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Other countries have tried repeatedly to emulate this Great British invention with a complete lack of success. Foreigners' insistence on turning them into bars, or horror of horror putting waiters in them, completely detracts from the push and shove, I was here first, two pints of lager and a packet of crisps mentality that is part and parcel of the British Pub.

Mind you one of Britain's most underestimated sports is watching the tourists sitting there waiting to be served - sometimes they catch on, sometimes they walk out in disgust and sometimes a good natured barman will put them out of their misery. The biggest joy is watching them wave at the barman - oh what a dangerous life they lead. I've even been known to help explain the rituals if I'm feeling inclined, i.e. I've already got my drink.

Anyway London Pubs

The latest craze in London is a chain of ultra trendy bars, for example there is a chain of bars called "All Bar One". These are always packed with suits - i.e. the yuppies and should be avoided like the plague (unless you are a total poser in which case this is your kind of place and please stay there).

There are two classes of drinking establishments wine bars and pubs. Wine bars are for parties when you are relaxing/getting pissed with a group of people. If you just want to crawl off on your own and get pissed you need a pub, you will never look quire right in a wine bar on your own knocking back a bottle of wine! It is however highly acceptable to sit in a pub on your own knocking back the spirits - presumably it doesn't look so bad a glass at a time.

There are a few chains of wine bars that I will lump together under the heading of "Davey's" - they are independent but are basically all the same. They are dimly lit, usually in cellars and, 8 times out of 10, have sawdust on the floor. These wine bars are more upmarket, more intimate and if a man is with a women it is not his wife!! They generally only sell wine, beer (of dubious names like Dogs Wollop) and port and are generally quite pricey!

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