STUDENT BLOGS: Theatre in London: Sites, Sounds, and Situations
Happy 2010 Blackfriars
by Brittany Bland
You would think that five days into our trip we would be able to lead a tour without getting lost. WRONG! Luke, Brooke, and I were leading a tour from Chancery lane tube station to the Blackfriars Monastery site and William Shakespeare's London. I trip was doomed from the start since the night before was New Years and…yeah. The COLD! Our tour started, to my amusement, at a pub. A good way to start a tour. The Cattie of York pub has a long history of turning loose jolly Londoners from its doors. It has existed since 1695 and was rebuilt in 1923. If you go inside you will see towards the back wall wine vats that were used until 1940. An alehouse has existed on this site since 1430. Our book, London Theater Walks, describes it as "a most venerable and intriguing pub," that has been known to be a hot spot for Gray's Inn lawyers. I would recommend stopping here as it is a cozy-looking spot and is just 100 paces form the Chancery
Lane Tube Station if you get off at Exit one which is labeled Grey's Inn Road. The pub took my mind off The COLD, but nothing lasts forever.