Tour Locations | Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History
As you emerge onto Fleet Street you can savour your final majestic views looking left back towards St.Paul's cathedral, but we'll be turning right and walking up Fleet Street towards the church tower ahead of you.
Glance left across the road and you should see El Vino. The oldest vintners and wine merchants in the City of London. This wine bar was notoriously frequented by journalists and judges of a predominantly male nature. Until the late 1980’s women were not even allowed to order drinks at the bar and would not be served at all if wearing trousers. One female drinker famously declared that if that was indeed the rule, she'd take them off with immediate effect and commanded "You shall serve me now!"
Ha! Perhaps a trivial story now, but never forget that many sexual equality battles were fought in the pubs and wine bars at the heart of legal London.
Let’s cross Fetter Lane straight ahead using the lights, and be prepared to turn hard right into Hen & Chicken court. It's a narrow snicket and easily missed!