London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

The Ten Bells ~ a pub deeply connected with ‘Jack the Ripper’ lore

The ‘Ten Bells’ pub is a Grade II listed building that has a significant connection with Jack the Ripper, but is also worth a visit for its interior decorations and … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 10 Comments

Devonshire Square & The East India Company Warehouses

At its height, the East India Company was one of the largest and most successful companies in the world.  With its own private army it controlled much of India and … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 8 Comments

St. Mary the Virgin & the Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe ~ forever linked to the settling of America.

Rotherhithe is a Saxon word meaning ‘landing place’ but one of its most famous moments was as a place of departure.  It was here in 1620 that the Mayflower departed … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Viaduct Tavern ~ a Victorian Gin Palace

The Viaduct Tavern in central London has an interesting history for a variety of reasons.  It is a great example of Victorian “Gin Palace” design, a tribute to an architectural … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Nelson Trail ~ a walk that provides insight into Nelson’s life.

While most visitors to London see Nelson atop his column, a small journey outside central London to the Borough of Merton can provide a more meaningful glimpse into Nelson’s life. … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 7 Comments

Shepherd Market ~ a hidden “village” in the heart of central London

Located just north of Green Park tube station, Shepherd Market evokes images of an older time with its secretive village square hidden in the heart of London.  Most people will … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · 21 Comments

The Queen’s Head Pub ~ since 1565 and Darwin’s ‘local’?

While an unlikely destination in and of itself, many individuals visit Downe Village to see Down House – the home of Charles Darwin for many years (see info below).  Combining … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Market Porter Pub ~ a ‘Harry Potter’ film location

Most visitors to the heavily touristed Borough Market would not realize they were walking past a location used in many films in recent years – including Harry Potter.  Adjoining Borough … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Tipperary ~ London’s historic Irish Pub

The Tipperary is London’s most historic Irish pub. This claim stems from a variety of reasons, one of which is that the Tipperary was the first pub to serve Guinness outside of Ireland – … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Fitzroy Tavern ~ a literary landmark & the reason for “Fitzrovia”.

In 2001 an exhibition at the Museum of London traced the rise and fall of various artists’ communities across London, from Covent Garden in the 17th century to present-day Hoxton.  … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Nell Gwynne Tavern

Eleanor Gwyn or Gwynne (1650-1687), known as ‘Nell’, was a long term mistress of King Charles II.  Samuel Pepys called her “might pretty Nell”, and she embodied the Restoration Period of … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Freemasons Arms ~ the birthplace of football?

The Freemasons Arms, in Covent Garden, claims a unique place in soccer history – that it was here in 1863 that the Football Association was founded.  This claim is debatible as some … Continue reading

June 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Olde Wine Shades ~ the City’s oldest pub?

While all claims can be debated, it is hard to argue the the Olde Wine Shades is not the oldest pub in the City of London.  Established in 1663, this … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Albion ~ a country pub in Islington

The Albion pub in Islington takes you back to a time when this area was rural farmland.  A Georgian gem of a pub once visited by Londoners who left the city … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

Spaniards Inn & tollhouse.

Built in 1585 as a tollgate inn on the Finchley boundary, the Spaniards formed the entrance to the Bishop of London’s estate – an original boundary stone from 1755 can still be … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Prospect of Whitby ~ an historic pub

Possibly London’s most famous pub. It dates from 1543, built as a simple tavern in the expanding docks; by the 17th century it had a reputation as a meeting place … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Dove ~ an historic pub

This pretty little 17th. century riverside pub has everything; unspoilt surroundings, good food and excellent beer, which must explain why it gets so busy. The Dove’s popularity is nothing new. … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Jamaica Wine House – site of London’s 1st coffee house.

Jamaica Wine House, a renovated pub located in St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, in the City is from the 19th Century.  However, it is located on the site of London’s first … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · Leave a comment
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