Time until you can enjoy yourself inside a pub with 5 mates
The Smithfield-Farringdon area has no shortage of decent pubs. Plenty are flashier, or have a more extensive range of ales, but none has quite the same homeliness as the Hand and Shears.
Tucked down a quiet back street, it's hard to believe you're in the Square Mile, the world's pre-eminent financial district, or just metres from the country's largest meat market and a major Crossrail site. This could be a sleepy Yorkshire town.