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Suggestions/something my stepdad can do for an evening in London by himself?

By Traveller June 4, 2018
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Suggestions/something my stepdad can do for an evening in London by himself?

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By Haven Traveller June 4, 2018

My parents are coming to London to visit me for my birthday. My mum and I are going to the theatre but my step-dad doesn't want to come. He's travelled from the other side of the world to visit me so I don't want him to waste his evening entirely. He's been to London previously (so has done the main tourist attractions) and tbh isn't a huge fan of London/crowds/tourists. He can be a bit picky, especially when he is doing something by himself. I wanna be able to offer him some options so he doesn't spend the evening at home or hanging near the theatre waiting for us. He is 60, likes sport and a good beer. I've flagged a few walking pub tours but was wondering if anyone else had any left field ideas.

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You haven't given the exact dates your stepdad is visiting on but there are two big sporting events happening this summer which he could watch in London: Football (soccer) World Cup starting on 14th of June for a month and Wimbledon Tennis starting from 2nd of July.

The best place to see Wimbledon tennis in central London is in Kings Cross when you can watch it outdoors on a big screen, check out: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/event/wimbledon-summer-love

As for the World Cup, central London pubs are likely to be busy especially during England matches so for a quieter experience I'd recommend leaving the central London and going somewhere like Holloway or Islington. In central London I'd recommend The Marquis pub in Covent Garden http://www.themarquiscoventgarden.co.uk/ or The Ship Tavern in Holborn http://www.theshiptavern.co.uk/
Local June 4, 2018
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A pub tour would be very interesting if one is being held. Another idea is to walk slightly south towards the river and discover Pimlico. It's got a good local vibe with some interesting architecture and shops. If he wants to treat himself to a lovely pub meal I found this article https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/the-top-10-coolest-bars-in-pimlico/ which offers some ideas. Areas around stations aren't typically very savoury but there is a self-guided walking tour in Pimlico here https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/feb/01/great-city-walks-pimlico-london-tate-britain.
Local June 4, 2018
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Which Theatre are you going to and which date . Possibly the World Cup Soccer will be on and can suggest somewhere nearby he can watch this
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Local June 4, 2018
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We're going to Hamilton at the Victoria Palace theatre (so near Victoria station) and its early next week so a couple of days too early for the World Cup unfortunately.
I've only just read your comment saying you are here next week.

There are a couple of cricket matches happening end of this week / early next week: on Sunday June 10th and Tuesday June 12th I believe. A great place to watch these would be at the Lord's Tavern pub right next door to the Lord's Cricket Ground. Otherwise The Victoria pub near Westminster Cathedral also shows the games (only about 10 mins walk from Victoria station).
Belgravia area not far from the Theatre is nice to walk around andt here is a great historic mews pub The Grenadier , 18 Wilton Row, Belgravia, London SW1X 7NR which would be interesting for him to go to. Nearer the theatre is the Albert pub on Victoria St itself