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The Gentle Author’s Piccadilly Pub Crawl

February 2, 2014
by the gentle author

I set out to explore the pubs of Piccadilly in search of some Dutch courage for my MAGIC LANTERN SHOW at Waterstones Piccadilly next Wednesday 5th February at 7pm, when I will be showing around a hundred favourite pictures from these pages and telling the stories of the people and the places. Tickets are free but should be booked by emailing  Who will join me for a celebratory drink at The Red Lion in Crown Passage afterwards?

The Blue Posts in Rupert St, since 1842

The Chequers in Duke St, since 1839

The Queens Head in Denman Street, a free house since 1736

The Red Lion in Duke of York St ,since 1788

At The Queen’s Head

At The Coach & Horses in Greek St, since 1724

At The Blue Posts, Rupert St

At The Red Lion, Duke of York St

De Hems in Macclesfield St since 1900, formerly The Macclesfield since 1890 and The Horse & Dolphin since 1685

At The Red Lion, Duke of York St

Kings Arms in Shepherd Market since 1660, known as The Jolly Butcher during the Common Wealth

At the Red Lion, Duke of York St

The Golden Lion in King St since 1721. Originally, the pub for St James Theatre next door from 1835, demolished 1957.

The Criterion opened in 1873, this was where Sherlock Holmes first met Dr Watson

St James Tavern, Windmill St

Nineteenth century mirrors of The Red Lion

Hand & Racquet in Orange St since  1865, “A Little Pub with a Big Welcome”

The Red Lion in Crown Passage

Regulars at The Red Lion in Crown Passaage

The Red Lion in Crown Passage is reputed to be London’s second-oldest licensed pub

You may like to read about my previous pub crawls

The Gentle Author’s Pub Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Next Pub Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Spitalfields Pub Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Dead Pubs Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Next Dead Pubs Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Wapping Pub Crawl

13 Responses leave one →
  1. February 2, 2014

    Vary nice pics GA, hope all goes well on Weds x

  2. Greg Tingey permalink
    February 2, 2014

    Only been in two, possibly three of these!
    De Hems, one of the Red Lions & possibly the other one ….

  3. February 2, 2014

    We have been trying to book tickets but have had no reply to an email. Is it sold out?

  4. February 2, 2014

    GA: “Who will join me for a celebratory drink at The Red Lion in Crown Passage afterwards?”
    ACHIM: “Would really love to, but too bad: I cannot come to London these days…”

    Hope to meet you some day!

  5. Sarah Correia permalink
    February 2, 2014

    Wonderful Victorian/Edwardian glass and mirrors! And good luck with the lantern show. I am sure it will go well.

  6. Nicole V permalink
    February 2, 2014

    I spent many evenings at the Blue Posts on 2 vacation trips to London, but I didn’t know it was around in 1842! Cool vibe.

  7. the gentle author permalink*
    February 2, 2014

    No worries, Lesley! If you emailed, then you are on the list. See you on Wednesday TGA

  8. Peter Holford permalink
    February 2, 2014

    Some great unspoilt pubs but the Hand and Racquet shows how we should not take them for granted.

  9. February 2, 2014

    my hubby and i went past the hand and racquet at xmas. do hope it finds new life soon. lovely pics – oh my that ceiling at the criterion!

  10. David Whittaker permalink
    February 2, 2014

    Thank’s…Beautiful really Beautiful..

  11. Chris Ashby permalink
    February 2, 2014

    We immediately booked via email but no response so phoned and got an email today confirming we’re booked ok. We’re really looking forward to the evening!
    Best wishes,
    Chris A.

  12. Victoria permalink
    February 3, 2014

    I have only recently discovered your website and find it a delight. Yesterday afternoon I went into the Criterion for lunch, taking the idea from your post. Very much enjoyed looking at all the details of the Byzantine features – and imagining Conan Doyle writing about his characters there, not long after the Criterion would have opened. Thank you GA x

  13. February 3, 2014

    Super photographs…
    Good Luck for Wednesday!

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