Glad by name and glad by nature, this cute indie live-music firecracker has got more soul in its cosy wee ground-floor bar than the nearby Shard has in all its 95 storeys. Ellie Goulding and Noah and the Whale have played here, while other acts dish out everything from bluegrass and blues to alternative country and pre-war jazz – all for free. DJs spin soul, ska, R&B and vintage rock and roll on Friday evenings as fans sup pints of Adnams Lighthouse, St. Austell Tribute, Cornish Doom Bar and Addlestone’s cloudy cider. Single malts, everyday wines and summer Pimm’s are also favourites with the Borough crowd, while sausage rolls and Pieminster pies with mash and minted peas keep hunger pangs at bay. Alternatively, settle in for a game of chess or Scrabble in the quieter recycled-chic lounge upstairs.
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