Visiting the pub after a hard working day is common for Londoners. And this is not surprising, because in such places you can not only enjoy first-class beer and juicy steaks, but also plunge into an unusual atmosphere, covered with the secrets of the past. We bring to your attention a list of old London pubs, each corner of which is imbued with history.
Spaniards Inn, Hampstead. This institution was visited by such literary luminaries as Keats, Byron and Dickens. It is said that the famous English robber Dick Turpin was born here, and years later this pub became his favorite place for leisure. There is always excellent craft beer in the assortment of the institution. Spaniards Rd, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ. The nearest metro station is Golders Green.
Guinea, Mayfair. Guinea itself was built in 1720, but yet in 1423 there was a tavern in its place. After a while, the bar gained fame thanks to a special way of cooking meat. It is impossible to refuse the juicy steaks "Sirloin"! 30, Bruton Pl, Mayfair, W1J 6NL. The nearest metro station is Green Park.
Hoop & Grapes, Aldgate. This institution is located in one of the few wooden buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1666. According to available information, the flame stopped only 50 yards from the pub door. Is not this a miracle? Aldgate High St, EC3N 1AL. The nearest metro station is Aldgate East.
Lamb & Flag, Covent Garden. The Lamb & Flag pub is known for bloody stories. The poet John Dryden was almost killed there, and in the nineteenth century, because of the cruel fights of visitors who had more than enough drinks, the institution was given an alternative name - Bucket of Blood. Fortunately, the bloodshed ceased with time. 33, Rose St, WC2E 9EB. The nearest metro station is Leicester Square.
Cittie of Yorke, Holborn. The pub building is not that old - it was built in 1920. But since there was a similar institution in this place, which worked for about 500 years, Cittie of Yorke is also considered one of the oldest pubs in London. This place is owned and operated by the brewery of Samuel Smith, so do not count on a large assortment of beer. But at the same time you will be pleasantly surprised by the prices. 22, High Holborn, WC1V 6BN. The nearest metro station is Chancery Lane.
Old Bell, Fleet Street. No other pub on this list can boast of such impressive architectural solutions. The Old Bell building was built by the famous architect Christopher Wren - especially for the masons who rebuilt the St. Bride's Church after the Great Fire. It is rumored that this is not the only pub designed by the great architect, as Ye Olde Watling is located very near. 95, Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DH. The nearest metro station is Blackfriars.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet. The pub with the incredibly extravagant name Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is not an appropriate place of visiting for fans of measured rest, who got used to sit at the window and watch the world around. But if you want to present yourself in the role of the Victorian criminal thriller hero, the atmosphere of the institution will help you in this. A pub, where it is dark enough and there is almost no natural light, as if plunging you into Victorian atmosphere. 145, Fleet St, EC4A 2BU. The nearest metro station is Blackfriars.
Ye Olde Miter, Hatton Garden. Because of the nuances of land use, this pub was part of Cambridgeshire until the beginning of the 20th century, and therefore it unreasonably proclaims itself the oldest one in London. However, according to rumors, once Elizabeth I herself danced around the cherry tree, which grew near this institution. Then…why not to buy some beer and also to start dancing? Ely Place, EC1N 6SJ. The nearest metro station is Chancery Lane.
Prospect of Whitby, Wapping. The most ancient coastal pub in London is striking with an incredible view of the Thames. Perhaps this is what attracted seamen and smugglers. The institution, which used to be called Devil's Tavern, was opened in 1520. And hinges and gallows, which are still the part of the décor, remind of its dark past. 57, Wapping Wall, E1W 3SH. The nearest metro station is Wapping station.
Seven Stars, Aldwych. Name at least one pub in London, where you can get free legal advice. Of course, this is Seven Stars. It started working about 280 years earlier than the Royal Court of London, and now kindly opens its doors to hundreds of lawyers and not only to them. 53, Carey St, WC2A 2JB. The nearest metro station is Chancery Lane.
George Inn, Borough. Since 1583, George has hosted numerous celebrities. Shakespeare often came here, and his plays were performed for years in the courtyard of the institution. 77, Borough High St, SE1 1NH. The nearest metro station is London Bridge.
Mayflower, Rotherhithe. This pub got a name from a famous ship that moored nearby before heading to the New World. In addition to the big name, delicious fish and chips is the pride of the restaurant. Maybe it worth a try? 117, Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, SE16 4NF. The nearest metro station is Rotherhithe.
Grapes, Limehouse. Dickens at his time did not fail to visit this pub. And probably, exactly this pub is described in the preface to the novel "Our Mutual Friend." Among other things, Grapes is known for its dark history. According to the stories, somehow the movers drowned the drunken owners of the establishment. Fortunately, the current owner, actor Ian McKellen, is not in danger. He gladly accepts visitors and gives everyone an opportunity to relax from everyday fuss. 76, Narrow Street, Limehouse, E14 8BP. The nearest metro station is Westferry.