Dr. Butler was a fraud. He failed to qualify at Cambridge and practised some pretty outrageous 'cures'. For epilepsy he would fire a brace of pistols near his unsuspecting patient, to scare the epilepsy from them, or in cases of the plague, plunge the poor soul into ice cold water. Another treatment was to drop patients through a trapdoor on London Bridge into the Thames.
His lack of qualifications did not prevent the 'Doctor' from becoming physician to King James I, or from selling his popular medicinal ale. This was available only from taverns which displayed Dr. Butler's head on their signs. This is the last one remaining. The original pub was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, but was rebuilt and has been renovated several times. The wooden fašade looks authentic but is probably Victorian, certainly older than the mock-Tudor buildings opposite.
The dark panelled interior, hardly lit by gas lamps, has a wonderful Dickensian atmosphere. The one large, split level bar is packed at lunchtimes, where sandwiches are available; for more leisurely and substantial eating the dining room upstairs serves traditional English fayre including their chef's speciality steak and kidney suet pudding.
There's Sky and Setanta sports and a function room with big screen if required. The pub can be hired at weekends. The ODBH is owned by Shepherd Neame, a family brewery in Kent with a reputation for excellent real ales. Many of their pubs have wireless broadband so you can relocate your office. The Old Doctor Butlers Head -