Christmas is Bedlam at The Tankard

The revival of The Tankard on Kennington Road has been one of the proudest moments in my time at The Draft House. Here we took a tired disco-pub and reacquainted the place with its rich London history.

The Tankard stands on at the corner of Kennington Road on the edge of The Imperial War Museum park.

It’s a spectacular spot, but one which hides a darkish secret. The Imperial War Museum building was originally the Bethlehem Hospital – a name which was pronounced by Cockneys as ‘Bedlam’. The asylum – and its nickname – became so iconic that even now Bedlam is a general English term for disorder or craziness.

Now in those days Bedlam was surrounded by a high wall. And The Tankard was purpose-built with a roof terrace to afford drinkers a peep over that wall.

So the inmates were the entertainment. A truly Dickensian concept and one which seems almost inconceivable today.
Incidentally, the indoor-outdoor Terrace Bar – complete with heaters is an awesome place to host a party at Christmas or any other time.

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13 Nov 2017,

It’s Time to Rock ‘The Shop’ at Draft House Camden Road

Our rocking new pub on the corner opposite Camden Road Station originally comprised three buildings, now merged together into one venue. The corner unit itself is an ornate 1895 shop unit, known by us (wait for it) as ‘The Shop’.

The whole pub is a huge celebration of Camden’s (in)glorious music scene, the highlight of which is the Camden Rock Map.

But ‘The Shop’ is what I am talking about TODAY. It’s a simple message. This is the best room to hire in the area for any kind of somewhat civilised but also uber-rocking party. We have amazing food, but we also rock the mic and turntables.

So do let us know if you’d like to book in, for Christmas or (preferably) January.

Incidentally, briefly veering off ‘The Shop’ topic, we also sell a mean Sunday Roast.


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13 Nov 2017,

Paddington Launch

We are launching Draft House Paddington next week. Right there on the canal basin, at the eastern end near Praed Street and Edgware Road Tube Station.

The pub is in a modern building, but we have been inspired by the Victorian age of travel and wonder – of canals, railways and ocean liners.

The canal at Paddington, now a place of urban beauty for alternative types to live on long-boats while tourists and workers wander past, was the cutting edge of logistics when it was built at mind-boggling expense in the 1810s, providing a way of shipping goods from the north and west to London.

Just twenty years later it was rendered more or less obsolete with the launch of the Great Western Railway, when Paddington became the starting point for the journey to Bristol, and then on to New York.

Suddenly the common man could travel anywhere, the possibilities must have seemed limitless!

We have sought to capture this excitement via the creation of Draft House World – a string of fantasy beer islands. Each island is a semi-private area in the pub: Malt Landing, the Saison Isles, Hopville and Port Pilsner.

These are linked together by imaginary maps on the walls of the pub, surveyed and plotted by the geniuses at Studio Frith.

Click here to see some images of these wonderful fantasy maps. I for one am trying not to think about booking a seedy weekend at the Salty Kiss Motel at Port Pilsner!

Draft House Paddington will be run under the weather eye of Adam Relihan. Regulars at Draft House Hammersmith will be familiar with his (occasionally) off-key humour and general warmth. The man runs a great pub and we are lucky to have him there. It should be a grand place for a pint – but also uniquely brilliant for a party.

Finally, we have given our Neapolitan Head Chef – Paolo – the opportunity to show us what great pizza is all about at Paddington. With 12” pizzas starting at just £6 this is going to be a good spot for regular luncheons and high teas. But fear not, Draft Housers, THERE IS A HAMBURGER. And a mighty fine one at that.

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10 Oct 2017, New SitePaddington

Raising a Glass to Jasper

I couldn’t let the moment pass without bigging up my old buddy Jasper. I was super-proud to be invited to the launch dinner at the spectacularly large new Camden Town Brewery in Enfield this week. In true, warm, Camden style the attendees were the original customers of the brewery from way back when in 2009. It’s been an amazing journey with the Camden crew. Love you guys. To a million more awesome Camden Shouts!

PS – I sat opposite Sir Kenneth Grange, designer of numerous trains, planes and automobiles (well, the London cab for one) who has just designed a new beer glass. For Camden. How awesome is that? And it’s only taken him two years. Can’t wait to see it…watch this space.

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21 Jul 2017,

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