LR Meetup at Royal Oak Pub, 14th November


It’s meetup time! This starts at 6pm. As always, these are informal affairs where the beer flows, offering an opportunity to put faces to the names of a few LR writers as well as regular commentators. All are welcome, and conversation is often as much general as it is transport-specific.

Where to find us

We will be in the upstairs room at The Royal Oak on Tabard Street. Its location makes it easy to get to from a number of stations. A map is below.

The pub is about 700m walk from London Bridge main line station down easy-to-find backstreets. The route is largely traffic-free. Exit the station from the lower concourse, turn right and cross St Thomas St by the seemingly-permanent temporary crossing lights at the foot of the Shard. Continue straight on walking down the well-used pedestrian route to the side of Guy’s Hospital. The route is actually part of the hospital grounds hence the ‘no smoking’ notices everywhere. At the end after about 200m is a staggered junction. Cross the minor road at this junction and continue straight on down Crosby Road. At the end of Crosby Road you come to Long Lane. Use the pedestrian crossing to the left to deviate to cross the road and continue straight on down the narrow street of Southall Place which continues into Sterry St. At the end of this road look to your right and the pub should be clearly visible on a street corner opposite if it is not obscured by a number 48 double-deck bus approaching its temporary out-of-service terminus.

If returning to London Bridge station from the pub then walk to the southern end of Sterry St and then start walking along it. After the first bend, look up and head for the Shard in a straight a line as you can.

The nearest tube station is Borough which is just 250m away. It is easy to be disorientated when leaving the tube station – especially at night. From Borough tube station cross the road outside the exit. This road is Borough High St. You are now at the corner of Borough High St and the A2 (Great Dover St). Use the large traffic island to cross the A2 so you are by the church. Keeping the large church to your left hand side look out for a pedestrian crossing in a road called Long Lane which should be directly ahead. Cross Long Lane using the pedestrian crossing then continue straight on which brings you into Tabard St. The pub is 100m away on your right hand side just before the second side turning on the right.

Hopefully, we will see you there. On the rare occasions when we do not have the upstairs room to ourselves we suggest getting there early if you want a seat.

The is an excellent choice of food with a selection of more traditional pub grub and also some more gastronomic delights for those with a refined palate.

If you’re new to the meetup, you can always email us and we’ll give you a contact telephone number.

Written by Long Branch Mike