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 First Royal Regiment of Foot Guards. Consequently it was located in a courtyard of their barracks. It was opened to the public in 1818 as The Guardsman Public House and was subsequently renamed in honour of the Grenadier Guards’ actions in the Battle of Waterloo.
In 1656, the First Royal Regiment of Foot Guards was formed. As a result of the heroism they showed whilst fighting off the French Grenadiers at Waterloo in 1815, they were renamed by Royal Proclamation as the ‘First Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards’, thus becoming the only regiment in the British Army to be named for one of its battle honours.
Tucked away down the exclusive Wilton Mews in a wealthy district of London, the patriotic Grenadier is painted red, white and blue to match the sentry box outside. It is said to have been frequented in the past by the Duke of Wellington and King George IV and it continues to attract an elite clientele such as Madonna and Prince William, and LSE Global Politics students.
It is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a subaltern who had been caught cheating at a game of cards The story goes that his comrades savagely beat him to death as a punishment. An exact date as to when this happened is unknown, but it is presumed that that fateful night was in the month of September, as this is the time of year that The Grenadier receives an onslaught of supernatural and spooky activity Past visitors of the pub have attempted to pay off the subaltern’s debt by attaching money to the ceiling, which in over a century has been totally covered with transatlantic money! The Grenadier is often regarded as one of the country’s most haunted pubs.
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