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New Cross Inn

This isn’t one of those normal pubs in London, the New Cross Inn is A Happening, whipped up by the art students of nearby Goldsmiths and the melody-makers behind Angular Recording Corporation (namely the Klaxons, The Long Blondes and These New Puritans). This shabby, shambolic ‘music’ pub is a playground ‘for the dreaming, the drowning and the drunk’, as is aptly scrawled on its wall, and the goal is clearly to leave in all three states. With live art-punk bands, poets, DJs, pool and pinball, plus late, late lock-ins (for ‘friends and family’ – get making friends), it’s easy enough to be creative with the bender here (try crowdsurfing for starters) and can be more like a wild house party than a pub. So infectious is its vibe that The Lock Tavern folk recently opened up the seriously sceney (if less authentic) Amersham Arms nearby (388 New Cross Road; 020 8469 1499), while the New Cross Inn has spawned a little sister in Deptford: Deptford Arms (52 Deptford High Street SE8; 020 8692 1180) – it’s another new Happening.

323 New Cross Road,
New Cross,
SE14 6AS
+44 20 8692 1866
Opening Times
daily, noon-2am (midnight Sun)
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