The London Hotel – Balmain

This is the London Hotel located towards the East end of the main shopping strip on Darling Street in Balmain.

The hotel started as a small stone building which incorporated a shop downstairs and living quarters upstairs. It originally belonged to a stone mason named John Hardman but was sold in 1869 to a timber merchant named John Booth who made the wise decision to convert it into a hotel the following year. It was subsequently the first hotel to be opened on Darling Street and has operated as one for over 140 years.

The hotel was originally opened as the Golden Eagle but 2 years later had it’s name changed to the Circular Saw due to the noise of steam driven circular saws echoing around Balmain as they cut planks for boats being built at Mort’s Shipyard down by the waterside during the 19th century.

The drop in street level out the front of the hotel reflects the leveling of the road undertaken due to the tram line that was built along Darling St in 1903.

A lovely little hotel with a relaxed vibe where dogs are welcome inside. It has also reportedly had a couple of famous regulars in Germaine Greer and Clive James when they lived in the area.

Note: I try to be as accurate as possible but make no guarantees. Please use this information at your own risk.

Sources:
http://balmaingrind.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/pubs-of-balmain-part-1.html http://johntranter.com/notes/trio.shtml
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=1940207

The London Hotel Balmain

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