Traditional London Pubs

What makes a traditional London pub? A good pint? Interesting history? Original features?

At these historic London pubs you can enjoy a drink in traditional surroundings, often with a bit of local legend thrown in for good measure. Cheers!

  • The Ship Tavern

    Pub

    12 Gate Street, Holborn, WC2A 3HP [map]

    Concealed between the busy Kingsway and the serene Lincoln's Inn Fields "The Oak Room" located above The Ship Tavern public house (est. 1549) exudes charm and warmth. Antique paintings, books and…

  • Cittie Of Yorke

    Pub

    22 High Holborn, King's Cross, WC1V 6BN [map]

    A unique London pub, the Cittie of Yorke is a Grade II listed building full of nooks and crannies. Step into the dark, panelled front bar and make your way through to the great hall at the rear. Take note of the fire in the middle of the room. It has no chimney. Instead, its flue is diverted underground and out of a pipe on the wall.

  • The Dog & Duck

    Pub

    18 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AJ [map]

    The Dog and Duck is housed in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Soho. The well-preserved Victorian décor provides all the atmosphere you would expect in a historic London pub. Tiles and mirrors line the ornate interior and there is a small bar upstairs that's perfect for people-watching in the street below.

  • The George Inn

    Pub

    77 Borough High Street, Borough, SE1 1NH [map]

    The only remaining galleried coaching inn in London, The George now belongs to the National Trust. This London pub can be traced back to 1542, although an inn probably stood on the spot even earlier. Shakespeare lived and worked in Southwark, so it's likely that he'd have been one of its patrons; he may even have played there.

  • Lamb & Flag

    Pub

    33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9EB [map]

    A historic pub in London's vibrant Covent Garden, the Lamb & Flag was a favourite watering hole of Charles Dickens.

  • The Melton Mowbray

    Pub

    18 Holborn, The City, EC1N 2LE [map]

    A traditional English pub with true British specialities, The Melton Mowbray is a classic Fuller's Ale & Pie house. The Melton Mowbray specialises in excellent home-cooked pies and English pub…

  • The Punch Tavern

    Pub

    99 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DE [map]

    A short walk from some of London’s best attractions. The entrance is small but has a unique (Grade II Historic Listing) tiled floor and walls, ordained with 6ft mirrors and hand paintings of Punch…

  • The Spaniard's Inn

    Pub

    Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ [map]

    The Spaniards in Hampstead dates from around 1585 and remains full of fascinating features. Some say Dick Turpin watched carriages go by from this legendary inn as he waited to rob them, while others talk about Keats, Shelly and Byron writing over a claret or two, and Charles Dickens including the pub in his Pickwick Papers novel.

  • Trafalgar Tavern

    Pub

    Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NW [map]

    Greenwich is home to some of London's best attractions, including the Trafalgar Tavern, a riverside pub built circa 1837.

  • The French House

    French Restaurant

    49 Dean Street, London Chinatown, W1D 5BG [map]

    The French House in Soho started life as a gin parlour in the mid-19th century, but had become a wine bar by 1914. In the Second World War, the bar was taken over by Charles de Gaulle and his French forces, providing the nickname "the French pub". It's now a bohemian hangout where TV, recorded music and mobile phones are banned.

  • Anchor Bankside

    Pub

    34 Park Street, Southwark, SE1 9EF [map]

    The Anchor was originally built in 1615 but today serves classic British fare, seven days a week; and has a terrace bar overlooking the river Thames.

  • The Eagle

    Pub

    2 Shepherdess Walk, Islington, N1 7LB [map]

    The Eagle is one of London's oldest pubs and retains many original features. There's a menu of British dishes, from fish finger sandwiches to Sunday roasts, and a lovely beer garden. The pub even makes an appearance in a nursery rhyme: "Up and down the City Road, in and out The Eagle. That's where the money goes, pop goes the weasel!"

  • The Grapes

    Pub

    76 Narrow Street, Poplar, E14 8BP [map]

    The Grapes has oodles of Victorian charm. Food is served in the upstairs dining room, from which you can make the most of river views.

  • The Harp

    Pub

    47 Chandos Place, Charing Cross, WC2N 4HS [map]

    The Harp serves beers, wines and spirits as well as their infamous O'Hagen sausage and onion baguettes. Emanating a traditional feel, this pub is adorned with a collection of portraits.

  • The Jerusalem Tavern

    British Restaurant

    55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5UQ [map]

    The Jerusalem Tavern is a pub that serves a variety of hot dishes, snacks and vegetarian dishes and can cater for private parties of up to 40 people. Seating on the pavement area is provided.

  • The Lamb

    Pub

    94-98 Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3LZ [map]

    Both this London pub and the street it's on take the name of philanthropist William Lamb. The Lamb was built in the early 18th century, improved in Victorian times and remains a popular pub to this day. The bar features Victorian remnants including rare snob screens, which would once have hidden a drinker's identity at the bar.

  • Prospect Of Whitby

    Pub

    57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, E1W 3SH [map]

    The Prospect of Whitby is London's oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520. The pub was a notorious haunt for smugglers, thieves and pirates. Other notable customers include Charles Dickens, Samuel…

  • The Salisbury

    Pub

    90 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AP [map]

    The Salisbury has original etched glass and hand carved mahogany. The pub has been used in films such as 'Victim', 'Travels With My Aunt' and 'The Boat That Rocked'. With our friendly team ready to…

  • The Ship & Shovell

    Pub

    1-3 Craven Passage, Charing Cross, WC2N 5PH [map]

    Hall & Woodhouse started brewing beer in 1777, and have a number of Pubs located across Great Britain

  • The Ten Bells

    Pub

    84 Commercial Road, Spitalfields, E1 6LY [map]

    The Ten Bells is a pub that serves a variety of beers, wines and spirits as selection of pub snacks.