Sort file:- Ramsgate, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 19 November, 2023.


Earliest  1798-

London Hotel

Latest ????

1 King Street (High Street Pigot's Directory 1828-29)



Situated opposite the "Red Lion," and appears to have the same address, but this may be an error on my behalf. However, the following suggests they were either two different establishments or perhaps had the double-barrelled name of "Red Lion Inn and London Hotel."

Further reference to the "Red Lion" and "London Hotel" confirms that they were indeed connected.


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday, 19 July, 1791.


From the "White Bear Inn," Basingstoke Street, London.

Returns his sincere thanks to his friends and the public in general for the many favours they have been pleased to bestow on him for the last five years past, begging leave to inform then at the same time, he has taken the "Red Lion Inn" and "London Hotel," Ramsgate, Kent, and furnished it in a genteel stile with all the entire new furniture and beds of the best quality; also laid in a large stock of Wines, Rums, Brandys, &s. all which he will warrant to be as neat as imported, with a good Larder regularly supplied with every thing the season will afford; assuring his friends and the public, that he will neither spare pains or expense to make it as commodious an Inn as any on the road.

B.B. Good Stabling for between sixty and seventy horses, with a suitable number of lock-up coach-houses; also neat post-chaise, able horses, and careful drivers to any part of the kingdom.

Coaches and diligences to and from London every day.

Diligence fare, inside, 1 4s. - outside 12s.

Coach fare 1 1s - outside 11s.


Kentish Gazette, 3 July, 1792.

"London Hotel," Ramsgate.

William Young from the "New Inn," Tonbridge (sic) takes the liberty of informing the Nobility, Gentry, and Inhabitants of the town of Ramsgate, that he has opened the above Hotel; and by the preparation he has made for the reception of company, he flatters himself he shall give general satisfaction.

Every attention for the accommodation of his friends, and their favours most gratefully acknowledged.

Good stabling and coach houses.

Post chaises, with able horses and careful drivers.



This hotel housed military officers when troops were stationed in town during the Napoleonic Wars. Next to the "London Hotel" stood a pub known as the "Jolly Sailor," which by 1846 was known as the "Cinque Ports Arms."

This was also described as a posting house in 1823.


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 15 June, 1798.


ROBERT PAGE, most respectfully informs the Nobility, Gentry, and Public in general, that he has opened the above Inn, and hopes by a strict attention to merit their patronage and support. he also begs leave to add, that he has laid in a choice stock of Wines and Liquors of the very best quality.

Coaches and diligences to and from London every day.

Post chaises and able horses to any part of England.

Good stabling and horses taken at livery.


Kentish Gazette 6 November 1801.

Mr. Page of the "London Hotel, Ramsgate, was fined the other day the sum of 40s. with costs, for having refused to have billeted on him an officer.


Kentish Gazette, 1 July, 1806.


ANN HUTCHINS begs leave to inform the public and her friends, that she purposes, having her house-warming at the above inn, on Thursday the 17th July next, and she most respectfully solicits them to participate. Dinner on table at three o'clock.

Tickets to be had at the different inns. Deposit 5s. each ticket.

Ramsgate - "King’s Head," "City of London."

Sandwich - "Bell," "Rose," "Flower de Luce."

Deal - "Three Kings," "Hoop and Griffin," "Walmer Castle."

Dover - "Ship," "Royal Oak," "York House," and "Guildford Arms," Waldershare.


Kentish Gazette, 4 August 1820.

A fatal accident occurred on Wednesday evening last, about nine o'clock, at the entrance of the High-street, Ramsgate.

Mess. Childe and son, of London, who (with other branches of their family in a separate vehicle,) were returning from Minster in their Phoeton, to take beds in Ramsgate, were precipitated from the coach-road, to the elevated footpath on the right-hand side, by the restiveness of the horse they drove. Medical aid was immediately obtained, but, alas! without the desired effect to the younger Mr. Childe, (aged 39 years, who never spoke from the time the distressing catastrophe took place; and died a few hours after at the "London Hotel." Mr. Childe, the elder, who is 73 years of age, has considerably recovered the severe shock, but remains much bruised. It appears that at Minster, by the carelessness of the groom, the horses had been exchanged, and placed in vehicles they were unaccustomed to, and the phaeton drawn by the animal that took fright was in every respect too small for it; to this cause alone its alarm is attributable. The phaeton was literally dashed to pieces, and it is supposed several bruises were received by the unfortunate gentlemen from the affrighted animal.


From the Kentish Gazette, 4 January 1846.

RAMSGATE. Local Technicalities.

At the petty sessions held before H. S. Storey. Esq., and a full bench of magistrates, on Monday last, an information was exhibited by the chief officer of police, against Mr. Robert Gay, the landlord of the "London Motel," in King Street, Ramsgate, for refusing to admit into his house one Morris Evans. An officer of police, he, the said Robert Gay, being a person duly licensed to sell beer and spirituous liquors to be consumed in his house. Mr. Delasaux, of Canterbury, attended on behalf of the defendant, and the information was supported by James Livick.

The facts of the case were these:— On the night of the 22nd inst., a few persons had been supping at the "London Hotel," and, on leaving, were the worse for what they had taken. Two of the police of the town, Taylor and Evans. watched the house of the defendant for several hours, and after some time demanded admission, which was refused, and violent conduct and abusive language sworn to have been used towards them by Mr. Gay, which was not attempted to be denied. The case, as far as the refusal to admit the police, was clearly established, and Mr. Gay being called upon for his answer left it to his adviser, who, in a very animated and talented speech, clearly showed the Court that the information must be quashed, as one of the most important ingredients in the charge had not been proved, viz.,— that the defendant was, at the time of the alleged offence, a person duly licenced to sell beer and spirituous liquors, and although that was known, in fact, to all present, there had not been any evidence given of that material avertment, and it was, therefore, not in law before the Court. The magistrates, with their Clerk, adjourned to discuss the objection, and, on returning into Court, the Chairman addressed the defendant, telling him that the offence had been certainly brought borne to him, and, but for the ingenious defence of his learned advocate, he would have been convicted, but as it was the charge must be dismissed. The Court cautioned the defendant against a repetition of similar conduct.


Morning Advertiser 21 August 1851.


On the 12th inst., Anne Gay, in the 32nd year of her age, the beloved wife of Robert Gay, of the "London Hotel," Ramsgate, Kent.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 15 June, 1861.


Elizabeth Williams Hills, landlady of the “London Hotel,” was summoned for having her house open on the 2nd inst, before the hour of half-past 12 o'clock in the afternoon of that day, to wit, at half-past six o'clock in the morning. Defendant pleaded guilty.

Police constable Carter said:— Finding the door open that morning he went into the house. He found there a woman, a prostitute with a glass of grog before her, and two men left the house when he went in. Defendant told him that she had only opened her house to clean it out when they walked in.

Mr. Superintendent Livick said that most of the publicans acted on the idea that they could open their houses immediately the Divine service at the church was over, but the law strictly forbid them to do so until half-past twelve o'clock.

Mr. Crofton asked Mr. Livick if he had had any complaints to make against the house before?

Mr. Livick said he had not since the defendant had kept it.

Police-constable Carter said that the defendant was about to leave it.

Mr. Crofton said the case had been clearly proved and that he must fine defendant 10s. and 10s. costs.

Money paid.



Last pub licensee had YOUNG William July/1792+

PAGE Robert 1798-1801+

HEYWOOD Henry 1823-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29 ("London Inn," High Street)

HEYWOOD Lucy 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FRIGHT James 1839+

GAY Robert 1846-58+ (age 33 in 1851Census)

HILLS Elizabeth Williams 1861+

HARNETT Sarah Mrs 1862+

SMITHERS John 1867+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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