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The Bell, London

Posted on 15. Jun, 2010 by in Pubs

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The Bell, Cannon Street, London

The Bell is an historic tiny pub located in the City of London, just off Cannon Street.

Brief History and Interior

The pub is one of the smallest in the City of London and parts are believed to have survived the Great Fire of London of 1666 which makes it one of the oldest pubs in London. It was named after a church bell that was once located nearby and sounded the alarm for the Great Fire.

Located on Bush Lane, just off Cannon Street and near the London Stone, the pub is a good few hundred metres from the River Thames but when the river was much wider, The Bell was a riverside pub.

The pub consists of a small beamed room that has a small number of tables but it wouldn’t take many people for the pub to reach capacity. It has a very traditional feel to it and in the rear corner is a large mirror and a small fireplace.

At the rear of the pub are the gents toilets and they are some of the smallest I’ve been in. If you visit on your own it’s fine but gets a little cosy with two. The two times I’ve visited a door has been left open to a small area full of rubble. Perhaps it’s left open for ventilation.

The Beer

The wooden bar stretches along most of the right hand wall and features ales such as Courage Best, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Harveys and St Austell Tribute. The beer is fairly expensive costing well over £3 for a pint but should be expected due to its location.

Visiting the Pub

Note: As with most pubs in the City, the pub is only open Monday to Friday.

More Photos of The Bell

Venue Location

The Bell

29 Bush Lane

London

EC4R 0AN

Tel: 020 7929 7772

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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3 Responses to “The Bell, London”

  1. Nick Evans 16 June 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    So happy you reviewed this pub. This was my local for nearly 3 years while I worked in London. It was directly outside the building where I used to work. Spent many lunchtime’s in here during the summer and you can stand outside also. The old lady owner used to live upstairs and would often see her walking her dog in morning.
    I wonder if they still sell pickled eggs.
    Happy days!

  2. Robert Gale 16 June 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Not sure whether they still sell pickled eggs. What other London pubs did you frequent? Have got lots more lined up for review.


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    […] The Bell, Cannon Street, London The Bell is one of the smallest pubs in the City of London and parts are believed to have survived the Great Fire of London of 1666 which makes it one of the oldest pubs in London. It was named after a church bell that was once located nearby and sounded the alarm for the Great Fire. You can read more about the pub at Travels with Beer. […]

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