The London Inn Tap

There was a London Inn proper in Fore Street, but the London Inn Tap (doubtless related and probably just a public bar originally) stood in Princes Street, parallel to Fore Street and on the north eastern corner of Morice Street. Across the road, on the other side of Morice Street, was a local Plymouth Co-operative store. On the southern side of the street was the back of the erstwhile Royal Hotel (formerly known as the King’s Arms Posting Hotel).
Both places were destroyed during the intense bombing of Devonport in 1941, along with many other surrounding structures.

Not without a bit of a reputation in the early thirties when the pub had a comparatively high turnover of licensees, the London’s landlord was fined in 1932 for selling ‘adulterated whisky’, while two years later one of his successors was fined for ‘permitting the premises to be the habitual resort of reputed prostitutes’.


1822 - Robert Yeo
1850 - John Adamson
1852 - Thomas Bettison
1864 - James Hill
1865 - George Moore
1867 - Daniel Harrington
1870 - Henry Boyling
1873 - John Adamson
1895 - George Horwell
1902 - Benjamin Tredwen
1905 - William Dyer
1912 - William Pile
1913 - H Baker
1913 - Edward Saunders
1924 - Charles Brooks
1926 - Alfred Waller
1927 - Percy Badock
1933 - David Brebner
1934 - William Phillips
1935 - Frank Handy
1937 - William Mitchell
1939 - Beatrice Mitchell
1940 - Ernest Evans
1941 - Mildred Evans