The White Horse

“In that prosaic room, in that very ordinary pub, was going on the most advanced thinking in this country. When lists are made of the best British writers since the war, they do not include Arthur C Clarke, nor Brian Aldiss, nor any of the good science fiction writers. It is conventional literature that has turned out to be provincial.”
— Doris Lessing, commenting on a visit to The White Horse [*] gathering circa 1952, in volume 2 of her autobiography

The White Horse in 1896: 50 years before fans arrived

[*] the London Circle of sf fans gathered at The White Horse in Fetter Lane — it appeared as the The White Hart in the Clarke short story collection Tales from The White Hart