10 of London’s Oldest Pub’s, by public transport and on foot.

Note that due to a few of these being in The City you’ll need to do those midweek as Jamaica Wine Lodge, Lamb & Flag and possibly Old Mitre are closed at weekends.

Tube – Jubilee Line to London Bridge. Depart out past ‘The Shard’ exit (and have a look up of course); turn right to end of road, then left onto Borough High Street for about 50 meters to…

1.       THE GEORGE INN, 77 Borough High Street

Rebuilt in 1676 after the Fire of London. Charles Dickens drank here; it’s mentioned in ‘Little Dorrit’.

Tube (Northern Line) to Bank or Bus 35 or 40, Fenchurch St stop and up off Lombard St (on right down alley - George’s yard) to…

2.  THE PLUME OF FEATHERS, 1691, 19 Park Vista, Greenwich

The pub sits on the meridian line, and has a fantastic line glow at night!

The pub is just a short walk from Maze Hill station and only 100m from the National Maritime museum.


3.       JAMAICA WINE LODGE, St Michaels Alley, Off Cornhill

Opened in 1652 and had little old Sam Pepys as a regular.


Walk down Cornhill, then Withington Avenue into Leadenhall to…

4.       LAMB & FLAG, Leadenhall Market

1780 so not that old, but it’s a cool place to hang out, as is Leadenhall!

Bus Stop Z at St Mary’s Axe (Gherkin) back up on Cornhill/Leadenhall St (towards Mayfair). Stop at L Holborn Circus. Walk up; turn right to Hatton Gardens to…

5.       YE OLDE MITRE, 1 Ely Court, off Ely Place (in an alley)

1546, how old!?! Queen Elizabeth danced around the cherry tree at the door. Of course she did. Actually a favourite stop this one, great pub.

Walk or bus down High Holborn (bus to Chancery Lane stop) to…

6.       CITTE OF YORK, 22 High Holborn

1695 and was a coffee shop…so three cappuccino’s please ‘keep!

Walk down (or bus) to…

7.       WHITE HART, 191 Drury Lane

Here you go; 1216 it was first licensed! Richard ‘D1ck’ Turpin had his final drink here before hanging in 1739, allegedly!

Walk down Drury Lane then Bus 26, 11 or 4 and stop at Ludgate Circus to…

8.       YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE, 145 Fleet Street

Since 1538, but of course burnt down in 1666. Mark Twain and Mr Dickens were ‘regulars’!

Walk back down Fleet Street to… (Additional bonus pub en-route – THE TIPPERARY, worth a visit!)

9.       YE OLDE C@CK TAVERN, 22 Fleet Street

1549 then relocated across the road in 1887. Guess who? Yes, it’s Mr Dickens and Mr Pepys again. How did they ever have the time to write…

Bus 11 down to Parliament Square, via Trafalgar Square to…

10.   THE RED LION, 48 Parliament Street

Down the road from ‘No. 10’ anyone who’s anyone has has a drink here – so will you!

End – And fall down…!