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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
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18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
A Tunnel & a Workhouse
Once a Victorian workhouse with an adjoining tunnel
Location: 44 Glasshouse Street, Piccadilly, W1B 5DP
Description: The 'Leicester Arms' is one of many pubs in the Piccadilly area with a story to tell - but on this occasion the yarn takes in the boozer next door, the 'Glassblower'.
Both buildings were once in fact the same building, both being part of the same Victorian workhouse, the Leicster Arms was in fact the children's play area of the workhouse (I would imagine not a great deal of fun was had there).
The two pubs were also originally joined by a large tunnel, now filled, you can still see where the it used to be on closer pub inspection.
So in summary... these pubs have a rich heritage and tunnel - but can you find it? Grab a drink and see how you get on.