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 23rd March 2018
Starting life as The Knave of Clubs in 1735, Dirty Bones in Shoreditch is one of London's oldest pubs. Forget about old fashioned though, this spot has a gorgeous Grade II listed bar, neon signs as some seriously delicious cocktails.
This historical London pub used to be the law courts of the Bank of England, and has now found its rightful purpose as a boozer. Serving delicious British pies and with a selection of whiskies, the pub isn't just a feast for the stomach, sit back and admire chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and huge marble columns.
It may now be a slick West London restaurant but Goat DINE used to go by the name 'The Goat in Boots'. It's shed some of the traditional decor but you can still find interesting period features in this old London pub; head upstairs for cocktails in a seriously secret and sexy little bar.
With links to Jack the Ripper and most recently Jamie Oliver, The Ten Bells has more stories to tell than many old pubs in London. The East London boozer is set across three-floors and includes a quirky cocktail bar upstairs, while downstairs there is a more informal pub setting.
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.
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.
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.
First opened in 1865, People's Park Tavern is an iconic East London pub that frequently wins 'best beer garden' competitions. The old pub is situated right next to Victoria Park, contains a microbrewery and has a great roster of events which includes crazy golf and regular comedy evenings.
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.
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.
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 patons wishing to head into Central London - take that UBER.
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.
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.