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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th November 1906 George Bernard Shaws Doctor's Dilemma, premieres in London
20th November 1898 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies
20th November 1852 Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's Masks and Faces, premieres in London
Was this George Orwell's favourite pub in London?
Location: 21 Canonbury Place, N1 2NS
Description: Tucked away from the bustle of nearby Upper Street, the Canonbury is a discreet piece of London literary history.
A regular haunt of George Orwell, the Canonbury was one of the pubs the author amalgamated for his classic 1946 essay the 'The Moon Under Water'.
Living just a stone's thrown away in Canonbury Square, the author valued the pub - sadly now modernised inside - for the protection that the walled garden offered his young son from the bomb-damaged tenements outside.
The huge spreading chestnut tree that still stands outside was inspirational for Orwell during his writing of 'Nineteen Eighty Four'.