Tour Locations | Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History
Old Bell Tavern & St. Brides Church
Unfortunately there's no time for a tipple at the Old Bell Tavern today, so let's keep going down this narrow alley. When you reach the church gates, turn right and walk towards the road.
(10 secs gap)
Once you've turned right at the gates, head for the signpost, and then spin 180 degrees to stop and gaze upwards enjoying the magnificent view of St.Bride's church.
It's rather beautiful isn't it? Let's enjoy the view of one of the 50 or so churches completed by the master builder Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Old Bell Tavern you just passed was also created by this famous architect. During the day he would pay his stonemasons to tinker and toil away at the church, but at night he would get all his money back behind the bar! I told you he was a genius!
The church is still a place of celebration and commemoration for the journalistic press who used to be synonymous with Fleet Street until the late 1980's. The church is often better known as the "wedding cake church" due to the uniquely shaped tower. Local legend suggests Mr Rich the baker glanced up from his window one day to literally be inspired to create the multi-tiered cake many of us enjoy to this day.
Let's head back towards the gated church entrance in front of us and take the small paved alleyway to the right. Keep following it round until I meet you towards the end.