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Review : The Great British Beer Festival 2016 at Olympia – 9th to 13th August 2016

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In the bright sunshine, thousands of real ale fans made their way to the Olympia Exhibition Centre for the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival. The Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

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Over the next few days, over 50,000 people will  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Despite the decline of pubs in certain areas, Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the incredible choices available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, there are a number of brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harveys, SIBA, St Austell, Tiny Rebel and Titanic.

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The rise of the Tiny Rebel brewery is evidence that small breweries can compete with the major breweries. Tiny Rebel was only launched in 2012 but managed to produce Cwtch that was declared CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2015.

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The festival may support British brewing, however it attracts a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Holland and Malta. The United States is considered the home of the Craft Beer and the festival features the American Cask Bar which offers a wide range of beers from all over America. One of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the world who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

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Although the Beer Festival attracts its hardcore real ale connoisseurs, there are many who just take the opportunity to try the different range of beers and enjoy the atmosphere. With its reasonable entrance fee, it represents very good value for money to anyone who wants to find out more about beer from around the world.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

The Great British Beer Festival 2016 at Olympia – 9th to 13th August 2016

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This week sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the choice available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, as well as brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harveys, SIBA, St Austell, Tiny Rebel and Titanic. There are a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic. However, one of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the UK who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

Although the Beer Festival attracts its hardcore real ale connoisseurs, there are many who just take the opportunity to try the different range of beers and enjoy the atmosphere.

With its reasonable entrance fee, it represents very good value for money to anyone who wants to find out more about beer from around the world.

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

Review : The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia – 11th to 15th August 2015

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This week sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

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Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the choice available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, as well as brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harvey & Son, Hogs Back, Shepherd Neame, SIBA, St Austell and Wadworth. There are a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic. However, one of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the UK who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

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One of the highlights of the first day is the award of the CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain award, considered one of the most prestigious awards in the real ale world, this year’s  surprise winners were a small brewery from Newport in Wales. Tiny Rebel’s beer Cwtch was announced as the overall winner of the Champion Beer of Britain competition. Co-founders of the brewery Gareth Williams and Bradley Cummings were there to collect the award for a brewery that was only established in 2012.

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Although the Beer Festival attracts its hardcore real ale connoisseurs, there are many who just take the opportunity to try the different range of beers and enjoy the atmosphere.

With its reasonable entrance fee, it represents very good value for money to anyone who wants to find out more about beer from around the world.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Tickets

Single Day Tickets range from CAMRA Member Day Ticket Advance Price  £8 or Non-Member Day Ticket Advance Price: £10
Season Tickets are available

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11th

5pm – 10.30pm

Weds 12 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Thurs 13 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Fri 14 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Sat 15 Aug

11am – 6.30pm

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia – 11th to 15th August 2015

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August sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia exhibition centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.
Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste.

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It is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. The Beer festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall will have a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, as well as brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers. As well as that there’ll be some fantastic international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic.  There will be award-winning favourites from microbreweries across the UK and even an American Cask beer bar unique to the festival.

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GBBF 2015 will feature a total of 10 brewery bars, all serving well known brews from some of the UK’s biggest real ale breweries, alongside some limited edition specials. Breweries include Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harvey & Son, Hogs Back, Shepherd Neame, SIBA, St Austell and Wadworth.

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Although the Beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy.

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Tickets

Single Day Tickets range from CAMRA Member Day Ticket Advance Price or £8 Non-Member Day Ticket Advance Price: £10
Season Tickets are available

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11th

5pm – 10.30pm

Weds 12 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Thurs 13 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Fri 14 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Sat 15 Aug

11am – 6.30pm

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

 

 

 

Great London Pubs – The Old Bank of England

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The Old Bank of England

Location – 194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT

The Old Bank of England only became a pub in 1994 but is on the site of two old Taverns, the Haunch of Venison and the more famous Cock Tavern. The present building was built in the late 19th century as part of the Law Courts complex, it was the premises of Law Courts branch of the Bank of England. It traded as a branch the Bank of England until 1975 when it was taken over by a Building Society.

In the 1990s the Fuller’s Brewery took over the building and set about restoring it into one of their flagship pubs.

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Although its history is interesting, this is not this pubs main selling point, the interior is stunning and provides a airy spacious space around a central wooden mahogany bar. The massive chandeliers add to the natural light through the large windows to illuminate the rich decor and ornamental ceiling.

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There is a gallery where you can drink or eat overlooking the bar. There is a good selection of beers on tap and the perhaps better than average pub food available.

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The pub mentions the disputed claims that it lies Sweeney Todd Barbers shop and Mrs Lovett’s Pie Shop, although this might add a bit of local colour it does not encourage you to try the pies on the menu!

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Great London Pubs – Lamb and Flag , Covent Garden

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Lamb and Flag – Covent Garden

Location – 33 Rose St, London WC2E 9EB

The Lamb and Flag tucked away in a backstreet of Covent Garden is a reminder of the areas past reputation as a centre of vice and criminal activities.

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There was a time when the pub was known as the Bucket of Blood because bare fisted fights were held in one of the backrooms. In the alley at the side in 1679, John Dryden the poet was beaten up by a group of men said to be in the pay of the notorious Earl of Rochester who had taken exception to one of Dryden’s pieces of work.
Like many pubs in London,there is claims that Charles Dickens frequented the pub in the 19th century.

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The has been licensed premises on the site since 1623 but the present building has a 19th century front fixed onto a 17th century core.

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The pub had a nice well-worn wooden interior and the low beams only add to the attractive character.
The only drawback to the pub is its popularity, it can get very busy sometimes in the week and often in the summer drinkers stand outside.
Another problem can be finding the pub tucked up a small passageway in the winding streets of Covent Garden, the easiest way to find it is from Garrick Street.

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Garrick Street entrance between Carluccios and Com Viet