The Grenadier – The Exclusive pub with a ‘Go-Fund Me’ for a ghost!

It’s one of my favourite London pubs and a little different from some I visit with the difference being the wonderfully secluded and rather exclusive district of London it fits itself in.

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Half a mile from Buckingham Palace or a quaint English village?

The Grenadier is a public house in Belgravia, London. It was originally built in 1720 as the officers’ mess for the senior infantry regiment of the British army, the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards and so was located in a courtyard of their barracks. It was opened to the public in 1818 as The Guardsman and was subsequently renamed in honour of the Grenadier Guards’ actions in the Battle of Waterloo.

Being secluded in a wealthy district of London, it was frequented in the past by the Duke of Wellington and King George IV, and continues to attract an elite clientele such as Madonna and Prince William and indeed myself which is likely part of the reason the elite clientele like to stop off here!

You’d never know it was only 5 minutes walk from the eternally busy Hyde Park Corner and hectic Knightsbridge with its world famous department stores but it is much more my cup of tea.

Historic Pubs

It is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a subaltern (a Junior Officer) who was beaten to death for cheating at cards.  This isn’t the only pub in London where cheating at gambling has left the odd soldier being murdered but this one has a little bit of a twist.

The ghost of the poor fellow is said to haunt the pub and somewhere in the midst of time, it occurred to someone that his spirit might be hanging around as he was too poor to go to heaven… though that surely breaks every rule I’ve heard about heaven!

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A ghoulish fund raiser!

So to try and help things out, people leave money for the ghost to help it on its way and they do so by sticking money to the ceiling of the pub.  In fact the ceiling is covered in money from around the world, thousands of paper (and indeed now plastic) notes some with little dedications.

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The entire ceiling many times larger than the area in this photo is covered with money.

I must say that I’ve never seen this particular ghost but the Landlord would likely say that it is because one needs to drink a bit more.   It makes for a nice little stop-off on one of my new Walking Tours Mayfair and Belgravia Walking Tour which I am sure I will mention again one day!

It’s heartening to see that 200 years later, people are still happy to donate some of their hard-earned money for the wellbeing of a ghost of a card-shark cheat!

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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5 Responses to The Grenadier – The Exclusive pub with a ‘Go-Fund Me’ for a ghost!

  1. I would love to come on that tour if I ever get to go to London again! I love old pubs. My fave is the Sheeps Heid in Dudingston, Edinburgh Est. some time in the old days 😉

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