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10 Breathtaking Historical London Pubs

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10 of London's Oldest Pubs

The Star Tavern
Apparently the very place where the Great Train Robbers planned their notorious heist, the history doesn’t even stop there at The Star Tavern in Belgravia. With a choice of great Fuller’s beers and all kinds of celebrity alumni (including Peter O’Toole an Alexander Korda!) you’re sure to love its welcoming and comfortable atmosphere!

The George Inn
A National Trust owned pub, and the only one of its kind in London, an older version of this establishment dates back to before the 17th century. Not only that, but its current incarnation was a favourite haunt for Charles Dickens, who even went as far as to mention it in his writings! Now, it’s a beautiful pub dripping with style.

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The Nag’s Head
Near the Knightsbridge shopping facilities, this pub is instead a far cry from the commercialism of a high street. It’s an absolute treasure trove of curious intricacies that can only be found there. You can really get lost in the stories that literally cling to the walls, and you’ll adore its old school feel.

The Black Friar
Situated on Queen Victoria Street, this completely original establishment is utterly unique in the world – let alone London! Once saved from demolition by John Betjemen, it’s a place that many regulars would now be more than sad to see go. Not only can it provide a really great haven from household cleaning duties, but you can take in gorgeous art while you do it!

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The Grenadier
Once this was converted from a Foot Guards mess hall into a pub in 1818, there’s a lot to substantiate that The Grenadier was a particular favourite of the Duke of Wellington’s. It’s easy to see why it would be too, as its cosy setting is perfect for a relaxing pub meal!

The Viaduct
Known as a “Victorian gin palace”, it is, by a wide margin, the only one of its kind in the city. It is named after the viaduct that was opened nearby it and in the very same year. Being established in 1869, there’s absolutely loads here for a history buff to lose themselves in – if they don’t lose themselves in drink first!

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The French House
Soho is famous for a lot of reasons, but the traditionalist French House is just one for a lot of people interested in its old school feel. This former meeting place for the French Resistance not only has a mobile phone ban, but no television either. The history here should be more than enough for any visitor though!

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Although an earlier version dates back to before the great fire, this current Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was rebuilt in 1667 and has since become one of London’s most famous establishments. It’s had more than its fair share of famous visitors over its operation, and you’ll be able to feel that prestige through the very walls!

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The Dog and Duck
To accompany Soho’s history in The French House, The Dog and Duck is a perfect way to get away from the daily grind of life. Why not have a cleaning company take care of those niggling household worries while you nip away for a pint at this gorgeous place which goes right back to 1897?

The Crown Tavern
A favourite place of Lenin’s, before he took off to Russia, The Crown Tavern now offers one of the finest selections of draught beers to be found across London. There’s literally no better escape from the worries of work or household cleaning, so get yourself to Clerkenwell to try them out.

Any of these recommendations has a lot to offer you. Each establishment on this list has many interesting stories to tell. Enjoy the unique feel of London's finest pubs, steeped in history.

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