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The Mermaid Tavern in Elizabethan England

Location of the Mermaid Tavern in Elizabethan England

In the 15th century, there was a famous tavern that was referred as the “Fraternity of Sireniacal Gentlemen” in Elizabethan, England. The drinking club, met the first Friday of every month and it’s members included the top literary figures of it’s day, including William Shakespeare, Thomas Coryat, Ben Jonson, John Donne, etc.

The Mermaid Tavern, was located east of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the corner of Bread Street. The landlord of the Mermaid Tavern was William Johnson.

The Mermaid Tavern was destroyed during the Great London Fire in 1666.