While pursing my Master’s degree at UCL I lived in London. It is a very active city, which straddles the past and the future. The ancient streets, pubs, and buildings rub shoulders with the giant symbols of modernity. London is also a fairly Bitcoin friendly city and I found some of the best places to spend some of my Bitcoin there because of it.
4. Bit Bourbon Steam Burgers
I lived in Camden Town, which is famous for many things but especially its Camden Lock Market. Here there are shops which range from clothing to materials for going to Raves. A few shops here accept Bitcoin, and one even houses a Bitcoin ATM. However, the food stalls at the Market were always the main reason I went. Specifically, Bit Bourbon was one of my favorite places to eat. Not only were the burgers incredibly delicious, but they also accepted Bitcoin. I loved that I could just send them a few pounds worth of Bitcoin with my mobile wallet instead of having to carry cash on me.
Most of the CeX stores in London accepted Bitcoin as a payment option. This is a second hand computer, appliance, movie, and video game store well known to most Londoners. While I may not have spent my coins here as much as I did at Bit Bourbon (my need for food was far more frequent than my need for cheap computer hardware), I really appreciated that this store was quite forward thinking when it came to digital currency and they promoted the coin pretty well.
2. The Pembury Tavern
I heard about a pub that accepted Bitcoin as payment and just had to go. The Pembury Tavern is a quiet little boozer housed in a beautiful brick and stone building. It has the feel of a proper pub. Stiff, yet comfortable, chairs with a lot of space and natural light. The beer menu is vast and diverse, so you’ll have plenty of options to for what to spend your Bitcoins on. It looks unassuming, and frankly I was very impressed that a Pub which as a website like the one it does would be caught up with the future of currency. I guess I should not have judged a pub by its website.
1. Nincomsoup – Old Street Station
Here is another place that I would casually spend my Bitcoin. Nincomsoup is a delightful little cafe where the coffee is alright, but the main attraction is their amazing soups. Situated under the roundabout in Old Street Station, this is the perfect place to either buy some Bitcoin (they have a Bitcoin ATM) or use your existing funds to buy some great soup on the way to or back from Shoreditch. The soups are great quality and the staff was always friendly and helpful.
While there are many other places in London to spend your Bitcoin, ranging from legal services to market research, for the most part I was frequenting places that served food and beer. The life of a student rarely needs more than that. However, I can attest that these places are worth checking out the next time you find yourself in London with a bit of extra Bitcoin on hand to spend.
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