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Top 7 Places to eat after Whistle Punks London

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After Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing there is nothing better than a good drink or snack, check out our top 7 places to eat in Vauxhall after axe throwing goodness.

Brunswick House

Seasonal British dishes on daily menu, served amid mismatched recycled furniture with a design edge. Brunswick House is one of our favourite places to have drink post-throwing, it’s just around the corner from the Vauxhall venue and not only does it have an amazing selection of drinks but it also boasts a fantastic food menu.

It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s perfect if you have a spare hour to kill, taking a date out for a special night or pretending to Mum that you aren’t struggling for money and by going out you won’t be eating 2 minute noodles for the rest of the month.

The decor is amazingly eclectic, a jumble of lights and chandeliers hang from the ceiling and mirrors line one side of the room. It’s like eating in an antique shop.

Our marketing executive raves about their Buckwheat pancakes to pretty much anyone who will listen but he has an obsession with all things breakfast related so…

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Vauxhall Griffin

Independent, traditionally-styled pub focused on real ales and simple grub, with a signature burger.

We have only been here for a drink so we can’t comment on the food but it always smells lovely. They have a great selection of craft beers, pleasant staff and an brilliant atmosphere. It’s warm and cozy and being away from the main street generally means it is a little quieter than other pubs in the area.
It’s the perfect place for a quiet pint after building up a thirst axe throwing.

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The Black Dog Freehouse

Local pub with a rustic vibe, an open kitchen and a dramatic stained-glass arch behind the bar.

The Black Dog Freehouse is hands-down one of the best pubs and places to eat around. They have a daily changing menu based around seasonal vegetables which is always on point. We can not recommend the food from here enough.

The stained glass arch behind the bar is epic and is a fitting tribute to the building’s old status as a glass factory. It also has huge windows which are perfect to people watch from when your tinder date starts talking about their ex.

Other pro’s of the Black Dog Freehouse include the friendly staff, the great atmosphere and a huge selection of drinks (they have a great range of ales and we are reliably informed that the wine list is very good as well). Check it out if you want a great meal in a friendly setting.

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Mumbai Delight

Smart, intimate restaurant with a menu of classic regional dishes plus cocktails and mocktails.

‘Top 2 curries I have had in London,’ is a direct quote from our marketing executive, a self-described Indian food buff – he is as tedious as you are imagining.

Mumbai Delight is a small restaurant with amazing food. The menu is smaller than most as it focuses on fresh and well-made dishes. Each dish is cooked and seasoned to perfection, the chefs really knows how to make amazing Indian food. What’s better? The vegetarian/vegan mains are actually made well so they aren’t ridiculously spicy as you get in many Indian Restaurants.

The staff are really friendly and helpful, they all had a constant smile and the service was fast despite how busy it was.

For great Indian Food, get down here:

Vauxhall Street Food Garden

An intimate garden oasis set amongst the bustling urban hub of Vauxhall.

Vauxhall Street Food Garden has the finest gourmet street food on rotation with craft beer, cocktails & more, what more do we need to say?

We would suggest waiting for summer to head down but it is perfect for a lunch or early dinner during the summer. The stalls change every couple of weeks so it can be luck of the draw what you will get but we have yet to be disappointed.

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Pop Art Sushi

Fresh fish from round the world is used in the sushi at this modern venue with an Italian wine list.

Born out of our love for pop art, Italian wines and sushi, Pop Art Sushi is the most exciting place in London for sushi lovers. They source fish from around the world to create their brilliant sushi menu. It is one of the best places in London for great sushi and a quirky atmosphere. They have an excellent selection of drinks if you are looking to destress even further.

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Bonnington Cafe

Quirky spot in community gardens for vegetarian/vegan lunches and candlelit dinners with set menu.

The Bonnington Café is a cooperatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Bonnington Square Community Centre in the heart of Vauxhall. They have different cooks for different days and set prices for the meals. Bonnington Cafe is one of those rare places that still has a sense of community and actually cares about their neighbours and customers. For excellent vegan and vegetarian food you can’t go wrong with the Bonnington Cafe.

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history of axe throwing

The History of Axe Throwing

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The history of axe throwing is a fascinating subject. Throughout history axes have been popular as both a tool and a weapon due to the cheapness of their make.

Axes are some of the oldest tools known to man. They were common in the stone age. Initially they were made without a handle (or haft) and the cutting edge was made from stone.

They were quickly turned into weapons. However, thrown axes were not used until 400-500 AD.

The francisca axe is probably the most famous types of throwing axes. It was used in the early middle age as a weapon. Commonly associated with the Franks, for whom it was the national weapon, it was also used by many of the other Germanic Tribes at the time.

Some historians believe that the thrown axe was not actually used in battles. They believe it would be folly to throw away a prized weapon and then be unarmed in the face of their enemies. Instead they believe that it was used in the hunting of food. It was difficult to get within an arm’s length of an animal so thrown weapons were often used.

Other historians claim that the axe was thrown before hand-to-hand combat. They provided a psychological edge to their war efforts. The francisca would often have a random trajectory so it was difficult to predict where the axe was going to go. After a volley enemies would often run fearing that another volley would follow.

In the late Middle Ages throwing axes were common. They were made of iron and were often used by both foot soldiers and knights.

Europeans brought them to the New World. They provided them as tomahawks to the Native Americans. According to legend the first axe throwing competitions were held by the frontiersmen in North America. Though there has also been reports of axe throwing competitions amongst the Celtic tribes. Many years later axe throwing is still a popular sport in many lumberjack sporting events. In the last 20 years it has become a popular urban sport in many countries including the USA, Canada, Thailand, Australia, France and of course the UK, home to Whistle Punks.

There are many types of axe throwing still around from double bit throwing to tomahawk throwing. At Whistle Punks we focus on the often looked over hatchet, a single bladed hand axe that is perfect for throwing in the warehouses and railways arches that we call home.