It can take it out of you, wandering around London. Some might say it's even thirsty work. If you start to feel a little parched, don't head for just the nearest establishment - go for somewhere a little different, where the people are friendly and the welcome warm.
The Northumberland Arms is such an establishment, located along Goodge Street, around 5 minutes from the tube of the same name. Now, although the pub is a relatively small one, it is cosy, friendly, and has enough interesting and friendly characters to make you want to keep coming back - a surprise considering the location - within 5 minutes walk of Oxford Street.
As it is a pub located right in the centre of London, situated on the corner of Goodge Street and Whitfield Street, there is no dominance of locals there, so nobody to upset or bow in deference to. Instead, and rather surprisingly, this gives the pub quite a nice, relaxing atmosphere within the small interior. There are a small selection of traditional ales, along with the typical high street lagers and bottles. Food is also available, of the typical traditional pub grub fayre - so good for those yet to experience the delights of British cuisine.
So, if you are in the centre of London, either having just finished work, or looking for somewhere different at the end of the working week, or weekend, you could do a lot worse than checking this gold-black-decorated establishment out. It's small, nestled in-between more than enough restaurants of all varieties, plus the odd charity shop and hardware store, yet still manages to remain an oasis of calm within the break-neck pace that is London existence.
Go there, buy a pint, take a book (or a newspaper), and allow time to gracefully slip away, you'll feel much better for it!