No Booking Required

As pub gardens reopen many of them have decided to introduce table bookings and even time slots. A good idea if you want to guarantee a seat, perhaps, and it must give the pubs a degree of certainty as they ease themselves back into the swing of things.

Booking ahead, however, is not a key competence in the Deserter skillset. Indeed, many of us fear it. It starts with a simple idea (‘pub’, for example) but invariably ends in website submission forms, calendars, itineraries and WhatsApp groups. And all I wanted was a pint. 

You may counter that booking ahead is not terribly onerous and can be done at your convenience – online, perhaps, or over the phone. But consider the alternative for a moment: Not booking ahead. See? That’s better already, isn’t it? 

Here, then, is a selection of pubs that have decided not to take bookings. To which you can just pitch up and chance your arm. Perhaps simply as you’re passing – possibly the best pint of all. Do I fancy a beer? you might ask yourself, sometimes out loud. Yes. Yes I do.

That’s booking ahead, Deserter style. 

No Booking Required (click the map below for pub details)

British Oak, Blackheath

Market Porter, Borough

Hootananny, Brixton

Brixton Beerjam

The Windmill, Brixton

London Beer Dispensary, Brockley

Fox on the Hill, Camberwell

Beer and a side order of Brexit with Tim Whataspoon

Royal Oak, Charlton

Craft & Courage, Crystal Palace

Sparrowhawk, Crystal Palace

Dog & Bell, Deptford

German Kraft Beer, Elephant & Castle

Krafty pint

All In One, Forest Hill

Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill

Dacre Arms, Lee

Lee Mackeson

Skehans, New Cross

Man of Kent, Nunhead

Kent variant

Beer Rebellion, Peckham

Earl Ferrers, Streatham

The Dolphin, Sydenham

Waterloo Tap, Waterloo

Lord Herbert, Woolwich

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Image credits:  Dacre Arms via Dacre Arms; German Kraft Beer via German Kraft Beer; others by the author