King Louis XV, in 1788, ordered the first canales, a type of tavern that was a popular hangout for British sailors during the Revolutionary War.
The new tavern opened in London in 1791 and attracted the likes of Lord Byron, Lord Kitchener, and others.
Today, canales are a staple of British pubs and restaurants.
They’re still around, but the number of establishments has dwindled over the years.
The British Isles have seen the rise and fall of canales in recent years.
In the UK, more than 70 pubs and bars have closed since the early 2000s.
In New Zealand, a government-sanctioned competition called the Canales Fair, which saw more than 50,000 entries, has seen more than 300 entries this year.
The Canales have been criticised for being expensive and catering to alcohol-dependent populations.
The British Government is now encouraging the industry to reopen.
More than 20,000 pubs and other places of public entertainment are expected to reopen by the end of 2018, according to the Government.
The BBC’s Stephen Evans reports from London.