George Tavern

Bars and pubs Shadwell
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The George Tavern is thought to be one of the oldest pubs in London, with the current building dating back to the Georgian era. The historical feel has been meticulously preserved, making it a popular venue for photoshoots by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Nick Cave. Under the ownership of the current landlady, artist Pauline Forster, the George started to host live music in 2004 and played host to several of Factory Floor's early gigs. Current live music highlights include the regular Jupiter Club, hosted by Jem Finer of The Pogues.

Venue name: George Tavern
Address: 373 Commercial Rd
E1 0LA
Transport: Shadwell DLR
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Amazing (very old) pub with an exceptional landlady who's been fighting against the threat of expensive flats (and the housing crisis in general) in the area for years. The pub is a very classic London pub, wholly pub by. Booths, beer, high ceilings, pretty bar staff. They also have a reputation for hosting a wide range of gigs on the little stage, and are great for hire if you want to put on your own event. Theres a big (but basic) garden/yard which helps when the pub is busy.

It's the kind of pub its easy to let lose in, great for big groups.

They also have a studio upstairs for photoshoots and lots of important creative work has happened within its walls, a pub we should be looking after, keep up the good fight!

James Manning

If you ever find yourself in the area (before a gig at the Troxy, say) then don't miss the chance to have a pint here. During the day it's got a quiet, dusty, old-fashioned atmosphere and brilliant light. At night it's often rowdy but always friendly. There's also a cool little garden which used to have a parked car covered in smashed mirrors in it. That isn't there any more but there are some big communal tables with old beer kegs to sit on. Special events (club nights and gigs) tend towards the DIY end of things, with some innovative classical concerts as well as weird electronics and rock 'n' roll. Apparently they might try and build flats next door, which would bring all of this creative fun to an end, so visit while you can.