Wimbledon 8

A classic pub crawl retracing the steps of Oliver Reed.

The story goes that Steve McQueen flew to England to discuss a film project with Reed and they planned a night out. This turned into a marathon pub crawl that took them via the Hand in Hand, Crooked Billet, Fox & Grapes, Rose & Crown, Fire Stables, Brewery Tap, Dog & Fox and Finch’s.

Unfortunately, Finch’s and the Brewery Tap have since closed. We’ve introduced the Swan as a decent bird-themed substitute for Finch’s and the Hand & Racquet for the Brewery Tap. The Hand & Racquet is little out of Wimbledon village, but conveniently on the way from the station so makes a great meeting point.

To keep pace with Mr Reed, you should aim to drink a pink within 15 minutes in each pub and complete two laps. We’d recommend sticking to one lap, taking a more leisurely pace and enjoying the surroundings on a summer weekend.