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Title: Shakespeare’s Pub – A Barstool History of London As Seen Through the Windows of Its Oldest Pub – The George Inn

Author: Pete Brown

Why read?

Like beer? Like London? Visiting the latter soon and hoping to imbibe the former? If so, Pete Brown’s “Shakespeare’s Pub” is for you!  Even if you can’t journey to the George Inn anytime soon, this book provides a GREAT history of Southwark, the sole “gateway” to London on the south bank of the River Thames for many centuries.

The Shifty Weeder has actually visited the George Inn, the last surviving coaching inn in London.  It did not disappoint… and this book was a fabulous book to read in advance of the visit.  (London’s pubs are much more than places to drink – they are community meeting places, so entwined with the culture that to think of London without pubs is like thinking of Boston without its universities.)  If you have the means, I would highly recommend pulling a pint at the George.  Cheers!

Eric

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