London’s Historic Pubs – The Spaniard’s Inn

LONDON’S HISTORIC PUBS: I visited The Spaniard’s Inn in Highgate yesterday for more research on my article ‘London’s Historic Pubs’. Leafy Highgate! You know you’re in an affluent area of London when there are barely any bus stops and few train stations. Even the train station was wooded and leafy! It’s been a pub since 1543 & has an antiquated-looking fire place that looks like it’s been preserved since the 1700s. The poets Byron, Percy Shelley & Mary Shelley drank here. Also Keats wrote Ode to a Nightingale in the pub gardens. It was also one of Dickens favourites and both he and Dracula author Bram Stoker mentioned it in their novels. Weird atmosphere in the place. You can feel the history. A strange but stirring place to spend the evening of the solar eclipse. Read my full article in the September print edition of  http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/

  Above right – An antiquated fireplace at The Spaniard’s Inn

 

 

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Anniversary of poet Percy Shelley’s death

LITERATURE: July 8th is the anniversary of the death of poet Percy Shelley. My article looks at how his tragic love life drew him to London and the death of his first wife Harriet Westbrook in The Serpentine River, Hyde Park. Click link http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/of-suicide-tragic-love-life-poet-percy-shelleys-death-anniversary/

Joseph Severn's portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The radical 19th century poet practiced the politics of the plate. For Shelley and other liberals of his day, keeping sugar out of tea was a political statement against slavery.

Joseph Severn’s portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The radical 19th century poet practiced the politics of the plate. For Shelley and other liberals of his day, keeping sugar out of tea was a political statement against slavery.