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The Best Pubs in Tooting — London x London

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Love This? Save and Share!Ready to discover Tooting’s top boozers? Grab a pint at one of these brilliant pubs in Tooting. Pubs in London are not exactly hard to come by. But, let’s be honest, a lot of them can be bang average. We want pubs with character, amazing beer gardens, entertainment and, of course, a damn good pint.These Tooting pubs have all that and more. Stick around to discover the best Tooting pubs that should be on your beer radar. The Best Pubs in TootingTooting Tram & SocialLooking for something a little different to the usual pint and pub grub? Tooting Tram & Social is a place where you can truly let your hair down.It might only be open Thursday through Saturday, but there’s always an event on. From comedy clubs to salsa and sangria nights, and we can’t forget the unmissable DJ nights on Fridays and Saturdays.Tooting Tram & Social know exactly what pub goers want – gin and beer. The bar is stacked with global craft beers, and it boasts an impressive gin selection for your sipping pleasure.   The CastleThe Castle has been serving pints on Tooting High Street since 1832 – impressive, right? Although, it doesn’t look anything like it did way back when. The heated garden is the main draw here, and there’s plenty of communal seating. But, if you’re feeling fancy, book yourself one of eight mini castle huts, they even have their own TVs.The Castle has all of the pub classics on its menu, and on Sundays cooks up a roast that is a strong contender for becoming your favourite. The King’s HeadIf it wasn’t for the beer garden out front, you might question if The King’s Head was a pub or an old Church.But, stepping inside the pub, you’ll be greeted by Victorian tiles, a traditional bar and other antique decors that make this Tooting pub so darn coolThat’s as far as traditions go. The King’s Head menu is a mixture of pub classics and modern dishes like the Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and Salt Beef and Fried Pickled Onion Bao Buns. Which goes extremely well with a pint, in case you were wondering.The Trafalgar ArmsThe Trafalgar Arms is a live sports pub on Tooting High Street. As you can imagine, this place gets pretty lively on game days so you may want to book your table in advance. Inside this Tooting pub, the decor is modern and natural light floods in from the skylights. The beers are cold, the food is delicious and there’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  We especially love the heated and covered beer garden here. Come rain or shine it’s the best pub garden in Tooting and where you should hang out with a few pints.The ManorThe Manor is a designer pub in Tooting that you must visit. Entertainment wise, this pub is the place to be. Head here on Thursdays and you’ll be treated to the best pub quiz in Tooting. Fridays are for dancing all night long to live music and on Saturdays it’s all about brunch, and hopefully the food will help ease your hangover too. Sunday’s are, of course, for Sunday roasts with gigantic yorkies, succulent meats and a whole lot of gravy. The AntelopeA short walk from Tooting Bec station is this cosy gastropub. The Antelope is one of those Tooting pubs where you could (and should) curl up in front of the fireplace on a cold day with a few glasses of red.This place is adored by Tooting locals for its homemade sausage rolls, locally brewed real ales, and delicious food menu. Inside the pub is mostly open planned and you’ll likely be greeted to locals mingling – the atmosphere is everything we love about local boozers. Ramble InnLooking for an Irish pub in Tooting? Look no further than the Ramble Inn. This Irish pub is small but mighty. There’s no mistaking its Irish charm from the outside with a large Guinness sign and most likely a few revellers crammed into the minimal streetside seating.Inside, expect Irish hospitality, and there’s even table service – a rarity in recent years. Irish music will be playing too and, if you’re up for some healthy competition, there’s a quiz night on Tuesdays with a hefty bar tab up for grabs.Graveney and MeadowAlong Mitcham Road is one of the most unique pubs in Tooting. Graveney and Meadow is an all-day bar serving Tooting locals and alike from AM to PM. This neighbourhood hangout is good for frothy coffee, cocktails, tasty food and happy vibes. The bar area is a huge open-planned space with bare brick walls and a wooden beam ceiling. Don’t tell anyone we told you, but the beer garden and outdoor bar is the best place to hang out – it’s a little oasis amongst the busy streets of Tooting. The SelkirkThe Selkirk is a foodie pub and the focus is very much on seasonal British dishes. Food is served for both lunch and dinner sittings, and we’re ordering the Chilli Salt Squid to start, followed by the Sirloin steak with all the trimmings and the Peanut Butter Cheesecake. There are plenty of beers on tap, as well as an extensive selection of wines that pair perfectly with your Sunday Roast. Better yet, The Selkirk’s beer garden is a suntrap, and a lovely place to sit amongst the plants and flowers with a few beers. The WheatsheafLooking for the best pubs near Tooting Bec Station? The Wheatsheaf might just be the very best. The food here mainly consists of pizza, with a few traditional pub grub offerings. And, of course, there’s a Sunday Roast that you need to try. Drinks are varied, so you could enjoy a perfectly-stirred Negroni or a few pints of Camden Hells. Totally up to you.If that wasn’t good enough, this Tooting Bec pub also shows all of your favourite live sports games. And there’s a weekly pub quiz, live music and comedy events on the calendar too.  Tooting Pubs: Map

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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
IAG will have a team of four at ICE London next week. Visit us at Stand ND7-C.

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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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