Donald Strachan

Correspondent

  • London, England, UK

Donald Strachan is a correspondent who lives in Hackney, East London, and covers the UK capital for Forbes Travel Guide. Donald is a freelance travel and technology journalist whose work has appeared in publications worldwide, including the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, National Geographic Traveller, and many more. He has also written several guidebooks for Frommer’s, including multiple editions of Frommer’s London and Frommer’s England. He has lived in the city for over 20 years, and has written about everything London related, from craft beer and coffee to street food and spooky walks.

  • On February 11, 2013
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    What are the best bars in London?

    The attraction of Islington as an antiques shopping destination are pretty much evergreen, but the borough's interest as an after-dark hangout waxes and wanes. The recent opening of a handful of craft beer bars have given it a real shot.
     
    Craft Beer Co. probably has the most skilful beer sourcing operation in London—you will find 30 or so on tap at any one time at any of its three London bars. Brews from the likes of Danish cult brewers Mikkeller and Evil Twin are never cheap, but Craft’s comfy fireside chairs are just the spot to sample them. Decadent.
     
    The Earl of Essex is a traditional neighbourhood pub with a Cheers-style central bar that got a refit and a small brewery installed in 2012. It gets busy on weekends, but during the week is a great place to sample some of Britain’s best traditional beers, alongside rye and wheat beers and occasional intriguing oddballs like ginger ale.
     
    It's a little out of the way, at the northern reaches of Islington, but the meticulously sourced bottle fridge at the Hops and Glory makes for a worthwhile journey. Some of London’s most exciting new microbreweries such as Partizan are well represented The bar only reopened just before Christmas 2012, and you will usually find a spot on one of its clubby, leather sofas if you arrive early.
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