Esoteric London

No. 538: Ravey Street, EC2

Posted in Architectural, Drink, Lettering, Pubs by esotericlondon on March 21, 2012

The Griffin, Ravey Street, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Ins and Outs of London – W. O’Daniel, 1859:

The liquor business is carried on in London, certainly to a greater extent than is any other. There is a well known London boast the ‘No one drinks water.’ This is literally true. The rich, with meat and vegetables, drink the best ale and stout; and wines, brandies and cordials, with dessert. No beggar so poor but that he can afford to spend threpence [three pennies pre decimalization] for his pint of “af-nat,” or stout.

[Meux’s Brewery Co. Ltd was a London brewery established in 1764. Although it was renown for its stout and porter it is probably most famous for the London Beer Flood which was covered in post No. 322 and can been seen by clicking here. R.D.]