Think of an author associated with London and Charles Dickens immediately comes to mind. Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Barnaby Rudge, A Tale of Two Cities – the list of titles with London links goes on and on. His works are known and studied worldwide. So why not visit a few of the pubs that he knew so well during your stay in London? He spent many hours in pubs chatting, drinking and eating as well as referring to them in his books. Strolling through the streets of London it is still possible to explore some of those pubs today. With that planning for a stay at any of the serviced apartments in London would be a great idea.
After exploring the shops and theatres around Covent Garden, head for the Lamb & Flag. This is one of the oldest pubs in London. Located just across the road from an office used by Charles Dickens, the Lamb & Flag was one of his regular haunts. Mind your head when entering this pub, as the ceiling is quite low. A great place to stop for a drink as it is very atmospheric. In the winter, there is even a roaring fire to keep you warm.
Head up the Strand towards the City of London to find Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, another pub that he visited frequently. This is a pub with lots of small rooms, bars and dining areas, which can get very busy, especially at lunchtime and after work. Be prepared to queue at the bar for drinks. Ye Old Cheshire Cheese does make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, as it is quite dark inside and everywhere you look there is dark wood paneling ensuring it has changed little since Dickens knew it.
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A short walk away in Farringdon is The One Tun. Nowadays, this is a very comfortable place to visit – but in Dickens day, it was very different. The area was known as a haunt of criminals. The One Tun is believed to have provided the inspiration for The Three Cripples Pub featured in Oliver Twist, where Fagin and Bill Sykes used to meet.Enjoy the scenery as you stroll across London Bridge, before walking down Borough High Street. Only a few minutes further down the street, there is a dark archway leading to The George public house. It was well known to Charles Dickens and is mentioned in his book, Little Dorrit. Tip Dorrit, one of the key characters in the book, comes to The George to write a letter. This is an old coaching inn and is well known for its beer as well as the spectacular wooden galleries that surround the courtyard. In the summer, these galleries can be a very pleasant place to relax with a drink. No matter what the time of year, The George makes a fantastic place to enjoy a drink and a good meal. So, without wasting time, make sure to book a stay at any of the aparthotels in London for a comfortable stay for a non-hectic visit to the Dickensian Pubs.
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