Nostalgia 2: Still There!


Yes, yes, London has Starbucks and KFC and that place with the horrible burgers and the creepy clown (when was the last time you had a burger, honestly?), but what about the places it once had? Hang on, check the picture again and you’ll find it’s recent, for this is the lovely Gordon’s Wine Bar, still exactly as it once was. It’s thought to be the oldest wine bar in London (which probably makes it one of the oldest in the world) and has been established in its present form since 1890. It would just be nice if they took the Hoover round occasionally. If you find it claustrophobic inside (I always bang my head on the ceiling) you can take your wine outside to Watergate Park.

Which brings me to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham. What’s he got to do with London’s shortest alley, then? Come on, London know-alls!

4 comments on “Nostalgia 2: Still There!”

  1. stephen groves says:

    Hi Chris,
    I think it’s that George Villiers aquired York House in the Strand in 1612 and when his son latter sold it he made a condition of the sale that the surrounding streets be named after his father ie villiers street ,Duke street,Buckenham street and exchange alley as it was originally called, but was latter known as of alley now renamed as york place.

  2. I.A.M. says:

    That place is one of the finest places one can dine in London. Once you’ve found it, you’ll never go anywhere else. The history only adds to its richness, for it’s already worth locating merely for its visual impact.

  3. Mike Cane says:

    One of these days, Chris, I will finally get over there and then impose upon you to show me some of these places in person and tell me about them so I can fully appreciate my visit. I’m sure the days I will be there will coincide with a Very Important Meeting or some dramatic travel you must do for Research Purposes. So, don’t worry about this threat too much.

  4. I love Gordon’s. It’s one of my regular treats to myself.

    And is it Of Alley? As in George St, Villiers St, Duke St, Of Alley & Buckingham St?

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