Historical version 1 of Pakenham Arms, WC1X 0LA
- 020 7837 6933
- 1 Pakenham Street, WC1X 0LA
- 9am-1am Mon-Thu, Sat; 9am-1:30am Fri; 9am-10:30pm Sun
This pub, serving real ales, has plenty of space for tables, with an additional area up a few steps to the left of the bar (showing sports on a big screen, though there's also a dart board and a quiz machine). There are a few tables on the street for smokers.
The pub's proximity to the huge Mount Pleasant Royal Mail Sorting Office means that a lot of the regulars are posties, but the bar is also happy to reserve areas for groups. Its location also explains the long opening hours (licensed from 9am), which the website ascribes to catering for postal workers on shift work.
The regular ales are Greene King IPA, London Pride and Bombardier (judging from the website), though none were on at my last visit (February 2008) -- the guests at that time were Cornish Coaster and an excellent Doom Bar (at £2.50/pt), and Adnams. There is also a small wine list on a chalkboard behind the bar.