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Ludgate Cellars

The Ludgate Cellars was situated at 1 Apothecary Street. This was a marvellous old subterranean pub with flagstone floors and vaulted arches. In 1991 it closed and was demolished by Higgs & Hill to make way for an office development.
This pub was the backdrop to a British television series entitled "Cover Her Face" from 1985.  As I can see the episode only ran for 6 episodes.  It is one of the P.D. James mysteries.  From And the first episode from The front view of The Ludgate Cellars appears at the very beginning of the first episode - about 1:40 minutes into it.  It has two large canopies and a sign between
Richard Lewis, Arkansas (September 2011)
Your above entry for this pub mentions it's appearance as a backdrop to Cover Her Face but it was also a location in a much larger production. This is the pub in which the BBC filmed they're adaptation of John le 'Carre's, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 1979. It appears in episode 6 where George Smiley, played by Sir Alec Guinness meets Jerry Westerby played by Joss Ackland. The location was revealed this year by a former patron, the matter being detailed in an article in the website Guinness Is Smiley.
Chris (August 2023)

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Name Dates Comments
Brenda Squire 1976/1988 I worked at this pub from the day it opened (May 26th ) till the day it closed, what a sad day that was.
Mike Harper 1977/1982 As a regular customer of this great pub, many a happy evening spent chatting with fellow office workers, getting pissed on various occasions like birthdays, exam passes, pay rise celebrations (!) and leaving dos etc. Very sad its long destroyed for more office space.
Mandy Knight 1979/1982 This was my favourite pub. I worked in Bouverie Street at No.10. A five minute walk saw me in the Cellars, sitting at beer barrels under a vaulted roof on a flagstone floor, sawdust under my feet. Perfect. Had my 21st Birthday there in March 1982, tried to eject two very confused men from the 'Ladies Room', turned out I was in the 'Gents'!! Oops.😱 Haha. Good Times treasured always.
Andy Crossen 1983/1987

I worked as a Barman on my OE from New Zealand

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Site of The Ludgate Cellars, 2013

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