Coach and Horses, Mayfair – Real Life and Second Life by Jas (Blog 185)
Established in 1744, the real- life Coach and Horses, was originally a coaching house for the aristocracy. It was one of the first buildings to be built in the desirable Bruton Street, which boasts many famous residents, including our very own Queen Elizabeth the Second, who was born there in 1926.
The pub itself is a Grade- Two listed building and has a timber frame of Tudor-style. In the eighteenth century there was a number of spooky sightings of a ghostly coach and four horses that used the pass the building. As it drew nearer the terrified viewer could see that the driver was headless and the “passengers of this supernatural coach were staring through the windows with their dreary, skull-like faces.” Perhaps the stories derived from the nearby proximity of the Tyburn Gallows – one of London`s most used execution sites- which used to stand where Marble Arch is now. The Bayswater Road area- also close by- had stories of the eerie coach and horses galloping along it, too. Nowadays, the Coach and Horses is the only traditional pub in the wealthy and fashionable area of Mayfair.
In Second Life the building of the Coach is identical to the real thing – albeit with new furnishings inside. The pub has been recently re-opened by new Manager Rave. This weeks events are to be held there tonight (13th Nov), Friday (15th Nov) and Sunday (17th Nov) at 4pm (Second Life Time). The DJ for all these events will be Rave himself and the host will be Wiccy. Never mind the real life ghostly tales – Wiccy is a rare and strange beast for the modern Coach- but don`t we all just we love him for it! The emphasis in the Coach and Horses has always been on a fun and sociable environment with the peculiarly British sense of humour – although they welcome visitors from all over the world. There is a cosy and comfortable atmosphere in this friendly pub.