They say: "Back in my hometown you can get eight pints of snakebite and black, a big pie and still expect change from a tenner. In London it's all just trendy gastropubs!"
You say: Sure, 10 pubs a week are closing in the capital. But did you go to those pubs? They were dire. Before about 1997 all pubs looked like a depressing John Cassavetes film. Look hard enough though, and you'll find London still has its affordable, atmospheric drinking spots. This place out east is around £2.50 a pint. The John Snow is vibrant and cheap in a good way. Both Cittie of Yorke and Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese feel suitably olde worlde.