Boar's Head Tavern



  • The haunt of Falstaff, Prince Hal, and their low-lifecompanions in Shakespeare's Henry IV plays. The tavern usedto stand in Eastcheap, London. Although destroyed in the Great Fire, itwas rebuilt and hosted annual Shakespeare Dinners, at which the diners dressed as characters from the plays, until 1784. It was demolished in 1831 to make way for a new approach to London bridge. There are notable essays about the tavern by Oliver Goldsmith (1765) and Washington Irving (1820).