The George Inn in Southwark is the only remaining galleried coaching inn in London. There used to be many such establishments in this area where travellers would stay the night before continuing their journey early the next day. Before the coming of the railways in the 19th cent these coaching inns were very common throughout the country, usually spaced about 10 miles apart so that the horses could be changed and the journey could be continued.
During Shakespeare's era plays were staged in the courtyard with people watching from the galleries. Nowadays there are tables in the courtyard for people to sit and enjoy a drink and a chat with friends