Trying to keep the balance between delivering an upper level course in just two and a half weeks and allowing the students to experience the amazing sights and sounds of London is a tricky one. But however hard it may be – there is always room for a trip to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub!!!
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of a number of pubs in London to have been rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666. There has been a pub at this location since 1538. Some of the interior wood paneling is nineteenth century, some older, perhaps original. The vaulted cellars are thought to belong to a 13th-century Carmelite monastery which once occupied the site. The entrance to this pub is situated in a narrow alleyway and is very unassuming, yet once inside visitors will realize that the pub occupies a lot of floor space and has numerous bars and gloomy rooms. In winter, open fireplaces are used to keep the interior warm. In the bar room are posted plaques showing famous people who were regulars, including no other than Charles Dickens himself.