Food & Drink
Leading restaurants and hotels in the LA area will feature British delicacies during BritWeek. Details to follow.
British pubs are not just a home away from home
for expatriates, but also a part of Los Angeles'
vibrant social life. British pubs will be getting into the BritWeek spirit all over the Southland. Check with your "local"...and if you don't have one, scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of great pubs in So Cal.
Pub Darts Tournament
This year during BritWeek, Ye Olde Kings Head is pleased to present a traditional British Pub Darts Tournament! Qualifying games will take place on Tuesday, April 28th at pubs including the Cock & Bull, The White Heart, The Fox & Hound, Ireland's 32, Sonny McLeans, Scotland Yard and The Robin Hood. Winning teams from each pub will play in the final at Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica on April 30th. Check back soon for complete details!
ALL ABOUT DARTS
The game of darts dates back at least to the middle ages. The sport purportedly has its roots in contests between bored warriors who, during respites from battle, hurled spears at the upturned ends of wine barrels. As the pastime grew in popularity, so too did the need for a more critically marked target. The natural growth rings in tree stumps provided a built-in means of determining which spear was closest to the center, and as the tree dried out the cracks provided radial divisions within the target.
When winter forced the sport indoors, shorter darts and basic indoor rules were adopted. So popular did the new game become during the medieval period that it was taken up by nobility; in 1530 Anne Boleyn presented Henry VIII with a set of ornamented darts. Pilgrims are said to have played darts on the Mayflower (1620).
Darts maintained a strong military appeal, and its worldwide spread is credited to the British army, which took the game to every corner of the Empire as it grew.
The survival of darts as a pub game can be pretty accurately dated. Throughout the Victorian period, legislation prohibited games of chance (i.e. gambling) in pubs. In 1908, William "Foot" Anakin (a publican in Leeds, Yorkshire), was taken to court for permitting darts to be played in his establishment. He argued that darts was not a game of chance, but a game of skill. To prove his point, he set up a board in the courtroom, threw three darts in the 20 and invited any magistrate to do the same. When they could not (darts is, after all, not as easy as it looks!), the court was forced to accept that darts was indeed a game of skill rather than chance, the case was dismissed and the laws were eventually changed.
From the turn of the century to WWII darts grew in popularity as a pub game. Regular leagues were organized and competitions took place on a regular basis (the most prestigious of these competitions was that organized by the News of the World newspaper in 1927). A National Darts Association was formed in 1954 and today it would be hard to find a pub in Britain without a dartboard.
77 W. Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91103
575 South Fairfax Ave. Los Angles, CA
323 935 1577
318 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA
709 North Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832
714 871 7447
British Pub & Eatery
1770 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106
1120 West 7th Street Santa Ana, CA 92706
714 550 6700
6530 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
21010 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA
947 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
6714 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
11100 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604
3640 Burbank Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
818 994 6045
Lookout Bar and Grill
2800 S. Harbor Blvd Oxnard, CA 92706
327 W. 7th Street San Pedro, CA 90731
South Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
626 795 0652
King's Head Pub and Restaurant
116 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA