Sadly closed and demolished to make way for the Limehouse Link Tunnel in 1989, Charlie Brown’s was one of the pubs featured in Alan Reeve-Jones book London pubs.

Limehouse was the location of London’s first Chinatown and Charlie Brown ran the Railway Tavern in its midst between 1893 and 1932. He was so popular that 16,000 people came to his funeral and the pub’s name was changed in his honour.

The great photographer Bill Brandt visited the pub and took some evocative black and white photos in the 1940’s including four of the photos in this entry.



This picture of men playing do I Les and the featured image of the tough woman with fag and two pints at the top of the post are by Bill Brandt.