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 5th December 2019

The Running Horse

2 user reviews 5

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

181 user reviews 4

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. 

The Hollywood Arms

417 user reviews 4

Rugby World Cup Guinness

Chelsea is full of London's historical pubs and The Hollywood Arms is no exception. Close to Harvey Nichols and other London landmarks, the pub has been a West London stalwart for more than 150 years; head there today to try gastro dishes and a great selection of wine.

The Lamb

262 user reviews 4

Enjoy 2 Main Meals and get 2 Glasses of Wine on Us! and 2 other offers

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 Devonshire

167 user reviews 4

A selection of 10 craft beer cans from £52.50

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.

George IV

147 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.

Lamb Tavern

253 user reviews 5

Six Nations complimentary round of Guinness!

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 Duke's Head Putney

512 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.