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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
145 Fleet Street, City of London, EC4A 2BU.
“I’ve seen all of England, " she said. “I’ve seen Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament and His Majesty’s Theatre and the Savoy and the Cheshire Cheese….” (Piccadilly Jim- P.G. Wodehouse)
The vaulted cellars of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese are thought to have been part of a 13th-century Carmelite Monastery. The former inn on this site, dating back to 1538, was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Most of the pub was rebuilt in 1667.
At the entrance, a board records the reigns of the fifteen monarchs through which Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese has endured.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is exactly what one imagines an English pub to be, with its warren of narrow passages and staircases connecting the bars and dining rooms on various levels. Open fireplaces, dark wooden beams and low ceilings add to the cozy atmosphere.
Due to its location on Fleet Street, once home of the newspaper trade, The Cheshire Cheese was the favorite watering hole of journalists, in addition to a host of renowned literary and other well-known personages, such as Charles Dickens, Voltaire, Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith, Thackeray, Pope, Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, WB Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Jack Dempsey, Teddy Roosevelt and Polly.