Many years ago, in the most illustrious pubs of London, pirates and body snatchers did business. And literary greats -- including Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys -- found their inspiration.
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And that made me realise that east London has been transformed in the time I’ve lived here.
That set me off doing the blog.” Since 2014, Saumarez Smith, 62, has been writing daily entries, giving his illuminating views not just on the history and architecture of his home turf but also candid insights into his day job running the RA.
The first building in this spot dates to 1638 and the first pub existed under the name The Coopers Arms.
This Tardis-like, six-tiered building feels more like a museum than a pub.
The place is stuffed with character, but don't expect a bunch of raucous vagrants smashing tankers together and spilling beer all over the floor -- it's now a sedate drinking spot frequented by bankers, Fleet Street hacks and tourists eating homemade pork pies.