Here in London, we are basically known for our pubs. You basically can turn into any corner and you’ll bump into one. Here however, we have some remarkable ones dating back to Shakespearen times. They’ve made it through the World Wars, the Great Fire of London and therefore hold a lot of history and story behind them. Uncover the tales behind these fascinating pubs over a pint or 2!
A traditional 1547 real ale pub, tucked away in a small alleyway. Extremely hard to locate but so worth it. It’s decorated with framed historical pictures and apparently it’s rumored that Queen Elizabeth I has danced there with Sir Christopher Hatton. Also, Henry VIII was married in St.Ethelredas next door. So much history just tucked away in this little pub. It’s extremely traditional, you won’t even find a TV in there. If you want to unwind without modern day technology in the way, this is the place to be!
This pub has been around since the medieval days ie 1430. Now being known as a Grade II listed wonder bar, you’ll find yourself in a completely different setting. What you’ll find now is a renovated version of what was present back then, however you find 3 different bars. One in particular will definitely tickle your fancy. It being a grand hall with a long bar and high ceilings. Definitely give this one a go!
It’s apparently said that Jack the Ripper’s victims, ie the Victorian prostitutes were consistently visiting this pub. Both Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly, both reported to have been drunk at the pub right before the attack. What makes this pub more interesting is the fact that the old faded decor and dim lighting adds to the haunting atmosphere.
The Cross Keys, having the perfect combo of a modern day scene as well as the perfect combo of the Victorian Era. Inside you’ll find miniature portraits of PM’s, old Victorian oil paintings, you’ll find ornaments hanging from the ceilings above the bar and around the wall, all with theatrical, film or music related prints, photos or paintings. They even saved up a napkin signed by The King aka Elvis himself!! Traditional but modern at the same time, what more could you ask for?
The Star Tavern, a comfortable pub offering a wide range of Fuller’s beers has a unique and infamous tale. Back in the day, it was basically known for being the hangout place for London’s inner circle of master criminals back in the 50’s and the 60’s, and also where most of the planning for the century’s biggest heist ie. The Great Train Robbery occurred. Bruce Reynolds, who was a very successful robber at the time would meet up with 2-3 members in the gang and they’d go over plans at The Star. This one you definitely don’t want to miss!
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