When my wife and I ate there with him, he was very familiar with the menu. He told us to avoid eating the peas served with the fish and chips. Moreover, he ordered the beer for us, John Smith's. He also informed me that while the pubs close at 11 p.m., the bars stay open until 2 a.m. and that even though the tube stops running at midnight, buses keep going. I did not ask my son which class had taught him such salient facts.
I thought fish and chips were Londoners' basic pub fare, what the cheeseburger is to the American tavern. But when I visited the Dove at 19 Upper Mall, a short, scenic walk along the River Thames from the Hammersmith tube station, I was taken aback.