Perfectly located in the beating heart of Fleet Street, this pub was the social network for legions of hacks and legal eagles over the centuries. Tomorrow’s headlines were written over these humble wooden tables, whilst ‘Polly The Parrot’, the house mascot, would fly around swearing at all and sundry. On exiting, also note the well-worn front step and note that not only Dickens, but also Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, and Voltaire popped in at one point or another for a pint.
Blackadder and lexicography fans might seek out our Dr Johnson’s chair within the pub, or head round the corner to his former house, home and now museum. A small statue of Johnson’s favourite cat Hodge stands guard over the courtyard, perched on the famous Dictionary of the English Language, having polished off an oyster that sits alongside him. After nine years of toil, and around 45,000 words, the dictionary was complete, with the plinth also listing one of Dr. Johnson’s most famous quotes:
"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."