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Pubs in London Named After Renowned Personalities

Visiting London and looking for a perfect destination as an avid pub-goer? A simple solution lies within easy reach of your accommodation at any of the London hotels. There is yet another exciting feature to most of the pubs in London city. Many of them commemorate the kings and queens, dukes and admirals of the past. Here are a few of the names that will fascinate you and entice you to have a drink out from the comfort of your hotel.

Henry Addington at Canary Wharf

Step inside this traditional pub named after the early 19th century Prime Minster. He gained the credit of building Martello Towers around the coast of Britain to ward off the invasion of Napolean. With its wonderful past, the pub invites tourists from all over the globe. They serve real ales, and high quality pub food.

Sir Michael Balcon at Ealing

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Taking its name after the Film maker Michael Balcon who used to work at Ealing Studios, during the golden era. The guests are sure to have an enjoyable evening here while sipping up its exclusive selection of wines and drinks. If you are a sports lover, you can catch up various sporting events screened here.

Betjeman Arms at King’s Cross

There is surely a poetic air around this pub in one of the most popular stations of London, St. Pancras International. Have a delicious meal cooked by Wayne and wash it down with a glass of your favourite wines. The pub is named after the Poet Laureate John Betjeman. He was also a campaigner to save historical landmarks.

Richmal Crompton at Bromley

Named after renowned author of endless series of Just William books, Richmal Crompton pub in Bromley is often busy and offers a range of drinks.  The pub has achieved Cask Marque for its great quality real ale.

Jeremy Bentham at Bloomsbury

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Offering a wide range of beverages that include beers and spirits, this pub derives its name from the noted philosopher and social reformer. You can even see his physical remains at inside UCL’s main building.

Thomas Cubitt at Belgravia

One of the most celebrated pubs in the area, Thomas Cubitt gets its name from legendry master builder in London. This is a classic country house style with interiors featuring open fireplaces.

Alfred Herring at Palmers Green

Deriving its name after a local soldier who fought a heroic attack during battle at Montagne Bridge in France in the year 1918, Alfred Herring at Palmers Green is renowned for serving a reasonable selection of food and drink.

Sir John Oldcastle at Farrington


Named after John Oldcastle who rebelled against the King, challenged the religious authority, escaped from tower of London and was even captured and executed, the pub is a traditional one and highly popular among students and office workers. Serving a variety of traditional British dishes, the pub is loved by visitors.

Charles Lamb at Angel

Carrying the name of the writer who penned much popular Tales From Shakespeare for children along with his sister, the pub dates back to 1839 but gathered this name in 2005. The pub offers an ever changing and exclusive wine list with range of Old World Wines.

Sir Richard Steele at Belsize Park

This is one of the much-admired pubs in London getting its name from Richard Steele, the writer and politician. This is a spectacularly stylish place often defined by boozy chaos.

Holland Tringham at Streatham

Named after the most famous artist in Streatham in Victorian times, Holland Tringham brags copies of his six sketches on its walls. A wide range of real ales and drinks await you.

John Snow at Soho

John Snow pub derives its name after the famous doctor who discovered the cause of cholera. Though he as a teetotal physician, the pub honours him with his name. Guests can enjoy bar snacks throughout the day. Relish traditional British food and comedy nights add to the entertainment at the pub.

Edgar Wallace at Fleet Street

Edgar Wallace is a traditional street pub lying near Royal Court of Justice and Temple. Named after the famous writer of his times who penned 175 novels and several plays, the pub serves food and drinks at reasonable prices. The portions are large and taste great.

A stay at one of the hotels in central London will make it easy for you to commute at any of the pubs listed above.


Author’s Bio: Sonam Chawla writes for several travel guides. Working as an associate editor with, one of the leading London hotel booking websites, Sonam writes for the convenience of London visitors to explore the city.



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