Scotland), there are a fair number of beers to choose from too. Take your pick from Peroni, Corona, Blue Moon Wheat, Meantime London Lager, Meantime Yakima Red, Heineken, Birra Moretti, Coast to Coast or Guinness. If the choice is getting too much or you’re simply not in the mood for a pint, then The Cavalry Bar Unique Gin and Tonic Experience might just be the thing for you. Their resident mixologist will guide you through a tasting and pairing journey to achieve that perfect G&T!
For the non-beer drinker
Once you pay a visit to Bbar, you can see why they cred themselves as being ‘Victoria’s Best Cocktail Venue!’
Awarded a certificate of excellence for service from TripAdvisor not too long ago, Bbar is a warm and welcoming restaurant and cocktail bar. Serving everything from spring rolls to honeycomb ice cream, vanilla nutmeg iced coffee, aged negroni and champagne, as well as their afternoon tea, with mini bunny chow with fillings, freshly baked scones, a selection of cakes and pastries in addition to their comprehensive tea menu, it’s an all-rounder perfect for a family lunch, drinks after work, or a date on National Beer Day!
For a change of scenery head to Réunion Bar, once the first class lounge at Victoria Station. It’s a wonderful place to overlook the hustle and bustle of a busy Victoria Station concourse whilst lapping it up in the height of luxury and relaxation.
Ever the game changer, Réunion Bar don’t serve conventional bar snacks, instead they serve an authentic selection of delicious Dim Sum prepared in their Cantonese restaurant, Grand Imperial. If that hasn’t tempted your taste buds, then what about a vast choice of cocktails and drinks? In an effort to create a harmonious menu linking the bar’s history with its innovative and modern tastes there are a range of classics as well as new and exciting flavour combinations to sample.
With a selection of wine and champagne, champagne cocktails, sherry and port, in addition to martinis, classic cocktails, short and long house creations, you’ll be sure to find something suave enough for James Bond! They also have National Beer Day sorted, with an assortment of lagers, American craft beers, wheat beers, blondes, pale ales, amber ales, trappists, ciders and low alcohol options, and that’s only half of the menu! For an adventurous National Beer Day, Réunion Bar is the place to go!Back to our news Top