Beer history

Imaginary Pub: Living Museum of London Brewing

Victorian or Edwardian pub livery

Just like the Brown Bitter Company, the following pub does not exist.

Within walking distance of the Museum of London is a cavernous Victorian pub building which, with the help of a culture fund grant and sponsorship from London breweries, has been renovated and refitted as it would have looked in the 1890s.

This isn’t a static museum to be viewed from behind glass, however — it is a working pub, of sorts, specialising in selling beers created from historic recipes.

Bottles from various breweries are behind the bar, with appropriately vintage labels designs. On the bar, three handpumps for mild, porter and bitter, brewed to various historic recipes especially for the pub.

In the back room, open during the day, and curated by the Museum of London, a small but well formed exhibition on the history of London brewing.

This isn’t a place for rowdy boozing, and is therefore completely inauthentic in that respect. It is usually filled with studious types reading and scribbling in their notebooks, as well as parties of beer tourists.

A particular draw for geeks? The endangered beer guest brew programme.

Question for historical types: does this imaginary pub have the right beers on the bar?