George and Vulture

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The George and Vulture (left)

The George and Vulture is a pub in London that was built in 1748. There has been an inn on the site, which is off Lombard Street in the historic City of London district, since 1268.[1] It was said to be a meeting place of the notorious Hell-Fire Club and is now a revered City chop house.

It is mentioned at least 20 times[2] in The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, who frequently drank there himself. The George and Vulture has been the headquarters of the City Pickwick Club since its foundation.[3] When it was threatened with demolition, Cedric Charles Dickens, the author's great-grandson, campaigned to save it.[1] Since 1950 it has been the home of his Dickens Pickwick Club and, in the same year, it became the venue for the Christmas Day Dickens family gathering, in the Dickens Room.[4] It is, since 1995, also the chosen venue for the Christmas lunch of the Swedish Bankers of London.

The entryway of the George and Vulture Inn, sometime in the early 1900s

The George and Vulture is a Grade II listed building and is now run by Samuel Smiths Old Brewery (Tadcaster).[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The "George and Vulture" in "Pickwick Papers" Cedric Charles Dickens Pub. by Dickens Publishing (1995) pg 10 ISBN 0-9518525-2-3
  2. ^ Dickens, op. cit. pg 12
  3. ^ Dickens, op.cit. pg 1
  4. ^ Dickens, op. cit. pg 1
  5. ^ Corporation of London Extract from the Planning Register - Site Reference 2611
  6. ^ Hackney' Listed Buildings
  7. ^ The George and Vulture

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Coordinates: 51°30′47″N 0°05′09″W / 51.5130°N 0.0858°W / 51.5130; -0.0858