Historic Pubs To Visit In London

There is more to the textbook English experience than having a pint of ale. It’s having a pint of ale in more than a 100-year old pub where the walls could tell you stories. If you think such places are scarce, you would be surprised how much the bustling city is awash with these places.

Some of these pubs are from before Shakespeare was born, others are Victorian. Here are some of the best ones.

Star Tavern

Star Tavern is situated in Belgravia and has gone through its fair share of stoic heeled visitors like Alexander Korda, Diana Dors etc. It was built in the 19th century and is half famed for its role in the episode of 20th century England. Also, the room upstairs is the place where the train robbers schemed their plan of attacking the Mail Service back in 1963. They have a great list of Fullers beer.


This place was constructed in 1720. Originally an officer’s mess, it transformed into a pub in 1818. It is said that the Duke of Wellington was fond of their refreshments. Some people even say that the place is haunted by a soldier who was murdered there after cheating on a game of cards.

French House

This establishment in Soho has always played a role in stories on the other side of the channel. Its first land lord was German man and was deported in the World War. In the Second World War, the pub was a meeting place for people in the French resistance. Over the decades, its clientele went from journalist Jeffrey Bernard to the band Madness. The pub still has a Gallic ambience to this day.

Seven Stars

One of the few places that survived the great fire of London is this pub. One of the major reason that it carries a huge chunk of history with it, of around more than 400 years too. It is located just after Royal Courts and is a frequent stomping area for people in the legal profession.

The Cittie

Cittie of York goes back to 1430, though the present building that you shall visit in current time was constructed in twenties. There are 3 separate bars in the building with one in the back which happens to be the most stunning one. The grand has a towering ceiling and a long bar. It is Grade II listed and is also suggested by CAMRA.

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