The Britannia tavern was first mentioned in 1826, 30 years later it was recorded at 4 Caroline Place, City Road; at the corner of what was then Britannia Street but by the start of the First World War it had gone and a pub had opened on the other side of the road. Britannia is a common one in English pub names, as a symbol of Britain and nationhood. Sheila Fairfield in The Streets of London said: “A female figure with a Roman name became popular as a symbol of Britain in the 17thCentury. Poets of the classical school preferred ‘Britannia’ to ‘Britain’. the future, complete with antique helmet, shield and trident (as ruling the sea), first appeared on coins in the reign of Charles II.” Previously Britannia Street.
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