[Trending] Fancy A Pint? Here’s Some Of My Favorite Little London Pub Drawings

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 favo...

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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Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower; Big Ben is actually the giant bell that lives inside the clock)

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Little Ol’ London Town

The Old George, Bethnal Green Road. Here’s a pub that’s been in business since 1713.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Bricklayers Arms, Fitzrovia

A quaint piece of Georgian architecture. The Bricklayers Arms has been a running pub since 1789.

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Tower Bridge, London

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; Southwark London

The famous square shaped Theatre was first built in 1599 with the intention of storing grain and seeds. The theatre burnt down in 1613 by a rival seed and grain producer but was rebuilt the next year. Quite often the seeds would slip through the woodwork and sprout, providing the theatergoers with fresh seasonal produce to nibble on. It was here where audiences first got the idea of throwing fruit and vegetables (which they would pick from floor boards) at unfavourable actors.
In 1664 it once again burnt down in an insurance scam. This continued to happen 8 more times throughout the centuries, until the current Globe was rebuilt in 1997, staying true to the historic design.

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The Shard, Southwark London

Looking across the Thames from the Millennium Bridge. Towards Borough markets and eventually Tower Bridge in the distance.

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Mighty St Paul’s Cathedral. Or as it is known in the architectural community, ‘Ol’ Pau’ Pau’

The famous dome reaches 365 feet high and apprently was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967.
Here’s something you may not know about St Pauls. One of the most fascinating things about this building is that it doesn’t actually exist. But is rather an optical illusion caused by a series of well placed mirrors.

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Rooftops over Wardour Street, Soho. Featuring the ever watchful BT Tower

This iconic London landmark was first built in 1564 out of wood and thatch up until the 1960s, when it was rebuilt with glass and marbles. The roof reached 580ft in height, but much like an iceberg, the majority of the structure is underground, descending deep into the earths vast molten centre.

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Lambeth Townhall, Brixton

Many people assume the iconic tower to be a fine example of Edwardian architecture. But it was once, in fact, a young man, who, due to his disregard and callousness was transformed by a local witch doctor into what you see before you. Cursed to spend the remainder of his days as a Grade II listed historical landmark.

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