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There’s nothing I can’t stand more than being stuck in the house on a rainy or overcast day as a London expat. It sets the mood for the week on how I feel and how productive I can be (read: not at all). When there’s any excuse to escape and do something out of the routine on a weekday, I’m all about it.


A perk about living in a busy part of South London is the plethora of choices for places to eat. I can practically feel like I’m eating my way around the world with all the crazy, trendy choices.

Solid South London Grub

But like I said, then it’s rainy and dreary out, all I want to do in curl up at a good pub. There’s something about the English pub that is so comforting to me – be it the dim ambiance that allows for lively conversation, or the myriad of hearty food options. I wish the U.S. had places like this, filled with things like clever banter, cold pints, low lighting and even a little history. So where should we go on a gross rainy weeknight to find an ideal evening out?

In comes The Avalon.

Food Glorious Food

The Avalon pub is located a couple blocks from the Clapham South tube stop along the main road. The classic brick façade and large, welcoming bar area is a delight. As you move towards the back, there is a large dining area with thick wooden tables and friendly smiles from staff.


We opted to go for a little high end and a little comfort. The pizza was piping hot and perfectly cooked, topped with fresh onions and peppers that could have easily passed for a little pizzeria in Italy. The steak was also grilled to perfection, alongside chunky chips and some side salad. This was all washed down with a recommended bottle of red wine.

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Now the real grand finale for me was pudding. I am always on the prowl for the ultimate London desert; sticky toffee pudding. I have triumphed a couple times and I have certainly been left wanting too. But the Avalon has one of the best I’ve enjoyed so far, especially with ice cream (forget that custard nonsense). It was gone in about two seconds.

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Sunnier Days

Although London is usually shrouded with rain, it’s nice to know the outdoor spaces at pubs are also shaking off the winter blues. I love when pubs have secret gardens – away from the main roads, enclosed and full of wonderful alive things. On the next beautiful weekend we have here in the city, I can’t wait to go back and try out any of the three outdoor spaces.


And if you’re in town running the London Marathon, don’t forget to swing through The Avalon for a free celebratory pint!

Do you have a fave pub you swear by? What’s your go-to order? Do you like to sit cozy inside or get rowdy outside? Does your fave pub change with the season?


Author EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA local and a former London, UK expat. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for more than 16 years. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Instagram @CrookedFlight.

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