77 Borough High Street, South Bank (SE1), Central London, Greater London, Southwark
Among the most famous pubs in London, the George is one of the only surviving galleried inns. Built originally in the 15th century, it was recorded in 1598 as being in a dreadful area of slums, brothels, stews and bear and dog fighting. The present proprietor says that often there are strange noises in the night and electric lights going on and off with no one nearby. In 1855, an eccentric local person, George Rymer, hanged himself from the shaft of a wagon in the pub yard. Reports claim it he has been haunting the courtyard and bars ever since. The ghost of a former proprietor, Miss Murray, is also still in residence, with creates havoc with computers and tills, although nothing is wrong with them when checked by engineers. In 1676, the George was rebuilt after a severe fire that destroyed most of medieval Southwark. There had been many such inns as the George in this part of London. Probably the most famous was the Tabard, where, in 1388, Chaucer began The Canterbury Tales. The George Inn is First-grade listed, with is in CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.