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The Gentle Author’s Pub Crawl

October 23, 2023
by the gentle author

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Feeling in need of exercise and refreshment, I set out on a walk to visit some favourite pubs along the way and I took my camera with me too.

Mitre Taven, Hatton Garden, opened 1546

George & Vulture, City of London, opened 1600

Bust of Dickens in the dining room at the George & Vulture

Jamaica Wine House, City of London, opened 1660

The Blackfriar, Blackfriars, opened 1905

The Old Bell, Fleet St, opened in the sixteen-seventies

The Punch Tavern, Fleet St, opened 1839

Old Cheshire Cheese, Wine Office Court, opened 1538

Ship Tavern, Gate St, opened 1549

Cittie of Yorke, Holborn, opened 1696

Seven Stars, Carey St, opened 1602

The Lamb & Flag, Rose St, opened 1623

At the Lamb & Flag

The Anchor, Bankside, where Samuel Pepys watched the Fire of London

The George, Borough High St, opened in the fourteenth century

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. Milo permalink
    October 23, 2023

    The Old Bell and the Ship Tavern have managed to elude my beady eye thus far in my perambulations around the good hostelries of Old London town but i intend to put that right straight away on my next visit.

    By the crispness of your photos i’m presuming you weren’t partaking of the alcoholic substances on your own amble? Or perhaps a half in every other one? Whatever. It was great to see not everywhere has been pulled down. Yet.

  2. Cherub permalink
    October 23, 2023

    I had a Japanese boss way back in the early 90s who used to like going to The Anchor for lunch, I remember how bowed the upstairs dining room floor was and the lovely view across the Thames if you were lucky enough to get a window table.

    The George at Borough High Street brings fond memories of a former work colleague who has lived in Southwark for 40 years, we used to sometimes go there to eat (also to the Founders Arms on Bankside).

    I also remember one called the Samuel Pepys that is long gone, it had a balcony outside that was made from timber salvaged from the Great Fire.

  3. Jeff Spires permalink
    October 23, 2023

    When researhing alehouses of England and their signs I saw that the first coffee houses and gin shops first appeared a bit later in East London. So I really love these pictures. .

  4. WHA permalink
    October 23, 2023

    If you’re walking all the way from the Jamaica to the Black Firar you should take the opportunity to look in at The Cockpit on Ireland Yard on the way.

  5. Jayne permalink
    October 23, 2023

    What beautiful, evocative photographs. Love the passers by and the angles chosen.

  6. Christine permalink
    October 23, 2023

    What a great bunch of pubs! Luckily been in most of them but will re visit gladly! Just to make sure!!

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