One of our best trips yet, we recently spent 10 days in London. Theater, architecture, food, history, museums, royalty, etc, there was way too much to handle. If someone asked me the highlight of the trip it would simply be that there is so much to do no matter what mood you are in. What makes London so sensational is the combination of numerous, smaller areas that flow together to create one fascinating city.
|Our first stop after checking into the hotel - No better way to get rid of jet lag!|
But lets be honest here, the most time was spent at the heart of English tradition, in the pub! We booked a pub crawl with Mind the Gap and were rewarded with an amazing liquid history tour lead by John. Meant to quench our thirst with traditional cask ales, it also opened up our eyes to a historical culture that has gone on for hundreds of years. Each pub in some way reflected the history of the city. We not only discovered some of the most delightful watering holes in the city, but as an added bonus developed a critical eye for finding other traditional pubs later on. And even though beer was heavily involved, this will be my first shout out to the awesome people of England. We were the only foreigners on the tour, and at each bar we had lively, engaging conversations with others. Cheers!
The George Inn was our first stop and exactly the type of place I was hoping for. This was originally built as an inn in the 1600's. It is divided into a number of unique rooms fashioned more like fancy sitting rooms than traditional bars. Shows would take place in the courtyard outside and be viewed by patrons from the gallery on the second floor. It was these shows that may have influenced modern theater and how it is viewed by the audience. Particularly famous individuals Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, and Winston Churchill drank here or stayed at the original inn.
|Built as an inn, the courtyard is to the left and viewed nicely from the gallery|
|This may be where people gathered to watch some of Shakespeare's works|
|The outside of The Black Friar|
|The interior is lavishly decorated with only high quality materials|
|Nice view from the front|
|Roaring fire - The bar was five feet to the left, to the right was Dickens' favorite seat|
|Just a little history|
|Drinking in jail!|
|Cittie of Yorke|