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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 – anywhere in the world – both in the bottle and in draft. Built on the site of a monastery which dated to 1300 this location used to be an island between the River Thames and River Fleet (which now runs underground). Originally named ‘The Boars Head’ and built in 1605, it survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 due to its stone and brick construction.
In the early 1700s the S. G. Mooney & Son Brewery chain of Dublin, Ireland purchased ‘The Boars Head’ as it’s first Irish pub outside Ireland. At the entry the slate step has the faint word “Mooney’s” carved into it. The name was changed after the end of World War I to commemorate the song sung by many Irish soldiers during the war that contained the line – “it’s a long way to Tipperary…”. As a side note, Tipperary is located in south central Ireland and was the site of military hospital in WW I. Many of the Irish who worked on Fleet Street as printers and reporters after WW I made this their local. While Greene King purchased ‘The Tipperary’ in the 1960’s and closed the pub for a period of time due to surrounding office development, all the panelling, fixtures, and fittings, have been retained. This authentic feel stems from the classic pub features, such as a long oak bar running the length of the room, oak panelling from floor to ceiling, & mirrored walls. Upstairs is the Boar’s Head Bar with a classic Tudor feel, converted gas lamps and oak panelled walls.
Located at: 66 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT
Closest tube: Blackfriars