Boleyn Tavern

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Boleyn Tavern
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The Boleyn Tavern
Boleyn Tavern is located in London Borough of Newham
Boleyn Tavern
Boleyn Tavern
Boleyn Tavern is located in Greater London
Boleyn Tavern
Boleyn Tavern
General information
Address 1 Barking Road, East Ham, East London
Town or city London
Country England
Coordinates 51°31′49″N 0°02′17″E / 51.5304°N 0.0381°E / 51.5304; 0.0381Coordinates: 51°31′49″N 0°02′17″E / 51.5304°N 0.0381°E / 51.5304; 0.0381
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name Boleyn Tavern Public House
Designated 25 October 1984
Reference no. 1293693

The Boleyn Tavern is a Grade II listed public house in East Ham, East London, at the junction of Barking Road and Green Street.[1]

It was built in 1899–1900, with the entrance consoles bearing a 1900 date.[1] The Tavern was frequented by West Ham United F.C. supporters due to its proximity to West Ham's ground, the Boleyn Ground. Often at risk from vandalism from opposing supporters, it has its windows boarded-up.[2]

It is on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.[3]

A visit from Gandhi[edit]

The local tradition is that Mahatma Gandhi visited the Boleyn Tavern in 1931. Gandhi was in London for a period of 3 months for talks on the future of India. He based himself at Kingsley Hall in Bromley-by-Bow and was enthusiastically received by East Enders. It is said[4] that during his stay Gandhi visited the Boleyn Tavern and drank cream soda while discussing radical politics and football with local people.

Gandhi was a keen football fan[5] and already had a strong connection to West Ham United through his friendship with its founder, Arnold Hills, while living in London completing his law studies in 1888-91. During this period Hills brought the young Gandhi onto the executive committee of the London Vegetarian Society. Gandhi also met Charlie Chaplin in nearby Canning Town.[6]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Boleyn public house (1293693)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ "West Ham v Millwall: Massive police operation for London derby – Crime & Courts". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. ^ Brandwood, Geoff (2013). Britain's best real heritage pubs. St. Albans: CAMRA. p. 91. ISBN 9781852493042.
  4. ^ discussed by Brian Belton in his book 'The Thames Ironworks' Chapter 4
  5. ^ FIFA article on Gandhi's love of football
  6. ^ article on the meeting between the two men