At the moment, the blog is really serving up the extremes. After being confronted by what felt like the outer limits in Neasden, my next stop was then straight at the heart of tourist London – Tower Hill.
While the modern Tower Hill Station didn’t open until 1967, it was built on the site of the Tower of London station, which opened in 1882 on the Metropolitan Railway. Given that these two are effectively in the same place, I am taking that first date as justifying my visit there.
The Tower of London Station itself was very short lived, closing in 1884 due to the construction work linking the Metropolitan Railway and the Metropolitan District Railway to create the ‘Inner Circle’ – now the Circle Line. It was replaced by ‘Mark Lane’ Station which was then renamed ‘Tower Hill’ which itself shut in 1967 due to rising passenger numbers and no scope for expansion on that site. This lead to the opening of a new ‘Tower Hill’ station on the site of the old ‘Tower of London’ site. Simple isn’t it?
After all that, the station building itself is pretty non-descript and ’60s. It is slap bang in the centre of London so I went for a couple of shots looking out from the station instead!
The Pub: Hung, Drawn and Quartered, 26-27 Great Tower Street, EC3R 5AQ
Hung, Drawn and Quartered is a short walk from the station, passing down Byward Street to meet Great Tower Street. The name apparently harks back to the fact that renowned diarist Samuel Pepys witnessed an execution nearby on 13th October 1660, commenting that the chap looked ‘as cheerful as any man could in that condition.’ I was initially drawn to this plaque as the entry was on my birthday(albeit 327 years before I was born..)
The interior keeps up the historical trend, with paintings of Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell and various other figures from Britain’s past adorning the walls. There is also a noose above the bar – it certainly made me drink faster when the barmaid called last orders.
As a Fullers pub, it has their standard range of ales. Topically, there was a cricket themed pint by the name of ‘Sticky Wicket‘. In light of the events at The Oval, perhaps the next one will be called Soggy Wicket or Caught Short? We went for the tried and trusted ESB and London Pride.
The pub itself is comfy and well maintained. Given the location, it’s very popular with tourists. We visited on a Saturday but I assume it does well on the after-office trade during the week too.
All in all, a good find. Well worth a return visit!