The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 1300s, begins at the Tabard Inn on Southwark Street in London, England. This inn, famous at the time, was later called the Talbott Inn, says British History Online.
Southwark Street at the time of Chaucer was famous for its abundance of inns largely because most London traffic from the south or southwest of England was funneled through the nearby London Bridge. The Tabard was owned by the Abbey of Hyde and was the most popular starting point for pilgrims bound to the shrine at Canterbury. The original Tabard was probably destroyed shortly after a large fire in 1676, but it was rebuilt. Today the Tabard no longer exists as an inn, but a plaque at the site commemorates its history.