Literary Pubs

Literary Pub - Pillars of Hercules

Even Shakespeare needed a decent boozer after a hard day’s graft! Take a look at these historic London pubs associated with famous literary figures.

1. The Pillar of Hercules
Pretty classic name eh? As alehouse monikers go it certainly beats your Dog and Duck or Slug and Lettuce doesn’t it! This pub can be found at 7 Greek St and was frequented by none other than Charles Dickens who featured it in A Tale of Two Cities.

2. The French House
The French House pub on 49 Dean St was once a magnet for artists and literati such as Dylan Thomas and Brendan Behan. And as local legend will have it, on one inebriated night he left his sole original script for Under Milk Wood at the bar

3. The Fitzroy Tavern
The Fitzroy Tavern, on 16 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia is currently undergoing a renovation and judging by these photos they are changing the pub name too. Past regulars such as Dylan Thomas and George Orwell will turn in their graves. (That Dylan Thomas certainly knows his pubs doesn’t he?)

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Eddie Saint-Jean

Eddie Saint-Jean is an arts reviewer with a background in art theory, film and theatre.

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