Falstaffs Boars Head Tavern


Falstaffs Boars Head Tavern

The site of Falstaffs favourite pub The Boars Head.

Location: 33-35 Eastcheap

Description: Just look up at this splendid Neo-Gothic facade, designed by RL Roumieu and built 1868 as a vinegar warehouse for Hill & Evans (a Worcester based company and one of the worlds largest vinegar producers).

This famous site used to house the Boar's Head Tavern, mentioned by William Shakespeare in his play Henry IV Part I as Falstaff's local.

The original Boar's Head was destroyed in 1666 in the Great Fire of London, and rebuilt. The original pub sign can be seen at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The building attracted many a tourist or Shakespeare fan in the 18th century when it hosted themed dinners well ahead of its time.

Look up again and above the 2nd floors central window is a sculpture of a wild boar peering through long grass and the second floor canopies to the left and right feature carved heads of Henry IV and Henry V.

In the 1950's J. Lyons & Co tea shop was at number 35 Eastcheap.

Today the facade is grade II* listed.

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Falstaffs Boars Head Tavern

The site of Falstaffs favourite pub The Boars Head.

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