Over the past two years, we’ve been organising pub crawls for each letter of the alphabet. On reaching ‘part Y’, the only practical solution was to work our way around London’s ‘Ye Olde’ pubs…those places that have an old-fashioned character, whether real or recreated.
As ever, we asked Londonist readers to nominate your favourites. We recieved hundreds of votes, for over 80 different pubs. Here’s how you voted. See below for how to join the pub crawl:
1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street – 77 votes
2. Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn – 44 votes
3. The George, Borough – 38 votes
4. The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping – 30 votes
5. The Lamb and Flag, Covent Garden – 27 votes
6. The Mayflower, Rotherhithe – 15 votes
=7. The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn – 11 votes
=7. Gordon’s Wine Bar, Strand – 11 votes
=9. Hoop and Grapes, Aldgate – 10 votes
=9. The Grapes, Limehouse – 10 votes
So congratulations to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which was previously voted best pub in the City of London in part ‘C’ of our series.
Map of London’s best Ye Olde pubs
The map below shows every pub nominated by Londonist readers. The top 10 are shown by green stars.
Ye Olde pub crawl
We’re going to take a pub crawl round some of the top 10 pubs on Wednesday 16 April. Here’s the itinerary.
6pm Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
7.30pm Cittie of Yorke
8.45pm Lamb and Flag
10pm Gordon’s Wine Bar
(Note: we’ve visited many of the top 10 on earlier crawls, hence we’re picking a few from further down the list that also happen to be within walking distance of each other.)
To join us on the crawl, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The A-Z Pub Crawl
- A = Angel
- B = Brixton
- C = City of London
- D = Dalston
- E = Euston
- F = Farringdon and Clerkenwell
- G = Greenwich
- H = Hampstead and Highgate
- I = Isle of Dogs
- J = St James’s and Mayfair
- K = Kennington and Oval
- L = Limehouse and Wapping
- M = Marylebone
- N = Notting Hill
- O = Old Street
- P = Peckham and Camberwell
- Q = Queen’s Park and Kilburn
- R = Richmond
- S = Stoke Newington
- T = Thames
- U = Unusual pubs
- V = Victoria (including Pimlico)
- W = Wandsworth
- X = X-Rail (Crossrail)
- Y = Ye Olde pubs
- Z = ?
Get the Londonist Book of London Pub Crawls for less than the price of a pint. Ten original pub crawls, not published on the web.
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.