The Cockpit

The Cockpit

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Sitting in this quaint little back-street boozer, you can easily forget that you're in the middle of one of the world's great financial centres. The Cockpit is ancient, dating back to the 18th century. But pub yore puts this as the site of Shakespeare's Blackfriars house, two centuries before that.

The name comes from the age-old pastime of pitting rival cockerels against each other for the amusement of onlookers. Those onlookers would stand in the gallery, still present above the bar. Look out for plenty of other cock motifs around the walls. It's one of the few 'real' pubs in the Square Mile, every inch the traditional drinking den our grandfathers would have felt happy in. The couple running the show make a point of nattering to everyone who comes in, making for a real sense of community in a part of town where you'd least expect it.

A small selection of old-fashioned beers — Landlord, Pedigree, that kind of thing — and simple pub fare should keep you happy.

Last updated April 2015.

The Londonist pub crawl gang.
The Londonist pub crawl gang.
Plenty of cocks on the walls.
Plenty of cocks on the walls.
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Address: The Cockpit 7 Saint Andrew's Hill, London London EC4V 5BY

Phone: 020 7248 7315

Website:

Monday: 11am-11pm

Tuesday: 11am-11pm

Wednesday: 11am-11pm

Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday: 11am-11pm

Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday: noon-2.30pm/7-10.30pm

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Ben Davolls

Pretty sure that isn't the address..

Ben Davolls

7 Saint Andrew's Hill, London EC4V 5BY

JamesLondonist

Well spotted! Thanks - have amended now.