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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published May 27th 2014
Dirty Dicks - keep it clean

If you've been to Shoreditch, you know this place - the pub literally across the road from Liverpool Street Station with the luminous sign that seems to look like slightly dodgier than it actually is. So let's take a look at the intriguing Dirty Dicks.

The first thing to take note of is that, in the ever-changing world that is London, Dirty Dicks is very much a main stay - and as if to prove a point, has been standing in the same position since 1745 (take that new buildings).

So why the name? Well, it would seem that the pub, originally known as The Old Jerusalem, took its name from a man who refused to clean his warehouse after the death of his fiancee, becoming a kind of anti-hero of the local area.

Don't worry - the pub is Dirty in name only, though if you want to have a look there is a glass case full of the dirt Dick was justly famous for.

Apart from the history, you will find a lovely cosy pub, which has plentiful booze and entertainment across its three levels. You can find live music, talks and comedy on most nights of the week, and with the World Cup quickly pulling into view, they also have live screenings covered too.

Should you be feeling peckish, there are three types of menus to choose from, as well as bar snacks and tidbits, so everything you need for a typical and traditional pub experience.

All in all, a great pub that has seen a lot of changes happen around it, yet has changed very little itself giving you an authentic East London kind of feeling. Though of course, they have cleaned - now I wonder what Dirty Dick would have thought about that?

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Why? A great pub with an even better back story...
When: Opening times Mon-Thurs: 11am-12am, Fri and Sat: 11am-1am, Sun: 11am - 10:30pm
Phone: 020 7283 5888
Where: Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Cost: Pub prices
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I don't know why, but I can't help but feel if they had called it 'The Dirty Dicks' or 'Dirty Dick's' with an apostrophe, instead of just 'Dirty Dicks', it might have sounded less suggestive.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2543 days ago
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