Hack and Hop, The


Fleet Street was once the greatest drinking thoroughfare in the world. In the days when all of Britain's national newspapers were based in and around the Street of Shame, the local pubs hummed with bluster, debate and, more often than not, extreme drunkenness. We live in more restrained times, alas, and the newspapers, with their huge and (by modern standards) hugely underworked staff are long gone, but this is still a good spot for a beer. The Hack and Hop is the best place around if you want quality as well as quantity: like its sister establishments, The Old Red Cow and The Dean Swift, the emphasis is on good British beer (plenty of it from London) and the best stuff from abroad, too.