Another in the occasional series on “London Settings for Shakespeare’s Plays” …
Boar’s Head, Eastcheap (Henry IV Part I; Henry IV Part II; Henry V)
Eastcheap was first recorded in around 1100 as Eastceape. Like Cheapside, it takes its name from the Old English “ceap”, meaning market, in reference to the market that was situated here.
The Boar’s Head, where Falstaff and Mistress Quickly frolicked, stood here until it was burned down in the Great Fire of 1666. Its approximate site is presently occupied by the former Hill and Evans vinegar warehouse, built in the Victorian Gothic style by the architect Robert Lewis Roumieu in 1868, and characteristically memorably described by Ian Nairn as ” … the scream that you wake on at the end of a nightmare”.