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LONDON TAVERN


Following last months article about the 1929 Club Dinner I had a phone call
from Jennifer Evans the daughter of the late Ted Jackson who was a
member at that time to say how much she enjoyed reading it. She tells me
she still has all of Ted's medals from his racing days of which several have
gold centres. What she really wanted to know was if I knew where the London
Tavern was, so see below. Ed.


THE LONDON TAVERN
Situated about the middle of the western side of Bishopsgate-street. Within,
presents in its frontage a mezzanine-storey, and lofty Venetian windows,
reminding one of the old-fashioned assembly-room fa  ade. The site of the
present tavern was previously occupied by the White Lion Tavern, which was
destroyed in an extensive fire on the 7th of November, 1765; it broke out
at a peruke-maker's opposite; the flames were carried by a high wind across
the street, to the house immediately adjoining the tavern, the fire speedily
reaching the corner; the other angles of Cornhill, Gracechurch-street, and
Leadenhall-street, were all on fire at the same time, and fifty houses and
buildings were destroyed and damaged, including the White Lion and Black
Lion Taverns.


Upon the site of the former was founded "The London Tavern," on the Tontine
principle; it was commenced in 1767, and completed and opened in
September, 1768; Richard B. Jupp, architect. The front is more than 80
feet wide by nearly 70 feet in height.


The Great Dining-room, or "Pillar-room," as it is called, is 40 feet by 33
feet, decorated with medallions and garlands, Corinthian columns and
pilasters. At the top of the edifice is the ball-room, extending the whole
length of the structure, by 33 feet in width and 30 feet in height, which
may be laid out as a banqueting-room for 300 feasters; exclusively of
accommodating 150 ladies as spectators in the galleries at each end. The
walls are throughout hung with paintings; and the large room has an organ.



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