When in London, you do what the locals do for fun. This means going to a pub, grabbing something to drink and simply taking in the place and the atmosphere. Some of these pubs have been around forever. And you will have where to choose from as there are thousands of them. So unless you have a British friend to take you everywhere, check out this article to find out which are six of the most visited London pubs. You never know when you might end up on the doorstep of a historic site or when one of the finest London pubs is just around the corner from the place where you decided you desperately need a break.
6 constantly packed pubs in London
1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
There has been a pub at 145 Fleet Street since 1538, and it was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666. The main attraction of the place? The complete lack of natural lighting inside and the gloomy charm of the place, the vaulted cellars thought to date back to the 13th century, the wooden paneling, some from the 19th century, some much older. And if you really wish to be part of history, know that great writers like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were among the pub patrons.
2. The George Inn
Another pub rebuilt after the Great Fire is the George Inn. Old maps show that there has been a pub on that location, on Borough High Street, called Gorge then George and the Dragon since 1543. This used to be a coaching inn and it was referred to in Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit novel. The cobbled courtyard, the low ceilings and latticed windows will send you back to a time long gone. It offers an insight to London’s past life. The place is owned by the National Trust.
3. The Spaniards Inn
The pub is said to have been built in 1585 on Spaniards Road. It is an atmospheric pub with one of the best gardens and oak paneling. Being an inn, it was situated 2 hours coach ride from London and it used to be frequented by highwaymen. The Spaniards Inn was mentioned in Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers and in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Also, to understand just how beautiful the gardens are, know that famous poets Byron and Keats frequented the place and wrote here. In 2006-2007, the pub was awarded the “Best Food Pub: London” award given by the Morning Advertiser.
4. The Mayflower
Before it was the Mayflower, The Shippe pub stood on the same place in 1550 in Rotherhithe area. It is close to the place where the Mayflower ship was fitted for its voyage. This is thought to be the oldest pub on the shores of the Thames. Going to the Mayflower means taking a historical journey; you can sit in the 400 year old mooring point of the Pilgrim Father’s Mayflower ship. Need more reasons to visit this place? The food is amazing and you can get some of London’s finest drinks here.
The first mention of the 33 Rose Street pub was made in 1772, when the place was called the Coopers Arms. It became the Lamb and Flag in 1833. Also in the early 19th century, the pub had a bloody reputation as bare knuckle fights used to be organized here. Now, it is a friendly place where you can enjoy the old world charm setting and have some delicious meals paired with one of the finest selections of drinks. This is the kind of place that does not change as it has a timeless beauty and an undeniable appeal.
6. Ye Olde Mitre
When the pub was built in 1546, it was meant for the servants of the Bishops of Ely, in Cambridge. This place has a great historical value as in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth danced around the cherry tree in front of the pub. It is also near the place where William Wallace was hung as the area was often used for public executions. As a small heads up, the pub might be a bit difficult to find as you can reach it though a nearly invisible passage way. You might want to double check the maps or get some help with that. Other than that, it was voted London’s most unusual pub, which clearly means you have to visit it.
We are more than certain that during your trip to London, you will be tempted to discover some pubs all by yourself and simply go where your feet take you. And this is part of the charm of travelling. But just to be on the safe side and to make sure you know when you have stumbled upon one of London’s best pubs, we have compiled this list. Go to one of these pubs, go to several or go to all of them. But whatever you do, make sure you have a good time, London style.