With so much history surrounding London there is no shortage of historic pubs to choose from. Whether you fancy half timbered, rambling watering holes or small but perfectly formed pubs in central London
you'll be spoilt for choice with the selection of historic pubs in the capital.
More Historic Pubs in London
The Artillery Arms is situated in an area of tremendous historical importance; the Honourable Artillery Company and its Royal Charter from King Henry VIII sit nearby. Directly opposite the pub is the Bunhill Cemetery where, among the moss and fig trees, you will find the resting place for the minds that gave us Robinson Crusoe and the musical delight that is Jerusalem.
102 Bunhill Row, The City, London, EC1Y 8ND
(020) 7253 4683
An historic pub in Plaistow, the Black Lion is Cask Marque accredited and is regularly listed in CAMRA's Good Pub Guide. It provides a selection of rotating real ales and it also popular with football fans due to its location close to West Ham's Upton Park.
59-61 High Street, Plaistow, London, E13 0AD
(020) 8472 2351
This is an East End pub with strong historical ties to the notorious Krays brothers. They wouldn't hurt one of their own, you know, they were smashing fellas.
337 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BU
(020) 7247 6195
A blue anchor was the registered pottery mark of the nearby Bow Porcelain factory and The Blue Anchor hosted the factory’s appreciative workers from 1747 to 1776. Even to this day it is still predominantly a pub thronged by working people.
67 Bromley High Street, Bow, London, E3 3EN
(020) 8980 3343
The Dog and Duck has been on the same site since 1734 and you can see that it’s steeped in history from the moment you walk in.
18 Bateman Street, Soho, London, W1D 3AJ
(020) 7494 0697
There has been many a pub built on this site through the centuries and this current incarnation from 1864 has recently undergone a £1million restoration to maintain its character.
8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1JN
(020) 8788 2552
174 Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, London, W1T 7NT
(020) 7387 7149
Fitzrovia Belle is a stylish pub with friendly and attentive staff. There is a comprehensive choice of food and drinks which can be enjoyed outside during fine weather.
The Fox claims to Twickenham's oldest pub and is located in Church Street, a mediaeval street close to the the banks of the Thames. With a historic and attractive address, the Fox is a great example of how an historic pub can keep vibrant and contemporary while respecting its past.
39 Church Street, Twickenham, Surrey, TW1 3NR
(020) 8892 1535
A sign in here proclaims that 'the Football Association was founded here in 1863'. Quite what they'd have made of extra games being played in Europe, we shudder to think.
81-82 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9NG
(020) 7836 3115
This has been a pubic house since the late Eighteenth Century and is now a contemporary pub that has retained some original features.
8 Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, W4 2QE
020 8742 7342
The George is a superb pub that has tried its best not to lose the original charm that pleased Charles Dickens' eye all those years ago.
77 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NH
(020) 7407 2056
3 Hatton Wall, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 8HX
(020) 7242 4747
The Hat and Tun in Clerkenwell serves a range of real ales, draught lagers and fine wines. Classic pub lunches are available and include pie and mash, salt beef sandwiches and ploughmans.
The Lamb was established in the 1700s and offers tradition and intrigue that superlatives find hard to do justice.
94 Lambs Conduit Street, Holborn, London, WC1N 3LZ
(020) 7405 0713
If London and the history of its pubs interests you then the Old Nell Gwynne can be explored as something of an anthropological treat as well as an excellent place to drink.
2 Bull Inn Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0NP
(020) 7240 5579
Steeped in history, the Nell of Old Drury is an authentic and passionate pub.
29 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JS
(020) 7836 5328
No pub in London encapsulates Victorian power and prestige like the Old Bank of England in Fleet Street. Designed by eminent architect Sir Arthur Bromfield, it retains many of its original features.
194 Fleet Street, The City, London, EC4A 2LT
(020) 7430 2255
An atmospheric Tudor-era building said to have once been a convent until Oliver Cromwell's men executed its mother superior, the interior has been modernised but retains an element of its original wood-panelled, old English charm.
15 Nunhead Green, Nunhead, London, SE15 3QQ
(020) 7639 4007
The Plough Inn is a historical pub with more than 300 years of history.
297 Northfield Avenue, Ealing, London, W5 4XB
(020) 8567 1416
The Red Herring is in the historic heart of the City, close to Guildhall at the junction of Gresham Street and Wood Street. Dickens in Great Expectations records “traffic fraying out and about Wood Street”.
49 Gresham Street, The City, London, EC2V 7ET
(020) 7606 0399
The Seven Stars not only survived the Great Fire of London, it also celebrated it's 400th anniversary in 2002.
53-54 Carey Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2JB
(020) 7242 8521
Shaws Booksellers merges edgy history with quality food and a refined ambience.
31-34 St Andrews Hill, The City, London, EC4V 5DE
(020) 7489 7999
The Spice of Life is a Soho landmark that has charmed Londoners and visitors alike since the 1890s.
6 Moor Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NA
(020) 7437 7013
The Star was reportedly a meeting point for plotters in the famous Great Train Robbery.
6 Belgrave Mews West, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8HT
(020) 7235 3019
A pub with an eventful history, The Three Lords is now a proper City boozer great for a pint and gassing with your mates.
27 Minories, The City, London, EC3N 1DD
(020) 3437 0631
Legend has it, the White Hart was first licensed in 1216 with A-List celebrities ranging from Dick Turpin to Paul Merton.
191 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5QD
(020) 7242 2317
This is a sixteenth century establishment on Fleet Street, chock-full with lawyers and hacks back then presumably.
145 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2BU
(020) 7353 6170
Coming in at around 500 years old yet still not the oldest pub on our list - that's how impressive our list is.
1 Ely Court, Ely Place, Farringdon, London, EC1N 6SJ
(020) 7405 4751