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The Dog stood next to the Mitre on King Street and New Palace Yard near Union Street, and became a favourite meeting-place in the 1650s for Royalists - later it was mentioned by Samuel Pepys in his Diary on at least 16 occasions.
However, it had become popular long before Pepys' time, and was frequently visited by the playwright Ben Jonson (and possibly by William Shakespeare since he was one of Ben Jonson's great friends). Ben Jonson certainly brought the Royalist poet William Herrick here for a farewell drink when Jonson left London in 1629: "Ah Ben!/Say how or when/Shall we thy guests/Meet at those lyric feasts/Made at the Sun,/The Dog, the Triple Tun?..."
In 1797 the Dog was renamed the Horn and Feathers but was badly damaged by fire (a normal occurrence at that time) and was finally demolished in 1807 as part of improvements to the area.
Dog Tavern (The), was a favourite haunt of Ben Jonson's. Herrick speaks of the "Lyric feasts made at the Sun, the Dog, the Triple Tun;" and Lord Falkland (writing to Ben Jonson) says, "If there be any thing tolerable in my poem it is somewhat you dropt negligently one day at the Dog, and I took up." Pepys frequently "dined at the Dog Tavern," and from the connection in which he mentions it, it must have been in the immediate neighbourhood of Whitehall and Westminster Hall. There was a "Dog" in Holywell Street, and another on Ludgate Hill, but it is clear that neither could have been Pepys's "Dog," nor is it likely that either was Jonson's.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.