Behind Closed Doors
Nearby Fleet Street is littered with lunch opportunities, including three famous pubs. Ye Old Bank of England, now a pub, was once a branch of the Bank, located close to the law courts allegedly so they could get the Government its money when it won cases. It's close to the fabled site of Sweeney Todd's barber shop and naturally has a good range of pies. Further along is Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese where Charles Dickens raised a glass or two and Le Coq tavern. El Vino wine bar looks as if it could have come out of Rumpole of the Old Bailey whilst off the beaten track in Carey Street, behind the Courts, is the little Seven Stars which is a 'gastro-pub', 410 years old this year.
For additional cultural experiences, a short distance away is Somerset House, home to the Courtauld Institute, one of the best small galleries in Europe. Its renowned collection includes famous worked by Manet, van Gogh, Gaugin, Monet and Degas. Close by why not also visit the spectacularly restored 19th century Kings College, Chapel?
POST UPDATED 7/3/16
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