London Local Pubs 


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Fancy a pub crawl?

Visit the pubs that are featured in the London Local Pubs book and experience their history for yourself!


Discover the stories and photographs that people have added to each pub's online archive on

Perhaps you have some of your own to share? 

Browse through the pub photo collection and buy a bespoke print of your favourite pub as it once looked, created by Heritage Assets.

Breandán Knowlton, CEO of Historypin

Local pubs are at the heart of their communities. When Historypin, a community history organisation, heard that the National Brewery Heritage Trust held the Charrington collection, an unseen collection of 6,000 pub photos, they wanted to help track down the pubs and discover the stories behind the photos. 

Many of the pubs featured in the archive were still proudly trading and Historypin worked with their landlords to run events to gather memories and stories about the pub. They got in touch with past landlords and staff and local regulars who all came along to share their memories, and even personal photos. Everything flowed onto the Local Pub Histories page on, enabling everyone to explore the Charrington archive and the unique memories these pubs evoke and add their own photos and stories.

With help from the Europeana Food and Drink project and the Hoare family, this community narrative was then shaped into a book, written by Adrian Tierney-Jones and containing crowdsourced memories, personal photos and a 'now and then' comparison of archival photographs and contemporary images.

Please explore the links below - you can order the London Local Pubs: Past and Present book, contribute your own pub memories and photographs to the Historypin and order a framed print of your favourite pub.


A journey through the history of London's pubs, told through never-before-seen archival photographs and the stories and memories from their landlords and regulars.


available now for £9.99




Adrian Tierney-Jones

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