The essence of pub life is bringing people together, says Pete
Brown, author of Shakespeare’s Pub, and an authority on
British pubs. “As late as the 1920s, our homes were not great
places to spend a lot of time,” Brown explains. Hence the pub,
o;ering warmth, company and a glass of ale.
Ordering is simple. Walk straight up to the bar and catch
the eye of the server. Don’t wave money, and definitely don’t
shout. There’s no queue, says Brown; just be aware of who is
first. Pay right away—there’s no need to tip.
Then relax. Standing at the bar signals you’re ready to start
a conversation. If you’re in a more private mood, side seats
await. Explore a pub with a proud London history, like the
vaunted Coal Hole ( nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thecoalholestrand-london, 91-92 Strand), site of (many!) early Gilbert and Sullivan
performances. Or pop into another one that appeals to you.
Just step up to the bar, order a pint and connect.