London Quiz Number 2:

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You’re going to hate me for this one. Does anyone know why there are almost twice as many London pub names starting with a ‘B’ or a ‘C’ than any other letter of the alphabet?

6 comments on “London Quiz Number 2:”

  1. Smells like a trick question. There’s the obvious “to get in the first pages of the phone books“, but your caveat leads me to expect something far, far worse.

  2. I.A.M. says:

    Because the words “Bull”, Bridge”, “Chequers”, “Coach”, “Cock”, “Crown”, and the colours “Blue” and “Black” sound really good when the start of a pub name, unless you decide to call it after the Brewery?

    Might have something to do with the popularity of beer and general hostelry with Stage Coaches and their need for horseshoes as well (places near landmarks like bridges or castles, as well as Blacksmiths)?

  3. stephen groves says:

    Hi chris,
    Yes we hate you!
    Please don’t give the answer to this one until one of us gets it right.
    All the best

  4. Chris Tandy says:

    ‘B’ and ‘C’ are two letters of the alphabet;
    ‘Any other letter of the alphabet’ is one letter, by definition.
    Therefore there are twice as many letters;
    therefore there are twice as many pubs……

    …..possible, eh?

  5. I.A.M. says:

    …well? are any of these close?

  6. admin says:

    Okay – Ian was the closest. It’s because pubs got fed up with having to change their names with every reign change, so they changed most of the ones named after monarchs to the more generic ‘The Crown’ – hence the abundance of ‘C’s. As for the Bs, the odds are tipped by the dominance of two names ‘Black Bull’ (very common because every village had one, and ‘Blue Posts’, which marked the presence of a pub. But I think there’s also something to do with the police or at least Bow Street Runners and the term ‘Blue Posts’.

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