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26 Aug 2014

Best Historical Pubs in London



London has a rich historical past which can be seen on almost every street of the city with the variety of architecture that exists in the capital. On one end of a street, you may find a slick office building while on the other end, you could find charming Georgian or Victorian facades. London boasts a huge variety of pubs and bars and many have stood for hundreds of years and witnessed many famous patrons and historic events. With the Autumn setting in extra early (it seems), where better to escape the chill than some of the best historic pubs in London! Sip a pint of ale and take in the history at some of our favourites...


1. The Dove, Hammersmith
Starting off with a pub that is close by to Check-in-London HQ and a favourite of west Londoners, The Dove overlooks the River Thames and is famous for it's spectacular vantage points for the annual Oxford vs. Cambridge boat race. Dating back to the 17th century, this pub has had many a famous and significant patron with the poet James Thomson as well as Charles II having been regulars here. If you want to find out about more of the famous patrons, both recent and historic, there is even a framed list of patrons over the lower bars fireplace. The building itself has retained the classic style with exposed brickwork and low ceilings and the small room to the right of the bar holds the world record for the smallest bar room (or 'snug') in the world. A must for a Thames side tipple after a long day at work or sightseeing.
The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA

2. The Dog and Duck, Soho

This historic pub in the heart of Soho has had the company of many famous patrons and they are not shy about boasting about it. George Orwell, Dante Rossetti and John Constable are just some of the significant figures that have taken a tipple at this pub over the years. The most recent incarnation of the pub was built in 1897 but it reputedly has a history dating back to 1734 when it was built on the site of the Duke of Monmouth's house. Given a Grade II listing by the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, it still retains the original tiling and mahogany interiors that set it apart as one of the finest examples of 19th century interiors in the city.
18 Bateman Street, London, W1D 3AJ


3. The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell

With a more recent history than the previous two options, the Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell is famous for being the very first meeting place of Lenin and Stalin in 1905. This pub boasts a modern facade but has managed to still retain some of the original features making it a cosy pub to whittle away an afternoon or to meet friends for a quiet drink. More recently, the "Apollo Lounge" upstairs was the setting for scenes for the movie, Notes on a Scandal, starring Dame Judy Dench and Cate Blanchett.
43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0EG


4. The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead

One of the oldest pubs in London, this Hampstead stalwart has a history dating back to the 16th century and is still one of the most popular pubs in this wealthy suburb of London. Several literary types have had an ale or two here with Keats and Lord Byron among it's distinguished patrons and Charles Dickens even wrote about the pub in his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Boasting a 'country pub' feel, it retains some of the original dark wood features and has several cosy corners that you can disappear into for hours on end.
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ

5. The Seven Stars, Holborn

This little pub in Holborn is one of the very few buildings to survive the Great Fire of London and has kept its perch behind the Royal Courts of Justice for over 400 years. A small, traditional pub that offers great food which the proprietor, Roxy Beaujolais, prides herself on, both at this petite public house and also at nearby pub, The Bountiful Cow. Frequented by lots of legal types during the day (and well into the evening), this is one of the most popular pubs in the area for its atmosphere, food and history.
53 Carey Street, London, WC2A 2JB


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