The Old Blue Last, with the former Oakden’s building at left (86-90 Curtain Road, now Foxtons estate agents.)
The Old Blue Last is a pub in Great Eastern Street, which I used a few times when I was employed at Oakden’s in Curtain Road. Those who know the pub itself or the area will be aware of the interesting sign high up the building that says:
“Old Blue Last. A.D. 1700.Rebuilt 1876. Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co’s Entire.”
This wasn’t the only such sign hereabouts. Coming up Great Eastern Street towards City Road one may have seen the unusual sign on 36 Great Eastern Street confirming the pub as the first to sell Porter beer. The sign vanished a number of years ago.
The ‘Porter’ sign was sited at 36 Great Eastern Street where it fronted onto the detached bit of King John Court.
Porter was a special London black beer which existed long before Guinness and was brewed locally in Shoreditch.
Update: Here’s a recent picture of the pub posted on Twitter by Alan Russell