Pubs

For the final year of studio, the unit will be focusing on Public House. Now this term isn’t just what you would use as a name for a boozer, more importantly the increasingly rare phenomena that is a privately owned space used by the public. It is not just the idea of ownership but the sense of comfort and “homeliness” that extends to community halls and even churches.

Despite this, the best examples are often found supplying alcoholic beverages. Above are seven London public houses located centrally which were visited as a unit, The Fox & Anchor (Charterhouse St, EC1), The Jerusalem Tavern (Britton St, EC1), Ye Olde Mitre (Ely Court, EC1), Cittie of Yorke (High Holborn, WC1), The Seven Stars (Carey St, WC2), Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Fleet St, EC4) and The Black Friar (Queen Victoria St, EC4). All of which have a rich sense of history but vary in age, size, materiality and layout. One of my favorites was the Cittie of Yorke. The front elevation looks quite understated and the entrance is a not particularly generous passage, which opens up to a huge interior with well over double height ceiling and hand crafted carpentry throughout. It gave an enormous sense of revelation which is not common among pubs.

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