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Drinking in LA

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At some point yesterday we were exactly halfway through our trip, as far from the beginning as from the end. We felt that this was something worth commemorating, so headed to the Britannia for some drinks.


Santa Monica supports two British pubs (the other being Ye Olde King's Head) and two shops (er, sorry, shoppes) selling all things British. We lingered in one of these on our first day, getting quite homesick as we browsed shelves stacked with PG Tips, Colman's mustard, Walkers crisps, custard creams, baked beans...

The Britannia was a pretty good facsimile of a British pub. There were a few fellow Brits but generally quite a mixed crowd. One American woman bumped into Karen with her bag, apologising with the words, 'my bag's a little obnoxious'. It was large, red and very shiny. We couldn't disagree.

They even served bitter, and Ben wasn't going to miss the opportunity. The real draw, however, was the Beatles tribute act, who play there every Wednesday and Sunday.


They were very good, concentrating on the early hits and some lesser-known tunes (a few, we're embarassed to say, we didn't recognise at all).

While on our travels British cuisine has been conspicuously absent and, indeed, is routinely mocked:


But at least when it comes to music we more than punch our weight.

Posted by shoestring 23:44 Archived in USA Tagged pub band bar british drinks beatles britannia

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Harrumph! Not sure that the home of the hot dog, hamburger and Hershey bar have much to teach us Brits about food! Hope you managed to find an English chippy after your evening drinking English pints and listening to English music. The impertinence of these colonials is quite staggering!

by Popsy

How random, although not surprised that a British crops up every now again. trying to capitalise on our culture I don't know. Shame on you for not recognising the tunes, however i'd probably be the same. Poor Kazza nearly being taken out by an obnoxious bag. Have you seen any celebs lurking about whilst in the district? They tend to walk pooches and go for runs or you may just be able to tell by the sheer amount of security about. xx

by nessie noodles

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