London's Oldest Pubs

It seems like our penchant for a pint is nothing new, Londoners have been sipping beer since what seems like the dawn of time. From former banks through to Grade II listed neighbourhood haunts, London is full of historical pubs, brilliant for getting to know this city, its ales and its architechture better. We've done our history homework and found London's oldest pubs, read our recommendations here.

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Last updated on 17th April 2024

The Newman Arms

Having served as inspiration for the likes of George Orwell and Michael Powell, The Newman Arms really is a pub that's stooped in history. Experience the 17th century haunt for yourself and you'll get to sip on a wide range of modern and traditional beers in extraordinary surroundings. 

The Devonshire

Despite its brightly coloured and quirky furnishings, stylish design and cool atmosphere, The Devonshire in Balham is a pub with a traditional history in London. Now serving homely British food and local craft ales, The Devonshire hasn't got rid of its historical features, instead combining modern with old for a gorgeous drinking setting.

The Lamb

Harking back to 1729, The Lamb doesn't do mod cons, instead the pub chooses to maintain a sense of tradition. There is no music or TVs, the pub is Grade II listed and many of the old features remain, just what you need for an after-work pint in a historical London drinking spot.

The PunchBowl

First opening its doors in 1729, The PunchBowl is a historic pub situated in the heart of Mayfair. This Grade II listed venue touts dark wooden tables, quirky wallpaper and ornate chandeliers, with plenty of delicious dishes up for grabs too - from poached corn-fed chicken to smoked chalk stream trout and shepherd's pie. On top of all that, you can enjoy pints of real ale and lots of premium whiskies too.


An old-school gem hosting literary legends and rock gods through the ages, The Flask is a classic North London hangout, older than your granddad's stories. Nestled in Highgate with a straight-out-of-a-Dickens-novel type vibe, it's not just any old pub - It's a beer lover's paradise, offering a bunch of Fuller's ales and a rotating selection of guest brews.