City Walks with Grethe


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The Cockpit Pub

Posted by [email protected] on November 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (2)

One Sunday evening I was sitting in the Cockpit Pub, St. Andrew's Hill in the City of London with my Open University friends enjoying a drink and stimulating conversation. Suddenly the landlord came over and said the pub was closing (it was around 7.45pm). We were a bit surprised that it was closing so early and got engaged in a conversation with the landlord. When he heard I was a City guide he proceeded to tell us about the history of the pub - the cockfights that took place there with people watching from the gallery which is still partly in place. He took us upstairs to the gallery and to the tiny rooms above the bar. But the highlight was a trip down to the cellar. It is known that William Shakespeare owned the house and it is believed that he was a closet catholic. And we were shown what would appear to be a so-called 'priest hole' in the cellar. It really made our pub visit to see what the normal visitor to the pub wouldn't realise was there.