While out and about capturing gardens and green scenes in London, I kept finding myself chancing upon one pub after another. Yes, they are ubiquitous in this British metropolis but my fascination was more with their charming (dare I say “quaint”) architecture.
Before I knew it, I was adding pub images to my cell phone. Something that is so identified with and so much a part of a culture deserves to be documented. And furthermore, in a city of such architectural significance, the London pub facades are singular, with a personality all their own. I couldn’t resist! (P.S. I can’t speak for the interiors) Just the names alone are worth the read…Bag O’ Nails anyone?
As the seventeenth century diarist, Samuel Pepys, observed, pubs “are the heart of England.”
Fox & Anchor
Bag O’ Nails
And its other three floors.
A bit one-off from the more formal facades, but I was encouraged to include The Grenadier because it is one of the oldest pubs in London (one can guess that the enthusiastic British flag colors were not a part of the original edifice).
Which is your favorite?