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Article: Hatton Gardens Other Hidden Gems

Hatton Gardens Other Hidden Gems

Hatton Gardens Other Hidden Gems

Hatton Garden Stories: Discovering Ye Olde Mitre Pub

Hello, diamond lovers! Katherine here, welcoming you back to the KJJ Diamonds blog. Today, we’re stepping away from the glittering gemstones and taking a walk through the historic streets of Hatton Garden. Our destination? One of London’s hidden gems: just round the corder from our offices, in very convenient staggering distance, Ye Olde Mitre Pub. Join me as we explore the rich history of this charming establishment, learn how to find it, it’s not easy, and discover why it’s a must-visit spot in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter.

The Heart of Hatton Garden

Hatton Garden is not just a jewellery district; it’s a place steeped in history. As the epicentre of the UK’s diamond and jewellery trade, its streets are lined with over 300 businesses ranging from bespoke jewellers to diamond wholesalers. But amid the sparkle and shine of Hatton Garden, there lies a historical treasure that offers a different kind of charm—Ye Olde Mitre Pub.

The History of Ye Olde Mitre Pub

Ye Olde Mitre Pub is one of London’s oldest and most atmospheric pubs, with a history that dates back to 1546. Originally built as part of the Palace of the Bishops of Ely, the pub was established to serve the palace’s servants. Over the centuries, it has maintained its quaint charm, providing a cosy retreat for locals and visitors alike.

The Elizabethan Era: Ye Olde Mitre has ties to some fascinating historical anecdotes. It is said that Queen Elizabeth I danced around the cherry tree that once stood in the pub’s courtyard with Sir Christopher Hatton.
The Victorian Renovation: The pub was renovated in the Victorian era, adding to its old-world charm with dark wood panelling, leaded glass windows, and cosy nooks.
Bishop of Ely’s Ownership: The site of the pub was historically part of the estate of Ely Palace, owned by the Bishops of Ely, who thought that it was too beautiful to be a part of London, and thus declared that it was part of Cambridgeshire. This quirky jurisdictional detail meant that the London Police couldn’t arrest fugitives hiding in the pub; they had to wait for the Cambridge police to arrive! This may be an urban legend, but it’s a good one, so it’s getting an honourable mention.
A Hidden Gem: Despite its central location, Ye Olde Mitre has managed to stay somewhat under the radar, making it a delightful discovery for those who stumble upon it, which is highly unlikely, the place is so well hidden.

How to Find Ye Olde Mitre Pub

Finding Ye Olde Mitre Pub is easier said than done, I’ve walked past it, knowing where it is, having been before, and actively looking for it. Tucked away in a narrow alley off Hatton Garden, it really is easy to miss if you’re not looking carefully. Here’s how you can find this hidden gem:

1. Start at Hatton Garden: Begin your journey at Hatton Garden, the famous jewellery street located near Farringdon and Chancery Lane tube stations.
2. Look for Ely Place: Head towards Ely Place, a historic gated street that was once part of the estate of the Bishops of Ely.
3. Find the Passageway: As you approach Ely Place, look for a narrow passageway to your left (if coming from Hatton Garden). There’s a sign pointing to Ye Olde Mitre, but it’s easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled.
4. Enter the Alley: Walk down the alley, and you’ll soon find yourself standing in front of the charming Ye Olde Mitre Pub.

A Must-Visit Spot

Ye Olde Mitre Pub is more than just a place to grab a drink; it’s a journey back in time that makes any visit to Hatton Garden really special. The pub’s historic interiors, complete with wooden beams, snug corners, and a welcoming fireplace, offer a perfect setting to unwind after exploring the bustling streets of Hatton Garden, or to raise a glass of bubbly in celebration if you've just collected something beautiful from round the corner ;)

Keep sparkling, and I’ll see you next week!

Warmest regards,

Katherine
Founder of KJJ Diamonds

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