You can’t beat a good old English pub and there are none quite so ‘traditional’, ‘antiquated’ and ‘English’ than the pubs in London. Although London’s oldest pubs have remained, for years, an ambiguous debate, what is certain is that dozens of pubs in the capital date back centuries.
If visiting one of London’s oldest pubs, selling mouth-watering real ale and being home to a horde of scandalous stories, takes your fancy, then a visit to any three of the following London’s oldest pubs should be high on your agenda of things to do whilst in the capital.
The White Hart, Drury Lane
The White Hart on Drury Lane claims to be the oldest pub in London, being first licensed in 1216. Another popular story to circulate around the White Hart’s walls is that the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin and his buddies used to prop up the bar in the White Hart in-between ambushes. Whether these mythical tales bare any truth or not, the White Hart on Drury Lane, with its fine selection of beers, wine, spirits and food, is an enchanting place to enjoy some refreshments, with the knowledge that Dick Turpin could have been sat in that exact same spot!
Nell Gwynne Tavern, Bull Inn Court
Located in the heart of London’s theatre-land, this intimate and cosy pub with a deep red décor is one of London’s oldest pubs and dates back to the 17th century. Named after King Charles II’s mistress, the Nell Gwynne Tavern certainly provides a historically-contemplating location to enjoy a pint of real ale and some delicious pub grub!
The Dog and Duck, Soho
Soho’s popular and charming Dog and Duck states its claim as being one of London’s oldest pubs dating back to 1734. Whilst the actual date of when the pub was erected remains a little hazy, there is no denying that The Dog and Duck in Soho has been a popular drinking hole for the elitist members of society over the decades, with the likes of George Orwell and Madonna regularly making their presence known in this old, London pub!
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