Across the UK many pubs have a history dating back centuries. Very much a part of the country’s culture, the pub is one of the most traditional places to enjoy a pint in a social environment. Below is a list of some of London’s oldest pubs.
The Plume of Feathers
Built in 1691 in Park Vista, Greenwich, the pub sits on the meridian line an imaginary great circle on the Earth’s surface that connects the North and South poles. It’s also a short walk from the Maze Hill Station and the National Maritime Museum. The oldest pub in Greenwich it sits nicely behind Park Vista and sells genuinely good food and drink in a warm and cosy atmosphere.
The George Inn
Located in Borough High Street, this pub was rebuilt in 1676 after the Great fire of London which destroyed over 13,000 homes and even a part of St Paul’s cathedral! It’s said that Charles Dickens once drank at this pub, and we’re not surprised. Apart from being a real slice of history complete with it’s decor, their customer service is well noted with very friendly staff, good food served and plenty of seating options for large groups.
Lamb and Flag
Based in Convent Gardens, it’s an attractive location being very close to some of the world’s greatest theatres, museums and galleries. Opening in 1780, it is a very cool place to hang out. Why not go there for a quick drink or even a pre-meal before an evening entertainment in the area? They even have their own schedule of jazz nights and regularly feature artist performances throughout the year. If travelling by public transport, Leicester Square and Charing Cross station are it’s nearest connections.
Jamaica Wine House.
Opening in 1652 the Jamaica wine house is neatly tucked away in St. Michael’s alley. Quite fitting as the area is a part of a labyrinth of few medieval courts and a multitude of alleyways around Cornhill and Lombard Street. In such case tho it may be a little tricky to find for some first timers, it is definitely worth it given its popularity. It hasn’t lost much of its atmosphere either and once inside you may feel like you just stepped out of a time machine (moreso than some of the others here on our list). Being close to bank it is a regular with some of London’s stock traders, the interior is very classic but welcoming with good food and traditional British beers served.
Built on Drury Lane this great pub is the oldest on our list, first licensed in 1216. Legend has it that the infamous English highwayman, Richard Dick Turpin, had his last drink here before his sentencing in 1739. Prices here are quite reasonable considering it’s Central London location, it’s also well-kept and nicely decorated.
Did you know? White Hart pub house is actually the oldest licensed premises in London!