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Atlantic Bridge

Clachan Bridge, popularly known as Atlantic Bridge, or the Bridge over the Atlantic, was built in 1792 and joins the Island of Seil with the mainland on the B844, about 10 miles south of Oban. Nearby is the Tigh an Truish Inn - the house of trousers. Seil is the most northerly of the slate isles.

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Location/Address: Clachan
Seil
County: Argyll
Post Code: PA34 4TJ
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Atlantic Bridge
Useful Website Address: Tigh an Truish Inn website
Tip/Nearby: Slate Islands and Heritage Centre. Oban 10 miles to the north.
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
STILL & WEST

The Still & West is an iconic early 19th century pub (greatly restored) in Old Portsmouth, right on the harbourside where you can sit and watch the ships go by while enjoying a drink and fish 'n' chips. At time of writing (2017) it is a Fuller's pub serving their version of HSB, the Horndean Special Bitter once brewed by the defunct Gales brewery.

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Location/Address: 2 Bath Square
Portsmouth
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PO1 2JI
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Still & West website
Tip/Nearby: Spice Island Inn opposite
Primary Management: Other
GEORGE & VULTURE

There has been an inn on the site of the City’s George & Vulture since the 15th century, but it burnt down in the Great Fire of 1666. Originally called ‘The George’, the vulture bit was added because (allegedly) the rebuilt inn was partly leased to a wine merchant whose sign was a live vulture, tethered above the entrance. These days, it is known as a favourite watering-hole of Charles Dickens, who mentioned it several times in ‘Pickwick Papers’ and whose descendants sometimes meet there. It is not a pub, but a restaurant with varied reviews. This writer has no personal experience of it, but from the outside it looks like a public lavatory.

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Location/Address: 3 Castle Court
County: London
Post Code: EC3 9DL
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Tip/Nearby: Between Bank and Leadenhall Market
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
GEORGE INN, BOROUGH

This is the last remaining galleried coaching inn in London. The current building dates from the 17th century, but there has apparently been an inn on the site since medieval times. And it serves a good pint. The property is owned by the National Trust, leased to a tenant.

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Location/Address: 75-77 Borough High Street
Southwark
County: London
Post Code: SE1 1NH
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: The George Inn at Borough
Useful Website Address: The George Inn's website
Tip/Nearby: London Bridge
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
SKY GARDEN

Sky Garden is a bar and restaurant complex on the top 3 floors of the 'Walkie-Talkie' - 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London. This controversial 38-storey office block was designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly - the footplate actually increases in size as you ascend the building. It cost £200million and was constructed between January 2009 and May 2014. Sky Garden, which has restricted, but free, public access, was opened in 2015. Here you can enjoy an expensive drink or a meal with some fabulous views over Britain's capital city. You need to book in advance via the website (see below).

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Location/Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk
20 Fenchurch Street
County: London
Post Code: EC3M 8AF
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: London's Sky Garden
Useful Website Address: Sky Garden website
Tip/Nearby: All City of London sites
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
SPANIARDS INN

One of the oldest pubs in London, said to date from 1585. Full of legends, it was either named because it was once the home of the Spanish Ambassador, or because it was owned by two Spanish brothers, who quarrelled over a woman. Dick Turpin is said to have been a former customer and there are several ghosts. It has appeared in work by Charles Dickens and Bram Stoker - and it has been claimed that Keats wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale' in the garden. The garden, incidentally, is great. A busy, but must visit, kind of place - situated close to Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath.

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Location/Address: Spaniards Road
Hampstead
County: London
Post Code: NW3 7JJ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: A stroll across Hampstead Heath
Useful Website Address: Spaniards Inn website
Tip/Nearby: Kenwood House, Keats House, Hampstead Heath
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
The Clarence, Whitehall

A fairly traditional London pub, though undeniably targeted at the tourist trade, the Clarence's location on the corner of Whitehall and Great Scotland Yard makes it very convenient for central attractions, including Westminster. Easy to find, it's a good place to arrange to meet - and, as it's handy for 10 Downing Street, you never know who you'll spot supping a pint there. The beer can be really good, as can the food. Often crowded - inevitably.

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Location/Address: 53 Whitehall
County: London
Post Code: SW1A 2HP
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: The Clarence's website
Tip/Nearby: Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square - you name it.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
The Two Chairmen

The Two Chairmen is thought to be one of the oldest pubs in Westminster and is named for the porters who carried sedan chairs in the 18th century for the gentry to and from the cockfighting near Cockpit Steps, virtually opposite the pub. It is very handy for the Houses of Parliament and St James's Park and tends to be less crowded than the pubs closer to Trafalgar Square.

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Location/Address: 39 Dartmouth Street
Westminster
County: London
Post Code: SW1H 9BN
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: The Two Chairmen
Useful Website Address: Entry on Greene King's website
Tip/Nearby: St James's Park, Houses of Parliament
Primary Management: Other
TWO CHAIRMEN

Thought to be one of the oldest pubs in Westminster and named for the porters who carried sedan chairs in the 18th century for the gentry to and from the cockfighting near Cockpit Steps, virtually opposite the pub. The Two Chairmen is very handy for the Houses of Parliament and St James's Park.

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Location/Address: 39 Dartmouth Street
Westminster
County: London
Post Code: SW1H 9BN
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Two Chairmen's website
Tip/Nearby: The Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE

One of London’s most famous pubs, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (not to be confused with the plain, common or garden, 'Cheshire Cheese' nearby) has allegedly been supped at over the centuries by the likes of Pepys, Wren, Johnson, Dickens and Wodehouse.  It was restored after the Great Fire of 1666, so its heritage goes back beyond that. It’s a bit of a labyrinth and needs to be explored – the lower vaults are probably extremely old – as well as basic and sometimes rowdy, but generally friendly.  In days gone by, it had a resident parrot (Polly), whose stuffed remains are apparently still there somewhere. T’is also said that, once upon a time, selected visitors were offered a free pipe of tobacco. None of that these days – and mobile phones are actively discouraged.

Other 'Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese' pubs are available.

 

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Location/Address: 145 Fleet Street
County: London
Post Code: EC4A 2BU
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: North side of Fleet Street, not far from Ludgate Circus
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
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