The History of The London Tavern
First opened by a Mr. John Robberts in the 1860's, The London Tavern has traded from the same site ever since. The story of its first opening is as follows:
Apparently, Mr. Robberts heard the story of an elderly local lady who had been taken ill and a group of people had been dispatched to the White Hart at Poulner to purchase some brandy for medicinal purposes. The licencee there refused to oblige as it was late at night and was not prepared to come downstairs for anyone, living or dying.
Being a fair-minded man, Mr Roberts was outraged by this behaviour and decided to open a bar in his own house; this he did, after obtaining the necessary licence from the local police superintendent. Because of his previous associations with London, Mr. Robberts remembered he had been nicknamed Johnnie Londoner and thus the name of the pub came about. It was not, as had once been thought, because it was situated near to the old road to London.