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Trip List by JenC-7

Best historic pubs in London

18 Jan 2008  lots of pints
4.5 of 5 stars based on 10 votes

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: London
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

    Lots of dark wood rooms and hallways in this pub in the City. This was Dr. Johnson's local, and Charles Dickens also drank here. There has been a pub on this site since 1538.

  • 2. Princess Louise
    Princess Louise, London, England

    Absolutely beautiful Victorian pub in the Holburn area

  • 3. The Anchor
    The Anchor, London, England

    This pub is on the south bank of the Thames near the Globe Theatre and is so old that it was REbuilt in 1676! Very cozy pub with several fireplaces.

  • 4. Spaniards Inn
    Spaniards Inn, London, England

    Centuries old pub in Hampstead Heath with tons of history and the alleged ghost of the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin

  • 5. Lamb & Flag
    Lamb & Flag, London, England

    Great, fun pub in Covent Garden. In the summer there is a huge crowd out front enjoying their drinks.

  • 6. Cutty Sark, 6 Ballast Quay, Greenwich, London SE10

    It's a little misleading because it's not actually near the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich, but still a great pub!

  • 7. Museum Tavern

    As the name would suggest, right across the street from the British Museum. It's a cozy little pub with a Victorian feel, though there has been a pub on the site since the early 1700s.

  • 8. Black Friar
    Black Friar, London, England

    Right across from the Blackfriars tube stop, this pub is shaped in a wedge (a la the Flatiron building). Lots of over-the-top bronze monk decor on the inside, and in nice weather the crowd spills out to the courtyard in the front.

  • 9. Windsor Castle, 114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, London W8

    Great neighborhood pub not far from the Notting Hill Gate tube

  • 10. The Bunch of Grapes, 207 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3

    Good pub to stop by on the way to/from Harrod's or Harvey Nicks

  • 11. Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10

    Another great pub in Greenwich, this one is easier to find than the Cutty Sark

  • 12. The Sherlock Holmes Pub
    The Sherlock Holmes Pub, London, England

    This is half quaint pub/ half Shelock Holmes museum. Really cute pub if a little touristy.

  • 13. Salisbury Pub, 90 St. Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N

    Another absolutely gorgeous Victorian pub

  • 14. Red Lion, 2 Duke of York St, St. James's, London SW1Y

    This is probably the most ornate of all the pubs I've been to. Lots of mirrors and glass make this a very sparkly place for a pint! There are several pubs by the same name in central London so make sure you find the right one.

  • 15. Fitzroy Tavern, 16 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T

    Great neighborhood pub in Fitzrovia, which is near Soho and Bloomsbury. This is a great place to hang out for the whole night, and there are outside tables when the weather is nice.

  • 16. George Inn
    The George, London, England

    Old coaching inn on the south bank of the Thames not far from London Bridge. Good to combine on a pub crawl with The Anchor.

  • 17. Holly Bush, 22 Holly Mount, Hampstead, London NW3

    Cute little place that is a nice stop on a Hampstead Heath pub crawl

  • 18. The Lamb
    The Lamb, London, England

    Friendly Victorian pub in Bloomsbury near the Russel Square tube

  • 19. Punch and Judy's
    Punch & Judy, London, England

    Super, super touristy spot in Covent Garden. That being said, it does have some old charm and is a great place to people-watch.

  • 20. The Green Man Pub, Harrod's

    Okay, so this pub might not be historic, but Harrod's is. If you're there anyway and don't have time to go to one of the other pubs on the list, check this out. It's in the basement of Harrod's, and the drinks are pricey, but the food isn't bad and it does have a nice cozy yet ornate decor.