If you’re looking for a genuine historic pub in the heart of London look no further than the George Inn, just off borough high Street (2 mins from London bridge station, and borough market).
Today, owned by the National Trust, his is the only coaching inn left in central London, and it still looks the part with its spacious court yard, and gallied frontage. Many years ago, you could find these coaching inns all over London, but today just the George is left. The coaching inns, were usually situated on main roads, and provided accommodation, and pickup points, as well as a food and drink for coaches, and weary travellers.
Its picturesque exterior is all you need for a trip down history lane, but there is oh so much more. Because this pub has a long line of impressive clientele including Charles Dickens himself, in fact Dicken’s life insurance policy is proudly displayed on one of the bar walls.
Inside there are comfortable rooms, and a dining room. Make sure you venture upstairs to enjoy the view from the galley.
And if you happen to be there on a sunny day, you’ll want to enjoy a pint or two in the yard, and enjoy this historic scene, which is surreally overlooked by that icon of modernity The Shard. I wonder what Dicken’s would have made of that?
Dates from 1600’s.
75-77 Borough High Street