What's London's Best Ye Olde Pub?

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What's London's Best Ye Olde Pub?

Part Y of our alphabetical pub crawl.

This one's not actually in London...

We need you to tell us about the best historic or old-looking pubs in London.

As regular readers will know, we're working our way through the alphabet, organising pub crawls to match each letter. Our two and a half year mission is now drawing towards its last orders, as we reach the penultimate chapter.

There is only one area of town beginning with 'Y' — Yeading in Hillingdon. While it does have a few pubs, it's perhaps a bit far out to attract a lively crowd of pub crawlers. So we've decided to theme this month's crawl around Ye Olde Pubs. By this, we mean any pub that looks a bit old. Perhaps it has a fine Victorian interior, or maybe it's a genuinely ancient pub with original beams.

Vote for as many as you like. They can be anywhere in central or Greater London. Vote either in the comments below, on Facebook, or by tweeting to #bestyeoldepub. Pubs don't have to have 'ye olde' in their names, they just need to look the part.

After a few days, we'll tally up the votes and arrange a pub crawl. The winning pubs will also be added to our 'best pubs in London' database. Had a play with it yet?

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Note for pedants: We're aware that the 'y' in 'ye olde' was originally an Old English letter thorn, and wouldn't have been pronounced with a 'y'. But this is surely a better compromise than doing a pub crawl in Yeading.

Last Updated 31 March 2014


I have a soft spot for the Lamb in Lamb's Conduit St. Also the Holly Bush in Hampstead and The Lamb & Flag in Rose St, Covent Garden.

Andrew Finnegan

Holborn surely has a decent concentration of "Ye" pubs, Ye Olde Mitre, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Ye Olde Cock Tavern (hmmm) and Ye Olde White Horse.

James Guppy

Seven Stars (Chancery Lane) gets my vote...


Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese!

Stephen Mann

The Castle (Holborn), historic boxing pub, The George at Borough Market,


I would definitely say Ye Olde Mitre - one of my favourite pubs in London. And the Princess Louise.


I love The George on Borough High Street and also Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street.

Greg Wesson

Cockpit near St. Paul's, established in 1787 on the site of Shakespeare's house (so they say).
The Blue Anchor in Hammersmith, licensed in 1722, plus a great location along the Thames.

Andrea Liu

Jerusalem Tavern, Ye Olde Mitre, Holly Bush and The George (Borough).

Stephanie G

The Spaniards, Hampstead.


The Nagshead Kinnerton St is awesome an old school actors haunt hidden away in a mews street it's like a country pub in London! Great sunken bars and all sorts of tat to look at :-) Check it out you won't regret it!