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YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE

YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE
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.

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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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