Fancy a local pint? Then do yourself a big favour and visit the King Charles 1st on Northdown Street where downing a heavenly brew won't necessarily result in losing your head.
Locally known as 'the craic house', the Charles prides itself in serving east London's fabulous Brodies Beers, including one created just for them, a dark, delicious bitter not for the faint hearted.
As you enter the pub you'll see the three hand pumps, often including a London lager, notice the traditional bar billiard table – perhaps have a game, and drink in a very traditional, very welcoming old British pub atmosphere complete with wonderfully idiosyncratic interior. A treat for us women real ale enthusiasts is the chandelier in the tiny ladies!
Feeling peckish? Do not fear, just bring your takeway with you as you are very welcome to eat it at the pub. If you like Thai, order from the Royal Thai just around the corner and they'll deliver it direct to your table at the Charles complete with crockery and cutlery. If you can't be bothered to pop round the corner, ask at the bar and they'll give you the phone number and details of how to order.
All in all the Charles is a top contender, easy atmosphere, great real ales. If you are visiting from overseas and want to experience what a real old British pub is like (before we lose them all) this is an absolute must. A hidden gem.