Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Blackfriar....yet another pub!

The very famous Blackfriar pub is oddly enough at Blackfriars and more or less at the start of the bridge too! This is one very busy pub. I can guarantee if the weather is dry there will be a gigantic crowd of City office workers stood outside drinking lovely looking beer and wine. Friday nights are even busier and the place is just heaving! It is a very odd shaped building and is triangular in shape. It was built in 1875 very near to the site of a priory. Inside there are some spectacular sights to be seen ranging from mosaic tiles to stained glass. There are even Art Nouveau additions. These were added in around 1905.

Back in the late 1960's Sir John Betjeman, who later became the Poet Laureate fought hard to stop the pub from being demolished. Could you imagine this wonderful place being knocked down just to simply build an office block!

4 comments:

G.S. said...

What a cool building. Looks like a cathedral on the inside.

Marvin The Dog said...

A wonderful building, and Sir John Betjeman, one of my favourite people, he made lots of wonderful documentaries, especially the one about MetroLand.

love Jeannie xxxxxx ;0)

Loui (and his mum!) said...

Wasn't Metroland pure magic!
I love Sir John too!

J xx

Loui (and his mum!) said...

Oh GS I am sure lots of people think of the pub as their cathederal too as it's always packed outside on a summers day!

J xx