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.

Last updated on 21st June 2022

The Devonshire

569 user reviews 4

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 Britannia

332 user reviews 5

Steeped in history, The Britannia is an old London pub in Kensington. The boozer has been around since 1834 and while it still has many interesting historical features, bright blue walls, arty prints and a selection of craft beers stop it from feeling stuffy.

George IV

179 user reviews 5

You want old London pub, you got old London pub with The George IV in West London. Wetting Londoners' whistles for more than 200 years. It may now be more known for its craft beer and British menu, but the pub was one of the first places to start a coaching service for patrons wishing to head into Central London - take that UBER.

The Newman Arms

36 user reviews 4

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 Spaniards Inn

279 user reviews 4

Famous for its previous clientele and literary guests, The Spaniards Inn isn't just historic in interiors, they're known to have seen the likes of Keats and Dickens through their doors, with even highwayman Dick Turpin getting a look in. 

Lamb Tavern

513 user reviews 4

Londoners have been enjoying pints and British grub at Lamb Tavern for more than 200 years and the Leadenhall Market spot shows no sign of slowing down. A historical London drinking spot, Lamb Tavern retains a sense of the past with old photos, chandeliers and rickety wooden tables.

Housed in beautiful Victorian building dating back to the 1800s is The Brownswood. Head to the Finsbury Park gem to uncover a gorgeous beer garden and beautifully restored interiors, alongside a choice of real ale, craft beer, artisan spirits or classic British grub.

Just two minutes from Highgate High Street, you'll find The Wrestlers - an old pub that's stood on the same site since 1547. Its original fireplace, wood-panelled walls and stained glass windows make it a traditional boozer packed with old school charm.

Ye Olde Mitre

3 user reviews 5

If your love of London pubs extends to those tucked behind alleys, decked in dark wood, teasing with vintage tankards and boasting a dubious history, you wont many better than Ye Olde Mitre in the City of London. 

Junction Tavern

3 user reviews 5

Home to stunning Victorian interiors, Junction Tavern is a boozer worth visiting. Not only do they offer a fabulous garden space, an indoor area that's perfect for dining, but they also have a crackin' food and drinks menu to boot.

Ranelagh Bowes Park

111 user reviews 5

Ranelagh Bowes Park is a welcoming British boozer that dates back to the 1800s. In keeping with tradition, you'll find a range of top-drawer drinks behind the bar. Plus, now there's regular quizzes, live music, Sky Sports and pub grub to boot.

The Lamb

523 user reviews 5

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.