Food & Drink

London’s 8 Oldest Pubs, and What They Predate

Published On 05/11/2015 Published On 05/11/2015
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1. The Spaniards Inn Spaniards Rd, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ

Located in Hampstead, The Spaniards Inn is one of the oldest pubs in London. But this place is about way more than just drinks. Definitely snag some eats while you're there, each of which on the menu is paired with a beer by its cellarman and chef.

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2. The Guinea Grill 30 Bruton Pl, London, W1J 6NL

Founders of the Scotch Beef Club, this unique London pub combines prime meats, tasty pies, and an extensive Scotch list to ensure a bloody good time. An impressive list of draft beers is also available, because without beer, this would be a terrible pub.

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3. The Red Lion 48 Parliament St, Westminster, SW1A 2NH

The Red Lion serves up great cask ales -- if you're lucky enough, you'll get to down one next to a member of the political elite. It boasts an impressive bar menu and a separate dinner menu for those looking to dine in a finer atmosphere.

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4. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese 145 Fleet St, London, EC4A 2BU

There has been a pub at this location since 1538 and has served such famous patrons as Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. And the same things that kept them in business then keeps them in business now: a friendly atmosphere, cold brews, and tasty pies.

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5. The Prospect Of Whitby 57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, E1W 3SJ

The Prospect is London's oldest riverside pub, boasting views overlooking the River Thames. They proudly serve up quintessential British pub food alongside 50+ taps and a lot of killer historical references.

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6. The Olde Wine Shades 6 Martin Ln, London, EC4R 0DP

Founded in 1663, The Olde Wine Shades is one of the oldest drinkeries in all of London. You can find a long list of vino options (of course), but it also features full drinks and food menus, as well.

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7. The Anchor 34 Park St, Greater London, SE1 9EF

One of the most historic pubs in London, The Anchor has been around since 1663. It sits close to the original Globe Theatre site, which stood from 1598-1613, and supposedly, Shakespeare himself had a drink or two inside The Anchor back in the day.

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8. The Seven Stars 53 Carey St, Holborn, WC2A 2JB

This Holborn watering hole is perfect for a blast from the past, particularly around 1602, when it's thought to have sprung up under the name The Log and Seven Stars. Stop in for a pint, a bite, and a little bit of history if you're into that sorta thing.