Historic Pubs of London

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9780658005022: Historic Pubs of London

London's historic pubs still thrive along back streets and alleyways--from taverns that served Chaucer to city inns once frequented by Dickens. One hundred of the most charming pubs are revealed in stunning interior and exterior color photographs. Historic Pubs of London includes lively anecdotes, fascinating lore, and details on visiting the pubs and enjoying their atmosphere.

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No trip to London would be complete without a visit to a real pub. Pubs are unique pieces of living history, secreted in forgotten streets and alleyways far from the main thoroughfares, that have stood timeless as the city around them has moved through the centuries. Pubs have survived, not preserved in amber, but because of their very nature as working establishments that continue to provide a community with the same time-honored services of refreshment and hospitality.

Pubs represent a history of London life that stretches across the centuries from the taverns that served Chaucer and Shakespeare to those frequented by Orwell and Dickens. Here for the first time, London's finest hundred pubs have been beautifully photographed inside and out and brought to life with their special fascinating histories. River pubs and theatre pubs, Victorian gin palaces and medieval coaching houses have been chosen for their well-preserved architecture and authentic interiors and their lively place in local history. These 100 pubs have been the drinking haunts of the famous and infamous, from pirates and press gangs to highwaymen and East End gangsters and from literary clubs and members of parliament to kings and their lovers.

This book is also a practical guide to these historic pubs, offering all of the essential information--opening hours, how to get there, what kind of beers are offered, and whether or not food is served.

About the Author:

Ted Bruning has been writing on beer and pubs for years. He is deputy editor of What's Brewing, a monthly newspaper in England and has authored several books on similar topics.

Eric Weller worked for many years as a photographer for the Daily Mirror, but his real love affair is with the great British pub, having visited and photographed over 10,000 establishments.

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