This pub was voted by Londonist readers as one of the top 10 'ye olde' pubs in London.
Gordon's is a London institution, beloved of tourists and locals alike. So much so, it has its own merchandise shop. This is an historic place — the building was once home to Samuel Pepys and Rudyard Kipling (at different times, obviously). The wine bar was established by Angus Gorden in the 1890, and it's been in the hands of an unrelated Gordon family since 1975.
The cellar bar looks like it was hewn from the living rock and, when candlelit, counts as one of the most atmospheric drinking spaces in the West End. The walls are lined with ye olde newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. The trouble is, it's so popular that you're unlikely to fit into the seating area at any normal drinking time. Lucky, then, that the bar also supports what must be the longest beer garden in London, extending something like 100 metres along the Embankment. On warm nights, this too is full to capacity, and yet the one small bar somehow copes. It probably helps that wine is quick to pour — there's a strict 'no beer, no spirits' policy.