The Raven

The Raven

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By longstanding tradition, the Tower of London maintains an unkindness (that's the collective noun) of six ravens. Now, an outlying seventh perches within sight, in the form of this excellent craft ale pub.

It's from the same nest as the much vaunted Euston Tap, and it shows. Ales are presented on a cluttered blackboard, with room for more than two dozen tipples.

In a novel twist, and presumably to save room in a tight space, the keg lines feed into a cylindrical fixture in the centre of the bar. It reminds us of the console from the TARDIS. Take a draft from each tap, and you might well find yourself in an unfamiliar dimension where time and space are warped.

More childhood memories near the door, where this ancient Pac-Man table offers a tempting diversion. Meanwhile a music room and pool table offer further leisure opportunities.

This is, needless to say, a bloody good addition to the area, which already boasts such treasures as the Dean Swift and a branch of Brewdog (practically next door). Can they all survive?

Address: The Raven Tower Bridge 218 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP

Phone: 020 30262316



Monday: noon-11pm

Tuesday: noon-11pm

Wednesday: noon-11.30pm

Thursday: noon-11.30pm

Friday: noon-midnight

Saturday: noon-midnight

Sunday: noon-10pm

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