Course overview

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! This walk begins in Holborn and moves through the City of London finishing in London Bridge at the last galleried pub of the metropolis, The George Inn. It considers the imprint drinking establishments have left on London and explores the buildings themselves and some of the characters who frequented these establishments. Each participant in the walk will receive a handout with information about each stop they can refer back to in their leisure. We finish with a debrief in the pub! We will meet in front of The Ship Tavern behind Holborn Station at midday. I will have a red folder with me!

Course description

The changes the metropolis experienced across the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries are mapped onto the drinking house. Starting with a pub that doubled up as a Catholic church during the Reformation, complete, it is said, with priest holes. Passing pubs where the Dutch sailors drank while their ships sat at the exit of the river Fleet, one of London’s lost rivers, and places where notorious criminals once sat.

Samuel Pepys, the famous seventeen century diarist, frequented many of the establishments we will explore along with a whole host of other colourful characters including the criminal and prison escape artist Jack Sheppard. Drinking establishments were the location of plots, intrigue, good fellowship, song, and dance. Ballads adorned the walls and these too have stories to tell.

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