London's Best Historical Pubs

By Londonist Staff Last edited 20 months ago
London's Best Historical Pubs

London's love affair with drink goes back a way — so too do some of its watering holes. Here's a selection of great places for pints in the past.

The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead. Perhaps the best watering hole in north London for literary associations.This pub once counted the romantic poets John Keats and Lord Byron among its clientele.
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The Red Lion, Westminster - the PM's local
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The Angel, Rotherhithe, established 1850. There’s been an inn here since the 15th century; the monks of Bermondsey Priory built the first one.
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The Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich
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The Flask, Highgate
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street. Rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire, a date flagged boastfully on the sign outside, it’s a Sam Smith pub - cheap, but not a great beer selection.
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The Anchor, Southwark. Shakespeare’s local, this is where Pepys watched the Great Fire, when the pub was already over 100 years old. The pub has since been rebuilt twice after fires in 1750 and 1876.
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Old Bull & Bush, Golders Green
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The Olde Wine Shades, Martin Lane
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The Grapes, Narrow Street
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The Mayflower, Rotherhithe
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The Black Friar, Queen Victoria Street
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The Plume of Feathers, Greenwich. Built in 1691. Coaches and carts would pass through the gatehouse of the Queen’s House and on their left would be the perfect place to stop off before they headed towards Kent.
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The Seven Stars, Carey Street. One of the few places to survive the Great Fire of London, the tiny pub now has more than four centuries of history behind it.
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Jamaica Wine House, St Michael’s Alley
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Last Updated 07 March 2017