Two Chairmen

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The Two Chairmen pub in Westminster, London

Two Chairmen is thought to be the oldest public house in Westminster.[1] Its pub sign, featuring two men carrying a sedan chair, can be traced back to 1729.[2] The pub is near Birdcage Walk, where James I had aviaries for exotic birds, and close to St. James's Park tube station. It has been called 'The hidden gem of Dartmouth Street' by The London Evening Standard.[3]

History[edit]

The pub is located on Dartmouth Street opposite the infamous early theatre The Royal Cockpit, which was known as a cockfighting arena.[4] Rebuilt in 1756,[5] It is named after the two men who used to carry sedan chairs for wealthy patrons who frequented the pub in its early days.[6] Apparently the Sedan chair carriers would wait in the pub for fares which would appear after the cockfights had finished.[7]

In 1935, the pub was the location of the founding of the Society of Civil Service Authors.[8]

Notable clientele and mentions[edit]

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Coordinates: 51°30′02″N 0°07′54″W / 51.500613°N 0.131664°W / 51.500613; -0.131664