The Old Bell Tavern

London, Great Britain


Marina Yurcheva

Yet another bar on a busy Fleet Street, less touristy than the nearby Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, but no less popular. The pub was built in the 1670s by Sir Christopher Wren (the architect of St. Paul's Cathedral) for the workers, who were constructing his other project, St. Bride's Church, on the same street. In 1815 the pub was included in Epicure Almanack of the best pubs in London. The stone floor of the pub remained untouched, and outside the entrance there is a framed copy of the Daily Mail from the times of the Second World War. The title of the paper says that the national symbol, St Paul's Cathedral, is standing undamaged in the middle of the blazing block.


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