Charing Cross Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 7:30 PM

The Nell Gwynne

1/2 Bull Inn Court, London, WC2R 0NP


Nell Gwynne

This pub crawl takes us to some of the best pubs in the Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square area, starting at The Nell Gwynne – – 1/2 Bull Inn Court, WC2R 0NP.

Bull Inn Court is a narrow alleyway which runs between the north side of the Strand and Maiden Lane. The entrance from the Strand is halfway between the Adelphi Theatre and the Vaudeville Theatre, which are themselves around midway between Trafalgar Square and Aldwych. The Maiden Lane entrance is next to “Condesa”, 15 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NG.

The nearest underground stations are Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Embankment.

The Nell Gwynne is the type of traditional pub which is nowadays very rare in Central London. The present Grade II listed building dates from the late 19th century, but it was built on the site of the Old Bull Inn which dates back to much earlier times and was frequented by Nell Gwynne in the mid to late 17th century, hence the name by which it is currently known.

Even the alleyway, still with gas lighting and some Art Nouveau tiling, has some history. Back in 1897, William Terris, a famous actor of that era, was murdered here by a stage hand from the Adelphi.

The plan is to move on to The Harp, 47 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HS – – at 8.45 and then The Old Shades, 37 Whitehall, SW1A 2BX – – at around 10.00

The Harp is now owned by Fuller’s, but is still run more like a Free House with up to 10 hand-pumps in use at any one time. Despite dating from the 18th century, it is rather surprisingly only an unlisted “Local Building of Merit”.

The Old Shades is run by Redcomb, a small independent group, and usually has an interesting selection of ales on offer. The building itself dates back to 1898 and is Grade II listed. It’s somewhere we really ought to visit more often.

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