#MapLondonsPubs – Join Us!

The Blind Beggar, Whitechapel. Image (c)  Kevan Wilding, pubwiki.co.uk

In November 2019 Layers of London put a call out for volunteers to help us start mapping London’s multitude of public houses, past and present. The idea is to find out a bit about their history - when it was founded, interesting owners, interesting regulars, interesting stories - take new or gather historic photos of the pub, and create a layers records to put the place in context using our historic maps.

Since Nov 2019, over 1000 pubs have been mapped! But why stop there?

Phase 2 of the project opened it up to anyone, anywhere. We simply asked that you had an interest in the history of pubs and were happy to donate some time to researching and mapping them. Phase 3 now passes the project over to you. First open up the London Pubs collection.  If you have noticed an area of London whose pubs haven't yet been mapped, feel free to start mapping!

If you haven't added content to Layers of London before, download our user guide to find out how to create records.

When you're ready to start mapping pubs, it is recommended that as a minimum you include the following:

  • a short biography of the history of the pub (incl. its earliest known date)
  • any credited photos past or present of the pub (incl. exterior, interior and pubs signs)  - please check that you have copyright permissions to upload images.

You can add any records to the London Pubs collection (under Public collections)

Some resources you may find useful:


National Brewery Heritage Trust & National Brewery Heritage Trust Flickr images (contact [email protected] for more info)  


Flickr accounts with images shared under creative commons licences 



The Brewery History Society 

Randomness Guide to London 

The Lost Pubs Project 



London pubs 


British History Online 

British Pathe 


Have fun mapping!