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This pub is now closed. Truth is was a shadow of its former self in the 1990s.
hertsboy - 8 Apr 2013 09:35
Went on a quiet afternoon & a pleasant enough place to have a cold bottle of Speights. Better places nearby for a longer session
Wilson_MacDonald - 29 May 2011 11:34
I see the novelty of bottled beers from Australia being a draw for the homesick, also being able to watch Aussie sports that other places are not showing. But other than that it is not much of a draw. The tables are filthy and sticky, the food menu I opened at the bar had someone else's dinner smeared across the inside, and has been mentioned below there are too many football yobs hanging about the bar. Whoever does their on screen advertising for upcoming sports needs to know how the teams are spelt by the way, it a bit embarrassing.
Good idea for a pub but poorly executed. I'm available for hire by the way.
nicktrow - 14 Oct 2010 11:30
There's a barfly, some old guy who always props up the main bar. I was living in the UK years ago and have recently returned. That old guy is still around. Sad.
don't know what i saw in this place.
aussiebloke - 12 Jul 2010 11:50
had a really good night here its worth a look biggest problem with this place is scum english everyone else seems to be able to get along with out a problem so i guess its not the pub and the staff more the country its in.
squardoz - 28 Oct 2009 10:42
You can watch cricket in here. 1 mark

You can also pay £3.50 plus for a small bottle of poorly chilled Australian beer. take away 1 mark.

0/10

Nothing else about it really worth mentioning
Jay28 - 12 Oct 2009 12:44
The only thing I'll say about this place is that they charged me 9.65 for a pint of Steinlager (which passes for a good lager down under, I suppose), one of those little bottles of VB, and a pint of diet coke. I know its Central London but jesus christ, what a joke!
ChrisP87 - 21 Sep 2009 18:39
This is just what you’d expect from a walkabout with plasmas dotted about and not much seating. There is a bar down some steps at the rear, but it is just as bad as the front bar.

Ok for huge groups of lads to go on a rampage and for watching sport.
Strongers - 24 Nov 2008 13:37
If you like paddling around in piss and listening to antipodean oafs bemoaning Britain whilst earning may multiples of the wage they could earn back home then this is the pub for you.

Was probably at its best when England beat the Aussies in the 2003 World Cup final if only to listen to the extended whinges of the regulars.

The Aussie equivalent of Red Lion pubs in Benidorm.
murgatroyd - 26 Oct 2008 20:27
This Walkabout was great when it was owned by Aussies, since its been purchased by Regent Inns , its now become part of a national roll out of feral chav magnets. when here was only 3 walkabouts in the whole of the counrty there would never be any arguements over what to watch cause there would be 95% kiwis and aussies in the pub who were there to party and drink hard, not to watch 22 soft princesses on tv. I mean holland v france ??? go watch it in a french pub !!! ( oh , sorry , I forgot , they surrendered it to the germans wihout a fight.... anyway ranting on , pub is now crap. BRING BACK BUCK!
kiwiphil - 26 Oct 2008 20:09
I've been to the Temple and Shepherd's Bush Walkabout now numerous times and enjoyed myself on each occasion. Plenty of sport on TV, plenty of beers at a reasonable price and a great atmosphere with friendly, attentive staff. The Covent Garden is the complete opposite! We also wanted to watch Euro but instead were stuck with 20/20 England v New Zealand. I could understand it if the crowd were watching both but I could only literally see 2 people watching the cricket with dozens trying to watch Euro. I love it how the angry girl behind the bar somehow didn't manage to capture the correlation between the '15 people asking for the manager' and them refusing to properly broadcast the soccer. But I guess that's a successful commercial strategy- ignore the wishes of 90% of the customers because the manager wants to watch the cricket.

I'm an Aussie and am dead set embarrassed to have any association with this place. They did have 2 for 1 Coronas that night but I don't care of they make it 3 to 1- I'm never going back!
harry14 - 17 Jun 2008 09:34
The pub has a big screen and a great sound system but decided on a Friday night (with Euro 2008 in full swing) to show the England vs NZ 20/20 match when at least 80% of the pub were watching the Netherlands vs France game on small plasma screens around the pub (with no sound). When asking the bar staff to put the fotball on the big screen was told no because "the manager is watching the cricket". When asking for the manager the bar lady walked away in a huff and called the manager who told me that if I don't like it (the fact that the cricket is on) I should go somewhere else. To make it even better I was told that even when the cricket was fininshed he would still not put the football on (apparently live music would be starting which did not happen when the cricket finished). Last time I checked a manager of a Walkabout worked in the service industry but clearly this individual (who when I asked for his name refused to provide it...this was to use in a complaint to the Walkabout Head Office) feels he is above the simple concept of customer service. So if you want to watch Euro 2008 would warn you off Walkabout Covent Garden for the stroppy bar staff and idiot of a manager running the place.
punter76 - 14 Jun 2008 13:51
went in there last night and ordered 2 pints of fosters,one pint needed topping up so i politely asked the barman to do it,at which he replied with a smirk on his face "NO" and walked off, later i tried to order another 2 pints and he refused to serve me, after a bit of an argument we walked out,he is the worst barman i have ever met,don"t think i"ll be coming in here again,avoid the place.
lagerlad - 2 Sep 2007 20:48
Visited here on 'Australia Day'. Ordered stella for £3.30 a pint. Received some watered down rubbish instead. GOOD ON YER MATE!
chipbutty - 26 Jan 2007 15:24
Typical Walkabout Chain Pub. Often have 2-4-1 special offers (mainly on bottled beer). Lots of TV's showing mainly OZ and NZ Sport (NO SOUND). It is a long Corridor so it is standing (Crusing) room only when it gets busy as the staff remove the tables early evening to get more punters in. Watch out for the spilt beer on the floor as it is Bloddy dangerous. Bogs down some pretty steep stairs, OK if you are sober but if not beware.
Bitter_Man - 20 Dec 2006 17:13
A pretty crap place. It's like a long corridor with no tables or anything. Drinks were cheap for Central London standards, bar staff put on the old brick wall emotion.
Dany - 3 Dec 2006 22:41
Went in there with a mate, asked for a coke and a lemonade. Got served one glass of coke AND lemonade full of ice and costing £2.10. Genius.
thomascruisemapotherIV - 19 Oct 2006 13:39
I've been in here a couple of times now, admittedly not on a Friday or Saturday night, but I've found it to be okay. Drinks were a little pricey, but they had Carlsberg on special offer at £1.45 and the staff seemed friendly enough. Football was on the big screen the last time I visited and although the place was heaving and a little uncomfortable, it made for a great atmosphere.
HTM69 - 6 Jun 2006 17:37
I like aussie beers aka VB Tooheys etc but hate this place totally agree with the dragging knuckles comment this saying that I hate the brand as well.
juzza - 15 May 2006 11:39
Got absolutely hammered in here once with a bloke called "Rhino nuts" - he drunk me and my mate under the table, ended up getting kicked out at closing with a few Steinlagers in each hand as they were cheap that night. So good place if you just want to get smashed and wake up with a splitting head ache. Also had a good Aussie burger - dingo meat.
Hard_pork - 21 Apr 2006 12:53
Scruffy place serving bottled Aussie beers. Lacks atmosphere. But a Walkabout bar has to be checked out at some point.
SilkTork - 4 Mar 2006 21:48
Be careful when going in in here. There's a nasty step in the doorway and you wouldn't want your knuckles to drag on it.
cardamom - 4 Dec 2005 15:06
It ain't that bad.
edrok666 - 22 Aug 2005 22:34
Never go here, especially the ladies. This is the worst meat market of the lot in Covent Garden and that's really saying something.
muckyjoe - 30 Jun 2005 18:35
Yuk I'm an Aussie and damn ashamed of this crap place. Only went in there to have a look and left cos it was rubbish in all aspects.
Only good thing is the good selection of Cruisers there, but even then all the drinks are overpriced.
JaneC - 21 Jun 2005 02:59
Used to go here a lot because of the great atmosphere, etc but now AVOID AT ALL COSTS!! Changed my rating from 8/10 to a 1/10. Says it all!
delboy - 13 Jun 2005 19:03
The reviews arnt good, but its an okay place. Me and my mates include it in our crawls.
anonymous - 9 May 2005 20:27
walk-a-past and walk-a-past-fast,.......dire,..the southern hem is welcome to it.
kmcs - 31 Mar 2005 15:48
The best thing about this Walkabout is that I now know I will never enter another bar in my life that will be as bad as this turd.

I could wax lyrically for ages about all its many faults (its dirty, it stinks of sweat even when its near empty, its small, the toilets are downstairs and like a sewer pit, the lager feels like its just come off the hob, the staff are rude and lazy, the decor is painful to the eyeballs) but all I do is ask one simple question. Why is it that in the middle of one of the greatest cities in the world, with literally hundreds of differing bars offering every style and drink selection on the planet within a tube ride, do a fair number of people still insist on drinking in this dive?

0/10 and its damn lucky to get that much
anonymous - 30 Mar 2005 23:39
ozzie, ozzie, ozzie , boring, boring, boring, it may be one of the oldest walkabouts, its definatly the blandest with crap food, ( the beef burger was awful) warm bottle of beer, and when complained told TOUGH!, no offer of a cold one. so much for aussies prefering cold beer!! wont be returning here , back to the bok bar , at least the saffas know how to keep beer cold
kiwiphil - 30 Mar 2005 21:17
Don't go here. Horrible place to drink. Staff are not friendly...
riconz - 18 Mar 2005 12:04
Full of attitude in this place.
londonbeat - 25 Jan 2005 23:27
Now, as a snobbish grumpy old man, I'm not too fond of establishments that try to emulate authentic outback bars with their in your face machismo, flagrantly obnoxious ladettes and plastic glasses full of a limited choice of beer. But then, the level of masochism is at least one notch lower than the Punch & Judy. It's X-pat trying too hard to be X-pat.
Strewth! I bet the bars in Wagga Wagga are nothing like this mate.
zaparoski - 4 Jan 2005 12:22
I had a great Saturday night in this place, it had a very good vibe which you dont get in other Walkabouts. The beer was what you expect, Fosters and XXXX(go for that), Steinlager is good to. Sport on the screens and the ladies nice.
anonymous - 29 Dec 2004 13:16
This pub was my second home when I was in London. It's sweet as and has a Bok bar accross the rd, what more could you want?? Cheers to table 13 and the Backseat Bandits!!
Kathleenlinga - 24 Nov 2004 07:25
Good host of hot chicks and fine beers.
anonymous - 19 Sep 2004 03:31
In answer to below comment, man its a walkabout,what do you expect! Wake up man! beer on the floor is part and parcel of these establishments,if you want poshness go to Henrys bar just up the street.
Nick Hamer - 10 Sep 2004 18:32
I went to this pub and felt like I'd walked into the suburbs of hell, beer all over the floor, no space to breath, spilling each others drinks everywhere - the toilet attendant even asked me when I entered the toilet whether I need a sh*t or piss (must have been some sort of efficiency exercise). When I left at closing time there was every cliche known to man outside - two blokes squaring up to each other for a fight, four blokes clinging to each other singing and one girl standing alone crying inexplicably. funniest night in ages.
Bob The Guilder. - 3 Sep 2004 16:12
Good place to relax and have a glass of triple x.
Jason - 28 Aug 2004 14:17
its australian need i say more. It rocks!
alex - 20 Aug 2004 19:05
Apart from the bad sporting losers in here, well worth a visit.
TheGP - 10 Aug 2004 15:49
Good place better than the maple leaf down the road. Gets quite packed on weekends, a good place to be and met up with people from home.
James - 4 Aug 2004 00:47
It is a good bar.However,the staff are rather uncivil. A little more care could turn it into an absolutely wonderful bar.
tim - 12 Jun 2004 18:07
Love it. Small, friendly and loads of totty. Shame the loo's are downstairs and I have to piss in an alleyway across the street*

*no disabled loo
Scotty - 15 Mar 2004 22:09
This place rocks, I love the walkabout. Was there during the worldcup rugby and it was nice to see both nations having fun no fights or arguments happened. Australia day kicked ass, good to see everyone having so much fun. Can't wait to go there on Australia day.
Ian - 14 Jan 2004 13:53
Been going there for a while. Absolutely love the place especially having fun with the Aussie birds. I do agree that this place needs to be cleaned up a bit, and know it can get rough on some weekends other than that not a bad place to go.
anonymous - 26 Dec 2003 07:09
Good pub and good people always have a good time there. Music is good - staff friendly and helpful.
anonymous - 19 Nov 2003 17:42
used to love it... come up to london with a gang on Monday nights about once a month or two.. this used to be the end of a 12 hour drink and was excellent. packed, loud and jumping.. but recently had 'no dancing' posters up, and was quiet and lifeless at the begining of the week? was gutted - went elsewhere...has this improved?
Nelly - 14 Nov 2003 05:02
Nice friendly place been there on a few occations. Girls are one of the hottest in London especially on weekends. As for Steve's comments I think you are the big disgrace to your own nation. And for those who slag this place, go find something else better to do.
anonymous - 17 Oct 2003 18:20
Well i am a Pom and love this pub for one reason, it's the BEST place to watch rugby in town. Especially when its a southern hemisphere team playing a northern one. Yeah it's a little rough around the edges, but the atmosphere is great and have never had a problem here. If you want a good laugh, cold beer and good view of the game whilst been taunted by some Saffas and Aussies whilst wearing your England shirt, this is the place to be
Duncan - 13 Oct 2003 15:33
Look the Walkabout is an Aussie Bar so if you dont like the Aussies just dont damn well go keep out and keep your nasty comments to yourself!
Clare (London) - 22 Sep 2003 10:19
This place is still horrible, full of Aussie birds who raise their voice at the end of each sentence to make it sound like a question. Also full of Aussie blokes who don't wash. Bouncers are still an utter disgrace to immigration control at Heathrow. This pub is where all the Australians that are too stupid to servce behind a bar go.
Steve - 22 Aug 2003 16:56
Not my favourite pub, but one i've been in once or twice nonetheless to watch sports and had an OK time doing so. however, people like bazza's comments don't exactly make me want to go back - i thought offensive, pointless, and irrelevant comments would be removed?! i wish bazza could be removed...
bag - 12 Aug 2003 12:18
Good friendly pub. 100 times better than the maple leaf down the road.
anonymous - 8 Aug 2003 21:36
Blood Brilliant Pub! Anybody slagging the walkabout should have there head checked, but i suppose if your a pom its understandable as you guys dont know how to have fun! Carn the Dons & Webber
The Croc Hunter - 6 Aug 2003 23:45
It's an Aussie bar. Sorry, but the shock of seeing them all MY side of it was too much...

Proper spit 'n' sawdust place.
TheG - 20 Jun 2003 10:24
my friend, a dipstick from aylesbury, who visits london once in a while swears by this place, and the term covent garden equals to him walkabout ...now i must say i struggle to see why this is...no one is friendlier...its very loud...it gets like any other bar...boring after a while..and Victoria Bitter takes like mule piss...its very expensoive..i know as i have got tanked up at my kensington locals for far less...and its full of people who believe the quicker youre off your face the better it is..and the more you drink the better it is...true about the vomit smell and sticky floors...

overall

a good venue to have a drink or two...but to continually visit the same place for 4 years is daft-stick to bar med in aylesbury mate!
kisskisskiss - 16 Jun 2003 11:57
you can never get a bloody seat..so my scottish hubby wont come with me..aussie...which 9is just fine with me.
jules - 13 Jun 2003 12:41
To Neal, regarding your comment of 16th Feb, you should make a formal complaint to the Commission for racial equality. If you are barred from a pub because you are English, than it is just as racist as being barred because you are black. Send a copy of your comment to the Sun or the Daily Mirror, you might even make some money out of it guys!!
lad_newton - 25 Apr 2003 16:04
Its a good place if you want to find a cheap beer before 7pm. They do 2 for 1 deals on lots of bottled beers. Started many a spontaneous pub crawl there. Gets a bit TOO crowded in the evening. Only good if you like wearing your beer!
Orsky - 15 Apr 2003 18:17
Dont much like this place, full of nasal and irritating aussies, curiously sticky floor and smelled of puke, there for the homesick one wonders? still ive never understood the idea of doing your big "OE" only to find yourself migrating to the same watering holes as your native people on a regular basis.
sarah - 14 Mar 2003 11:21
We went in on Ozzie day, group of four Englsh people so don't know what they were getting at when they told you that...
Jemma - 28 Feb 2003 16:19
Me and a pal came down on ozzie day and were refused entry because we are English.Wrong nationality to drink in our own land? Curious policy.If your just here for the pound and don't want to party with us get your arses back home on the next plane home!!!
neal - 16 Feb 2003 10:24
i hate this place. full of larger fused ozzie's
hollis - 15 Feb 2003 12:04
I'm from holland and I wish we had such pubs as The Walkabout!
It's a fantastic pub, there's just a bit too much attention for sports. The music's great though!
eva - 26 Jan 2003 21:05
One thing London ain't short of is boozers,so if you don't like the gaff go elsewhere,simple.I like walkabouts but having been to a few this is not the best one.I'd have to plump for Shepherds Bush or Islington.You get plenty of sluttage and normally a student union type atmosphere which means there isnt a spanish inquisition if you accidently spill your lager,as most aussies conveniently seem to do. Spoken like a true English aussie rules player
Ronnie - 21 Jan 2003 12:56
Bloody fine pies.
Dog - 18 Jan 2003 12:29
great pub, with good service.
of course you have to wait a while for a beer, but if all the whinging poms stayed out and ventured to there own dismal watering holes, more fun would be had by us kiwis, auzzies and sth africans.

ethan - 18 Jan 2003 08:34
You guys wouldn't know a good time if it kicked you in the face. Try going to watch a rugby match (no matter who's playing!) and then you'll see how much fun this place is! And NO, I'm not Australian!
Del - 1 Jan 2003 21:46
Last review was quite fair. It took me and my friends ages to get in. We couldn't get near the bar and when we finally fought our way out we were sober again. Avoid at all costs.
Alistair - 28 Nov 2002 14:58
Aussie-hole. Tourists, foreign students and Aussie/Kiwis only. Bouncers have such a chip on their shoulder that it ruins the place before you even get in. Go to the Punch and Judy instead.
Steve - 22 Nov 2002 17:23

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