Bow Bells

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Type: Bar

116 Bow Road
London, England, E3 3AA
United Kingdom

+44 (0)871 984 4872 | map

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Added by wl0307 on 04-13-2006

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3.16/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Another good, "down-to-earth" local boozer in the East End London. From the outside it looks a bit "run-down", and the colour of this three-storey Victorian building--French mustard yellow, doesn't really help. Once getting inside, it's amazing how large the interior space is. Pretty "loud" interior design, with reddish carpet, wooden furnitures, French-mustard yellow wall-paper, wood-panelled walls, odd memorabilia here and there, and old-fashioned curtains... you get the picture. On the walls there're some old photos of this part of London and even a picture of Harvey's brewery?! I wonder if Harvey's ales in the past were indeed supplied to this side of town so the present landlord is proud to keep that picture (if so why doesn't he get some Harvey's ales for real?!). For those in the mood for some entertainment, there're a pool table and a fruit-machine at the larger side of the pub, plus a TV screen for Sport events for which quite a many locals would gather here on the weekend.

The service is quite decent. On my recent visit, being a non-local, I was treated by the cool landlord in a quite friendly manner. The bar served only two real ales (Pride and Brakespear Bitter) on four handpumps, but Brakespear was in top condition, and the landlord took his patience to pour a perfect pint for me. Authentic Lowenbrau lager was fresh on tap as well. In short, this is a good East End local, but rather unexciting for non-locals~~

P.S. For those interested, the word "Bow" in the pub's name "Bow Bells" here actually doesn't refer to the Bow Church nearby, but "St. Mary-le-Bow" in Cheapside, City. The bell sound of that church used to define the identity of true Cockneys way back when(1700s?), who had to be born within earshot of the Bow bells. I guess the pub is about as far as the Bow bell-sound could reach to the east, and the landlord is sure to be proud of being a modern Cockney himself~~

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Bow Bells in London, GB2, United Kingdom
3.16 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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