Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

7: Charles Dickens – Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, London

This Fleet Street pub in the City of London was rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire in 1666 with an inn having stood on the grounds since 1538. The vaulted cellars are thought to belong to a 13th-century Carmelite monastery that once occupied the site. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese enjoys a rich literary history, with the likes of Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. Johnson all having nursed a pint or three within its walls.

Though its most famous patron is Charles Dickens, who was a regular and makes reference to the Cheshire Cheese in his 1859 novel set in London and Paris – A Tale of Two Cities – where characters Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton enjoy “a good plain dinner and good wine.” In addition, the Rhymers’ Club, a group of London-based poets founded by W.B. Yeats in 1890, held meetings at the haunt, along with the Domino Room at the Café Royal.

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