This pub is included as it features in the Londonist Book of Pub Crawls.
Pub lore says that Dickens mentions this place in A Tale of Two Cities, but we can’t find a direct reference. However, it is next to Manette Street, named after that book’s Doctor, and the golden arm sticking out of Foyles is described in chapter six (the original is now in the Dickens Museum). Look out, too, for a piece of street art by Invader, still clinging to the back of the pub's arch after more than half a decade.
There’s been a pub on this site since 1733 but it’s currently decorated to feel late Victorian, all dark wood and small privacy screens spaced along the wall. A decent range of beer and a cosy atmosphere; no wonder Martin Amis, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan used to hang out here.
Not to be confused with the freemason-loaded Hercules Pillars in nearby Great Queen Street.