London is a fascinating place with a history that stretches back for many hundreds of years.
The claim to the title of the Oldest Pub in London is hotly debated and several establishments around the city lay claim to the honour; the question is which really is the oldest, and who serves up a meal and a beer in the most traditional fashion.
Your next visit to London can easily be combined with a little fun as you hunt for London’s oldest pub.
The oldest part of London would be the logical place to start your search. This part of London is now London’s business district and is known as The Square Mile. It was once contained within the original city walls built by the Romans. The area is also home to some of the most exclusive hotels in London, if not the whole country. For example, the five star Andaz Liverpool Street hotel is a very highly rated hotel, and an excellent place to stay while you search for the city’s oldest pub.
There are a lot of choices for places to start your search, but we’d suggest that you hop on the Underground and make your way to Monument station. When you come out of the station, follow Cannon Street heading west until you come to Bush Lane. At 29 Bush Lane you will find a wonderful little pub called The Bell. This pub has been in operation here since 1666 and you can even see a complete record of the landlords since 1668. The beer on tap is excellent, and the current landlord will make you feel like you have just arrived at home.
If you want to get out of the city centre, then head west to Mayfair. Take the Underground to Bond Street station, and then walk down Davies Street until you get to Berkley Square. Turn left onto Bruton Place, and stop in at The Guinea. This pub dates back to the 1400s, and was last rebuilt in the 1720s. The friendly atmosphere and excellent food are an excellent mix, and you can feel the history of this place from the moment you walk in the door.
These are just two examples of pubs in London that lay claim to being the oldest in the city.
We’ll leave it up to you to decide which earns the crown.