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Last night, I got back from working for a half day at the library and met Shelley in the common room, where we decided to go for a pint at the local pub. We achieved a pint, then decided to wander up toward the BL to find a place to eat. We didn’t want anything fancy—pub food would be fine. We wandered and wandered down Euston, finally turning on Gray’s Inn, where I figured there would be plenty of places to eat.

The problem, though, was that we were wandering at the peak head-down-to-the-pub-after-work time and not yet at the holy-crap-how-do-Europeans-eat-so-late time, so every pub we found was packed.

Finally we settled on a mostly empty little place that seemed to specialize in real ales, but which also offered a remarkably cheap bangers and mash. Shelley and I ordered, then ate quietly. I was pretty exhausted from 5 hours of reading c19 handwriting, and we were both still getting over jetlag.

And then, a group of about 8 men sitting in the middle of the pub (they were mostly older, but with a couple of young guys thrown in) burst into song. At first, I thought it was just some kind of drunken pub song. Sometimes that happens. But then the men went from singing in unison to singing in four-part harmony in a language that sounded vaguely familiar and completely foreign (Gaelic? Latin?). It was absolutely beautiful.

When they finished, we all applauded. They finished their pints, packed up their things, and made their way out the door. Shelley pulled our barman aside and said “What was that?”

“Welsh choir,” he replied in a Russian accent. “They’re just across the street. They come in every Thursday and sing.”

I said, “Well then. We’ll see you on Thursday.”


Written by srogers

May 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

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  1. Fantastic! My word, that place looks shockingly similar to a pub I used to frequent up on Goodge St. I’m sure there are many more like the two of them.


    May 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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