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 adding some 'culture' to your drinks. We've done our history homework and found London's oldest pubs, read our recommendations here.

Last updated on 7th August 2019




Lamb Tavern

216 user reviews 5

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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.

The Devonshire

123 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 Duke's Head Putney

447 user reviews 4

The Duke's Head in Putney has earnt its stripes as one of London's historical pubs with a Grade II listing and Victorian credentials. The South London spot is no old codger though, the various rooms have all  been styled in an individual way, from an American glitzy and gold bar through to a gorgeous dining room.

The Running Horse

1 user review 4

Open since 1738, The Running Horse is one of the oldest pubs in London, and the oldest functioning pub in Mayfair. Serving up innovative cocktails under the masterful eye of former Sketch bars director Dom Jacobs, this cool Central London watering hole is the perfect combination of traditional and contemporary.

The Trading House

144 user reviews 4

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Tapping into Britain's nautical history, this Grade II listed building has a truly unique atmosphere to it. With carefully crafted cocktails nodding to the days of spice trading, craft beers, ales and cider on offer, as well as a stunning selection of gins, there really is plenty to wet the whistle.