Though my answer to the last question is influenced by being a bloody student...
Heh. I may be changing my tune if, when I start looking for a job, I can't find one!
In London, the laws will be changing in January 2005. There is a serious problem with binge drinking here, which is believed to be at least partly related to the early closing times of the pubs. Twenty-four hour licenses will become available next year.
I would prefer bars that don't close and which I can walk home from... Or even which close at irregular hours between 12 and 6 am.
They still have early closing in London?? The weirdos.
I'm personally a fan of closing at 6AM in a city with public transit! That way you stop drinking when you must, and then just take a train and/or bus home.
Yeah, I guess it's a strange leftover from WWII? The licensing laws are supposed to change next year. Then the choice will become "pubs that don't close that you can walk home from," which I think will firmly trounce the other choice.
I think they've been saying that they will change for the last 10 years or more. At least they don't close the pubs in the afternoon anymore.
Yeah, I've read a few articles dating back to about 2000 that said the same things. I think it's really going to happen this time, due to the new mayor guy, though. Witness the imposition of the congestion charge in central London, etc.
I actually prefer bars that close aruond 4-ish and that I can take a subway home from. I must say this for English toilets, the full door is kind of nice for privacy.
Yeah, we can take the bus or the tube home from most places in central London in about 10-15 minutes. The archaic licensing laws are supposed to change next year, so it'll be interesting to see how that affects the drinking culture here.
The best hangover food is a good Vietnamese noodle soup
I've never tried that! But it sounds really good. I'll try it.
It's curious how different a drinking culture they have here from the one I'm used to. On the one hand, it's healthier, because many people use a good solid afternoon and evening at the pub as a truly social occasion, and they don't necessarily end up being drunk, because they'll eat their lunch or dinner there as well. On the other hand, the early closing times mean that some people, anxious to down as much alcohol as possible before 11 pm, binge drink, which leads to incidences of violence and projectile vomit.
2004-10-28 16:30 (UTC)
Never mind Roman ruins...
...which leads to incidences of violence and projectile vomit.
A city with character!!!
Oh yeah. Londoners do both formal and crude to a degree I've never previously experienced.