Went out "east" before the West Ham Saints game. The Prospect Of Whitby pub above was a place for hanging in the 17th Century and still shows its gallows. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prospect_of_Whitby
A nice sceneric walk the north side of the Thames took me to the next pub.
The Grapes near Limehouse is part owned by Sire Ian MacKellen who regularly participates in the Sunday pub Quiz here and happily poses for selfies if you search social media. Oddly for a late lunchtime there were some very glamorous people in here.
Saints lost alas, but ended up in All Bar One and The Slug in Canary Wharf afterwards where the glamour continued. I then headed West to Nells Blues Bar & Kitchen for a great gig by Romeo's Daughter.
28 years ago on February 29th the franchise for the 726 changed hands and Blakey from On The Buses was a celebrity guest on the new bus. This year on February 27th, the third runway extension at Heathrow lost a court case meaning plans have to be revisited and the many homes, pubs and villages have earned reprieve from being demolished. With this in mind what better way to spend a Friday other than to jump on the X26 (which what the 726 became) and explore this vicinity.
The first pub in Longford accessed by the U3 and 423 was the Kings Arms. I was the only customer and the barman or manager maybe, was watching the Pakistan Premier League T20 on a big screen.
Longford is the nearest place to Heathrow and on a better day you would have a clear view of planes taking off.
The other pub in this place, is The White Horse. A very quaint place with a low ceiling, this was very charming with a rip roaring fire too. In the summer would be a nice place to sit outside and watch the skies.
With the bus journeys reversed an U3 takes you to Harmondsworth. The Five Bells and The Crown were a bit chavvy for me, but The Crown was showing Tipping Point and would be good for watching sports.
You have to walk from here to Sipson past a garden centre, It is a good 15 minutes along a main road, but the Plough was a very nice place that looks like is specializes in Indian food too.
Next door to this was a large Holiday Inn. This advertised a Terminal 6 bar, whcih was closed, but I was able to use the lobby bar, which had a few people around drinking. Not too bad a price either £5.40 for a Moretti.
It turned out I was actually slightly north of Sipson so you walk over the M4 to get to the main village.
The King William was showing Sports building up to the detested Friday night premier league game. This was the cheapest place as you would expect from a Greene King venue.
The final stop was the Three Magpies which is very near the tunnel to Heathrow itself and on a roundabout. The planes were very loud here but as it was dark and cloudy, hardly visible. Another bus took me back to Hatton Cross to change back onto the X26 back home. An enjoyable day out and could easily be extended into a larger crawl if I fancied more hotel bars. (and started earlier)