The Old Cheshire Cheese, where Samuel Johnson used to hang out, is one of England's most famous taverns and has many literary associations. Located at number 145 on Fleet Street — formerly the home of hack writers, journalists, and others who made their living by the pen — it was rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire of London. For several centuries the Cheshire Cheese was the meeting place of London's authors. Now at lunch time it's the place where lawyers, stockbrokers, and bankers come for a pint, and in the evening it's a tourist spot that serves old English fare — fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, treacle sponge, and spotted dick.

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