Eccentric London Pubs: The Boot & Flogger
This place shouldn’t work. It’s a bugger to find, it shuts early and it sells no beer. But the house champagne is great, the wine list is excellent, the simple menu is lovely and the staff are friendly. It’s off Borough High Street, and well worth checking out. Until recently it was the only hostelry in the UK that had the right to sell wine without a licence, thanks to a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1567. The boot and flogger was a corking device comprised of a leather ‘boot’ that the bottle was placed in, with a wooden ‘flogger’ – a piece of flat wood – which was used to ‘flog’ the cork into the bottle.