Creepy ‘headless ghost’ origin story behind one of London’s narrowest pubs

One of London’s narrowest pubs was once visited by a headless ghost, according to its landlords.

The Coach and Horses, on Bruton Street in Mayfair, central London, has room for just five tables and some standing space in front of the bar.

The building is thought to be one of the oldest on the street, and its architecture transports boozers back to Tudor England.

It was first licensed back in 1738 and stood at number 5 Bruton Street, MyLondon reports.

Just a few doors down at number 17 Bruton Street is where Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926.

During the 1770s, before UK railways had been invented, the pub was an inn providing rest for large numbers of people travelling by horse and carriage, hence its name.

According to All About London, the innkeeper would put adverts outside depicting a coach and horse.

This indicated to passers-by that the inn provided everything they needed to rest before continuing on their journeys.

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However, the landlords of Coach and Horse pubs throughout Britain sometimes tell a different story to their customers.

The tale depicts an 18th-century coach and horses driven by a "ghostly figure".

What’s more, witnesses supposedly claimed that the driver was headless.

The passengers inside the coach were described as having "skull like faces" as they stared out of the windows.

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Today, there are more than 50 Coach and Horse pubs throughout London.

On Thursday, February 25, Downing Street today confirmed that takeaway pints will be available from April 12 once beer gardens have reopened.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Outdoor hospitality is permitted so I believe it would be the case that takeaway alcohol will be permitted."

Pub beer duty could also be slashed with supermarkets stumping up the difference after lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted.

However, pubs will not re-open indoors until stage three, from May 17 at the earliest.

When they do welcome punters back inside, the rule of six will apply, or two households can meet.

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