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East End's well kept secret.
Palm Tree (London)
Member Name: AnnieLizzy
Palm Tree (London)
Advantages: Free live music, something different
Disadvantages: Horrible toilets, no card payments, Gets very crowded
Tucked away in Mile End Park next to Regent's canal this is a pub you will only find if someone takes you there. It's not somewhere you will just stumble into on a night out.
By day this is an ordinary East End boozer. It has old style 1920 tills and is decorated in a very old fashioned way. Not in a trendy way like many of the more pretentious pubs in the area but in a not been decorated since way. It is split into two rooms, a bar and a lounge and there is no connecting door inside so you have to go outside to move between them. The pub serves your usual selection of spirits. I am wine drinking and the wine hear is on tap and not exactly the finest wine but is drinkable. They also have a wide selection of speciality bitters and ales which my ale loving friends appreciate but I don't as I can't stand ale. They don't serve food but have crisps and nuts.
As the pub is on Regent's canal it is lovely in the summer. You can take your drinks outside and sit beside the canal on the grass and watch the sun set. They do insist on plastic glasses when you do this though.
The thing that makes this place truly special is that on Friday and Saturday nights they have free live swing music. The in-house swing band is made up of locals in their 60s and 70s upwards and one of the bar maide who gets up and sings. They are all incredibly talented. The band starts at about10 but it gets very crowded there and it is best to get there before about half past 8 to get a good spot.
The downsides of this pub are that it doesn't accept cards as payment so you have to take cash. It also doesn't serve tap water, I am not sure if this is legal but it doesn't. The toilets also get pretty grim as there is one ladies loo on each side which is woefully inadequate given how busy the place gets. Reports from male friends of the male toilets are equally bad.
All in all this is a fun night out and it's nice to do something a bit different. And it's free which is always good!
Summary: I love this place
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