The Colonies, Victoria
Anyway, the official review of The Colonies describes a 'beer garden' so I thought it an obvious next stop. Unfortunately there was a sinking feeling as I approached - it was another Taylor Walkers! However it was slightly more pleasant inside, lacking the tourists of the Bag O'Nails - and anyway I was only interested in the beer garden. The Doom Bar was off so I resorted to another Bombardier - as before it didn't seem particularly well kept and had a weird aftertaste.
No matter - to the beer garden! An oasis of 5 picnic tables in a alley. So, if you're just going for a drink after work that's fine, but this ain't no destination pub. And there is a Shepard Neame across the road so I don't really see any need to come here at all...
25 Wilfred Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 6PR
Victoria station, walk down Victoria Street eastwards towards Westminster and take the second left which is Palace Street. Go down and take the third right into Wilfred Street; the pub is on your right. From St. James's Park tube, head west along Petty France, cross over Buckingham Gate into Wilfred Street and the pub is up on the left.