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Beer Tasting in London

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Overview

Welcome to the wonderful world of pilsners, lagers and ales. Delight your palate and expand your knowledge with a beer tasting experience to savour, as you learn the ins and outs of the brewing process and sample fine amber nectars from all over the world, from independent craft beers through to big-hitting global brands. Your taste buds will love you for it.

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Why London?

Your London stag do in a nutshell

London, the undisputed stag capital of the UK. With over 3,500 pubs and beer gardens flanked by towering rooftop bars of the future. Featuring more incredible stag activities, attractions, nightclubs and brewery, gin and whisky tours than any other Chillisauce location.

  • Excellent public transport system, taking you and your stag party to all corners of the city with ease.
  • A jam-packed nightlife calendar, with a party or concert every night of the week and the centre bursting with VIP clubs and high end strip venues.
Isabella Carter

London Stag Expert: Bella

Consider me biased for choosing the city I grew up in, but exploring it with Chillisauce has made me see it in a totally different light; it has so much more to offer than I thought, despite living here my whole life!

There are endless opportunities, including music, history and not to mention my favourite thing: food! There are well over 50 different cuisines, catering to any taste. You also can’t forget London’s nightlife. The city never sleeps, meaning you can party til your heart’s content!

London Hot Picks:

The Ice Bar is a must if you are in London! At -5C, this gorgeous venue is made entirely of ice, with coats and gloves provided.

If you’re a party animal like me, then Tiger Tiger is a must. Located in Piccadilly Circus, this club has a great mix of music, with a retro dance floor to show off your moves!

London Neighbourhoods

As if taken straight out of a Dickens’ novel, London’s neighbourhoods are full of distinct character and fiercely proud of their histories.

Soho

Once a den of disrepute, Soho is today a shining example of London’s free-thinking attitudes towards sex and self-expression, with a smattering of strip clubs and LGBTQ bars next to popular West End shows. Come here to wander from bar to bar for predrinks, making sure you stop at Bar Soho, 1940s-themed London Underground bar Cahoots and Mexican hangout La Bodega Negra - just don’t be fooled by the neon sex shop entrance.

Shoreditch
Though it’s past its glory days, you can still feel the creative energy brimming from Shoreditch, London’s famous hipster haven. Young professionals gather for after-work drinks at Boxpark (a bar collective built on shipping containers,) or walk through a literal fridge to visit the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town. Above ground, nothing beats the fairy-lit rooftop terrace of Boundary.

Peckham
Step right up, step right up to one of South London’s best-kept secrets. Home to everyone from Del Boy to grime heroes, Peckham holds a fond place in the London imagination as a hub of hustle. Gentrification has reared its head in recent years, but it still retains a lot of soul: from the popping Peckham Springs bar (between train tracks) and the colour explosion of Rye Lane.

Notting Hill
Don’t let the boutiques and tote bags fool you; Notting Hill quietly maintains an edgy side from its 1960s heyday, despite posh associations with Kensington and Hugh Grant. Stroll the colourful half-mile of Portobello Road Market, picking up rare and quirky trinkets, before taking in a film at the Electric Cinema (one of the UK’s oldest and most luxurious movie houses). Start your night right at GinTonica or Rum Kitchen, before staggering down to the Trailer Happiness basement bar for smooth cocktails and a rocking 60s playlist. Come August, the area comes alive with the fanfare of Notting Hill Carnival: Europe’s biggest street festival, celebrating London’s Caribbean heritage.
Hackney
Arts and culture abound in uber-cool Hackney, where graffitied walls give way to some of London’s most creative local businesses. Mare Street is a prime place to eat through the borough’s multicultural past, from Vietnamese plates at Green Papaya to finger-licking jerk chicken at Caribbean Kitchen. For drinks, follow the crowds to London Fields and Kingsland Road.

Brixton
Waving its hands at the end of the Victoria line, Brixton permeates a sense of community lost in modern London, with local market stalls and beloved institutions fringing its busy Tube station. The area’s strong West Indian heritage lives through the sizzling cooking pans you’ll salivate over at Brixton Village, while the traditional shops of Reliance Arcade have served locals for almost a century. There are also fantastic options for a night out, including foot-stomping live music at Hootananny’s and wild nights at Pop Brixton.


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London Costs

London is one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the world, it is more expensive than some cities but tracking down alcohol and food on a budget isn't as hard as you'd think!

Tube:London’s popular Oyster Card and Contactless payment options for the Tube cap at £10.10 per day, between zones 1-4 (which is where you’ll likely be spending most of your time). If you and your stags venture further out, expect to pay more. On average, it’s £2.40 per single journey.

Local meal:Anywhere between £5 for a jacket potato in a local cafe, to upwards of £20 in fancier city-centre restaurants. On average, be prepared to fork out around £10-£15 for most sit-down meals (not including service charge). Check out branches of Bodeans or The Diner if American style BBQ and comfort food are your thing.

Burgers:London has every take away chain imaginable, so grabbing a burger is relatively easy, with newcomers like Bryon, Five Guys, Shake Shack and Honest Burger on every major high street. As well as hundreds of trendy gourmet chicken wings and chicken burger restaurants. Prices start from a £2 (McDonalds) to £12 a burger for the trendier chains .

Pint:£5.19 average price. Chain pubs like Samuel Smiths and Weatherspoons offer the best value for money.

Donner Kebab:£4-£6. Not that it matters when you’re in the state for ordering a kebab (go up market with £6-8 for a chicken or lamb shish).

The Best Time to Visit London  
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The Best Time to Visit London

What are the best months for a stag weekend to London?

Snap up your hotel room for a summertime stag sharpish, as London gets very busy (and expensive) when the tourist masses descend fromMaytoAugust. InJulytemperature average at 19C, but don't be surprised if you experience heatwaves of over 30C. It's advisable to book rooms with air conditioning.

London is pleasant inOctober(13C) andApril(11C), offering mild temperatures without the huge crowds. However, it always pays to pack a coat and umbrella, given the UK's notoriously unpredictable climate!

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Getting to London

Travelling to the UK stag capital is unsurprisingly easy with no end of choice. Once you've arrived, you'll need to get to transfer yourself from your airport to your hotel and this is where you'll likely have to navigate the London Underground.

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The vast Tube network extends far out across London's suburbs including Heathrow airport (Piccadilly Line). It's by far the cheapest way for you and your stags to get in to and around central London, with a single cash fare to central London (Zone 1) costing £6.00 and a one-day Travelcard for unlimited travel across Zones 1-6 costing £18.10 (Anytime) or £12.70 (off-peak).

Trains:Trains from Edinburgh to London hover around £100-£150 for a round-trip, creeping down the further south of the border your starting point is.

Taxi from airport to centre:Taxis from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports average at £50, £100, £80 and £75, respectively, book in advance to get cheaper fares. There are much cheaper options, like express trains (£10-£25), buses (£10-£15) and the Tube.

That said, if your stag group are travelling into Heathrow or Gatwick there are regular taxi transfers taking approximately an hour to each and costing approximately £50 to £80 per car. Better still is the Heathrow Express running straight to London Paddington and taking only 20 minutes, and the Gatwick Express arriving at Victoria. Cost-wise you're looking at £20 to £30 per journey and therefore if there's a group of you it's easy to run up a quick price comparison to see what's more cost-effective; for a group of 4 at that price, you'll likely end up in a cab.

If you're lucky enough to be travelling to City airport, which is based exactly where you'd expect; London City (docklands to be precise), by landing here could see you checking in to your central London hotel within an hour of disembarking the plane. City airport is well served by the DLR (part of London's tube network) and the taxi rank outside will have you rapidly relocated into town in a matter of minutes.

Stansted and Luton airports offer the choice of train, bus or taxi.

Other Flights in the UK:There are frequent direct flights from most major cities in the UK (Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Airport, Manchester Airport, Belfast International) landing at any of the main London airports (Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, City and Gatwick). Flights usually take no more than an hour.

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London Buses

One of the cheapest forms of travel around the UK is that by bus or coach. The main coach hub in London is London Victoria Coach Station, with regular services from across the UK running 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm. Again, booking in advance will save you money, with journey times of 5 hours from Manchester (from £5.90 one-way with National Express), 2 hours 40 minutes from Birmingham (£4.70) and 9 hours from Edinburgh or Glasgow (£12.80).

Trains:Direct trains run into London Kings Cross and Euston stations from the whole of the UK, making for a very efficient way to travel. Once you're in town, you're right smack in the city centre, saving you that extra slog from the airport.

A train from Edinburgh to London (operated by London North Eastern Railway LNER, costing between £100-£200 for a return journey) runs every half hour and takes approximately 4 hours 20 mins. Direct trains depart from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston at 20 mins intervals spread throughout the day (starting from around £25 one-way), with journey times of 2 hours 5 mins. You can be at London Euston or Marylebone from Birmingham New Street station in around 1-2 hours (from £6.40 one-way).

Booking in advance will save you a fair bit of money when compared to a spot purchase. Thus, it's wise to plan ahead!

Road:It's fair to say the vast majority of people coming to London from the rest of the UK will either drive or catch the train. If parking isn't an issue (and you've got the tunes and banter to make the journey bearable) then making the trip by car is a great economical option. The exchange is long journey times: from Birmingham, it takes around 2 hours 40 minutes, from Manchester about 5 hours and from Edinburgh a hetfy 7 hours 30 minutes (not incorporating traffic and service stops).

Some London hotels will allow for parking (check online first), and there are public car parks that will allow a weekend space (but they're expensive). You could in theory park in one of the outer suburbs (for free) and then catch a tube or train into the centre with your wheelie suitcase - but by this point you may have been better off taking the entire journey by rail in the first place!

Road:It's fair to say the vast majority of people coming to London from the rest of the UK will either drive or catch the train. If parking isn't an issue (and you've got the tunes and banter to make the journey bearable) then making the trip by car is a great economical option. The exchange is long journey times: from Birmingham, it takes around 2 hours 40 minutes, from Manchester about 5 hours and from Edinburgh a hetfy 7 hours 30 minutes (not incorporating traffic and service stops).

Some London hotels will allow for parking (check online first), and there are public car parks that will allow a weekend space (but they're expensive). You could in theory park in one of the outer suburbs (for free) and then catch a tube or train into the centre with your wheelie suitcase - but by this point you may have been better off taking the entire journey by rail in the first place!

East London Craft Beer Tap Tour

Drinking in London

When it comes to boozing and stag bar crawls, London is spoilt for choice. There are over 3,500 pubs, nestled everywhere from the bustle ofOxford Circusto the outer reaches ofChelsea. There are a huge variety of beer tasting and brewery tours in London you can book with Chillisauce, from the Bermondsey beer mile to Belgos, Hiver Beers Taproom, Lowlander and many more, you can even make beer from scratch at Brewhouse & Kitchen. If your stag group prefer something stronger you can choose gin, cider, whisky tasting or even cocktail masterclasses.

London Stag Do Ideas

Line up a cracking day out with our tailored stag do ideas.

  • Experience a Premiership Match

Feel the thunderous energy of a Match Day in London by getting tickets to a Premiership football game, featuring some of the UK’s most legendary teams. Choose from cheering onArsenalat the Emirates Stadium,Chelseaat Stamford Bridge (in the heart of trendy West London) or you can visit Tottenham’s brand new62,000 seater stadium.

  • Scale London’s most iconic buildings

Combine pure adrenaline with heart-stopping views of the city skyline on your London stag weekend by abseiling down theArcelorMittal Orbit, or climbing 52 metres above the legendaryO2 arena. If you prefer your views more on the chill side, relax withchampagne on the roof of Shard: London’s tallest building.

  • Enter the Crystal Maze

Power through the Aztec temples and Medieval Dungeons ofThe Crystal Maze Live Experienceor get chased by alien tripods inThe War of the Worlds Experience, complete with immersive VR and interactive theatre.

  • Become a beer expert

London has more pubs, bars,micro-breweriesper mile than any other city in the UK (over 3,500 is the latest estimate), so it knows a thing or two about beer tasting and stag bar crawls. Take abeer tasting masterclass, or embark on a classicpub crawlfor a proper night on the lash. Alternatively, get the safety goggles on as youbrew your own beer) or get the party started by hosting your very ownbeer festival.

  • Join the Dark Side of London

Discover what historic horrors lurk below the surface in the world-famousLondon Dungeon, or tour the city’s mostnotorious gangster hauntswith Lock Stock star Vaz Blackwood. For a truly hair-raising experience, challenge yourselves toescape a prison vanin time to make it to the wedding!

For more visit ourLondon stag tips and ideasarticle for more inspiration.