Type: Bar, Gay and Lesbian, Late Night / After Hours, Live Entertainment, Live Music, Nightlife District, Pub, Pub Crawl, Venue
This is legendary hub of the east London art community is a little bit of everything all in one, just like the area it's situated in. It's a 700-year-old traditional boozer, a cutting-edge arts space,... Read More
This is legendary hub of the east London art community is a little bit of everything all in one, just like the area it's situated in. It's a 700-year-old traditional boozer, a cutting-edge arts space, a local hangout, a theatre and a music venue playing everything from Berlin electro to sea shanties. There's a garden out back with a burnt out car (it's actually an art piece) and a music studio upstairs, where artist owner Pauline Forster and her partner Toby Penrose still live. When they renovated the pub, they exposed many of the original features, which can still be seen today, and the whole place has a ramshackle, bohemian beauty. Despite being on a slightly dingy Whitechapel corner, the pub boasts an impressive coterie of star followers. Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys and Geoffrey Chaucer have all mentioned it in their writing, and to add some modern celebrity, Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and Sir Ian McKellan helped with the campaign to stop the redevelopment of part of the site. Long live the George!
- East London's Best Historic Pubs: "The nights range from contemporary arts quizzes to rock and roll cabaret, but if there's nothing on you're welcome to jump on the piano or the decks and get playing."
- Best for East London's Best Historic Pubs Because: The George dates back 700 years and is mentioned in the writing of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys and Geoffrey Chaucer.