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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
28th February 1922 The Princess Mary, daughter of King George V was married to Viscount Lascelles in Westminster Abbey.
28th February 1918 Born today: Alfred Burke, London England, actor (Backfire)
28th February 1916 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
28th February 1728 Georg F Handels opera Siroe, re di Persia, premieres in London
The George Inn
This is London's only surviving galleried coaching inn, 1676
Location: Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1 1NH
Description: The George is London's only surviving galleried coaching inn. Rebuilt in 1676, after a devastating fire swept Southwark, it was one of many such inns in the area. It was first heard of in 1554, ten years before Shakespeare was born.
The Old Bar was the waiting room, for coachmen and passengers.
The Middle Bar was the Coffee Room, a haunt of Charles Dickens and features in Little Dorrit where Maggy tells young Tip he has to go to the George to write a begging letter.
Film star Jayne Mansfield drank here in 1959.
It was also used as the unofficial meeting place for Millwall Football Club in the 1890's.
It is now in the safe hands of the National Trust.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London