J D Wetherspoon plc (LSE: JDW) is a British pub chain based in Watford. Founded as a single pub in 1979 by Tim Martin, the company now owns over 700 pubs.
The chain champions cask ale, low prices, long opening hours, and no music.
The company also operates the Lloyds No. 1 chain and Wetherspoon Hotels.
It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
The Company was founded in 1979 by Tim Martin, who opened the first Wetherspoon pub, 'Marler's Bar', at Colney Hatch Lane in London.
Many of the other early Wetherspoon pubs were also in the same part of Haringey.
The J D Wetherspoon name comes from one of Martin's teachers in New Zealand who could not control his class.