There are various sites across London that are in some way connected to people and other places from the East End. Both buildings and people have become a part of the vibrant history that is London culture and heritage and with that, many different tourist attractions have emerged. But when it comes pubs, many people are unaware that their local may have some connection to a historic figure.
A London pub tour could give you information on the historical events that have taken place in these taverns and inform you about the people that once called the establishment their local. However, if we’ve piqued your curiosity, here are five famous pubs that are in some way connected to the East End.
Built during the 18th century, the Ten Bells pub has had two locations and various names. Originally built on a site known as 12 Red Lion Street, the Ten Bells’ current location is 84 Commercial Street, which was also previously known as 33 Church Street.
The pub is famous because it shares links with notorious killer Jack the Ripper. It’s said that many of his victims drank at the pub shortly before they were murdered. Could the Ripper have frequented the Ten Bells himself?
The Blind Beggar
Situated on Whitechapel Road and dating back to 1894, The Blind Beggar is best known for its affiliation with the Manns Albion Brewery. It is also where the first modern brown ale was brewed which was named after Sir Henry De Montfort.
In 1865, William Booth was seen preaching his very first open-air sermon outside the Blind Beggar and as a result, a statue of him stands nearby.
The Spaniards Inn
Historic and famous, the Spaniards Inn sits on Spaniard Road between Hampstead and Highgate. The inn dates back to the 17th century and now stands as a Grade II listed building.
This pub is famous for reportedly having Dick Turpin as a regular and over the years, rumours circulated that his father once owned the pub. It is also well known for being referenced in Bram Stocker’s Dracula in 1897.
The Old Bank of England
Back in the 16th and 17th century, two separate taverns stood where the Old Bank of England pub stands today. The Cock and The Haunch of Venison were, however, demolished to make room for what is now The Old Bank of England.
Situated along Fleet Street, this tavern is reportedly just a stone’s throw away from the famous barbershop where
Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, brutally killed his victims.
The Carpenter’s Arms
In the heart of Brick Lane sits the Carpenter’s Arms. Built in 1871, this pub has sat on Cheshire Street for close to 150 years.
The Carpenter’s Arms is mostly known as the pub that Ronnie and Reggie Kray bought for their mother Violet. It also sits next to the school that the twins attended.
If you’re interested in learning more about the various pubs of the East End, book a London pub tour. You never know what you might find out!