The Hell-Fire Club and Other Such Curiosities

We took a walk into the labyrinth of alleys that hide within the guts of the City of London. Concealed within this ancient network of muddled back streets sit some curious gems.



The George and Vulture pub has stood here since 1746 though there has always been a pub here since 1268. Charles Dickens drank here. He must have been affected by the place for he places scenes of the Pickwick Papers here. It even has a more shadowy association with the notorious Hell-Fire Club. These clubs were said to be the meeting places where “persons of quality” would meet to partake in iniquitous activities.


I am sure that some of you will be happy to know that that only had food on their menu.


Disguised as the Jamaica Wine House is actually London’s 1st coffee house. Opened in 1652, it was familiarly known to locals as the Turk’s head.

Pasqua Rosee was an Ottoman manservant who was brought to London by his master. They eventually fell out and Rosee went into business with a fellow ex-servant and so they opened this fine establishment.

The tales don’t stop here! It is said that Dickens placed Scrooge’s counting house somewhere here. These alleys are Medieval in origin so who knows what these walls have witnessed over their years.

If you are looking to take a stroll through this fascinating part of London, you will find your way in on Cornhill or Lombard Street.

By the way, I have a new bag! Do you like it?

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