Butchers Hook Cleaver Pub

Butchers Hook & Cleaver Pub – London, England

Formerly a branch of The Midland Bank and a wholesale meat supply shop, The Butcher’s Hook and Cleaver is a lively pub right next door to Smithfield, the oldest functioning meat market in London. Originally known as ‘Smethefelde’ or ‘Smoothfield’ this area was home to jousts, tournaments and executions, including that of the Scottish hero William Wallace who was hung, drawn, and quartered here on 23rd August 1305.On the other side of the pub is the Norman church of St. Bartholomew the Great founded in 1123 AD and St Bart’s Hospital, one of the oldest and most famous teaching hospitals…