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Several former London pubs were called the Antigallican, a name derived from hostility towards the French around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. The most notable of these was the Antigallican Tavern, an estab­lishment of dubious repute that stood in the now-​​lost Shire Lane near Temple Bar.

The Antigallican Hotel in Charlton may have been so named by a French émigré landlord who was anxious to demon­strate his loyalty to the Crown. The present building (shown in the photo below) dates from around 1900.
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