The largest pubs in the UK for a socially-distanced pint – with converted cinemas and the longest bar in England


BRITS have been enjoying their local pubs in recent weeks, after they were allowed to reopen and social distancing measures were reduced to 1m.

However, some smaller pubs have been forced to remain closed, disappointing many, after being unable to open safely.

We’ve already revealed some of the biggest pub gardens in the UK which you can easily social distance in this summer.

However, if the weather isn’t as nice, drinkers will be looking for the biggest pubs near them to enjoy a pint while staying dry.

Here are some of the largest drinking establishments across the country, from converted cinemas to the longest bar in England.

Best to check before visiting however, as some still have mandatory bookings and restricted groups due to the ongoing pandemic.

The Regal, a JD Wetherspoons pub, was originally built in 1937 as the Regal cinema.

It was then the most up-to-date cinema in Cambridge and called a ‘palace’ by cinema-goers of the 1930s.

Today you can stop by for a pint and a pizza while watching something on the big screens.

A grade II listed building, The Royal Victoria Pavilion was left empty for years after it was abandoned and discovered to have asbestos.

The interior is said to be derived from the Little Theatre at Versailles and was simplified in the 1930s.

After being a nightclub, then casino, it closed in 2008 before reopening as a Wetherspoons in 2017.

The World’s End is popular with Camden locals, and has enough space for punters thanks to the two bars and mezzanine balcony.

Many upcoming bands are often caught at the pub, as they attempt to get famous.

Musical fans can enjoy the open mic nights to discover the latest talent.

Ale fans should head to Bowland Brewery as the tasting parlour has as many as 42 hand pulls and 24 cask beers.

It also has one of the longest bars in the UK, measuring over 105ft, so you won’t struggle to get served.

The large venue also has more than enough room for groups to spend their time there without mingling with others.

While more of a bar than a pub, The Porterhouse is one of the larger venues in central London.

There are more than 12 levels with seating for guests to climb to find a quiet spot.

If you ever find yourself in Ireland or New York, you can try out the establishment there too with the chain extended across the water.

The name ‘Moon Under Water’ for pubs comes from writer George Orwell, who once described his ideal pub with that name.

This version in Manchester was previously a cinema, opening in 1914.

Now a pub, it still has much of the previous decor, and has just as much space as can be expected.


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