Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hidden London: Ye Olde Mitre Pub

It's been awhile since I've done a 'Hidden London' post, but I tracked down this pub yesterday and it is so hidden, it deserve to be found.

The Man and I made a voyage to Hatton Garden, London's centre for diamonds, yesterday. We were on a hunt for wedding rings, but I knew Ye Olde Mitre was around there somewhere, so we decided to try to find it. After looking at some exorbitantly prices rings and wandering the streets for awhile, we finally decided to ask a jeweller where on earth this elusive drinking hole was to be found.

Turns out he was the perfect person to ask. He had a drink at that pub when he came to interview for his diamond apprenticeship at age 14. He pointed us in the right direction, and off we trotted.

The sign on Ely Court, off Hatton Garden.

Sadly, the pub was closed (it's only open on weekdays), but it was definitely worth a look. Apparently part of the bar is an old cherry tree that Elizabeth I danced the maypole around.

The passage-way back to Hatton Garden.

The facade of the pub.


hearwritenow said...

That sounds wonderful - I love England's pubs. I hope you manage to get back there when it's open.

I remember a pub in Victoria that had a front step so hollowed out from centuries of customers walking across the threshold. I love that sense of history.

micahael from san luis said...

we spent six weeks in london june-july 09 while I was teaching and 'found' the mitre. for us [50 something parents and 2 adult kids] it was a wonderful intimate place to meet after our daily tous and my classes. two small half timbered rooms flank a central bar with a larger room above via most precipitous stair! the bartenders and pub food were great compliments to great ales and prices are outstanding for london. mostly lawyers and a few visitors, no sports tv's, no soccer fiends, no 'action'. just wonderful in it's repose. the rooms fill by 5:00 and crowd will spill into the alley typically.