English pubs are one of the unique features of the UK. They are places to relax, to socialize and enjoy a drink or two. They have been a feature of London life for centuries and have played an important role in the lives of many well-known people. Visitors staying in luxuries Hotels in North London often seek famous pubs of the capital.
One of the most well known is Charles Dickens, the Victorian author of books like Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and The Pickwick Papers all of which are read the world over. Dickens spent many hours in pubs meeting friends, having a drink and watching the people around him. They gave him tremendous inspiration for his famous stories.
We take a look at some of the pubs which inspired him – and can still be visited today while a resident at Best Western Palm Hotel . For part of his career, he worked in Covent Garden. His pub of choice was The Lamb & Flag. Dating back to 1623, it is one of the oldest and most historic pubs in London. The low ceilings, wooden décor and roaring winter fires takes you back in time. Some things have changed – it is no longer the home of bare knuckle fighting, as it was in the early nineteenth century.
As a writer and journalist, Dickens was a familiar face in Fleet Street. This was the home of the newspaper industry and all the major newspapers had offices here. Tucked away in a courtyard along Fleet Street is Ye Old Cheshire Cheese which he knew well. The maze of little bars and dining areas within this pub were often used by Dickens and his friends. It can get quite crowded in here especially in the early evenings, so queues at the bar can be expected.
Book a stay at hotels near Wembley Stadium and walk up Farringdon Street to Saffron Hill and The One Tun. Looking around today, the area is very different to the world Dickens knew. Back in his day, this was a rough area, where people were not always on the right side of the law. It is believed that the people and scenes Dickens saw when visiting The One Tun provided the inspiration for the creation of The Three Cripples pub in Oliver Twist where Fagin and Bill Sykes often met to exchange stolen goods.
Cross the river at London Bridge, and walk down Borough High Street to find The George. A beautiful old coaching inn with outside wooden balconies all around, this has been the haunt of many writers including Shakespeare and Dickens. The Inn actually features by name in one of Dickens books as Tip Dorrit writes a letter here in the book, Little Dorrit.