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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th January 1843 Born today: Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
20th January 1779 Actor David Garrick sadly passed away at The Adelphi buildings.
20th January 1382 King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia in Westminster Abbey.
Lord Byron's Bolthole
Back in 1813, poet Lord Byron lived next door to this very pub
Location: 6 Bennet Street, St James's, SW1A 1RP
Description: Lord Byron's Bolthole?...Well it might have been...Back in 1813, poet Lord Byron lived next door to this very pub - the 'Blue Posts'.
Indeed the pub was actually destroyed in World War II but even prior to this a pub of this name was mentioned on this site by the Restoration dramatist George Etheredge as early as 1667.
And so to the name...the, Blue Posts, (two azure painted poles) once stood in the tavern's forecourt and served as an advertisement for a fleet of sedan chairs which used to ply for hire in Bennet Street. So now you know.