Eastern Promise: Evening Crawl of Aldgate, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green

Tuesday 10th December 2013

A text version of the crawl notes is here: Crawl Notes - Aldgate, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green

Public transport will be required at times. All welcome.

1. Still and Star

Exterior of The Still and Star, Aldgate Arrive: 7.00pm
Address: 1 Little Somerset Street, Aldgate, E1 8AH

A former Charringtons pub with inter-war features. Note the pub is small and often very busy but well worth visiting.

Real ales: Adnams Lighthouse; Fullers London Pride; Harveys IPA; Sambrooks Wandle; Sharps Doom Bar and Youngs Bitter are usually available here.

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Directions to next pub: Turn right out of the pub and walk along Little Somerset Street and a little alley to Aldgate High Street. Turn right again and walk along Aldgate High Street to...

2. Hoop and Grapes

Exterior of The Hoop and Grapes, Aldgate Arrive: 7.30pm
Address: 47 Aldgate High Street, Aldgate, EC3N 1AL

This slim timber framed pub is thought to date from the 17 century.

Real ales: Nicholsons IPA (brewed by St Austell); Sharps Doom Bar; Truman UK Gold; and Wychwood Hobgoblin are usually on sale here.

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Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, turn right then right again into the subway and leave by the exit for Middlesex Street (Petticoat Lane). Walk up the stairs and cross over Middlesex Street to bus stop B (the stop is called St Botolph Street). Catch a 25, 205 or 254 bus to the stop called Cambridge Heath Road. Alight from the bus and walk into...

3. Blind Beggar

Exterior of The Blind Beggar, Whitechapel

Arrive: 8.30pm
Address: 337 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, E1 1BU

Named after the legend of the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green, the current building dates from 1894 and witnessed Ronnie Kray shoot and murder George Cornell.

Real ales: Courage Best; Jennings Beggars Belief (house beer); and Morland Old Speckled Hen are usually served here.

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Directions to next pub: Turn left out of the pub and cross over Cambridge Heath Road to...

4. White Hart

Exterior of The White Hart, Whitechapel

Arrive: 9.00pm
Address: 1 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, E1 4TP

This corner situated pub was rebuilt around 1900.

Real ales: Sambrooks Battersea Rye and Wandle; White Hart IPA, Irish Red Ale and other beers from the pub's on-site brewery are usually available here.

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Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, either retrace your steps past the Blind Beggar to bus stop E and catch a D3 or 254 bus. Alternatively, turn right out of the pub, cross over Cambridge Heath Road at the second pedestrian crossing, turn right and walk to bus stop M and catch a D4, 254 or 106 bus.

Alight from the bus at the stop called Cephas Street, turn left and walk into...

5. Carpenters Arms

Exterior of The Carpenters Arms, Bethnal Green Arrive: 9.45pm
Address: 135 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E1 5RN

Not to be overlooked, this 1970s pub features interesting tiled paneling on the bar front.

Real ales: No real ale is served here.

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