George Inn

George Inn

This pub was voted by Londonist readers as one of the top 10 'ye olde' pubs in London.
This pub was voted among the top 10 pubs in central London by Londonist readers.
This pub was voted one of the best in Borough and Southwark by Londonist readers.

The George must rank in the Premier League of London pubs. It's ancient, popular, atmospheric, has a Wikipedia page, is 'haunted', is galleried, is owned by the National Trust, was mentioned by Dickens, was the subject of a very enjoyable book — Shakespeare's Local by Pete Brown — and, which is more, was the location for the first ever drinks night for Londonist contributors, back in 2005. We've returned many times since.

There's a fair amount of tourist trade here. It's close to Borough Market but also soars as a destination in its own right. The building sprawls and the yard accommodates hundreds, so there's usually plenty of space. Do explore the many dark panelled rooms that make up this old coaching inn. The dining room is especially atmospheric, while the Talbot Room is perfect for functions. Watch out for the ghost, though. This space was formerly a bedroom that couldn’t be let out. Another spectre here is that of Mrs Murray, the former landlady who presided over the bar when the trains first reached Borough and undermined her coaching inn business. Her spirit is therefore blamed for any technology failures in the pub.

It's a Greene King pub, so the food and drink are reliable if not exceptional. But you're not really here for that.

On Twitter as @GeorgeInn1677

Last updated February 2015.

The George from above...just dropping in.
The George from above...just dropping in.
A gathering of Chaucerians in the Talbot Room. The pilgrims set off to Canterbury from the neighbouring Talbot Court.
A gathering of Chaucerians in the Talbot Room. The pilgrims set off to Canterbury from the neighbouring Talbot Court.
Even mid-winter, the spacious courtyard attracts a few hardy drinkers.
Even mid-winter, the spacious courtyard attracts a few hardy drinkers.

Address: 77 Borough High Street London SE1 1NH

Phone: 0207 407 2056

Website:
http://gkpubs.co.uk/pubs-in-london/the-george-inn-pub/

Monday: 11am-11pm

Tuesday: 11am-11pm

Wednesday: 11am-11pm

Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday: 11am-11pm

Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday: noon-10.30pm

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