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London's Historic Inns and Taverns

Donald Stuart

London’s pubs have been at the heart of the social life of the capital for centuries. In this new guide to more than 200 of the most interesting of London’s historic inns and taverns, Donald Stuart uncovers a wealth of detail that makes fascinating reading.

Did you know that Karl Marx used to drink at the Museum Tavern in Great Russell Street, and that illegal Catholic masses were held at the Ship Tavern in Gate Street in the 16th century? That George IV once lost money on a cockfight at the Castle in Cowcross Street, the only pub in London to be licensed as a pawnbroker, and that the Great Train Robbery was planned at the Anglesey Arms in Selwood Terrace? These are just some of the stories that are told in these pages, along with tales of hauntings and explanations of the origins of some of the stranger pub names.

If you want to choose an atmospheric pub to watch the Boat Race from, or see a small-scale theatrical production at one of London’s historic pub theatres, or drink in the same East End pubs as Jack the Ripper or Dick Turpin, then this book can point you in the right direction. It is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the capital’s history, as well as those that simply enjoy a decent pint.




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