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Historic Pubs Of London Brought to you by Josh Caras
A little history of the English Pub Today we talk about the 'pub' but this is a term invented by the Victorians, an abbreviation of 'public house'. l It was the Romans who gave England its first 'pubs' almost two thousand years ago. l In Roman towns tabernae served food and wine (and probably the local ale too), they displayed vine leaves outside to advertise their trade. When the Romans left, the tabernae disappeared l
Historically Speaking (still) l One thing all the invaders had in common was their fondness for drinking. l They had a particular thirst for ale, which was brewed using malted barley, water and yeast. l It was sweet and often powerful, but was easily soured and did not keep. l Skill was needed to produce good ales
Pubs & the Law l l l In England Wales the maximum permitted hours of opening are Monday to Saturday 11. 00 to 23. 00 Sunday 12. 00 to 22. 30 So unfair Customers must be 18 years of age to drink alcohol in a pub unless they are having a meal in an area set aside for eating in which case 16 -year-olds (accompanied by an adult) can drink beer or cider.
London’s pubs today Ye Olde Cock Tavern
Ye Olde Cock Tavern (cont’d) 22 Fleet Street One of London’s more eccentric Pubs is Ye Olde Cock Tavern l It’s on Fleet Street where there are many examples of different architecture from the last 300 years l The point is here that the building is quite narrow l
The Anchor (cont’d) 34 Bankside, Southwark l l l Samuel Pepys witnessed the awesome destruction of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Tom Cruise has a pint here in Mission Impossible The pubs original structure has been added-to over several centuries, creating a maze of odd little rooms featuring old brick fire places, warped oak beams and worn, creaking floorboards.
The Anchor (last one!) l One of the many interesting rooms is named after Dr. Johnson, lexicographer and writer, who drank here regularly. A copy of his dictionary is on display. l The Shakespeare Room has beautiful 18 th century pine paneling. l Thematically, The Anchor has a new old neighbor too, Shakespeare's Globe theatre recreated just along the waterfront.
A word about The Grapes 76 Narrow Street l Built in 1720 the Grapes was a working class tavern, serving the workers of the Limehouse Basin. l There are unsavory stories of watermen taking drunks from the pub to drown them in the river, then sell their corpses for medical dissection. l Charles Dickens wrote about this pub in his novel Our Mutual Friend
And wasn’t that just fun! l To sum it up, there a truckload of bars in London. l They Really are all closed after 11 pm l Thanks go out to: http: //www. pubs. com l Any Questions?