The George, in a cobbled courtyard off Borough High Street, is London’s only surviving galleried coaching inn

It was rebuilt in 1676, after a devastating fire swept Southwark.

It was one of many such inns in the area, perhaps the most famous being the Tabard, where Chaucer’s pilgrims, in the Canterbury Tales, set off from in 1388.

With the growth of the railways, coaching inns declined, and the Tabard was demolished in the nineteenth century.

Fortunately, the George was partially spared, to be used as a railway depot.

The south face is the only part remaining of the original building.

The pub now belongs to the National Trust.

The Old Bar was the waiting room, for coachmen and passengers.

The Middle Bar was the Coffee Room, which Dickens used to visit.

You can visit The George Inn on the cultural walk.

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