Visited: Wednesday 3 February by JB & JC
Winner of the ‘most obviously named pub in London’ award. This really is a box which sells Meantime Beer.
It’s about as roomy as the name suggests (a London lettings agent would still describe it as a ‘large double bedroom’ though, the utter, utter, bastards) but there is plenty of seating outside and this place really is fantastic in the summer. If you’re at the O2 for a gig, there’s no better place to have a tasty pint or five beforehand. All the beers are £4.95 a pint, which is pretty reasonable for craft beers near a major London attraction.
Unfortunately all the beers are served in plastic cups, which Boozehound really doesn’t like, but considering the location it is understandable.
The O2 in North Greenwich is a weird place. It has a sort of shopping centre vibe, constantly overrun with teenagers doing whatever it is teenagers do these days now that they’re too lame to binge drink and smoke like the rest of us did. It’s also not always the best venue for a gig – you often can’t hear the band very well. Oh and it is only served by one tube station, on one line, which makes for a journey from hell when you try and leave at the same time as 30,000 other people.
But you can at least alleviate the last problem by waiting for the crowds to die down in the Beer Box.
Do they do food? Crisps.
Are they in the 21st Century? Contactless, no minimum spend.
Are there dogs? Not much room in there but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind.
I want to smoke: More seating outside than inside.