Standing opposite the celebrated Old Bailey Central Criminal Court, the Magpie & Stump has a truly remarkable history. More than 300 years ago, the original public house then faced the infamous Newgate Prison, which housed London’s most notorious criminals.
In 1780, part of the prison was destroyed in the Gordon riots and during rebuilding and thereafter, public executions were transferred to a site directly outside the Magpie & Stump, with a final pint of ale being traditionally sent across to the gallows for the condemned man. Guests would stay overnight at the famous Magpie & Stump and enjoy a ‘hanging breakfast’ whilst watching the execution from the upstairs windows. During one of the most infamous hangings Dr Thomas Neill Cream shouted ‘I am Jack’ as he was about to be hung, claiming he was Jack The Ripper.
From the 1950s the Magpie & Stump affectionately became know as ‘Courtroom No 10’ – a gathering place for detectives and reporters to eat, drink and discuss the trial of the day at the Old Bailey. Overlooking ‘The Bailey, the Magpie & Stump has been witness to a long list of infamous trials including Christine Keeler (the Profumo affair), the Krays and Dr. Crippen.
An inconic pub throughout the centuries, The Magpie & Stump is the location for Charles Dickens famous novel ‘The Pickwick Papers’.
Read all about The Magpie & Stump history here
The Magpie is a traditional ‘mughouse’. In honour of this our regulars have their own engraved mugs!
The Magpie & Stump is a Dickens’ pub appearing in The Pickwick Papers. Click here to read more.
We hosted our the launch of pub book London Pubs: Past and Present in conjunction with historical pub preservationists Historypin.
Our cocktail bar contains artwork by comic artist Korinna Mei
Enjoy lunch with an Old Bailey barrister at The Magpie & Stump through specialist tour guides Old Bailey Insight. Click here to book