If you've read 'Single To Morden', you'll have noticed that Tim and his companions enjoy the occasional social tipple.
Find out more about the watering holes they visit by exploring the links below...


What You'll Find There...


First-of-many mentions of the Fat Ox pub in Whitby, a fictional alehouse with a name borrowed from 70's sitcom Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? and loosely based on the real-life (and extremely fine) Black Horse pub.

Belsize Park

Here we find Tim and Jeremy slaking their thirsts in Muswell Hill's 'Church Pub' (not named as such in the text), technically an O'Neill's these days, and perhaps not as characterful as it used to be. Hey-ho.

In this chapter, we also flash-back our heroes attempting some underage drinking in the bar of the (fictitious) 'Spirit Of Hull' (based on the 'Norland', a now-demised ship of the old North Sea Ferries fleet, aboard which the author attempted some notable underage drinking exploits of his own).

Chalk Farm

Not a pub, but Marine Ices supplies Tim and Claire with enough Chianti to make their afternoon in Camden thoroughly memorable. Website (sadly with no mention of anything non-ice-cream-y) here.

West Finchley

After returning to the Happi-Lodge, Tim is whisked away to an unnamed 'pub, one of the grotty Irish ones with sticky carpets in Hendon.' Technically, this pub is the Gallery on Hendon Way, although when the chapter was first drafted it was An Poitin Stil, a pub the author 'never visited but drove past twice-daily for many years'. He always thought it looked 'cheerfully rough'...


At the end of another long day, we discover Tim relaxing in the Happi-Lodge Bar. Tragically a work of fiction, the Happi-Lodge's appearance nonetheless bears an uncanny resemblence to that of the Edgware Premier Inn. Coincidence?

Tufnell Park

While Jeremy looks for Sarah in Tufnell Park, Claire and Tim find themselves in the Old Bull & Bush in Golders Green.

Revamped to within an inch of its life, it's still worth a visit, and provides the backdrop to another section of Tim's backstory - a tale which here centres on the (entirely fictitious) Crow's Nest pub in Whitby.

Kentish Town

Another non-pub, this, but Mario's Cafe in Kentish Town was a must-visit venue for Tim and Claire. Check it out here.

Goodge Street

A night on the tiles follows Tim's Sarah-less mooch around Goodge Street - hard-rockin' fun and japes at the Brixton Academy. Gigs galore (and bizarre neo-classical internal decor), popfans.

Leicester Square

Not named in the novel, but the Leicester Square pub where It All Goes Horribly Wrong is The Imperial (a one-time favourite of the author). Visit it here.

Elephant & Castle

After his day exploring the Elephant, Tim heads north of the river for a soiree of sophisticated entertainment at the Barbican Centre. So can you.


Here, we find Tim and Claire enjoying a little Quentin Tarantino-style roleplay action in the Madeira Star Cafe. Drop in anytime for a coffee, a Portuguese beer, maybe something a little stronger...

Clapham North

In this chapter, Tim finds a handy bolt-hole in the Clapham North pub... a thoroughly decent boozer with much friendlier bar staff than 'Single To Morden' might have you believe..(!)

Clapham Common

Maybe Tim should stick to pubs, because every time he goes somewhere classier - such as the world-famouse Ivy restaurant, for instance - things inevitably take a turn for the worse. Consult the real-life menu, and find out how much a bottle of the Pouilly Fuissé really costs, here.

Clapham South

Mentioned (fleetingly) in earlier chapters, this is where we finally find Tim and Jeremy conducting a full council of war, downstairs in Bradley's Spanish Bar on Hanway Street. Once almost a second home to the author, this fine subterranean drinking den still holds a very special place in his heart.


As Tim observes, 'the lunchtime drinkers in The Bedford Arms are the cleverest people in the world - fact'. His judgement may have been clouded by all the fine ale he drank there, but there's no doubt that the vast and magnificent Bedford is a pub to be reckoned with. Well worth a visit.

South Wimbledon

Although not specifically named in the novel, the Italian restaurant where Tim finds himself in this chapter is the Pizza Express on Wimbledon Broadway.


Our final stop is another non-pub... a nameless curry house, in fact... and another establishment with no counterpart in reality. Sorry. If you are in Morden and find yourself in need of a decent curry, however, popular opinion suggests that you could do a lot worse than go here. Enjoy!