A Right To Pub

On 20 March 2020 UK Government ordered all pubs, clubs and restaurants across the country to close the doors. Announcing the decision in the fight against the new coronavirus, Boris Johnson said that he realises it went against “the inalienable free-born right of people born in England to go to the pub”. As British newspapers say, there were surreal scenes in many pubs that night as the big-screen televisions beamed Johnson’s press conference and directly underneath them, people continued drinking ales and playing pool undisturbed. Shortly after the announcement, one customer headed out to call a friend “Listen, you’d better hurry up and get another three pints, because Boris is shutting the pubs at 7pm”.

British pub indeed is a sacred place for many locals and even UK guests. Pubs were legally recognised in the 14th century by King Richard II but had existed many years before that. They remained their doors open even during the wars including the WW II. This is why the current situation is a real blast for Britain. However I believe that we all will overcome this new new threat. Yes, indeed, we need to stay home during these days because this can save lives. But soon, very soon we will surely get back to the pubs and will implement our inalienable right to enjoy a pint or ten.


This series is my photo tribute to glorious British pubs. God save them.