To any visitors new to London or the Underground, Monument Station is probably not the best place to start. It in itself seems quite simple, it’s on the District and Circle Line. But it is linked to the sprawling multi-line and multi-level Bank station. The complex itself has been nicknamed ‘The Worm’, something you’ll understand if you see this diagram of how it all joins together!
For now, I’ll just stick to Monument, Bank will have its day. It first opened as ‘Eastcheap’ on 6th October 1884, the same day as Cannon Street station which marked the completion of the ‘Inner Circle’ Line, which is now today’s Circle Line.
Overall, Monument Station is in good condition. It feels like it had a good refurb not too long ago. The platform Roundels appear to be flanked with Griffins, the ceremonial mascot of the City of London.
The Pub: The Ship, 11 Talbot Court, EC3V 0BP
When you leave the station, it’s worth stopping for a moment to admire The Monument itself. Built to commemorate the Great Fire of London of 1666, it was designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke. While the recent skyscrapers across the City may have obscured the view a little, it is still well worth the 311 steps to the top!
In amongst the skyscrapers, there is still plenty of the narrow streets that characterise the City of London. It’s down one of those narrow streets just north of the station, Talbot Court, we found our pub, The Ship. Like many in the City, its a Nicholsons pub. According to its website, prior to the Great Fire of London, it was called The Talbot but after the rebuild was renamed The Ship due to all the dockers that drank here.
The exterior is decked out with an array of hanging baskets. The downstairs room is quite thin and narrow, like a number of London’s historic pubs. It has a rather traditional feel – especially the red ceiling, always a favourite of mine in pubs. The pub had a standard selection of ales plus a few slightly less well known offerings, including the ominously named ‘Gathering Storm.’
Like many traditional city pubs, there is also a dedicated dining room upstairs – ‘The Talbot Room.’ The Ship doesn’t have a garden but given its in a small courtyard, plenty of people were drinking outside on our visit and that’s where we perched ourselves. Again, it’s another pub popular with city workers and at weekends is only open on Saturday lunchtimes and afternoons.
Overall I was a fan of The Ship. I rather like these historic narrow London pubs, always good to pop in for a quick pint or two!