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The Earl Spencer
“Sophisticated Edwardian gastro-pub”
LONDON SW18, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
This grand Edwardian pub is a popular drinking and dining venue, especially during ‘Wimbledon Fortnight’, but that still leaves 50 other weeks for its attractions to work their magic. The log fires and polished wood furnishings make their contribution, but for many it’s the great choice of refreshments – real ales and lagers including Belleville Amber and Meantime London Lager, ciders and global wines, of course, but not forgetting the Merton Mule, a cocktail of vodka, ginger beer, ginger ale and crushed lime. Another big draw is the daily-changing menu on which everything is home made, including the bread. Start with pork rillette, celeriac remoulade, cornichons and toast. For a main course, poached sea trout, smoked garlic and pea purée and Jersey Royals makes an enjoyable spring treat. Finish with buttermilk pudding, poached Yorkshire rhubarb, or dark chocolate and hazelnut terrine with crème fraîche.
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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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