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Old 07-22-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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Finally, after 15 years I'm going back to London. I've been there a lot, just not in recent times. Back then it was all rock'n'roll and Carlsberg Special Brew.

Nowdays rum and rhum has taken over so I'm looking at the city with bright new eyes.

I'll gladly take any tips of rum and cigar interest in the London area by end of August. And anything else really that me and the mrs shouldn't miss while there.
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Visit lots of pubs! You won't find much decent rum but as we have some of the best beer in the world, you should definitely try as much of it as possible!
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I'll put a plug in for Cotton's. Great food, hundred's of rums and Ian Burrell's big brain to pick if you have questions.
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If you love Caribbean food, Cotton's should definitely be on your list. And the rum selection is one of the best in London, but there are other rum haunts.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:28 AM   #5
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Visit lots of pubs! You won't find much decent rum but as we have some of the best beer in the world, you should definitely try as much of it as possible!
Ah yes, the pubs - definitely gonna do that!
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If you love Caribbean food, Cotton's should definitely be on your list. And the rum selection is one of the best in London, but there are other rum haunts.
I read about the Cotton's in another post as well. This seems like a really cool place. Since I love good food and an occasional drink of rum, I'll definitely put them on my action list. Thanks!
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check out the samuel smith pubs in london. the cheapest in london you'll get and it's all good ale and cider. they do their own dark and white rums too.
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check out the samuel smith pubs in london. the cheapest in london you'll get and it's all good ale and cider. they do their own dark and white rums too.
I'll look for the Samuel Smiths, the rum sounds interesting too...
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I'll look for the Samuel Smiths, the rum sounds interesting too...
Samuel Smiths pubs have the best British lager you can find - Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager (vastly superior to the usual "imported" suspects like Fosters, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg, Stella, etc.). They also have a good Alpine Lager and, as stated above, the prices are good too. There are a few Sammy Smiths pubs in Soho - the Duke of Argyll on Great Windmill St comes to mind.

Britain is best known for cask beer though (also known as ale), which can be identified by its unique manner of dispense - long hand pubs. This is by far the best quality of beer available (the Zacapa of the beer world, if you like), and it's usually cheaper too, although most people are happy to drink lesser products and pay more for them. I apologise if you already know all of this, but I am often surprised by how many foreigners visit our country and have no idea about our fantastic beer heritage, and nobody to point them in the right direction either.

In terms of rum in pubs, you're not likely to find much more than Bacardi, Lamb's Navy, Captain Morgan's, Morgan's Spiced, and possibly a low-end Havana Club if you're lucky. The best rum I've ever seen in an English pub is probably Havana Club 7 or Appleton Estate V/X. If you like Single Malt, then you will find plenty of good options in pubs.

I don't visit many bars or lounges so I don't know about what rums they might carry, although I did pay a visit to Floridita in Soho which has a quite astounding selection of rums, but with prices to match.
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and the PRINCESS LOUISE in holborn. my favourite samuel smith pub.
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