Old Mitre Tavern: "Old Mitre Tavern" London Nightlife Tip by hayward68

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This is a tiny pub with two wood panelled bars which are quite cosy (read small!) You'll be lucky if you find a table, we did and it was tiny as well. There's quite a history to this place, the original tavern on this spot was built in 1547 and was for the servants of the palace of the Bishops of Ely, Cambridgeshire. The palace was the bishops London residence and hosted royalty such as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The palace and pub were torn down in 1772 but the pub was rebuilt soon after and a stone mitre from the palace gatehouse is built into the wall.
If you need the loo you go up a tiny, crooked staircase near the door and I can attest to how small they are. The floor of the ladies room is tilted which makes the toilet sit on an angle, quite an interesting experience, lol!

Directions: Ely Court, Hatton Garden

It's tricky to find as it's down an alleyway. Look for the alleyway between 8 and 9 Hatton Garden or from Ely Court, the alleyway runs between the two.

othercontact: OPEN Mon-Fri 11.00-23.00


Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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