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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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.
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.
Little Ol' London Town
The Old George, Bethnal Green Road. Here's a pub that's been in business since 1713.
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.
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.
The Bricklayers Arms, Fitzrovia
A quaint piece of Georgian architecture. The Bricklayers Arms has been a running pub since 1789.