Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

9: George Orwell – The Fitzroy Tavern, London

Nestled on a corner of Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, after which the pub takes its name, the Fitzroy Tavern has gained a reputation for its literary links, with it serving as a melting pot for artists, writers and intellectuals in the 1920s much in the same way as Les Deux Magots in Paris became a petri dish for artistic thought and literary endeavor.

Among some of the watering hole’s more famous former patrons are Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, Welsh painter Augustus John and, most famously, 1984 writer George Orwell. Starting life as a coffee house in 1883, the building was turned into a pub – The Hundred Marks – four years later.

The haunt didn’t adopt its current guise until 1919. In honour of its famous guests, the tavern boasts photographs Thomas and Orwell on its walls, the former snapped drinking at the bar. Since the ‘80s, the pub has been a regular gathering place of Dr Who fans, who meet there on the first Thursday evening of each month.

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