This used to be a great Fleet Street drinker. It still is, actually, but the hacks arrive by cab these days. The place is is hard to find unless you know where you're going: Bleeding Heart Yard is not in the A-Z. Follow Greville St from Farringdon tube, go through some gates to the left and follow the signs in the cobbled yard. The bar is in a basement: dark, wooden and staffed by friendly French. In happy hour (5pm-7pm), a magnum of fizz costs pounds 29.50. Soak this, and the cynical atmosphere, up with fish cakes and excellent chips.

The Bleeding Heart, Bleeding Heart Yard EC1 (071-242 8238).

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