I'm going to be back in London briefly next week on a work trip and will be meeting some friends for a meal at Tas on Borough High Street. It's likely we're going to want to go on to somewhere close by for a drink afterwards, but having been out of the area for two and a bit years now, my recollection of where might be a decent place to go is a bit patchy.
I'd like somewhere which doesn't have music blasting away too loudly and preferably has some sofas people can lounge on. If this sounds ridiculously like the description of a Clerkenwell or Hoxton bar, apologies - not trying to worsen the SoBo effect! Even a decent 'old school' pub would be acceptable. I've already thought of the George, but wondered if there's anything else - especially with a late license. Or does everything have a late license now after the change in the law?
We all went to Village East on Bermondsey street the other night with some of the SE1 lot - the sofas are very comfortable and there wasnt blaring music because I actually had a conversation or two. I believe they're open till late.
you could try La Cave (ex Mint Bar ) in Montague Close next to The Cathedral which is quite nice inside with a lovely cobbled courtyard outside - if you're lucky enough to choose a nice evening.Or perhaps reserve a private booth in the basement of The Southwark Tavern ?
Not sure if they now have a late licence [edit: or if they are still open on Saturdays - viewLondon.co.uk suggests not] - you may want to phone and ask.
My only comment on the Southwark Rooms is that it can be pretty loud and lively on a Thurs / Friday. I've often found the music too loud in the main bar area to have a proper conversation - though not earlier in the week. It's a great fun place and I'd recommend it though.
We went into the Hop Exchange (the big building that is above/around the Hop Cellars) during the Open House weekend and it was quite spectacular (if you like wrought iron galleries. I do) and I wondered whether the pub had any original features.
Must admit I thought it would be the sort of place that shuts at 9pm, given that it's a Davy's. I assume not (unless you were there for early-doors drinks).