From time immemorial, it was the pubs that were the sites of the gathering of British hard workers who wanted to rest after a hard day at work. Here they shared their impressions, joked, argued about politics and sang songs about the queen.
Only in the oldest pubs in London you can feel the true atmosphere of the British capital: interesting conversations, delicious food and, of course, magnificent ale. Unfortunately, only some of them have a long history and could survive all the vicissitudes of hard times.
We offer you an exciting excursion to the oldest pubs, in the walls of which there are a lot of secrets and memories of the events of the past.
This place is the center of gathering of young and creative inhabitants of Northern London. The cozy atmosphere, classic British menu, a large selection of real English ales and wines makes this pub an ideal holiday destination. In summer, visitors can enjoy barbecue, which is prepared in the garden of the institution, and in the winter quizzes and mini-concerts with live music are organized for guests.
Address: 67 Fleet Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 2QU.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 23:00, Thursday to Saturday from 12:00 to 00:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 22:30.
The Drapers Arms
Located in London's Islington district north of the center of the capital, The Drapers Arms is one of the most famous London gastropubs. The establishment gain popularity with its rich menu, excellent service and friendly atmosphere. In London, there are not so many gastropubs that keep the brand and remain popular, exploring and developing seasonal English cuisine. Here they cook dishes from sorrel and nettle, seafood and even game. Sometimes a friend of a pub owner, who is a hunter, brings rabbits, and cooks prepare them for him, and also add to the menu for all visitors.
Address: 44 Barnsbury St, London N1 1ER.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 23:00.
The Fox and Anchor
This unusual jazz pub in the Victorian style can be called an oasis for office plankton, which likes to hang out here on Friday evenings. In the institution's menu along with classic British dishes, for example, sausages with mashed potatoes, there are more eccentric offers like Maldon oysters from the Black Water River in Essex.
Address: Fox & Anchor Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6AA.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 7:00 to 23:00, Saturday from 8:30 to 23:00, Sunday from 11:00 to 23:00.
During the existence this pub became covered with legends. One of them says that in the XVII century, King Charles II secretly came here with his mistress Nell Gwyn. According to another legend, which is unequivocally true, the famous "Rule Britannia" hymn by James Thomson was composed in the pub. In the twentieth century, Hemingway and Graham Greene liked to came here for a drink. In the pub above the fireplace you can see a list of more recent famous pub guests, and in the small hall there is a mark indicating how high the water rose during the London flood of 1928. The menu of the institution offers not only traditional fish and chips, but also a large selection of burgers.
Address: 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 23:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 22:00.
The Earl of Essex
The highlight of the pub is a giant hymn board that hangs to the left of the bar. The institution has its own small brewery, so visitors are treated not only to local ale, but also own crafted beer. The pub menu boasts of delicious burgers and snacks.
Address: 25 Danbury St, Islington, London N1 8LE.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 23:30, Friday to Saturday from 12:00 to 00:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 23:00.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
This pub has been hosting guests since 1538. In 1666 it was practically destroyed during a fire, but a year later it was completely restored. Some of its tables have seen such literary titans as Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens. Now thanks to an interesting past, the pub attracts hundreds of Londoners and visitors of the capital. In addition to traditional types of ale and classic British menu, you can order "historical" dishes, for example, kidney pudding or Ye Famous steak.
Address: 145 Fleet St, London EC4A 2BU.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:30 to 23:00, Saturday from 12:00 to 23:00, Sunday - closed.
The Jerusalem Tavern
This is one of the oldest preserved pubs in London. For the first time it opened its doors to visitors in the XIV century, so you can only imagine how many conspiracies, intrigues and debates saw the walls of this tavern. Recently The Jerusalem Tavern was officially recognized as a landmark of London. Guests of the pub can expect not only historical environment, but also a large selection of ale, food and coffee.
Address: 55 Britton St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5UQ.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 12:00 to 23:00, Saturday, Sunday - closed.
Prospect of Whitby
Do not be surprised if the waiter or the barman of the pub offers you to put your head into the noose. There really is a hanging noose in this pub. Initially, this institution, in the beginning of the XVI century, served as a refuge for pirates and bandits. Sometimes the authorities hung the most distinctive people in the backyard. Over time, the British turned this place into a pub that served as a reminder of the deeds of their ancestors. By the way, there is a version that Charles Dickens sometimes came here to have a glass.
Address: 57 Wapping Wall, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 3SH.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 23:00, Friday to Saturday from 12:00 to 00:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 22:30.
Ye Olde Miter
To drink ale in the most mysterious pub of London is not so easy, because at first it must be found. Ye Olde Miter is located on the street without a name. The first trip to the pub can be unsuccessful, if you do not know for sure where to go.
Ye Olde Miter is incredibly proud of its history, and in fact it originates from the distant 1540s. Of all time, the pub has collected many legends and incredible stories, but the most impressive story is that the Queen Elizabeth I had fun and danced here on May holiday.
Address: 1 Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 11:00 to 23:00, Saturday, Sunday - closed.