George and Vulture
The George and Vulture was built in 1746 as a public house in Castle Court, near Lombard Street, City of London. There has been an inn on the site since 1268. It was said to be a meeting place of the notorious Hell-Fire Club and is now a revered City chop house. It is mentioned at least 20 times in The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, who frequently drank there himself. The George and Vulture has been the headquarters of the City Pickwick Club since its foundation. When threatened with demolition Cedric Charles Dickens, the author's great-grandson, campaigned to save it. Since 1950 it has been the home of his Dickens Pickwick Club and, in the same year, it became the venue for the annual Christmas Day Dickens family gathering in the Dickens Room. The George and Vulture is a Grade 2 listed building