A recent NY Times article that we came to our attention: http://dld.bz/dhGv7. This article describes the closing of pubs in and around the city of London. For a number of reasons (among others, higher rents, decreasing popularity of beer in England), pubs are closing for business.
We hope this trend reverses. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting London twice and there’s really nothing quite like the English pub here in NYC. We suppose Pound & Pence in Manhattan’s Financial District comes the closest. Either way, if/when you visit London, be sure to do a pub crawl while there!