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Two Chairmen Pub St James London Window


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Two Chairmen St James


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Charming 18th century pub with original beams and leaded windows next to St James’s Park. Serving cask ales and traditional British food a stone’s throw from Westminster Abbey, this dog-friendly venue is loved by locals and tourists alike. The pub’s unusual name comes from a trend in the 1700s, when men would transport the wealthy people of London around in Sedan chairs, literally making them ‘chairmen’. These men would often wait for their next fares in the pub, which was once opposite the Royal Cockpit theatre where the upper classes would bet on cock fights. It is said the phrase ‘cheerio’ originally came from well-to-do folk shouting ‘chair ho!’ at the chairmen to request a lift, which inadvertently became a way of saying goodbye to anyone left behind. Situated within easy reach of many of London’s most famous attractions, The Two Chairmen is the perfect place to grab a hearty lunch or a relaxing dinner after a busy day in the capital.

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