I've been living in London for the past two years and now it's time for a change. But before I left, I went out and sketched some of my favorite little pubs around town. Each drawing takes about an hour.
Each pub is steeped in history. That's one of the things I truly loved about living in London. Never forget to look up and appreciate the architecture.
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#1 The Blackfriar
The pub was built in 1875 on the site of a Dominican friary. Little happy friars appear everywhere in the pub in sculptures and on the walls. It's really cute.
#2 The Dove. Broadway Market, Hackney
The pub has only been around since the early 1990s, but I really like the cute little building. They serve those great strong Belgian beers.
#3 Little Ol' London Town
The Old George, Bethnal Green Road. Here's a pub that's been in business since 1713.
#4 The Coach & Horses, 5 Bruton Street, Mayfair
If you're passing through Mayfair, just before you reach GO and collect $200, you may notice this cute freestanding Tudorbethan pub. The pub itself isn't anything unique. In fact, there are over 50 pubs named Coach & Horses in London alone. But I do love the mock Tudor architecture that's nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries.
#5 The Crown In Seven Dials, Covent Garden
The Crown is a nice little spot in a very historic area. Opened in 1833, the second picture shows the same pub in 1888. Back when the west end was a lot rougher than it is now.
#6 The Bricklayers Arms, Fitzrovia
A quaint piece of Georgian architecture. The Bricklayers Arms has been a running pub since 1789.