At the Battle of Flodden in 1513 King James IV and most of the Scottish nobility of the day were killed by the English. Scotland lay defenceless and the citizens of Edinburgh rapidly built a stone wall around the city to protect it, the Flodden Wall. The wall proved pretty useless when Henry VIII's forces invaded in 1544, but it did very clearly mark the outer limit of what was considered to be Edinburgh at the time. This, then, was the point at which the world ended and Edinburgh began. Parts of the wall can still be seen, and its course ran along the west side of St Mary's Street underneath where the World's End is now built (the pub reuses the foundations of the wall).
The World’s End is a traditional Scottish pub with nice food and best of all – they serve Belhaven’s Best on tap! It’s divided in a dining area and a bar area, both of them quite small so to get a table can be tricky. Specially during tourist seasons when everybody comes to have a pint and a meal at this Edinburgh institution!
Opening hours: 11am – 1am daily
Dress Code: None
EH1 has closed!!! - End of an institution. The windows are boarded up but there was recently a notice saying it would reopen under another name and was hiring staff.
I'll update when I know more
Located in the middle of the Royal Mile the bar attracts a mix of tourists, trendies and students. Relaxed setting with friendly bar staff and a wide range of cocktails. Serves great food throughout the day including vegetarian breakfasts. Tables at the back have a great view over Cockburn street. During the festival seats at the tables outside go like golddust. A popular place to start the night - and stay until closing time. Open 9am-1am.
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