The Cross Keys

The Secret Histories Of Pubs

Jerusalem

Arguably the oldest pub in Britain is in, of all places, Nottingham. ‘Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem’ is twelfth century and rather an oasis in the lawless party town. Its name clearly derives from the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, but other pubs have more obscure origins. The ability of pubs to reinvent themselves […]

Bryant & May’s London: The Cross Keys

This lovely old pub in Endell Street, Covent Garden is a Free House and one of a dying breed. Filled with music mementoes and knick-knacks, it attracts locals, trendies and the odd tourist. It’s interesting to note that such pubs seem popular with the young, who don’t always want sterile club bars or hotel cocktail […]