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Prospect of Whitby: Thames pub classic
The Prospect is one of the most famous pubs in London but because it is outside West End and the more central parts, it is still not that full of tourists. It supposedly opened in 1543 but was damaged by fire in the 18th century and it was during rebuilding that it changed its name and was given its name after a ship moored outside - that explains the Yorkshire connection. This must have been an improvement since it was previously known to the world as the Devil's Tavern for all the smugglers and others using it. Today it feels quite sofisticated compared to what it must have been like when the Docklands were a rough harbour area rather than the gentrified business centre we now know it as. Nevertheless, it has kept its wonderful maritime feel with a stone floor and wooden ship details as interior. Lots of tack and other things and even an old mast amongst all the other wooden beams. Very cosy place. Food is served from lunch and until evening all days and you can enjoy your food upstairs with views out to the river, or summertime on the terrace. It feels like you're on board an old ship yourself if you stay inside. :)
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